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Trend Alert: Ombre

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French for "shaded," ombre refers to a gradual shade change from light to dark or from one color to another. And let me tell you, it's everywhere! From the spring 2011 fashion runways to celebrity hair (cue Drew Barrymore, Rachel Bilson, and Sarah Jessica Parker) to modern manicures, it seems that the pretty gradations of color are the newest thing.

Perfect for a summer wedding, soft and subtle ombre elegantly hints at color without requiring a commitment to one bold hue.

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The tiers of silk on bridal designer Tara La Tour's

1 The tiers of silk on bridal designer Tara La Tour's "Angela" gown unexpectedly erupt into a bold swathe of color at the skirt.

Alexis Bittar's rope crystal bangle makes for an unexpected

2 Alexis Bittar's rope crystal bangle makes for an unexpected "something blue."

This hand-painted linen pillow from ABC Carpet & Home could cozy up an outdoor reception's cocktail area.

3 This hand-painted linen pillow from ABC Carpet & Home could cozy up an outdoor reception's cocktail area.

I am totally obsessed with this hand-dyed bias-cut silk ribbon from M&J Trimming.

4 I am totally obsessed with this hand-dyed bias-cut silk ribbon from M&J Trimming.

This dress by Lela Rose may be ready-to-wear, but I think it would look lovely coming down the aisle.

5 This dress by Lela Rose may be ready-to-wear, but I think it would look lovely coming down the aisle.

Wouldn't this Judith Leiber shell minaudiere be perfect for a seaside affair?

6 Wouldn't this Judith Leiber shell minaudiere be perfect for a seaside affair?

This vintage 1930s set from Etsy is stunning! Use the colors for inspiration.

7 This vintage 1930s set from Etsy is stunning! Use the colors for inspiration.

If you love it as much as I do and want to get the look for your big day, here are a few ways:

1. Treat your stationery suite with an ombre design so your guests get a hint of what's to come.

2. Give your bridesmaids a dip-dyed scarf. For a how-to, check out this from Martha Stewart Living's crafts department.

3. Ask your florist to create centerpieces like this one.

4. Talk to your baker about applying ombre buttercream to your cake.

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