From summer’s dip-dyed denims and half-tinted tresses, the trend for ombré has transitioned through to the cooler months, and we likey. It’s worth mentioning that the trend has graduated (ehhm…) from the vivid brights and shock tactic hues seen all over the east End, so if your split ends are still pink you may need an upgrade.
Premium brands like Jonathan Saunders and Bottega Veneta take degradé very seriously with sophisticated over-the-knee dresses and dissolving floral appliqué on monochrome jacquard. These are for sure the swankiest interpretations of the fader fad, in classic shapes for decidedly dignified ladies who not only lunch but enjoy the odd cocktail after. Lanvin have something for boys, taking a plaid print on a generous shearling –trim coat and diffusing the bold tartan to solid colour at the hem. A little more on the edgy side are street style staple Acne, with dresses and shirts that adapt their signature boy meets girl meets kooky Swedish nonchalance. If you don’t know what that means, have a look at their Patti shirt – an uncomplicated item in cultured colourations with a gentle gradient and simple detailing.
Not to forget your beautiful barnet - take swift action before those blonde ends start to look desperately dated and turn that dye job on it’s head with a reverse ombré for lighter roots, down to wickedly dark tips that are more sultry than celeb. Or better yet go for more seasonal tones and add a shot of spicy cherry or plum rather than sunshiny blonde.
In this case, as with all things in life, it’s best to be economical. Don’t spend all your precious degradé in one place, it’s an effect not a lifestyle choice and head-to-toe fading looks more wishy-washy than wish-list. Pair ombré tops with solid bottoms; wear printed pieces with plain accessories and if you’re feeling crafty, this trend is totally achievable on a budget by DIY, all you need is a bucket of bleach and a little patience.