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Luxe vs. Less: The Ombre Maxi Dress

Ombre Maxi Dresses for every budget

As a general rule, I try to avoid single articles of clothing that combine multiple trends, but that's just me. So for instance, I just ordered a super cute maxi dress from, but it's solid, boring black. I figure that I can pull off the trendy maxi look as long as I opt for a simple color and casual fabric that I can spruce up with the right accessories.

Having said that, the ombre maxi is not a look I would feel comfortable wearing, but I can easily see the appeal for certain girls. Celebs like Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba make them work, Kate with her bohemian vibe, and Jessica with her hot mama bod.

As for you, my beloved readers, reviews have been mixed when it comes to both ombre and maxi dresses. For some, ombre is too closely linked to tie-dye and hippies - and it's not the polished look you're going for. Others love this dip dye technique when it's done right. The maxi is a length lots of you love for easy, summer dressing...but for others, it's too fussy and too much fabric (gotta show off those great gams of yours!)

So what's the verdict going to be for these ombre maxis? If you're on the fence, it's good to know this trend is available for every budget (my favorite happens to be the cheapest one featured above.) Can you guess which costs the most? Answers after the jump...

From left to right: Scoop Beach Smocked Dress with Rope Belt at, $365; Gypsy 05 Ombre Maxi Dress in Yellow at, $121; Bisou Bisou Ombre Maxi Dress at, Was $80 Now $59.99.

I am one of those who kinda hates both of these trends ... but, strangely, they work together. Although that could be because wafer-thin models are wearing them ... anyway, I'll stick to my pencil skirts, thank YOU!
#1 Sal (Homepage) on 2008-08-02 07:51 (Reply)
I thought the purple Bisou Bisou was the prettiest one, surprising that it's also the cheapest. I only own 1 maxi dress, the fabric is white eyelet and I love it although I'm not really looking to add to another one. For summer, I prefer the short sundresses.
#2 Ice Princess on 2008-08-02 08:10 (Reply)
I love the ombre maxi trend. I sew often (like if I see a deisgner outfit I love, I sketch it, and then make it after I buy the necessary fabrics and ribbons), and I recently made a pink ombre maxi dress with pink/goldish silk, and a braided gold belt. The ombre maxi dresses in stores are WAY too expensive for this college student, so I usually reserve my money for shoes only.
#3 Joann on 2008-08-02 10:41 (Reply)
I like the idea of the 2 mixed in 1..It gives it a nice bohemian/hippie spin, which I think is a great look for summer. Who cares if its 2 trends into one.. if it looks great, then why the heck not wear it.
#4 Neira on 2008-08-02 12:06 (Reply)
Although I've been a huge fan of the maxi dress, I've been on the fence about ombre. I've seen it done impeccably on a Monogram by Banana Republic dress I've been coveting (You can view the sold out style here:,398055,2&clink=398055.) On the other hand, I've seen it done on some truly awful pieces. I must say, I love ombre on the maxi! I especially love dress from I already bought what I told myself would be my one maxi for this season, but I just might have to get another now!
#5 Katie on 2008-08-02 12:28 (Reply)
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