Wear Neon Now Without Looking Like You’re On Your Way to See Avicii

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Not that there is anything wrong with Avicii but come on.

Neon colors were all over many runway looks of Spring ’12, including Rag & Bone, Nanette Lepore, and Chanel, to name a few of my favorites (see below).

Rag & Bone Spring ’12 RTW

Nanette Lepore, Spring ’12 RTW

Chanel, Spring ’12 RTW

And I love it. But it’s difficult to play off of these looks in the winter without looking highlighteresque. Doesn’t mean you have to wait til spring to incorporate some of this brilliance into your outfits. Here are some tips/great pieces to wear now!

1. Start with a Sweater

(Neon Sweater, T by Alexander Wang, $195, farfetch.com)

I love this color, and I think this sweater would look great either by itself or worn with a white button-down underneath (fitted, or not). This is a great piece to have in your closet because the color is subtle enough to pass as either a pastel or a neon. You can also find some great neon-colored sweaters at Topshop and J Crew.

2. Accessory Accent Piece

(Pyramid Stretch Bracelet, Asos, $14, asos.com)

This bracelet is both inexpensive and easy to wear with solid or neutral colors– from black to white to tan.

(PS1, Proenza Schouler, $1595, barneys.com)

In love with this color. It’s an investment but it sure is a beautiful one. Yes, it is a bright color for the winter but I think it could be played off well with black (I’m envisioning a pea coat and black scarf), or even a white top in the evening.

I’m seeing this MUCH less expensive version from Old Navy all over right now. And there’s also Cambridge Satchel, who recently started making a metallic version which is pretty cool.

3. If you’re daring/going somewhere warm…

(Neon Legging, Rag & Bone, $187, rag-bone.com)

It’d be pretty tough to get away with these now in the chilly temperatures of the east coast. But if you’re somewhere warm, go for it. You won’t catch me wearing these for a few months, but I love them too much to not include them in this post.

(Vintage Striped Washed-Silk Shirt, Equipment, $250, net-a-porter.com)

I think this is a great shirt to slowly transition your wardrobe into spring mode because it isn’t full-on NEON IN YOUR FACE. There’s also a similar pink and orange version of it sold at Intermix, which is probably better for spring.

So don’t be scared of neon. I would advise to keep the rest of your outfit simple though, until it gets warmer. In the spring, you can go ahead and turn yourself into a tye-dye Lisa Frank highlighter zebra and adorn yourself with glowsticks. Just kidding please don’t.


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