It seems like every time I say the word "ombre" I get asked what it means. Even my spell checker doesn't recognize it. So, let me do a quick definition of what it is before we talk about how to do it. Ombre is when you have a color that gradually goes from light to dark. I'm redefining it a little to be using multiple shades of the same color in one outfit. Having everything in one matching color is boring, but taking one color and wearing several pieces in lighter or darker variations creates some visual interest. I'm going to show you how to do that with the same color (purple) in two different outfits.
When choosing your color, be aware that some colors make such a statement that they really need to be worn in moderation. For example I've seen an orange ombre dress that really just looked like a melting Popsicle costume. So, when you're just starting to play around with this style, stick to the basics like blue, green, purple, pink, or even brown or black. I chose purple for this demo because some of its shades have so much blue that they're almost neutral and also because I have so many shades of it. In a later post, I'll repeat this theme with brown, rust, and tan.
This is my first selection of purples to ombre. The top and scarf, and the dress in the next outfit were all purchased from ThredUp.com, my favorite online thrift store, for $37. If you're new to ThredUp, use this link to sign up and save $20 off your first purchase http://www.thredup.com/r/WKVOY5. Plus ThredUp will donate 5% of the cost of your order to the school or your choice.
This first outfit is very casual and uses three shades of purple going from the lightest shade at the bottom to the darkest at the top. The scarf also has an ombre theme with the accent stripes.
The second style is more dressy and I really only used two shades of purple and black counts as a neutral. Using only two shades is a good way to start playing with this concept if you're afraid of single color overload. I love the eyelet details on this dress and the top above, which add visual interest to all these solids, but I would advise against using prints with this look as it might be overwhelming to the eye.
Shirt from ThredUp for $6
Dress from ThredUp for $27
Scarf from ThredUp for $4
Boots, Purse & Cardigan from ModCloth.com
Heels from Charlotte Russe
Jewelry is Handmade
Satchel is from a local thrift shop