Thursday, 14 February 2013

How to Wear - Day-Glo Brights

So often when I meet personal styling clients for the first time, they tell me about how much they love a certain colour but how they could never wear it as it doesn't suit them or that they're 'too old' to wear it. However, I'm a huge believer that you shouldn't rule out any colour entirely at any age, you just haven't found the right shade yet! 

Clients seem to think that I'll list all the colours suit them and that they should throw out everything else in their wardrobe that isn't that exact shade... I don't! As a general rule of thumb, if you try an item on in a particular colour and it makes your skin glow and you feel happy in it, then it's a keeper!

For a lot of people, day-glo/acid/neon brights remind them of really loud and cheap and tacky outfits from the 80's and 90's but it's making a HUGE comeback and it would be a shame not to at least try and embrace a little neon yellow in your life! The good thing about neon yellow is that it is has many variations from subtle but bright neon yellows to acid lime.

If you have bags of confidence and want to rock a full-on neon outfit, use the ever fabulous Jennifer Lopez as your reference point and add a contrasting neon shade of heels. Julianne Hough also looks fabulous in a full length, acid bright Kaufmanfranco number.

Jennifer Lopez rocks a fitted Michael Kors neon dress and contrasting Casadei heels

Julianne Hough wows the red carpet in neon Kaufmanfranco

Jason Wu (one of Michelle Obama's favourite designers) catwalk creation in neon

Blair from my favourite fashion blog, Atlantic-Pacific shows how you can wear a neon lime green shade of dress and still look so classy without a hint of tacky. She tones her dress down by adding a gorgeous buttery tan soft leather jacket, a leopard print Valentino bag and some violet heels.

I love this similar Antonio Berardi dress with high neckline which ensures you won't be showing too much flesh and standing out for all the right reasons.

Antonio Berardi dress £845 at Matches (

Speaking of awesome necklines, I love the twisted neckline of this fluorescent Aqua dress. It's such a stand-out shade which is bound to get you noticed...

Aqua twisted high neck dress £100 at ASOS (

For a slightly more casual option, this Whistles dress is perfect for wearing with flat sandals for a relaxed daytime look or platform heels and bright red lips for a dramatic night outfit!
Whistles sculptured crepe dress £135 ASOS (

For full on neon drama, (I mean - if you're going to do it, you might as well do it right, right?) look no further than Tibi... This skirt is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It just screams 'look how fabulous I look in my lime skirt".... ;)

Tibi silk full skirt €570 at Moda Operandi (

If you're stuck for what the heck to wear with such a show-stopping skirt, I love how Blair (from Atlantic-Pacific... again!) adds a dramatic navy peplum top and some chunky beads to her Tibi skirt.

For a more budget friendly midi-skirt, ASOS has the perfect playful little number to tempt you into the trend...

Midi skirt ASOS £30 (

Of course, I completely understand if a full, midi, neon green skirt is a step too far for you. Maybe break yourself into the trend with a neon top and some black skinny jeans instead - deal?

My sister bought this gorgeous silk vest from River Island last week. Of course, my favourite sister rule is what's hers is mine and what's mine is my own... :)

Lime longline vest £15 River Island (

Equipment do thee best silk shirts and I just love the pocket detail on this one that's currently on sale on ASOS. Get in there quick to grab a bargain!

Equipment £151 at ASOS (

This Tibi peplum top is almost as delicious as the skirt that is goes with... perfect for wearing with leather leggings and a contrasting statement necklace and of course, some skyscraper heels!

Tibi silk peplum top €420 at Moda Operandi (

A hint of neon is better than nothing and is a great place to start if you're not sure how you feel about the colour just yet and need a little more convincing. I used an amazing sparkle jacket by Pied a Terre with subtle lime lining and teamed it with a fab Biba clutch in a similar hue for the fashion shoot I styled for the latest issue of Business Women Scotland Magazine. (

Photograph : Anette Schive (
Make up : Sara Hill (
Styling : Victoria Martin
Model : Shannon @ Colours Agency
Hair : Kirsty Geddes @ Colours Agency
Styling Assistant : Claire McCann

For a really subtle, barely there but utterly fabulous hint of neon, Antonio Berardi has the perfect dress to indulge your lusting for lime but diluted with some gorgeous grey...

Antonio Berardi €1,000 at Moda Operandi (

This adorable little sweater is a bargain from ASOS and perfect for some summer neon fun!

A Wear at ASOS £22.50 (

The McQ line by Alexander McQueen always produce such amazing pieces every season that I instantly fall in love with. I love this (pale) neon leather skirt with lots of zip detail. It goes perfectly with the neon camouflage sweater, also by McQ! The sweater is just adorable! Absolutely have to have....

Bleached neon leather skirt £565 by McQ at Stylebop (

Military camouflage sweater £225 by McQ at Stylebop (

For an equally fierce and fabulous injection of neon, this Just Cavalli dress is just the ticket. Such a fun but really flattering dress too.

Animal print neon dress £240 by Just Cavalli at Stylebop (

Animal print neon dress £240 by Just Cavalli at Stylebop (

If all else fails and I can't convince you to try some neon clothing, however subtle, then at least have a go at trying some neon accessories. It gives a fashionable nod to the trend without having to make a major style commitment.

These strappy sandals will keep your tootsies the main focus of your outfit it you pair with black or neutral shades so let your feet do both the talkin' and the walkin'...

Sandals Sam Edelman £145 at Matches (
Sandals by Maison Martin Margiela £218 at Matches (

Trust me, you can NEVER go wrong with Guiseppe Zanotti heels, regardless of colour...

T-strap neon sandals £470 by Guiseppe Zanotti at Oxygen Boutique (

Alternatively add some neon neck candy for a youthful update to an old LBD...

Necklace £12 Next (

Or finish off a simple outfit with a power clutch - this is my favourite neon bag around just now by Pied a Terre. Simply luscious...

La Clutch by Pied a Terre £99 at House of Fraser (

You are never too old or too young to try out a new style so why not give some neon pieces a try... it's really not as scary as you think!


1 comment:

  1. Bright's and Neon are huge this S/S so great to get some different looks. If you still a little unsure then why not accessorise your everyday look with neon accessories to ease you gently into the trend ..x