In life, I believe in the saying, "Go big or go home." In fashion, I believe in a twist on that motto: "Go bold or go home." But wait! Before you think I am emptying my closet by throwing all of my black clothes out the window (never that), let me clarify. Two of my favorite trends coming out of Resort 2012 and Spring 2012 were bold, bright and anything but black — color blocking and neons.
When you hear the word "neon," you may automatically think of the '80s. But as designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta have taught us, this revamped trend is fresh and anything but tacky. "It" Girls such as Blake Lively and Emma Stone have already worked this trend, and I expect more will in the near future.
DVF, Michael Kors, Burberry Prorsum and Rachel Roy from Resort 2012
Oscar de la Renta, Matthew Williamson, Peter Som and Rag & Bone from Spring 2012
It is possible pull off neon colors without looking like a highlighter. Following are my three tips:
Neutralize. A head-to-toe neon look is not necessarily the most flattering. Instead, opt to balance the outfit with neutral tones. Nude, gray and black (yay!) are great pairings for glowing colors. For a bold bottom, I am in love with Rag & Bone's legging jeans, which are available in neon pink and neon yellow.
Synthesize. Choose pieces that have a pop of neon, whether it's a block or layer of the piece. DVF (who clearly is a Neon Queen) does a great job of this with her Hatsu dress.
Most importantly, have fun with it!