Quite honestly, I thought that neon was the last trend that I would ever try. If you hadn’t noticed, I am way more of a pastel and nudes girl. It started so subtly that I barely noticed; with an experimental shade of lipstick and then one week browsing in West Central London – these crazy bright shorts. And call me biased but honestly, out of all the blinding shades out there, orange is probably the most wearable, purely out of process of elimination (green is just noooo. Yellow is the most common highlighter hue and there are far more superior shades of pink to go for). After staring at my clothes for a good few minutes and throwing this together, I think I’ve finally found a combination for any girl who prefer classic pieces to fads out there could actually incorporate this colour into their wardrobe. Here are three tips on how to wear neon for girls that don’t usually want to look like Paris Hilton in the early noughties:
1. Find the most grandma thing you own
Be in vintage, a hand-me-down or extremely expensive and just really battered looking, pair your neon item with the most grandma thing you own. Why? Because it’s pretty hard to imagine a pensioner being slutty in an Ibiza club, which is basically the vibe that neon gives off – even if it’s orange (and personally, the best of the selection). In my case, it was this lace Ralph Lauren shirt, which even has the most adorable puff sleeves!
2. If you go neon, find a classic material
I mean, these shorts are H&M so I don’t know how luxe the material is but the point here is that they look like tweed. I am all about juxtapositions when it comes to style, so mixing up neon with a classic material like this makes the clothing a lot more wearable and versatile. Here, I’ve matched it with a cream tweed Zara jacket in a moto style because, you know, I thought it looked edgier.
3. Keep your accessories simple
Neon speaks for itself, so as far as accessorising goes, don’t go for anything that fights for attention. I stayed true to my preaching and went for a classic, small Louis Vuitton clutch and nude square glasses for an extra retro look. It was just in case my elderly lady shirt didn’t make me look less like a prostitute. When it comes to “how to wear neon”, it can be a fun shade to experiment with and I really enjoyed putting this look together (not so much walking in the massive heels) but on a daily basis, accessories are the element that really takes an outfit from ‘I bought this token thing for the sake of it‘ to wearing neon with confidence.