Spring Trend: Ikat

by katyrose on May 18, 2011

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.

Take care,


(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.)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna May 18, 2011 at 6:45 am

All Saints have some cute Ikat dresses…and I was about to buy one of them, but didn’t buy it after all!
It’s an interesting pattern…and I have to tell you I was surprised when I saw the title of the post!!! (feel so bad for not buying the dress :P )
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Pam@over50feeling40 May 18, 2011 at 8:00 am

Thanks for the fashion education…I do love the looks of the prints no matter what they are called..
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brett May 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

glad to know the name for this look
had no idea
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A Fine Balance May 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

Im a huge fan on the Trance dress. While I like the pencil skirt. Its great to have pieces already and on the go!


Dancing Branflake May 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love that dress! So super feminine and sweet.
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Bella Q May 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

It’s really grown on me. I like the native and folkloric quality to the look. Which I happened to be wearing in my last outfit post, and which I dedicated a photo to Katy! LOL. coinky-dinky.
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