How to dress like a modern gypsy

A hint of mystery surrounds the appeal of gypsy fashion, possibly because gypsies are quite mysterious themselves. Their exact origins still hold some uncertainty, but they are believed to have originated in the Punjab region of India, Egypt or in a village in Greece known as "Gyppe." The portrayed style of gypsies has included long, flowing skirts, large hoop earrings, beaded jewellery and scarves featuring vibrant colours.

Wear a long, flowing skirt. Long skirts almost never go out of style and they are a staple item in the wardrobe of a gypsy. Long skirts also bring a level of comfort. To bring modern appeal to this gypsy costume, a solid black skirt works, but there are many other colours and fabrics that can be worn for a gypsy costume. Be creative and don't be afraid to try bold colours like a true gypsy.

Wear a fitted top. The top could be a tunic that is longer, or it could be shorter and show off the waistline. A fitted top is necessary because, traditionally, many gypsies were known for displaying their figures with bustiers and cropped tops. Since this ensemble is for the modern woman, however, a toned down version of this is necessary to bring it up-to-date. A plain white top will do, but you can also select a top that has a sweetheart neckline and some detailing. If desired, a sleeveless open vest can be worn over the top.

Adorn yourself with jewellery and hoop earrings. Hoop earrings are a staple item in the jewellery arsenal of a gypsy. Large hoop earrings in either gold or silver will complement the gypsy attire. Add beaded necklaces and gold or silver bangle bracelets to complete the look. You can also wear a large statement ring. Gypsies are often portrayed wearing quite large amounts of jewellery, but for a modern look, this is not necessary.

Tie a scarf around your head by folding it in half and placing the middle of it on top of your head. Tie the scarf in the back in a medium-tight knot. Many gypsies are depicted wearing scarves this way. If you have long hair, curl it in subtle waves by wrapping it around the barrel of a curling iron. Wear sandals to pull together the look. A clutch purse or cross-body bag would be attractive with this gypsy-esque outfit.

Things You'll Need

  • Long skirt
  • Fitted top
  • Vest (optional)
  • Hoop earrings
  • Beaded necklaces
  • Bangle bracelets
  • Scarf
  • Sandals
  • Clutch or cross-body bag (optional)
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Pamela Miller has been writing for health, beauty and animal health/welfare publications for seven years. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication from MTSU.