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May 31, 2012

Ombré trend for summer

from: RTÉ Fashion Blog

During the recent bout of good weather, everyone donned their best summer pieces, but now that the sun has crept away behind these gloomy, grey clouds, don’t be afraid to keep that bit of colour in your wardrobe for the summer months.

One colourful trend for this summer is Ombré dyed, or dip-dyed fabrics, a technique that gives a graduated tone, with colors that shade into one another. Such items will bring a much needed injection of fun and colour into your wardrobe, even if the sun has already parted ways with us.

This trend has no bounds, and it has transcended into beauty, hair and fashion. Many may recognise the term ombré from the popular hair trend, where brown hair fades to blonde, black hair fades to brown and the more daring of people’s hair fades to, well just about any colour under the rainbow.

Looking at clothing first, the options for this trend are endless. The high street is overflowing with affordable on trend pieces, so nobody has an excuse not to try this trend out. For those who are quite conservative when it comes to incorporating colour into your wardrobe, there are ways to incorporate this trend comfortably this summer – on your hair and nails. However, for those who are confident with wearing colour, by all means go wild, and there are a lot of stunning pieces available.

My favourite ombré piece (that I think I may have to have) is this suit from ASOS Collection. It is gorgeous. Although, I can imagine that it is not to everyone’s taste. However, this is definitely a way of really going for this trend, and turning a few heads. This suit would be the perfect office wear this summer, or it could easily transition for a night out.

The trousers, which retail at €43.44, are cropped which is another widely featured trend on the runways for this Spring/Summer. Check out Philip Lim, Thakoon and Tibi for cropped trouser inspiration or Zara, Topshop and ASOS for more affordable pieces.

The blazer is €67.88 and is definitely a statement piece. If you think that both the blazer and trouser together is too much, pair the blazer with a pair of plain white cropped trousers – or vice versa and it will be an equally nice outfit, with a subtler nod at the ombré dyed trend.

For a more conservative takes on this trend look to Zara, who use more muted tones which many may find more wearable.

The ombré effect for hair has been around awhile at this stage and most people will be familiar with hair that fades from dark to light, but why not take this trend one step further this summer and dip-dye the ends of your hair your favourite colour. Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to go out and dye your hair permanently, no no. You can achieve this look very easily, and in a way that won’t damage your tresses.

All you need is artist’s chalk pastels and water. Just dampen the ends of your hair with water and colour over the ends of your hair with your chosen colour, leave it to dry and BAM, you will have your very own dip-dyed hair - that will wash out when you are fed up with it. No need to commit to a permanent hair colour anymore – how fun!

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