Non-scary neon

Neon was a big trend this summer, and though we may all be focused on tapestry and baroque for winter, neon – if done right – will always give you a high fashion edge. Here is my pick of the best of the high street and some tips on how to style them.

Lace paneled Zara blouse.

First up, this blouse from Zara is super chic and the perfect shade of greenish yellow. It is quite sheer, but due to the layered panels, looks best worn with a nude bra underneath as a cami or vest would interrupt the lines of the cut. This blouse may seem slightly scary (BRIGHT! LACE! SHEER!) but it really doesn’t make you look too sallow as long as you get the make up right. Bit of bronzer and a bright clashing lip and you’re good to go.

Layer a matching necklace for a subtle way to accessorize.

Jewellery can be tricky to get right with this trend, so I suggest layering a matching necklace – here an H&M beaded necklace doubled under the collar of the blouse. A big cocktail ring is an alternative as the hands are far enough away from the main body and therefore the rest of the outfit to work  no matter the style. Bottom half wise; navy tailored trousers or dark denim would nail this look depending how casual you’d like to be.

Be brave and clash your neons!

Be brave and take a cue from the celebs and try clashing different colours of neon. This soft knit jersey from H&M mimics the round neckline of the blouse and will really lift your complexion. If you aren’t sure, pick two different shades of the same colour, – so a paler pastel yellow alongside the bright blouse.

Pink H&M dress.

A simple yet stunning dress.

Neon tends to work best when kept fairly plain, so no patterns or embellishments or you risk looking like a 90s reject! This flared, silky dress from H&M is so pretty on, very striking and flattering. This item is almost impossible to style wrong, a pair of simple black heels, chunky wedges or ankle boots would all look great providing you pull the look together with complimentary accessories and hair.

Clash with a clutch.

Re-enforcing how great clashing neon can look, a splash of yellow with this New Look clutch really lifts the whole look. Keep it chic with nude shoes.

Neons don’t have to be highlighter bright.

There are many different shades of neon available, though this seems to be a little known fact! These short shorts from Zara are a boucle texture, have frayed hems and studs so would seem to break the ‘keep it plain’ rule, however as they are a paler shade, they have a more modern vibe. Wear with a neutral chunky knit or plain white tee.

There are tons of neon nail shades available.

If you really don’t want to try a full on look just yet, dip your toe (literally) into the pool with neon nails. The Barry M and 17 colours are just a few of my collection but there are many other alternatives available in practically every colour under the sun! Barry M are probably best for on-trend shades and have a great intensity though you maybe need a few coats.

Here’s a small gallery of the celebs working the neon trend for inspiration…

Why not show off your best neon looks in the comments?

 

New York Fashion Week – The Trends (with bonus Marchesa!)

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been abroad and then I moved into my new flat, so I’m sure you can forgive me. The neon post I promised approximately forever ago will be up tomorrow, but tonight I thought I’d get the New York Fashion Week post up and running before we jet off to London, and see what all the cool kids are showing. Now I actually LOVE New York as a fashion capital. London may be cool, Milan dramatic and Paris breathtaking but New York always has a restrained, clean, somewhat wearable vibe and sometimes, that’s a nice break from all the Lady Gaga-esque shenanigans.

The pics are all in the one gallery for ease and speed, but the main themes that came through from the big shows were:

  • Black and White
  • Pattern
  • Sheers
  • Crop tops

So nothing new there, we’ve been seeing these looks for a few seasons now; but that’s what Spring/Summer is all about, refining and emphasising the trends that work whilst subtly dropping those that have become tired. Autumn/Winter is for drama and conceptual design (think D&G’s ode to Sicily this year).

There are a few random shots thrown in the gallery, unusual colours, drop waists, sparkles and some just plain pretty, even if they don’t quite slot in with the main trends.

Also included for you to drool over is Marchesa‘s latest offering. They never really go with the trends, they stick to what they do best,  feathers, froof, fantasy. Amen, sister.

Enjoy! Share your favourites in the comments…

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