I’ve only been in the Ukraine a few days but one thing really stands out: how much skin the women show. I know, I know, this observation may not sound as cultured as a post about Ukrainian cuisine or landmarks or language, but I’ve never been to a place where the women dress as skimpily.
From teen girls to 40+ year old women, tight jeans, tiny shirts, and high heels are the norm. Maybe it’s because of hot summer weather. Maybe it’s a distinct eastern European look. Maybe what I’ve seen in Odessa just isn’t representative.
But it may also simply be part of the fashion sense. In this interesting post about Ukrainian fashion, the author notes, "The wardrobe is about attracting male attention, but in a "Look But Don’t Touch Unless Invited" fashion." She also discusses some of the reasons why the industry of western men dating or marrying Ukrainian / Russian women has taken hold. (Just Google "Ukrainian women" and you’ll find a gazillion sites of this sort – it’s a huge business.)
It’s interesting to compare fashion tastes around the world…