The Ombré Effect
September 22, 2011 § 2 Comments
Lately I’ve been developing a strange attraction of the ombré effect, and not the kind where you have your dark hair transition to blonde. There’s just something so mysterious and beautiful about the gradient of colors and the subtle transition of colors that can’t be achieved with simple layering and colorblocking. What can be more elegant than the cascading colors on a long, flowing gown? Okay, well I can think of many things, but it’s up there! And the nail effect is just amazing. Showing off five nail polishes at once? Pure. Awesome. Anyway, it seems that I’ve become too absorbed in my colorful thoughts to remember what the point of this was (other than to talk about how great this effect is). Somewhere along the way my carefully constructed idea had been washed over by images of pretty colors. What I think I wanted to share were some ombré accessories and nail polish gradients, because, around here, I’ve seen a lot of ombré shirts, but not much else.
1. The Scarf
A scarf is usually a simple but effect way to make a statement. That’s why it is a good choice for an ombré accessory that effortlessly adds color and class to a simple outfit.
2. The Shoes
I personally think ombré shoes are a great idea, and I just don’t see enough of it. If they are worn correctly, I think they could really flatter your legs or outfit. Imagine a color transition that leads the eyes up to your legs. Or the other way around: it could draw the attention down your legs and to your toes so that your whole outfit is noticed.
3. The Nails
This is my favorite way to express the ombré effect: by painting each fingernail (on a hand) a different color. It’s a good way to take advantage of the fact that there are many similar shades of nail polish. With so many gradients to try, the number combinations are endless. You could even do a gradient on each individual nail if you wanted to. I used one brand for each set for consistency, but go ahead and branch off. Mix and match different brands of nail polish. It’s more fun that way.