The irony of all this – the embroidered blouse of which I am currently obsessed – is that they are called ‘peasant blouses.’
I say ironic because some of the brands offering these exquisite, folk-inspired linen styles retail for an eye-watering £1500.
Yep, FIFTEEN HUNDRED POUNDS.
One of the most expensive is by Vyshyvanka by Vita Kin – and since I spotted her designs last Summer (which I wrote about here, incidentally in a post that went viral in Romania!) I’ve been lusting after my own version.
Nothing if not relentless in my pursuit of a fashion bargain, I’ve finally found a brilliant version that is going to make me happy for a very long time.
Yes, there is a chance you end up looking like you’re dressed in some kind of Slavic national costume, but for those of you who err on the side of bohemian (like me) they are the ultimate in blouses.
This one is a linen and cotton mix – and given that it is a tenth of the price of the Vita Kin versions, the embroidery is not hand stitched, but done via a machine.
But with billowy sleeves and the all-important tassle detail, it’s already one of those wardrobe pieces that I know I’ll wear with everything from smart, tailored trousers to jeans.
I’ve also found several stores on Etsy offering amazing Vita Kin-inspired Vyshyvanka blouses AND dresses, but for a couple of hundred pounds rather than thousand. So tempted by the dresses….
Check out the links below, along with more of my favourite picks at all price points.
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