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Did you all have a nice weekend? For my American friends, I hope you had a nice Memorial Day weekend of relaxing and reflecting. With that in mind, let’s keep the red, white, and blue theme going today…

Embroidered Blouses and Dresses

For about a year now, we’ve been seeing embroidered blouses and dresses popping up everywhere, from high-end designers to high street fashion. Something about the artisanal embroidery evokes ideas of bohemian wanderlust, igniting the desire to travel to a land far away. The relaxed silhouettes and linen fabrics also make the look perfect for summer.

So, whether you have travels planned this summer or just want to feel like you’re on vacation, you should try this trend. Keep reading for more information on how the trend started and ways that you can incorporate it into your wardrobe…

Vita Kin

The trend burst onto the scene in the spring of 2015 when leading Ukrainian designer Vita Kin showed her collection at Paris Fashion Week. Vita Kin took the traditional Ukrainian craft of artisanal embroidery (called vyshyvanka), combined it with luxe linen fabrics and couture-style craftsmanship, and an overnight sensation was born. Made by hand, one dress can take three weeks to make. Her cult following quickly immediately included the likes of editors like Anna Dello Russo, fashion insiders like Mira Duma, and style influencer’s like Man Repeller’s Leandre Medine.

The only problem? Vita Kin pieces were selling out immediately. Even now, finding them online is a struggle. I did spot a few pieces in-stock at MatchesFashion.com. (Side note: not surprisingly, these high-quality, unique pieces come with a hefty price tag.)

Have a look here:


In my quest to find a similar option for myself this season (both in stock and at a bit more reasonable price point), I discovered New York based label MARCH11. MARCH11 also specializes in travel-inspired embroidered blouses and dresses. Through the use of changing color combinations and different embroidery designs, MARCH11 is setting out to prove that this look is a new classic, both beautiful and versatile.

While the price point is a bit more reasonable than Vita Kin, these tops and dresses are still extremely high quality. In fact, I was so impressed with this blouse in person, that I’m looking to add an additional piece to my wardrobe – perhaps a dress like this one. Embroidered with over 2,000 yards of thread, one dress can take up to two weeks to create. Making these pieces even more attractive is that, as of today, several of the pieces have gone on sale – including my top!

Browse our favorite MARCH11 blouses and dresses (many of which are on sale) here:

Keep scrolling for the best high street options and details of my look…

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High Street Options

Finally, if you’d like to try this look without splurging, I have good news for you! Accessible brands like Madewell and others have embraced the look this season. In fact, I just love this dress and this top (available in five different colors).

Here are our favorite options:

Do you like this look? Might you try it this season? I’d love to hear your thoughts! As I told Maritere when we were photographing this look, I will definitely be wearing this top tons this summer! It’s the type of piece you want to live in – both beautiful and comfortable.

Thanks as always for stopping by! Have a great day.
Photos by Maritere Rice in Houston, Texas

Details of My Look


  1. Sydney says:

    Awesome awesome awesome!! I have Ukrainian heritage in my family and I know all about those beautifully embroidered garmets! I can see in the blouses you linked here and in yours the traditional patterns of embroidery done in a fresh way! I love it, I will have to dig back into my roots and jump back on this style!! Have a wonderful day

    1. Carrie says:

      Oh that’s so interesting, Sydney! Awesome. Even more reason to try. I really love some of the options from Madewell – linked at bottom.

  2. Bella B says:

    I love that top its so cute and fun, I love all the clothes you linked they are sooo cute!!!!! Have a wonderful day.


    1. Carrie says:

      Well, thank ya, Bella! Have a great day.

  3. Patience says:

    Love the how the red blouse compliments the cobalt heels. Great look.


    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you, Patience! Cobalt blue is one of my favorite shades. It was fun to add pops of it to this look.

  4. Tamara says:

    Wow, beautiful and vibrant outfit! You look great!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Tamara!

  5. Amy says:

    Love the color so much! Great job, Carrie! xo

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Amy. 🙂

  6. Merritt Beck says:

    Love all the bold colors, perfect Memorial day weekend outfit! Also that bag is everything!
    xx, Merritt
    The Style Scribe

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks a bunch, Merritt! I really appreciate that.

      I had my eye on this bag for a long time. I just love the shade of blue!

  7. Sarah W. says:

    Embroidery has been my go-to for dresses these days, and I love seeing this fun trend go around in different pieces! Thanks for the great introductions to these designers and labels!

    XO, Sarah | http://www.thebellainsider.com/ | http://www.instagram.com/sarah_thebella

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes absolutely! So great for summer.

      Thanks for saying that! I’m happy to introduce talented designers I love to my readers. 🙂

  8. Vanessa says:

    Adore how bright this post is! The blouse is stunning and I need your heels! You’re fabulous!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, V! Great to hear from you.

  9. Well, I was not so convinced, BUT I have to admit your selection is tempting … But i will probably stay on a sale perspective … Nice post, dear Carrie …

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much! Yes, many of these pieces are on sale. So it’s a great chance to try the trend without too much monetary exposure.

      Have a great day.

  10. Jyotsna says:

    One of my fave looks of yours! I have had my eyes on that blouse for the longest time, it looks so pretty on you! xo

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks girl! I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂

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