From clothing, to footwear, to accessories, neon colors are everywhere this season. For those of us who were actually around fashion-wise in the ’80s and ’90s, the thought of wearing hypercolour shades again likely brings about memories of grade school, slouch socks and “Hammer pants,” all set to Paula Abdul and C + C Music Factory. Still, it is possible to tap the neon trend in a way that looks modern and chic. It all comes down to balance and moderation: pairing your neon with neutrals and wearing only one or two bright pieces at a time. Here are 10 ways you can rock the neon trend without looking like you stepped out of a page of your middle-school yearbook.
1. Coloured denim
If the thought of excessive colour scares you, try dipping your baby toe into the pool of neon by starting off with a pair of washed-out coloured denim like these coral-coloured skinnies by J Brand (available at Aritzia). The diffused wash and pretty coral colour give a nod to neon brights, while remaining surprisingly neutral.
2. White T
Here’s where the balancing act comes into play: If you’re wearing bright-coloured bottoms, pair them with something simple and neutral on top, like this classic cropped white T by Cheap Monday (available at Weekday).
3. Neon statement necklace
Add a “pop” to a neutral-coloured top or dress with a gorgeous neon statement necklace, like this one by Oqvestir. The bold colour is perfectly balanced by the necklace’s delicate and classic design.
4. Belted dress
Feeling bold? Go bright on bright, with a sassy and eye-popping dress like this orange frock by Rare London. For extra wardrobe mileage, the dress comes with a hot pink belt that can be removed and paired with a simple black dress — another easy way to infuse your wardrobe with neon. Just remember: When wearing a bold neon piece, keep your shoes and accessories neutral, to avoid overkill.
5. Striped clutch
We’re totally in love with this Clare Vivier neon-striped clutch (available at Shopbop). Soft, pebbled leather is paired with a singular neon stripe for a look that is simple and chic.
6. Bright beaded bracelet
Looking to add just a touch of neon to your outfit? A bright beaded bracelet like this one by Max and Chloe does the trick while still looking sweet and subtle.
7. Eye-popping bag
Inject your look with a shot of dayglow: Get a bright bag like this neon green leather satchel (available at Bohemia).
8. Nail polish
Experiment with the neon trend by giving yourself a mani or pedi in a bright hue, like this Pop Beauty Nail Glamor (available at Pop Beauty).
9. Two-toned sandals
Look for a pair of neutral-colored sandals that feature a neon detail — like these ones, available at Modcloth, sure to brighten up any outfit while still looking understated.
10. Leather wrap bracelet
For a stunning and sophisticated hit of neon, wrap your wrist in a leather bracelet like this one by CC Skye (available at Oxygen Boutique).
Simone Paget is a freelance writer and the author of Skinny Dip, a cheeky blog about love, sex, relationships and everything in between. When she’s not writing her heart out, she loves wandering around her city, large cup of coffee in hand, in search of the next great story.