The other day I wore a red monochromatic outfit which got a lot of attention both on and offline, and it got me thinking — what’s so special about an all red suit that gets people so excited? Then I had an epiphany. It’s pretty rare to see people dressed head-to-toe in a single color. Black doesn’t count because black isn’t a color. (It’s the absence of color and light.) So why is it? Are people afraid of looking like a crayon? Or perhaps they have a hard time finding matching hues? Whatever the reason may be, one of the biggest trends right now leaves you no excuses.
Ombre is a French word for shading or graduating. For example, a shirt may start with the lightest color from the neckline and gradually become deeper as it reaches the hemline. Hair stylists coined the term to describe the color technique they use to dye hair, but ombre has bled past hair salons. This dip-dye trend has become more and more popular in fashion, makeup, interior design and even food.
Subtler than the color-blocking trend, ombre is the perfect way to inject vibrant and compelling colors into your wardrobe to give your everyday style a burst of energy without the hassle of picking separate colors to mix and match. This trend has been prevalent in women’s clothing over the last couple of years, especially in dresses, but ever since Alexander McQueen and Givenchy sent male models down the runway in ombre looks, the trend has gone unisex — and while many are ready for ombre to fade (pun intended) — this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
So go ahead, stock up on colors and make ombre part of your summer uniform.