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Gottex Calypso surplice one-piece swimsuit, in watery or fiery sunset shades; $188 at Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

Spring fashion: How to wear ombre

Ombre -- the slow fade from one shade to another -- pops up in fashion every few years. This spring and summer, it's hot in clothing, beauty, swimwear and more.

Boutique 9's Sally pump in blue multi patent
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Boutique 9's Sally pump in blue multi patent leather; $69.99 at Nine West stores and ninewest.com.

Aqua's Ombre Aztec Woven top, in rayon that
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Aqua's Ombre Aztec Woven top, in rayon that shifts from navy to mint; $58 at Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

Gottex Calypso surplice one-piece swimsuit, in watery or
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Gottex Calypso surplice one-piece swimsuit, in watery or fiery sunset shades; $188 at Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

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Ombre 2.0--a
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Ombre 2.0--a "color melting" technique seen on Samantha McGuire, senior stylist and colorist at Spa Adriana, Huntington. For info, visit spaadriana.com. Hair color by John Vater; styling and makeup by Adriana Vater.

Fellas fade, too, with Bar III's cotton dip-dye
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Fellas fade, too, with Bar III's cotton dip-dye polo; $39.50 at select Macy's stores and macys.com.

Ombre 2.0--a
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Ombre 2.0--a "color melting" technique seen on Samantha McGuire, senior stylist and colorist at Spa Adriana, Huntington. For info, visit spaadriana.com. Hair color by John Vater; styling and makeup by Adriana Vater.

Low-rise skinny leg jean in fading black, gray
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Low-rise skinny leg jean in fading black, gray or dahlia; $118 at select A/X Armani Exchange stores and armaniexchange.com.

L'Oreal Paris F�ria Wild Ombr�, a three-part, brush-on
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L'Oreal Paris F�ria Wild Ombr�, a three-part, brush-on lightening system; $12.99 at chain drug and food stores, and lorealparisusa.com (where you'll find a how-to video).

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Quotation's Red Haute tee, in soft Supima cotton
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Quotation's Red Haute tee, in soft Supima cotton with dolman sleevse and split back; $79 at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

Go light (at top) to dark (at tip).
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Go light (at top) to dark (at tip). "It's easier to cover a light shade with a darker one," says Bridgette Bock, nail director of Mineola's Salon Blue & Spa 190. (To DIY, try China Glaze 4-Piece Ombre, $14.99 at Sally Beauty Supply stores and sallybeauty.com.)

Air Wick's new color-changing candles cast a soft
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Air Wick's new color-changing candles cast a soft glow that subtly changes color for an unusual rainbow effect. They come in a variety of scents -- such as Lavender & Chamomile, Vanilla Sugar Cookie, Warm Apple Pie; $5.99 at target.com, or visit airwick.us for more info.

For the subtlest hint of ombre, go with
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For the subtlest hint of ombre, go with a pair of sunglasses with gradient lenses, like House of Harlow's cat-eye frames in grapefruit pink; $138 at houseofharlow1960.com.

Your nails will dazzle -- and literally morph
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Your nails will dazzle -- and literally morph before your eyes -- with China Glaze Tranzitions, a line of nail lacquers that alter their color when a top coat is applied. Create an ombre look, or any design your creative mind comes up with, in a variety of shades, including Shape Shifter (a dark metallic purple that changes to deep navy blue), Duplicity (mint cream that morphs to deep green) and Altered Reality (metallic teal that darkens to deep teal, pictured); $6.99 at Sally Beauty Supply stores and sallybeauty.com.

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Ombre can sometimes be a bit in-your-face, but
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Ombre can sometimes be a bit in-your-face, but not here. We like the look of this cotton button-down "Glouster" shirt by INC International Concepts; $59.50 at select Macy's stores and macys.com.

Steve Madden Sleepwear, which debuted last fall, is
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Steve Madden Sleepwear, which debuted last fall, is cool and comfy in this dip-dyed sweatshirt, $46, and surf short, $44; at select Lord & Taylor stores.

You'll be beach-ready in this polyester dress by
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You'll be beach-ready in this polyester dress by Echo with its pixilated butterfly pattern; $98 at select Bloomingdale's stores and bloomingdales.com.

A test-run for tresses-and just the thing if
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A test-run for tresses-and just the thing if you're not quite sure you want to commit your locks to the dip-dyed look. Streak the bottom third of your hair with Alterna Stylist 1 Night Highlights, a temporary hair color in a mousse formula that comes in three shades-Ravishing Red, Shimmering Blonde or Sweet Caramel; $29 at beauty.com.

AE denim dress in light cotton and medium
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AE denim dress in light cotton and medium wash; $44.95 at American Eagle Outfitters stores including Lake Grove, Massapequa, Bay Shore, Hicksville, Merrick, Garden City, Oceanside and Manhattan; and ae.com.

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New this spring -- Shu Uemura's Blossom Dream
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New this spring -- Shu Uemura's Blossom Dream false eyelashe collection, in two "Rainbow Feather" palettes; $25 to $30 at shuuemura-usa.com.

Rebecca Minkoff loves a good fade; here her
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Rebecca Minkoff loves a good fade; here her sexy, sculptural Nilson Sunset skirt; $398 at shopbop.com.

The Caribbean calls, in this silk tunic; $195
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The Caribbean calls, in this silk tunic; $195 at Calypso St. Barth in Westhampton Beach, Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Montauk, Greenport and Manhattan; and calypsostbarth.com.

Ombre 2.0--a
(Credit: John Vater)

Ombre 2.0--a "color melting" technique seen on Samantha McGuire, senior stylist and colorist at Spa Adriana, Huntington. For info, visit spaadriana.com. Hair color by John Vater; styling and makeup by Adriana Vater.

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