Ikat. You can!

June 29, 2011

SMARTS, STYLE, WOMEN


Donna Morgan Ikat Dress, Banana Republic “Tyler” Ikat Scarf, Three Dots Ikat Dress, American Eagle Outfitters Ikat Scarf, Lucky Brand Jeans “Minna” Ikat Top, Urban Outfitters “Ecote” Woven Ikat Shorts, Forever21 Ikat Maxi Skirt

The racks are PACKED with Ikat patterned items this spring and summer. PACKED. It is a fantastically fun print that immediately adds a punch. It just feels like the beach.

Styling tip! Be advised, Ikat is a terrifically busy print and it’s easy for that to add width to you. Here’s how to shop for it:

Horizontal lines are not our friend.

DO look for pieces where the pattern runs vertically. This will lengthen slim you visually.

DON’T buy horizontal patterns – they add width.

DO pair an Ikat piece with a solid. Too much of a good thing is still TOO MUCH.

DO experiment with smaller pieces like scarves or totes. This is the easiest way to try out a trend.

DON’T go out and invest in 50 Ikat pieces. This is a summer trend sure to run its course and look dated quickly.

Pick up a piece or two, play around with it and have fun. Beach vacation sold separately.

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