Boho

You’ve probably seen her: the Texas boho woman. Her style, as the name implies, is part Western wear, part bohemian. She’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll—the love child of Dolly and Stevie. Her look starts with the staples: denim, turquoise jewelry, and cowboy boots. Then come the individual touches to mix and match and clash: rhinestones, animal prints, leather, suede, lace, fringe, chevrons, crosses, cow skulls, bandannas or scarves, hats of various shapes and sizes, and declarative T-shirts proclaiming “Wanderlust and Rodeo Dust,” “Ride More, Worry Less,” and “Kiss My” over an image of a donkey.

The Texas boho style seems to resonate with a certain type of woman—she’s Western adjacent, but not actually roping and riding (and if she is roping and riding, there’s much more to her identity than Wranglers and ropers). She has self-diagnosed her own wanderlust and considers herself a dreamer.

The look is hyperfeminine, a sartorial cousin of the over-the-top Dallas, big-haired blonde stereotype. Texas boho is more than a style; it’s a vibe—one of pride, independence, and strength in womanhood. It’s expressed by those for whom sass and boldness are birthrights and subtlety is cause for a yawn.

Although Texas boho women live all across the state, many of them converge on the tiny town of Round Top every spring and fall for the world-renowned antiques fair. Round Top is also home, year-round, to Junk Gypsy, the store and progenitor of Texas boho.

“People would always ask, ‘What is your style—Is it shabby chic? Is it Western?’ ” says Amie Sikes, who, along with her sister Jolie, founded Junk Gypsy. “We would always say, ‘It’s Texas.’ ”

The fall’s Original Round Top Antiques Fair is happening now through October 30. During the spring edition, in March and April, Junk Gypsy was packed, despite the pandemic. Shoppers perused dip-dyed slip dresses, displays of silk scarves, scores of jewelry, and chunky belt buckles reading “Junk Gypsy’’ and “Mama Tried.” They considered candles, bath goods, home decor, blankets, and distressed furniture. Twice, I heard Jolie Sikes tell disappointed customers, “So sorry, that’s sold out.” Hanging over the shoppers like a moon was a giant neon crown. The sisters, you see, are the queens of this style. Amie and Jolie Sykes were raised in Overton, an East Texas “one-light town” they describe as “our little Mayberry” on the Junk Gypsy website. They “had grown up kinda cowgirl but not totally,” recalls Amie. “We didn’t do rodeos, but we had horses . . . We just felt like there were so many different things that played into our personal style.” At Texas A&M, where both sisters went to college, neither felt quite at home with the rodeo crowd or the city crowd. They preferred to put together looks from thrifted finds, incorporating elements that were country (but not quite Western) and free-spirited (but not quite hippie). In 1998 they decided to turn their style into something marketable. British-born “shabby chic” was on the rise at the time, but the Sikes sisters were doing something else, swapping the English countryside for the Texas ranch and injecting color into the pale, romantic aesthetic. At markets and trade shows around the state, they sold flea-market finds, vintage or repurposed furniture, and T-shirts of their own design, including one that read “Well behaved women rarely make history,” a lesser-known quote at the time. Within three years of their company’s founding, the sisters were featured on the Today Show and in Fortune Small Business. They designed Miranda Lambert’s tour bus and then a wedding reception for the country star’s marriage to Blake Shelton. HGTV called, and the nation soon tuned in to watch the sisters renovate Texas houses in their then novel, hard-to-categorize style.

Source : https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/round-top-texas-boho-style/

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