By Emma Wills
I have a new neon obsession. Neon first came to my attention as a serious fashion statement during LFW, when a whole host of fabulous arms were seen carrying a contemporary take on the classic Cambridge satchel in vivid fluro. Since, I have yearned to adorn my arms, wrists, feet and even entire body in the most garish shades of green, orange, yellow and pink. This is of course something my boyfriend has a wild aversion to and my sister believes should stay firmly within the region of Claire’s Accessories stores.
The key to rocking winter brights without looking like a bad 80s tribute of course all lies in the styling. Sloppy silhouettes and colours that are more car crash than edgy clash will not do. Structure, minimalistic silhouettes and well-chosen accessories are the best ways to start building a neon look. Take the fluro yellow Cambridge satchel for starters; a perfectly proportioned and well-designed bag that has been refreshed and modernised in a sumptuous shade of sulphur yellow. Style blogger Carolina Engman previously worked the bag with a monochromatic ensemble, crisp white blazer and fitted black jeans. The pop of neon added a spark of interest to an otherwise bland combination.
To take the neon style credentials up a notch, start working multiple bright colours into an outfit. A bright orange sweater teamed with statement pink heels would work, if broken up by a simple charcoal a line mini skirt. Alternatively, chose one statement piece, such as a neon yellow skirt and wear with a crisp white shirt, thus letting one element of your outfit to do the talking. The more daring fashion enthusiasts can work the trend head to toe. Take inspiration from picture 3 below, the orange and royal blue colour clash perhaps wouldn’t work on paper, but in life makes for a vivid and harmonious statement. The simple tailoring and the continuity of orange through to the shoes are vital to this praise worthy combination. Finally, look to the likes of high flying fashion journalist Miroslava Duma, who carries off a block of lime green effortlessly with well-chosen black accessories.
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