Ikat: A Style Lesson

January Jones
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If you follow fashion, you've probably read about the ikat print -- and if you're like me, you've probably wondered what the heck ikat is, and how the heck to pronounce it.

Well, according to Wikipedia, ikat is a "method of weaving that uses a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye on either the warp or weft fibres." It's also "one of the oldest forms of textile decoration."


As for the pronunciation of the word 'ikat,' it's "EE-coht."

Mad Men actress January Jones wore this ikat dress not so long ago, and you'll see the print pop up quite a bit on celebrity stylistas from Heidi Klum to First Lady Michelle Obama.

It's also an inexpensive look to score for yourself. Check out my favorite affordable ikat print clothing after the jump ...







Anne Klein Dress
Anne Klein, $148
I'll be honest, when I began looking for ikat print clothing to show you all, I hated more of what I found than I loved. This ikat Sheath Dress (Anne Klein, $148), though, is divine. It's pricey, but perhaps you can justify it for a wedding or cocktail party. It also comes in ecru.


Ikat Tunic
Macy's, $29.99
I'm also loving this budget-friendly Ikat Print Embellished Tunic (Macy's, $29.99), on sale down from $69. This would be a great boho look with shorts.


Thakoon Dress
Kirna Zabete, $1,452
If you have a few grand lying around, you can purchase this Thakoon Ikat Plisse Day Dress (Kirna Zabete, $1,452), just like the one worn by Mrs. O (but she probably paid the original price of $2,075).


Ikat Dress
Dillards, $128
Or you could opt for this simpler, but equally stylish T Tahari "Gardenia" Ikat-print Sheath Dress (Dillards, $128). This dress would look great with a white or black boyfriend blazer ... just sayin'.


Ikat Scarf
LOFT, $24.99
Show your love for all things ikat with this Watercolor Ikat Scarf (LOFT, $24.99) ...


Ikat Maxi Skirt
WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com, $128
I had my eye on this gorgeous Ikat Maxi Skirt (White House Black Market, $128) at the mall last week, but it was a little much for my budget. The skirt has a smocked top and can be worn either as a skirt or strapless dress. I'm just praying this one makes it to the online sale racks!


Ikat Top
Neiman Marcus, $68
This Ikat-print One-Shoulder Paisley Top (Neiman Marcus, $68) is a fun way to rock the look.


Ikat Skirt
J.Crew, $138
Drool with me over this classy Ikat Dot Pencil Skirt (J.Crew, $138). This is another one I'll be looking for on the sale racks. It would never go out of style.

Those are some of my favorite ikat looks. What do you think? Do you have any ikat pieces? Would you buy them?

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