Like it or not, we are slowly seeing the return of the ’80s. Shoulder pads, body con dresses, and even biker shorts. It can seem daunting – especially for those around back then! – but when approached with a fresh and modern eye, virtually anything can be seen as en vogue.
Neon is one of these trends that may be hard to pull off, but can be successful in small doses. If you’re scared of looking like a Post-It or a raver, skip the head-to-toe looks and go for a flash of color via the accessories route. Eye-popping hot pinks, electric greens, and acid yellows were all the rage this spring for DKNY, Doo.Ri, and Isaac Mizrahi. And I am still swooning after the Matthew Williamson day-glo python platforms. Neon perfection if it ever existed, I tell you!
The trick to making fluorescent work this decade is using it to accent neutral colors like cream, dove grey, navy and black. I love the idea of using a shocking accessory to add a jolt of electricity to classic and feminine silhouettes. Unless you want to look like a walking flashback, don’t do neon accessories with leggings, off-the-shoulder or oversized t-shirts, and anything too juvenile looking. Keep it simple and sophisticated.
If the Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, and Versace Fall 2009 runway shows are any indication, it seems like neon will still be relevant next season. So buy these accessories today and wear them now and later. Glow on!
Check out 10 fabulous neon picks at all price-points after the jump!
Tory Burch Jelly Reva Flats, $95. This is a playful twist on their classic flat…so perfect for the summer.
Old Navy Lightweight Open Weave Scarf, $12.50. This scarf is unexpectedly chic over a khaki trench coat.
Rebecca Minkoff The Clutch, $325. I envision many outfits when I see this fluorescent patent clutch! Bonus: your girlfriends can easily spot you on the dance floor of a busy club.
Forever 21 Bow Headband, $3.80. Channel your inner Blair Waldorf with this highlighter orange bow.
DAVIS by Ruthie Davis High-Line Sandal, $795. Price is a bit steep, but talk about a statement shoe! The heel and sole are contrasting neon, satisfying your urge in a subtle manner.
TKO Orlogi Milano Remix Watch, $125. Kill two trends with one piece. Oversized watch? Check. Neon? Check.
Cynthia Vincent Dinah Sandal, $200. Here is your everyday gladiator sandal in a juicy citrus shade.
Chanel Glossy Camellia Brooch, $500. A classic piece redone in an ultra-cool finish. I would wear this with everything!
Free People Neon Studs Belt, $58. This belt has a punk feel but when cinched over flirty floral minis, it will strike an effortless balance.
Jimmy Choo Poppy Sandal, $900. How fierce are these? I see them with a navy jersey minidress to show off the Lucite heel.
– PAULA LEE
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