Gypsy Fashion 101

posted: 04/23/12
by: Ellen Stockstill
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Gypsy girls' sense of fashion may seem scandalous, but these ladies are anything but promiscuous.
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Let's go ahead and get this out of the way: Gypsy girls often wear extremely revealing clothing. But showing a little (or a lot) of skin doesn't mean these ladies are promiscuous. In fact, the opposite is true. Unmarried gypsy girls are forbidden from dating or even spending time alone with members of the opposite sex. And, in most cases, these young ladies have no intention of breaking the rules, which is one reason they tend to get married in their teens. In fact, the provocative clothing is largely donned in an attempt to attract male attention and find a husband. Their sexy dress becomes a way to turn heads without breaking any rules.

So how much do these girls dare to bare in their attempts to find a partner? Think tight clothes, super-short skirts and barely-there shirts. Bling-bra tops, for example, are popular with gypsy teenagers. These tops are pretty much exactly what they sound like: sparkly bras worn without any other covering. Low-cut shirts and dresses with plunging necklines are also common -- especially with well-endowed gals.

But gypsy girls tend to be as much about ornamentation as they are about attire. If a teen has her belly button pierced, the best way to show it off is with a cut-off shirt or a half-tee (tops that cover the chest but not the stomach). When these girls pick out belly button rings, they don't normally go for discrete, small studs. If gypsy ladies had a motto, it could easily be "the more sparkle, the better," and this is just as true for their piercings as it is for their jewelry, clothing and even wedding gowns. Some of the most popular belly button rings have dangling charms because they add more bling, and they're often personalized with the girl's name or favorite shape.

But there's more to unmarried gypsy ladies than short skirts and revealing tops. Read the next page to learn how they add dazzle to their hair and nails.

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Styling their long locks and adding some sparkle to their nails is just as important to these girls as their revealing outfits.

When it comes to gypsy girls, there's no shortage of finger bling, as manicured or acrylic nails are widely considered to be the perfect addition to any outfit. Glitter nail polish or acrylic nails adorned with rhinestones are ideal for the gypsy girl who wants her hands to shine. Some ladies buy nails with the rhinestones already attached, while others stick them on themselves, creating their own designs.

Hair and makeup are also key components of gypsies' style, particularly for big events like weddings. Gypsy ladies tend to prefer long hair to short, and brides often have 'dos that are big enough to match their supersized dresses and go with their tiaras. (That's right; their tiaras are over-the-top as well.) A bride's hair style is often designed to keep her sparkling, towering tiara on top of her head. For example, when a young gypsy girl named Bridget said "I do," she wore a partial updo with long, blonde ringlets framing her face to keep her 6-inch crown in place. She placed a large roll of hair behind the crown to prevent the sparkly headpiece from sliding back.

While these lavish hairdos are great for special occasions, the everyday hairstyles of gypsy and traveler women are much more subdued. Most have long hair which can be done up in a variety of styles. Women with shorter locks often add extensions when they want to experiment with a longer style. Makeup is similarly more dramatic for special occasions like weddings (requiring more eyeliner and bigger lashes). Gypsy and traveler women who regularly wear makeup typically try to match their eye shadow and lipstick with the clothes they're wearing that day. But this is by no means an unusual strategy. Most women who wear colorful makeup try to match it to the clothes they wear -- gypsy or not.

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