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Ombré (French for “shaded”) is an effect that involves the gradual change from one color to another, or from lighter to darker of the same color. This can be done in printing, or by gradual shift of thread colors. Showy, the effect is most often used for dressy clothing.

Ombré plaid is a plaid in which colors shift gradually from one to the next, giving a softened, often blurry effect.

Ombre plaid from a 1950s Pendleton shirt