When I was six, my best friend and I used to fight over who would get to use our Crayola fluro-colour pencils first. And when it came to sharing these ‘one-of-a-kind artistic delights’ with our friends, I reminisce as to how horrible we were that we wouldn’t even consider sharing our stash!
That was 1996.
Fast forward 16 years.
My best friend and I are still best friends, but we are no longer fighting over our neon pencils. Instead, she’s regularly coming over to my house to borrow my clothing, as she adds a bit of pop colour to her outfits – (it goes without saying that she’s very lucky her best friend is a stylist!)
Now, I know not everyone is a massive fan of the neon trend, but, with Spring just around the corner, it’s time to get out of your dull grey sweaters and heavy black knits. Instead, replace them with fluorescent party dresses, coloured jeans and bright blazers.
I understand that wearing fluro colours can be a bit daunting, but if you follow my 3-step Neon Trend Guide, you’ll be rocking the fluro – less 80’s/90’s and more classy edge – in no time at all!
1. Take baby steps: The neon trend is about contemporising the look of the past and bringing it forward to suit your own individual style.
DON’T go head-to-toe neon at first
DON’T choose bright clothing AND bright accessories AND bright makeup
DON’T choose a neon colour that will either drown out your skin tone or overpower your complexion
DO paint your nails a neon hue to start off small
DO add a neon shoe or clutch purse as a subtle embodiment of the trend
DO wear bright necklaces, bangles or earrings to give some fluro sparkle to your LBD ensemble
2. Try colour blocking separates: Wearing neon is a bold statement but if you pick one piece to wear, you can work it!
DON’T colour block two opposing neon separates
DON’T wear neon with too much detailing – it can get a bit much!
DON’T be afraid to try something new
DO pair neon with neutral colourings or black
DO try a fluro blouse with basic trousers or a basic skirt
DO wear a statement fluro piece – like a bright pink blazer – to pull together an outfit
3. Be bold and be brave! When you think you’ve mastered the neon trend, go ahead and take a few risks!
DO wear a full length, bright, colourful dress to that Summer sunset party
DO donne a neon suit – but make sure to tone it down with your accessories, hair and makeup
DO be confident and full of charisma – if you’re going to rock the trend, you’ve got to have the personality that goes with it!
So, get ready to start the Spring/Summer season with a pop of intense neon colour – with as little or as much fluro added to your new season ensemble, as you like.
And for those of you who encounter others who just don’t ‘get’ the neon trend, don’t be afraid to do what I do: whip out your electric yellow post-it pad, grab your bright pink marker, write “Rock On in Neon”, and then, tell them to stick it!
(Feature image from dailydoseoflies.com)