Online junkie with a passion for travel, snow, & waves! BNE, Australia. Visit my blog at Get Real Get Outdoors or Village Voice - Community news site
Published February 12th 2014
You Will Find it Somewhere Between Vagabond and Trendsetter
The Freedom State clothing store is one part vagabond, a dash of flowerchild, and 2 parts trendsetter. The eclectic mix of emotive colours, whimsical patterns, and on trend styles has resulted in the creation of their own niche in the fashion world known to the rest of us as "boho chic" or bohemian fashion.
Bohemian clothing is influenced by gypsy, bohemian and hippie cultures which although very similar, all have defining qualities that set them slightly apart. The word "bohemian" itself simply describes the unconventional and thus covers a broad spectrum of styles. This is evident in the selection of dresses, tops, jumpsuits, and kimonos on offer through The Freedom State website.
Popularised in the 70's by the likes of Canadian musician Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac, many of the boho trends seen today were the invention of these hippie queens. Fringed shawls, flare pants, and colourful kimonos, mixed with earthy materials like leather and lace have since been adopted by model Kate Moss, actresses and clothing designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Lionel Richie's celebrity daughter, Nicole Richie.
Based in Currumbin on the beautiful Gold Coast, The Freedom State captures the surf town vibe and offers up a plethora of beautifully simple pieces to the sun worshipping goddesses sans the tacky glitz often associated with the "GC". The Brands on offer are a collection of locally sourced designers and some of owner and self-proclaimed flower child Mandy Bell's personal favourites. One of the more strikingly stylish brands on offer is Arnhem the label. An ever growing collection which is synonymous with fashion in Byron Bay. Influenced by floral, tribal and earthy designs, the label is a perfect example of boho chic.
The Girlfriend's Purchases - Spell Designs
So if you're looking to pair your modest items with some bold prints or simply want to grow your wardrobe this summer, explore the wild and unique patterns and mesmerising colours that epitomise bohemian fashion and find your very own Freedom State.