Friday, April 3, 2009

Blame it on the Rain

You may have noticed a lack of inspiring, creative posts this week. (I'm sorry, I really am.) I think this nasty weather is getting to me.

For example: This morning we woke up to snow. Not just little flakes that melt when they hit the ground. Like stuck-on-all-the-rooftops-and-cars-and-grass kind of snow. I can tell you one thing: This is not a safe environment for all the Easter bunnies that are said to emerge in a little over a week, that's for sure.

Anyway, I wanted to explain to you that the rain may have washed away my inspiration this week, but that next week will be different! I really hope the sun comes along this weekend to dry up this deluge of blah in my head.

However, don't expect me to just leave you with this mopey post for the weekend. I would never do that to you. Instead, I'm going to embrace this rain for a moment and talk about something that reminds me a little of rushing water, and how it can blend colors and dyes together.

Ikat has been exponentially creeping back onto the style scene since early 2007. To be honest, it didn't appeal to me at first. It reminded me too much of terrible hotel room wallpaper and duvet covers from the '80s and '90s. But it has grown on me, especially when used correctly in a room or outfit.

The following examples are some that I really enjoy - their clean lines & modern cuts don't have as much bulk, and the colors are updated to avoid that mauve-y hotel-room feel. (Do you know what I'm talking about? The hotel thing?)

Personally, I would avoid too much ikat in any one outfit. Instead, try to balance the strong pattern with black solids, or by identifying a highlight color in the ikat pattern you're wearing and wear pants or a skirt in that color. It will bring out the highlight color in your specific ikat.

Pair either of these tops with black pants and some colored flats for a second pop of color. Wear a different colored shoe than the top, but keep the tone within the same family.

Ikat accessories, like these totes and clutch, can really enhance a simple t-shirt-and-jeans look.

(Clockwise from top: Woven Ikat Tote (via Monsoon); Calvin Klein Tote; Felix Ray Clutch)

I absolutely love this skirt, especially with the belt & button detail. Once again, a simple white blouse would be an easy complement, but try to incorporate brighter colors in the form of a bright solid tote, or even a wide headband.

Blouse, Tote (Calvin Klein via Overstock), Skirt

This ikat-patterned slipper chair would be a great addition to any space. Perfect for my dream dressing room! (Unbelievably classy for Urban Outfitters! Has anyone had experience with UO furniture and knows how it holds up?)

And I couldn't leave out these dresses... Summer really needs to hurry up and get here so I have an excuse to wear things like this!

Left to Right: DKNY, Milly, DKNY

Do you have any ikat pieces of your own? How have you worn or displayed them?



  1. I had never even heard of ikat til recently, and now I'm seeing it everywhere! That Delia's shirt is too cute, but the clutch is looking mighty fine too...

  2. can you dress me please? :)