If there is one thing that I absolutely love about where I'm from (Berkeley, CA....GO Cal Bears!!!) it would be our Chill / nonchalant/ care free attitude towards fashion! Growing up In " Liberal Hippie Haven" as some would call it, Berkeley has totally influenced I would say about 50% of my style; laid back, cool and eclectic. This time of the year, the Northern Cali weather starts to make other States jealous, which means we get to party....Outside....right near a beautiful lake! Loud colors, mixed prints, unkept man buns and recycled hand made jewelry was all the rave at this hippie shindig. Most people believe that it doesn't take effort, if any, to pull off the "Hippie-Look" but au contraire my friends! Matter of fact, there is a science behind the madness! The key to nailing a hippie look is ....you ready...to wear whatever the hell you want with confidence, as loud, silly, and unconventional as it may seem! This simple act seems to be a challenge for most folks I know. The art of letting go and just "being". Donning a tie -dye shirt and beat up Vans or a fringe suede dress and Birkinstocks will have you out here looking like an imposter in these streets! The hippie look is all about freedom, weird layering, and thrift store bargains. No fretting...no fancy designer labels...just you and your connection with mother earth. True Hippie swag is wearing your happiness on the outside. But what most fail to realize is that we hippies have style ....but the style is to look like you don't care....hella confusing, huh? Don't bother trying to figure it out, it's not meant to be understood :)
" I'd rather have flowers in my hair than diamonds on my neck"
-Anarchist Emma Goldman.