Spring Shopping Guide: Ombré
There are different names for pretty much the same thing. The pedestrian name is dip dye, the slightly more sophisticated name is ombré, and the hoity-toity name favored by Prada is dégradé. No matter what you call it, the effect is either a fully saturated color (or colors, in some cases) fading to white or to a paler version of itself. The effect is ethereal and gorgeous, and who doesn't want to look that way?

The severe, tailored, almost '80s shape of this Alexander McQueen minidress provides an interesting counterpoint to its soft variations in hue. Love the belt too.

I was going to link to a gorgeous hot-pink Prada bag, but unfortunately, it's sold out. So here's a more mild version, in a peep-toe pump, that's also a bit easier on the wallet.

You know in the movie The Queen when Queen Elizabeth sees the stag and she says, "Oh, beauty"? That's exactly what I said when I saw this Badgley Mischka dress. This is what I wear in my dreams.

Say what you want about Alice + Olivia; I think Stacey Bendet makes some of the best party dresses around. She has some great ombré looks for spring, but this sequined dress is one of my favorites. (Thankfully, it's also on sale.)

If all this etherealness is too much for you, this ombré dress from Vince has an allover scribble print, which makes it a bit more punk rock.

This Graham & Spencer dress kind of looks like they took a big swath of silk fabric and loosely draped it around the dress form, but I love how effortless it looks.

Proving that ombré doesn't have to be in a floaty, fancy dress, Pencey's crewneck tee is low-key but still trendy.

This ombré boy tank has a lot of style, especially considering it's less than $20.

And while I love what Prada does, I think these Ombré peep-toe pumps are almost even better than Prada's. And at less than a tenth of the price, they're quite the bargain.


Anonymous said...

I love this trend, whatever you choose to call it. I have a few pairs of shoes and one patent bag that are "dégradé." However, I don't have any tops or dresses with this look.

WendyB said...

The shoes are great.