"Shades of grey wherever I go.
The more I find out the less that I know.
Black and white is how it should be.
But shades of grey are the colors I see." -Billy Joel
Ombre (adjective or noun) From the French word for "shaded", the term describes a fabric with graduated or shaded effect. The fabric may range from light to dark tones of one color or may be shading of three or more colors. Usually achieved with a special dyeing process.
Customary to many South Asian looks, the dyed fabric has been showing up all summer in mainstream fashion from dresses to scarves. First appearing in the Spring/Summer '08 fashion shows, the look can be bright and colorful or more subtle. Pictured above from shopbop.com are the Rebecca Taylor chain cami, Peace Treaty Shehri scarf, Alice+Olivia rosette dress and the ADAM Deep V dress.
Warning: Pairing more than one ombre item together may result in visual impairment. Remember, less is more with these pieces. Pair a simple piece with any ombre piece, for example a simple white ribbed tank would be the perfect complement to the colorful Nine West Ombre Pleated skirt pictured above.
Image source: shopbop.com, ninewest.com