Hello my fellow readers,
I’m more than happy to be writing again, although I’m writing not from the city of my dreams, but from Florida. Yes, once again, I have been taken by my parents and brought to Florida to visit the rest of the family. However, this lends me a great opportunity to create a post I’ve wanted to post for the longest time, and it is finally on your computer screens.
I have thought about the name of this post for a while because the outfit screams more of a “Coachella vibe” rather than something I would go for usually: sleek, elegant, classic, feminine. I had many title variations: from “Coachella Princess” to “The Flower Crown” (I know, so unexpected). Yet, none of them sent quite the message I was aiming for, and then it hit me.
August 24th is considered to be the Ukrainian Independence Day, and coming from Ukraine and remaining Ukrainian by blood, I decided to name this post after what Ukrainian female citizens are called: “Украинка” or “Ukrainian,” but in a female form of the word.
Going back in Ukrainian history, many Ukrainian women, practically all, wore the traditional gown: a wreath, which traditionally consisted of poppies and symbolized purity and youth; a white cotton shirt, decorated with ethnic embroidery, called “vyshyvanka”; red skirt (zapaska or plakhta), made out of wool; “krajka (wooven belt)”; and red boots. Many women accessorized with medium or large pearl-simulating beads that were mainly red, and added some earrings with red beads as well. The traditional color palette does contain lots of red, however, I have decided to interpret the tradition into a contemporary outfit that could be worn in various ways: from casual walks without the crown to music festivals with the crown. I added some jewelry to add interest without making it a curiosity. It all comes down to interpretation.
As the summer days come to a close, we tend to shed the summer tan and slip into the warm boots. With this outfit, I didn’t just want to remember the last summer days, but I was also aiming to remember tradition, to commemorate my origins, and to play with my look. I don’t always aim to go “bohemian” but in this case, I think I’ve done it.
Thank You so much for reading, and never forget where you came from.
xoxo, Sophia for Fashion Caption.
PS: If you would like to read/see more about/of the traditional Ukrainian costumes, click here to learn more.