The imitable Kate Moss recently spent two days with V Magazine, posing, living, dancing, singing and living the gypsy lifestyle, for their fall fashion editorial.
In recent years, the concept of the modern-day gypsy has evolved into a cultural stereotype. These days, most people prefer to think of gypsies as travelling, free-spirited and exotic nomads. Kate’s editorial shows a soul just like this, living life on the land and by the fire, travelling in her caravan and by horse.
If you’re looking to get inspired, there are plenty of fashion designers who love vagabond chic as much as we do. Tom Ford designed a gypsy-inspired collection for YSL back in 2001 and in 2008, Giorgio Armani’s collection was equally as inspired.
Inspired by Kate’s editorial in V, we trawled through all our favorite shopping sites, looking for the perfect pieces to start your foray into gypsy fashion. This amazing Gypsie Wing Sweater ($60) by Illustrated People was our first find but we wanted to explore further.
With so many great pieces at our fingertips, it was hard to narrow down the best ten for our Top Buys list, but we managed! Here are our favorites:
1. Feather Earrings ($60) by Emma Carroll Etc // When we received an email about the amazing Emma Carroll Etc collection, we knew instantly that this pair of earrings would be ideal for Top Buys: Gypsy. These earrings are made from hand-cut leather. With fringe detail in bold and vibrant colors, they are the perfect accessory for the free-spirited and wild at heart. Wear them with a gauze dress, ethnic sandals and long, untamed hair.
2. Knitted Cross Stitch Poncho ($160) from Topshop // Perfect for the coming fall and winter months, this poncho is probably the most apt piece of all our picks for your foray into the world of the gypsies. The cross-stitch design adds a small amount of color to your closet, while the oversized shape will keep you warm throughout the colder months.
3. Sherpa Flat-Top Faux-Fur Hat ($42) by Parkhurst // This Russian gypsy hat has a totally luxurious feel but you can still feel entirely ethical while wearing it. It is perfect for pairing with an embroidered coat and a chunky scarf in winter, or a lace dress and tights in fall. Add this hat to your winter wardrobe and you’ll have a great accessory for the vagabond in you.
4. Torn Gypsy Sandal ($71.25) by Ronny Kobo // If you want to start your gypsy lifestyle by doing some fire twirling, à la Kate, you’ll need a gorgeous pair of summer sandals. These sandals by Ronny Kobo are ideal. They have bright, ethnic-inspired rope intertwined with bead and mirror detailing. Pair them with a printed mini dress and a fringe vest and you’re good to go.
5. Senorita Top/Dress in Tuxedo ($115) by Jen’s Pirate Booty // For those that want to go all out, this amazing bohemian-inspired dress by Jen’s Pirate Booty screams gypsy chic. This gauzy dress clings to the body when it needs to, while still giving off a carefree and easy-going vibe. Jen’s Pirate Booty actually have these dresses in a ton of colors, too.
6. Distressed Lace-Up Boots ($39.99) from Charlotte Russe // If you plan to live the lifestyle of a vagabond and go travelling, you’ll need a boot that can last the test of time. With a slightly 90s grunge feel about them, they are made of distressed faux leather and have buckled straps and a lace-up front. Pair them with torn jeans or a shabby chic mini dress for a quick dose of wayfarer chic.
7. Fringed Grommet Mini Skirt ($119) from Bebe // This amazing fringed skirt is the ultimate piece for year-round gypsy style. It is made of a suede-like fabric, with fringe detail and a grommet belt wrapping around the waist and buckling at the side. Wear it with black tights and chunky lace up boots and you’ll have a chic look that can transcend from fall to spring.
8. Obi Belt ($125) by Cecilia De Bucourt // We love a good oversized belt and this Jersey knit wrap belt takes the cake, with all the embroidered beading, coins and chain you could ever ask need. This belt would be suitable for gypsies and belly-dancers alike, and would like amazing with a pair of faded jeans or a distressed maxi dress.
9. Shreeve Bag ($35) from Aldo // Though this Mexican, tooled leather bag might be more reminiscent of the hippie era, we think modern-day gypsies everywhere will love its style. This bag features a floral print and a braided strap and has a large inner pocket that can carry just about anything you need on your daily travels. Pair it with faded jeans and an oversized poncho and you’re ready to go.
10. Embroidered Trophy Jacket ($260) from Topshop // This incredible trophy jacket combines an ethnic/gypsy style with on-trend studding detail that will leave you feeling instantly chic. Wear it over a floaty, sheer white dress and pair it with chunky boots. In the colder months, this cotton jacket won’t keep you completely warm so add ripped tights and a gauzy scarf.