Queen Letizia of Spain wore a Vyshyvanka to support Ukraine

On Wednesday, Queen Letizia of Spain showed her support for the people of Ukraine by wearing a vyshyvanka, a traditional embroidered blouse worn by the people of Ukraine and Belarus. While members of the royal family are generally encouraged to remain politically neutral, this symbolic outfit was imbued with meaning and demonstrates fashion’s ability to convey a message.

If you want to make your own statement, you can do so by supporting Ukrainian-owned brands or buying brands that donate profits to the Ukrainian people (like DRESSX’s Collection “Support Ukraine”).

Queen Letizia wearing a vyshvyanka

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Queen Letizia wearing a vyshvyanka

(Image credit: future)

Queen Letizia wearing a vyshvyanka

(Image credit: future)

The vyshyvanka is a versatile bohemian piece with a rich history. Like the evil eye, the vyshyvanka pattern is considered a talisman against bad luck and can be worn by people of any age or gender. According to spiritual tradition, each point in this piece is imbued with spiritual significance.

While the style is gorgeous and would be a welcome addition to anyone’s wardrobe, it’s essential to avoid cultural appropriation by researching the piece’s origins and buying from Ukrainian brands (or Belarusians). You may already be familiar with popular Ukrainian brands such as Ienki Ienki, Anna October, Bevza, and Zhilyova, but read on to learn more about inimitable Ukrainian pieces.

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