Sunday, 28 July 2013

How to Wear Neon - the 2013 Update!

Last year, I took my first tentative steps into the world of fluorescence, publishing my original How to Wear Neon post (complete with "experimental" poses!). This summer, thanks to some actual sunshine, brights have tightened their grip on my wardrobe even further, with zingy new finds jostling against old favourites for precedence... Neon may even be giving monochrome a run for its money!

How to Wear, '90s, Sam Muses, Neon, Fluoro, Fluorescent, Colour Blocking, Primark, River Island, New Look, Peplum, Mini Skirt, Maxi Skirt, Pinafore, Denim Shirt, Beanie, DIY Clutch, Sheer, Crop Top, Fishnet
How to Wear, Sam Muses, Neon, Fluoro, Fluorescent, UK Fashion Blog, London Blogger, Monochrome, Lace, Midi Dress, Maxi Dress, Mini Dress, Tammy, Primark, Boohoo, Crop Top

The Tops

Oranges and Lemons

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Peplum, Fluoro, Fluorescent, Mini Skirt, River Island, Yellow, Orange, Aztec, Collar Necklace, Wedges

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Peplum, Fluoro, Fluorescent, Yellow, Aztec, Collar Necklace, Wedges, New Look, Earrings
Top and Necklace: Both Primark, Earrings: New Look, Skirt: River Island (Past Season), Shoes: Peacocks (Past Season)

Brights on brights... on brights! Summer is the perfect time to go wild with colour, but a common tonal theme running through the accessories pulls this look together for an off-beat ladylike feel (and trust me, if you buy one thing this summer, a multi-tonal neon necklace will be your hardest working piece for pulling together, polishing, or just adding a zest injection to more subdued ensembles).

Denim Dabble

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Peplum, Fluoro, Fluorescent, Mini Skirt, River Island, Yellow, Orange, Aztec, Collar Necklace, Beanie, New Look, Lita Dupes, Denim Shirt

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Peplum, Fluoro, Fluorescent, Yellow, Aztec, Collar Necklace, Beanie, New Look, Denim Shirt
Top, Skirt and Necklace: As Above, Beanie c/o New Look, Boots: Primark (Past Season), Shirt: Tammy (Past Season)

Swapping belt for beanie, wedges for ankle boots and bare shoulders for denim to toughen up the look with a '90s grunge twist.

Pastel Power

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark Crop Top, New Look Pinafore Dress, Tokyo Doll, Pastels, Trainers, Wedge High Tops, Studs, Studded

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark Crop Top, New Look Pinafore Dress, Tokyo Doll, Pastels, Trainers, Wedge High Tops, Studs, Studded, DIY Embellished Envelope Clutch

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark Crop Top, New Look Pinafore Dress, Tokyo Doll, Pastels,
Top and Trainers: Both Primark, Pinafore: Tokyo Doll at New Look, Clutch: DIY (See This Post)

No need to stick to all-bright combos... try adding some lime zest to sweet-as-candy pastels...

Caught Up

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Crop Top,Fishnet, Lime, Green, Maxi Skirt, Sheer, Trainers, Wedge High Tops, Sports Luxe

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Crop Top,Fishnet, Lime, Green, Maxi Skirt, Sheer, Trainers, Wedge High Tops, Sports Luxe

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Crop Top,Fishnet, Lime, Green, Sports Luxe

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Crop Top,Fishnet, Lime, Green,
Whole Outfit: Primark

A single neon piece also makes a stunning accent to an otherwise all-black (or white/grey) ensemble, and the perfect base for a statement sheer look. This is one of my favourite summer outfits so far this year, giving the classic maxi a sports luxe-meets-nu rave spin...


The Dresses

Natty Neutrals

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Tammy, Lace Dress, Pink, Monochrome, White Brogues, Envelope Clutch, Stripes, Striped Blazer

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Tammy, Lace Dress, Pink, Monochrome, Envelope Clutch

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Tammy, Lace Dress, Pink, Monochrome, Envelope Clutch,

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Tammy, Lace Dress, Pink, Monochrome, Stripes, Striped Blazer
Dress: Tammy, Blazer and Shoes: Both Primark, Belt: River Island (from skirt, past season)

Why stop at one neutral? If you can't decide whether to go mono or fluoro, do both! And no need to stick to accessories if you're feeling brave - try teaming a neon top with a printed pinafore or shorts/skirt/trousers...

Glo With It

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Tammy, Lace Dress, Pink, Crop Top, Boyfriend Tee, T-Shirt, Wedge High Tops, Hi-Tops, Trainers

Neon, Sam Muses, Primark, Tammy, Lace Dress, Pink, Crop Top, Boyfriend Tee, T-Shirt,
Dress: As Above, Top: Primark, Trainers: River Island

Yup, the old "turning a dress into a skirt" trick - made even more exciting by neon's "glo-thru" effect... 

P.S. You may have already seen the layer-tastic 1-for-2 dress trick featured in the introductory montage in my How to Wear a Sheer Lace Dress post, but I was so proud of it I decided it bore repeating!

And don't forget, a neon bra is also your secret weapon for turning a plain white tee into a nu-rave statement (as in this post).

Instructions for a Heatwave

Neon, Sam Muses, Boohoo, Maxi Dress, Primark, Collar Necklace

Neon, Sam Muses, Boohoo, Maxi Dress, Primark, Collar Necklace

Neon, Sam Muses, Boohoo, Maxi Dress, Primark, Collar Necklace
Dress: Boohoo, Necklace: Primark, Shoes: Peacocks (Past Season)

Neon, Sam Muses, Missguided, Maxi Dress, Cut Out, Coral, Waist, Primark, Collar Necklace, Beehive Ponytail, Pony
Dress: Missguided (Past Season), Shoes: Freemans (Past Season), Necklace: Primark

When it's too hot for structured waist-cinching frocks, coloured maxis remain the quintessence of summer... the perfect no-thought-required ready-made outfit (accompanied by sandals and trusty neon necklace, obvs).


Are you embracing brights?


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4 comments:

  1. I really like neon colors too. HAve a great day.

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  2. You look amazing!
    Love the colours. Great stylings!

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