Just after Labor Day weekend we made a day trip up to Traverse City, MI and found the most CHIC locally made clothing store on the main strip!! Yana Dee Ethical Apparel located at 157 E Front Street in Traverse City MI 49684. I wish I could have dropped STACKS there but instead this post will have to suffice. You know I LOVE to support small, local, hand made brands. <3 My heart was overcome with love and admiration when walking into this shop.
At first glace you might think that this was a shop with multiple designers or brands but the impressive part about this place is that it's all one fashion house. If I could have an unlimited budget in the shop when I stopped by this is what would have been in my bag!
The charcoal gray Peasant Skirt. I am OBSESSED with floor length skirts. This one caught my eye because of how flowy it is! I love the gray color because if you wear any color with it the tones are sure to POP. This skirt could be worn so many ways too. Dressed up with thick heels, adventure chic with boots, or super casual with flats or even the right sneakers. The only thing I'd add to this design would be inseam pockets. This skirt is a HIT in my book.
The next dress that caught my attention was this Mysteria Pixie Dress. She is SO CUTE! The frilly sleeves are so in right now but they are short enough that the fabric won't get into your breakfast, lunch or dinner. The patchwork is sewn together from fabric scraps making this the ideal purchase if you're into sustainable fashions. But how chic is this dress? You could wear it as a fashionable costume for Halloween but it is also a perfect gothic look for daily wear. It has a cute edge to it. You could wear it with fishnets or leggings; boots or heels. Definitely would have picked one of these up for myself.
Last photo from my adventure into this store: Aviana Infinity Wedding Dress. This one brought tears to my eyes. You can really feel the beauty of this dress. Although I am not getting married any time soon, I definitely would have scooped on of these up my for myself. If I could have it custom made for a different occasion, I'd take one in a soft blue, dark green, or a pale/pastel yellow. This one is a WINNER! If you're getting married and have a more laid back/earthy style this is THE DRESS for you. I can not gush enough over this design. As a busty gal, I felt the design would hold my girls in and this would be flattering on every body type!
A couple other design mentions:
I love the sweat shirt style overcoats that are long enough to be a dress. There were two Dress Coats in the front of the store that blew my mind. The way these could be styled tickled my mind. Love this design and you should definitely get one!!
I don't think the hooded capes are online yet but I LOVE THOSE! There seemed to be two lengths available with hoods!! I adored this design. There were different fabric types too. I was not just thinking Halloween with these. It is giving fashion forward and chic! Go check those out for yourself and grab one while you're there.
Lastly THE BEANIES!! I would love these in an oversized style. I love how light weight the fabrics felt. Some knit beanies are just too much or the fabric is a bit to stringy. These knit beanies felt perfect for most seasons to keep warm at night and could go with almost any outfit! Perfect.
I am definitely already plotting my next trip to Traverse City and this shop is on the list! Would love to have some Yana Dee in my wardrobe. Their ethical practices are aligned with what I want to see in the industry. It also helps that it is a small business and a local one at that! Thanks so much for doing what you do! Keep on shining and I am wishing this design house so much success. <3
About the Author & Artist
Megan LaCroix also known as Citrine is the daughter of a Navy Veteran. She’s lived all over the US but has roots in Michigan where her family is from. Spending summers in Northern Michigan exploring nature inspired her to create art work starting with jewelry and photography. She’d spend hours looking for rocks and creating assorted beaded jewelry with her sisters. In 2014 She graduated from University of Michigan School of Art & Design with a BFA then moved to Detroit where she is currently living and working. She is a multi-media artist with ever expanding skills but is best known for her jewelry, screen printing, photography, and paintings. Detroit Graffiti has a significant influence on her painting and drawing style. She’s participated in ArtPrize 2015 & 2021 and currently has a studio in the Village Arts Factory of Canton, MI.