By now the whole world and their mother is getting on the Vyshyvanka bandwagon, but I'm happy to say I've loved folk blouses since I was a child, and I remember this one trip age four, when the intricate embroidered pattern on the traditional dresses of the ladies of Viana Do Castelo absolutely fascinated me. I love peasant blouses, and have accumulated quite a collection over the years, but this one is a relatively recent acquisition. I love the almost "ton sur ton" embroidery, and as you know by now if you've read my little blog a while I'm a sucker for light colours, especially in Summer.
Granted the pattern is barely visible unless you are quite close, but the work on this Ukrainian inspired blouse is nonetheless precious, and the sleeves in particular are fabulous, billowing and covered with embroidered patterns.
For me, the ideal companion to a folk blouse is a pair of dark jeans (skinny or flared, ideally... but I insist on the dark wash) in the city, and a pair of cutoffs anywhere else, and particularly by the sea... Anything else just doesn't work as well, sorry. Unless it's Winter and then you could think of matching a dark Vyshyvanka blouse with black leather skinnies or a pair of va-va-voom velvet bell-bottoms... In fact I'm looking for a perfect Winter version of this blouse, maybe a red one, or navy? Any ideas, please email me!
With such major sleeves I kept the accessories minimal and light. I am loving this suede hobo lately, it's from this season and very much fitting in my slightly more modern take on style... It's very simple, with just a couple of gold accents around the handle, and perfect for that muted look I'm going for... And so light!
The shoes are another obsession of mine: block heeled sandals. I have bought three pairs this season and I can't get enough of the look! First it's comfy, but also I love that it's a bit more sturdy than my usual stilettos, as I've been walking a fair amount lately so it's good to know I can rely on some sturdy heels to carry me all day!
Outfit details below:
- Dark wash skinny jeans with a high waist, J Brand
- Vyshyvanka blouse in cream puff colours, Geo Moriarty
- Suede hobo bag, Maison Margiela
- Sandals, from last season at Forever New, these Sam Edelman ones are very close