An Ikat Summer

Ikat is undeniably one of my favorite patterns around (if you could even call it a pattern!). I love the color it can lend to decor or an outfit, and I also appreciate it for that little bit of eclecticism it brings to the party. It’s such a visual jolt. Though, with patterns that can often be quite bold, I understand why some people might not gravitate to it as much.

But if you’ve ever wanted to give ikat a try, there’s no better time than summer. Something about it just screams HOT to me! I am still on the lookout for a new bikini for the season, and am dying to find an bandeau suit with an ikat print. Anyone seen any??  (UPDATE: Thanks to Emily’s suggestion, I’m the proud new owner of a super cute J.Crew ikat bikini. Will report back on how it looks!)

1. Tracy Reese embroidered dress, via Nordstrom  |  2. Shoshanna bikini  |  3. Nanette Lepore tunic, via Bloomingdales  |  4. Calypso St. Barth ikat bikini  |  5. Shoshanna one-shoulder dress, on sale via Lord & Taylor  |  6. Natori beach towel, via Bloomingdales  |  7. Assorted pillows, via Nordstrom  |  8. Journal, via Anthropologie  |  9. Clutch, via Anthropologie  |  10. Assorted towels, via Anthropologie  |  11. Mare Tunic, via LemLem  |  12. Shoshanna Murano Dress, via Piperlime  |  13. Calypso St. Barth Kerala Tie Dye Dress  |  14. Neoplastic Bangle, via Anthropologie  |  15. ZigZag Embroidered Shirt, via Calypso St. Barth  |  16. Dress via LemLem

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  1. 5.19.11
    Aubrey said:

    I don’t think that initially (way back when) that I was a big fan of Ikat…especially since I apparently didn’t know how to pronounce it! (c: But it has completely converted me into a fan of epic proportions…we all need a little ikat in our lives…like that freakin’ amazing anthro clutch…oh yeah baby!

    • 5.19.11

      Don’t worry, I didn’t know how to pronounce it correctly until recently either….when a fabric store owner corrected me. Kinda embarrassing (I’m such a rookie), but I’m glad he told me!! In case anyone else out there is wondering, it’s ee-cot.

  2. 5.19.11
    Jen said:

    Ooh, great choices! I covet the Nanette Lepore tunic, those pillows (great price) and that adorable clutch.

  3. 5.19.11

    Absolutely love all of your picks. Anything with a little bit of a tribal feel is so perfect for summer!

    • 5.19.11

      Oh that’s cute. Real cute. How did I not see this????

      Also love that the top can be sized perfectly.

  4. 5.19.11

    I’m a big fan of it too. Just love all of these pieces :)

  5. 5.19.11

    i love those anthro towels! they’re screaming light, airy, beachy bathroom.
    great collages!

  6. 5.19.11

    great picks! whyyyyy is that presh anthro clutch so many dollas??? i feel like it should be mine . . .

  7. 5.19.11

    I want that Tracey Reese dress and Anthro purse!! Looove all of these items – the pattern, the colors, oh la la!

  8. 5.24.11
    Natasha said:

    Oh I have a MAJOR crush on all things ikat…this post is AWESOME!