Unless you’ve intentionally avoided all fashion magazines and clothing stores the past couple of months, you’ve probably noticed that neon is a HUGE trend for this summer (and continuing into the fall). Bright oranges, lime greens, hot pinks, electric purples, and bright turquoises abound. You can get neon jeans, shirts, dresses, shoes, handbags etc.
So, I’ve been thinking a lot lately (clearly not a lot going on in my life) about how and if I am going to incorporate neon into my wardrobe. I’ve personally always been a neon fan; I think neon colors are great for the summer and flatter most women. You might not look good in the lime green, but the electric purple and turquoise look great against most skin tones. Trust me, there’s at least one neon color that will work for you.
Trends come and go and the last time neon was in was the early 1990′s. I remember this because I had a bright pink DKNY dress and a pair of Girbaud lime green linen pants, both of which I adored and wore to death one summer. But the thing is I am now 20 years older, and at the age where covering my body in neon may be unflattering and quite possibly, inappropriate (and I generally don’t worry too much about whether my attire is appropriate for my age).
Although I still own the Girbaud linen pants and plan on wearing them, I will wear them differently that I did 20 years ago, when I wore them with metallic heels and a dressy silk blouse. The time around, the lime green pants are going to be the “main feature” of my outfit. I’ll wear them with a plain white or neutral t-shirt, a nondescript belt, and quiet flat sandals. I’ve been subtly mixing in neon for a few weeks now, and it seems to be working. So far, I’ve gotten almost all of the neon colored Snug tank tops at STASH, and have been wearing them under sheer t-shirts or blouses (the purple looks amazing under a sheer black blouse). I’ve also taken one of our neon Posse bags, which I am careful to wear only when my clothes are completely neutral. We’ve also have some great neon Freelook watches (not oversized!), that add a great pop to any outfit. For what it’s worth, my conclusion is that unless you are young and fabulous, the best way to participate in the neon trend is with one really stand out article of clothing or jewelry, worn with a neutral outfit. In small doses, neon it is a powerful way to add fashion value to your life.
Happy belated mother’s day and I can’t wait for the summer!!!!!