My name is Laura and I’m a writer friend of Katy’s. I’m pleased to be guest blogging on Modly Chic today!
I’m going to be talking about Ikat (pronounced ee-kaht), a popular fashion trend for clothing and accessories right now. To achieve the distinctive Ikat look, a weaving method involving a resist dyeing process is used on either the warp or weft fibers. The threads are actually dyed before they are woven and produce unique patterns and colors in the finished fabrics.
Here are a few Ikat clothing items I found:
This Knit Ikat Trance Cowl Neck Dress from Ann Taylor would be great for the office and out for dinner or drinks post work day. I do find the print rather dizzying and trance inducing, though. Kudos to the copywriter on the name!
I’m much more fond of the Silk Ikat Pencil Skirt from Banana Republic, as it is easily paired with a solid top which tones down the look. I see this with everything from a simple white tee to a light weight denim blouse. You could wear tights with it in the colder months and top it with a big bulky sweater, too.
For a different take on Ikat, check out these handbags:
First the Coach Kristin Ikat Crossbody bag. If you really dig Ikat and don’t see it as a passing design fancy of yours, by all means invest in this cute crossbody bag. It will hold up through thick and thin and will likely be a worthwhile purchase.
If you’re more a trend watcher and are currently fascinated by Ikat but not wanting to make a big monetary commitment, go for this fun find from American Eagle Outfitters. The AEO Ikat Slouchy Hobo Bag can tickle your fancy for as long as you like, then you can pass it on to a friend.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Ikat pieces I’ve shown you today. While Ikat isn’t a fave fashion trend of mine, I’m always aware that differing tastes make the world go round! To each her own and wear it well.
(Note from Katy: I have been eyeing a maxi-dress at Forever21 for weeks now that is Ikat and am embarassed to mention I didn’t even know there was a term for that look. And like Laura, I’m not in love with seeing it everywhere, however I do think there are some great pieces out there now.)