Russian Clothing, Traditional Ethnicity Meets Modern Fashion

Russian clothing can only be described as diverse, just like the landscape and the culture of the country which it is associated with. The people of Russia have gone through many dramatic changes in their history and their styles of clothing have been reflective of these changes as well. Traditional garments and looks have always retained their place but as modern influences have found a place with the younger generation so has modern clothing.

Most people would often associate Russian clothing with fabrics that are warm, rustic and durable and while this may be the case for some clothing there are still many articles that encompass a new lifestyle of edgy and contemporary attitudes and bold color and prints.

Traditional materials such as wool, leather, cotton and fur are still prominent in many designs but newer fabrics that provide warmth without excess weight are becoming more and more commonplace. This conflux of new and old has resulted in a wide array of fashion choices for all ages and styles. Here we are going to look at pieces that blend traditional and modern styling to reflect the ever changing fashions of Russian.

Folk Shirt

Traditional styling with an ethnic touch makes this shirt popular with men of all ages. Highlighted with embroidered ribbon on both sides of the chest and at the collar, this shirt maintains all the classic characteristics of traditional Russian fashion. These shirts are individually made, not factory produced, and are right at home with typical wool pants or paired with jeans for a contemporary look. Priced at just $49.75 these shirts are available in red, white and blue in sizes from small to triple extra large.

Linen Dress

This Charm of Russia dress is designed in the Empire fashion and features a wrap-inspired style with attached fabric belt that may be cinched in the front or back. Contrasting embroidered floral patterns add a traditional look on the dark background and its 100% linen construction will offer comfort on even the hottest summer days. This dress is available in both red and black in sizes ranging from small to extra large. Reasonably priced at $79.95, this dress is well worth every penny.

Linen Tunic

Comfortable and causal this linen tunic combines all the look of a traditional Russian garment with modern details that make it perfectly suited from contemporary wear. The loose and relaxed cut of this tunic offers all day comfort and the open sleeves with ribbon ties provide extra room for movement without sacrificing coverage. The folk styling and classic embroidery complete this top and provide a touch of elegance and charm. This tunic is available in sizes from small to double extra large and all at the retail price of $139.75.

Russian Navy T-Shirt

These traditional body-shirts worn by Russian Navy personnel have made a comeback and are now one of the latest in Russian fashion trends. Constructed of 100% cotton these tight fitting shirts have a cut and pattern that give the illusion of broad shoulders and a thin waist, on bodies of all sizes from small to large. Available is sizes from small to extra large these tees are a bargain at $17.95.

Russian Valenki

Russian fashions are not limited to clothing but also includes this traditional felt footwear. These 100% sheep’s wool boots are seamless and warm, and are said to have healing effects for the flu. This boots are temperature resistant down to forty degrees below zero and with the addition of embroidered designs and wide color choices they are the latest in fashionable Russian footwear. These boots are available in European sizes from 35 to 48 for both men and women, and at a price of just $57.99.

Down Pashmina

No look at Russian fashion would be complete without mentioning the pashmina. These traditional Russian shawls are constructed to withstand the winter and retain the delicate touch of lace. Pashminas are designed in the natural colors of the goats and can be brown, gray or white in appearance with small decorative ornaments added to create a personal touch. These traditional Russian garments are available in various sizes and are priced from $24.75 to $89.75.

This look at Russian clothing has touched on the basics but there are many more items suited to both casual and dress situations. The Russian people are proud of their heritage and it will always remain an important part of their culture and even as fashions change they will still retain these important ethnic qualities and workmanship.

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