Think Day-Glo Chic, How to Wear Neon This Spring.

Vibrant, cheerful, playful, attention grabbing and trending for Spring. Yup, fluorescent hues, are a lot of things, but it doesn’t have to be scary to wear them.  So have no fear, I am here to show you how wearing neon is easier than most people think.

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 For me, I love bright colors and neon isn’t an issue. But maybe you are like a lot of other people that like neon but aren’t quite sure how to pull it off.  Now, some people say, in fashion there are never any rules, I happen to think that when it comes to neon, there are some rules but not many.

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The goal is to look fashionably chic and not like an 80’s baby. Of course, I’m not knocking the 80’s. I’m grateful for the 80’s. The 1980’s brought us good stuff like the Jheri Curl, Members Only jackets, denim jackets and denim on denim, Prince, MTV, Pac-Man, Diff’rent Strokes and the Cabbage Patch Kids

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Thanks to Willi Smith, an American award-winning fashion designer who with his Willi Wear Collection in the 1980’s introduced fashion to neon and neon to the world. Willi Smith used neon colored fabrics for the lining in suit jackets. Later that decade my favorite 80’s French fashion designer, Claude Montana, known for high shoulder pads and taking leather mainstream furthered helped to popularize neon.

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 If you’ve been paying attention then you know that it hasn’t only been since the 1980’s that acid pinks, yellows and greens have showed up and showed out on runways in both menswear and womenswear collections. Many designers, including, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Christian Lacroix and many more have all played with neon colors. For affordable but nice neon pieces visit Zara, H&M and Topshop.

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Here are my simple tips for wearing florescent hues, keep in mind that a little confidence goes a long way. Pair neon with classic vintage pieces, like a neon turtleneck or mock neck top with a vintage blazer, a pencil skirt or your grandmother’s cardigan. This technique plays down the overpowering color while and playing up the stylish factor and adding class. Add a neutral color to give a balance to the bold.  Either black or white, not both, would work well. Avoid top to bottom neon, where you might look more like a human glow-stick. Or just play it safe and easy by simply adding one neon piece to your look, hoop earrings, a clutch, a blazer, a belt or a pair of shoes.   

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However, if you are more adventurous with your fashion style, and feel confident and secure, wearing head to toe neon is tricky but lots of fun. So those of you ready, confident and enjoy taking a fashion risk, you can try color blocking with another neon color or a pastel, just leave the neon accessories out and tone it down a notch. There are so many ways to wear neon while keeping it to your liking, and who knows, as time progresses so might your neon wild side.

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Still a little nervous about your neon look, remember you don’t have to wear it to work or on a first date where you might be nervous or awkward.   You can reserve your neon look for Sunday brunch with family or drinks with the girls. But, if you ain’t feeling it, don’t do it!

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Hey, if you like to share how you wear neon, If you still have questions about wearing neon, or just like to leave a comment, feel free to drop me a line below.

 

Peace, Love & Happiness,

Maria