Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fashion Trend: Ukrainian Clothing!

Ukrainian Blouse
Last year, when Ukrainian designer Vita Kin’s embroidered linen dresses and tops started popping up on every fashion trendsetters instagram feed, a trend was born.  Vita Kin took the vyshyvanka, a Ukrainian blouse which is part of their traditional costume and had scaled it back to perfect proportions.  Kim's designs were originally only available through instagram, but once the trend caught hold, she was quickly swept into the fashion troves of Net-a-Porter, and others. Many other designers have created their own versions of the vyshyvanka but most in dress form not blouses as is traditional.  From March11 to Free People and others, there are blouses and dresses available to suit any budget.  What is really interesting though is the amount of Ukrainian offering found on etsy!  If you enter Ukrainian blouses you will find more like this 
If you click here you can see a vast array of Ukrainian dresses and blouses that can be shipped to your door in a matter of a few days!
I recently ordered a few from etsy and here are my thoughts and favorite shops to buy Ukrainian wear via etsy.  

Ukrainian Dress

When these dresses and blouses were first made available for the US, they required a long lead time for delivery, but now shops are offering in stock options.  While these dresses look fab on tall, skinny people, those  not quite as svelte can also wear the fashion as coats or jackets by unsnapping them.  These fashions are linen and are advertised as summer garments, but in our climate, I think we can wear them in the fall and spring as well.  

LJM Embroidery

 LJM Embroidery has some amazing options like this short embroidered dress.  Remember that these are from the Ukraine so you may have to alter to fit you better.

Ukrainian Dress

If you want to order a dress or blouse make sure you check the measurements or ask the shop owner about the sizing.  One thing I have learned the hard way on etsy is to always check their return policy or be prepared to keep whatever you order if they don't offer returns or exchanges.  
Other shops to check out...
Ukrainian Wedding Dress

Sky blue vyshyvanka blouse by FashionbyUkraine
In Stock Black and White Boho blouse $145
Want to see more?  Click here for more options!
Vita Kim blouses are now $1300 and more and dresses are as much as $2500 so why not try some of these options and get an authentic look at a much better price.  
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