Ikat Magic: 5 ways to wear ikat this summer

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Ikat is a specialized dyeing technique native to southeast Asia. The simplicity, intricate patterns, and riot of colors make ikat a fashion statement in itself. Ikat is the perfect example of ‘simple is the new classy’. Making waves on the runway and the fashion circuit; we’re crushin’ on this beautiful art form.

How to wear ikat
Beating the heat in this comfy ikat tunic.

There is an unmatched rustic feel to ikat. The apparent blurriness to the design symbolizes the extreme difficulty weavers have in dyeing the fabric. Go bold with ikat accessories.

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The Ikat Triangle Jutties by Fizzy Goblet are pure love!

If you want to include the ikat magic in your wardrobe, but are confused how to do it, here is some inspiration.

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Eyesight – Average
Vision – Phenomenal

5 ways to include ikat magic in your wardrobe.

  1. Ikat Dresses

On a hot summer day the pleasure of a cotton maxi dress is unmatched. Look stylish and be comfortable in an ikat dress this summer. Keep it casual chic or go all ethnic, the streets are your runway!

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Summer dreams are made of sun, sand, and midi dresses.
Source – TheLoom

Perfect for a brunch date with your girlies, or even a causal day at work. Glam up the look with statement earrings and a vibrant lipstick!

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Peachy hues, beachy feels.
Source – Jaypore

2. Ikat Kurtas

Kurtas and summers are a match made in heaven. Wear them with palazzos for work or denims for college, there is no looking back from the inevitable love for kurtas. On days when you don’t feel like dressing up, yet want to look put-together, an ikat kurta can come to rescue.

ikat kurtas
Power dressing gets a whole new feel with this prettiness.
Source – TheLoom

Pair them with palazzos for an easy breezy look. Choose a basic black or blue, and they’ll be evergreen.

summer kurtas
Having a basic black kurta is a must.
Source – Jaypore

3. Ikat Accessories 

There can never be a time when we girls say ‘I have enough bags’. For all you fashionistas, this season invest in an ikat bag and make heads turn wherever you go.

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Fashion on fleek with this classic ikkat messenger bag.
Source – Nappa Dori

You could buy a big ikat tote and pair it with your favorite summer look, a stylish ikat messenger bag for that crisp formal look, or the love.

ikat bags online
Always classy, and a little bit sassy.
Source – Uzbek Alive

Or how about giving your basic jutties the twist of ikat. Pair them with denims or saree and they’ll surely make a bold style statement.

ikkat jutti
Pink love!
Jutti Love!!
Source – Fizzy Goblet

4. Ikat Blouses

The suave and class of a saree remains unmatched. Style your solid colored saree with a contrast ikat blouse for that added charm. A simple cotton saree paired with a contemporary ikat blouse and silver jewelry will amp up your style statement.

ikkat saree
Simple is new chic! This sexy ikat blouse will make your saree look all the more fancy.
Source – Ajio

You can also pair an ikat blouse and the saree of similar colors for an overall effect. Give the outfit an edge with bold accessories.

ikat blouse
Such prettiness, much wow
Source – houseofblouse

5. Ikat Tunics

The one thing, after maxi dresses that we love in summers is comfy tunics. Pair them with your favorite ripped denims for a casual outing. Give Friday dressing a twist with the stylish ikat tunic.  Pair it with slim fit trousers for a crisp semi-formal look.

ikat tunics
Life isn’t all black and white. It i a million grays you cannot find.
Source – Ogaan


cotton tunic
Giving formal wear that desi vibe feel.
Source – FabIndia

The good thing about tunics is that you can wear the long ones like a dress. Pair a straight fit ikat tunic with white sneakers for that perfect casual vibe.

ikkat dresses
This stunner from Jyapore has my heart.

I hope this was enough inspiration to make you fall in love with this lovely trend. Also let me know which of these ways are you most excited to try!!!

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