Top drawer

Found fashion

• Who she is: Cen Cascadian

• What she’s wearing: necklaces that range from a Victorian reproduction to a washer picked up on the highway; a rose pin crafted from fabric a friend gave her; a jersey skirt she cropped; and an embroidered scarf from a friend who, Cen laughs, “might not know she gave it to me.”

• Why we love it: Cen tells us her best friend encouraged her to find a personal style, and this look is at once rugged, girly, romantic and well-traveled. The silver jewelry, lace top and floral scarf are Gypsy-esque, while pendants and pins crafted from found objects tell a story.

A brief history of Boheme

The term “Bohemian” is a misnomer of sorts, originating with the 15th-century French fancy that Gypsies came from Bohemia — and so all rovers and artists unconcerned with convention were honored with the moniker. Over the centuries, Bohemians have gathered in the artistic and academic communities of Paris, Prague, New York, New Orleans and Ipanema.

Since the last part of the 20th century, Bohemian style — Boho — has shared many elements with ’60s counter culture (Eastern jewelry, flowing skirts, sandals, Indian prints, tooled leather), and has been associated with trendsetters like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller.

Most recently, the Boho look (which never dies, but simply continues to morph) has taken on a harder edge, adding biker boots, heavy belts and metallics to the mix. Known as Boho-rock, this urban-Bohemian look seems to mirror Asheville’s eclectic street style (check out Cen’s look).

Loose threads

Want to go Boho-rock with your wardrobe? Here’s a partial list of local shops: • Discount Shoes (1266 Brevard Road, 667-0085) — boots by Frye and Harley Davidson.

Minx Boutique (64 N. Lexington Ave., 225-5680) — rocker jeans, metallic bags.

Terra Diva (70 College St., 225-4884) — flowing dresses, edgy separates.

Ragtime Vintage Clothing (20 E. Walnut St., 225-8889) — retro pieces, menswear, fedoras.

Street Fair (42 Battery Park Ave., 253-0836) — hairsticks, scarves.

Indo Apparel & Gifts (38 Broadway, 281-8140) — block print dresses, gauze blouses.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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