Confession time. I’ve been cheating on orange. Again.
It started with a sass & bide neon yellow scarf, which I wore here back with a white and taupe. It continued with my lusting over these Mollini shoes that will land at Style Tread in July/August. And then was sealed when the lovely people at Feathers sent me this jacket as a birthday gift.
Now, Feathers did not send me the jacket expecting it to be blogged about. But I couldn’t help myself. It was the neon straw that broke this bloggers’ new-season fashion trend back.
See, I’ve been watching the spring-summer season unfold on the backs of our northern hemisphere cousins … mostly on Pinterest. I’ve been Pinning neon like a mad woman possessed and someone intent on re-visiting her ’80s and early ’90s roots.
Yes, back in the day I couldn’t my fill of neon. Clearly.
Fluoro was a hit at school discos (hello ultraviolet lights). It was a hit on the aerobics floor (hello neon g-string, high-cut leotards). It was EVERYWHERE.
Which begs the perennial fashion question … should I even be thinking about adopting this trend the second time round? Or should I leave it to the next generation of sweet young things?
Obviously those questions are rhetorical because I’ve already cross the neon fashion line, so let me state my pro-neon case.
(If you’re not really feeling the whole neon/fluoro fashion thing, then perhaps consider popping a few Wham! tracks on to your current iTunes playlist before continuing on with this post. I’ll wait right here till you’ve set the mood.)
Ok, here goes!
Why you should embrace neon:
- Neon colours add new meaning to the word pop when it comes to making your winter or summer outfits stand out from the crowd.
- A pop of colour in your outfit can lift your mood. Instantly.
- Fashion is meant to be fun. This is fun.
How to embrace neon and not look like you’re going to an ’80s fancy dress party:
- Do find the neon colours that “speak” to you. I’m a big fan of a yellow-green, borderline but very sassy chartreuse. It seems to suit my skin tone.
- Do wear your neon back with neutral colours – think black, white, grey, taupe, tan.
- Let your neon do the talking. Let it be the statement of your outfit and avoid having it compete for attention.
- Want to dip your toes in the neon trend? Do so literally with a nail colour or pair of shoes.
- Do seek out a neon cuff, scarf or necklace as a first purchase. It’s a way to wear the trend without it wearing you.
- Why stop at clothes? Do consider neon as a cute way to brighten up your home decor too.
Want some more neon shopping inspiration?
Forever New sandal $49.99
Seed fluoro nail polish on sale for $4.95
Witchery scarf $19.95
Missoni for Havaianas $69.95
Steve Madden bag (in store next week)
What do you think? Have you already jumped on board this trend? Made plans to add neon to your spring wardrobe?
PS. Mr Styling You piped up from across loungeroom when he glimpsed what I was blogging about. He has an … interesting … theory about the resurgence of neon in fashion. He says we’re piggy backing on the growth in the number of Aussies working in the mining sector and donning hi-vis shirts every day. I suggested that his position as a fashion commentator is safe and asked if he could please turn his attention to making me a cup of tea.