"Miami beach is where neon goes to die."-Lenny Bruce
According to Aristophanes in The Symposium by Plato, humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs and a single head with two faces. Zeus feared their power and split them all in half condemning them to spend the rest of their lives searching for their other half to complete them. It seems, like all true soulmates, great pairings need some time to find each other. It was not until the early 20th century before meatballs found spaghetti, 1976 before Laverne found Shirley and this summer that neutrals have found neons.
Pops of neon combined with neutrals were first spotted on the runways for Spring and Summer in the Burberry Prorsum and Jil Sander shows and it is a very wearable way to incorporate this summer's trend du juor. The trend of brights first started with color blocking which is still popular and fashion bloggers have it down so well, but frankly, if I were to wear orange and hot pink together, I would scare most of my family and friends. Mixing in a pop of neon with neutrals is a lovely way to bring in some fun summer color without blinding anyone.
The trick to this trend is to keep it simple. Pick one neon item as your statement piece and temper it with neutrals like pairing a tan dress with a neon yellow-green necklace or a neon yellow-green tank with beige shorts. If this is all just too 80's for you, just dip your big toe into the crazy neon pool with some fun nail polish or shades.
1. Zara Mini Skirt with Pockets
2. Forever 21 sunglasses
3. ToyWatch Neon Plasteramic watch
4. Shimmi Bandeau Bikini
5. Forever 21 Neon Stripes Skirt
6. Zara Neon Canvas Platform Sandal
7. Essie (Braziliant) nailpolish
8. ModCloth Highlight-her Necklace
9. Splendid top
10. Jades24 Pleasure Doing Business Skirt
11. Zara Lurex Dress
12. Essie (A Lot of Shekels) nailpolish
13. Forever 21 Matelot Linen Shorts
14. Zara Two-Tone Dress
15. Lanvin Dear Danae Cabas Shoulder Bag
Who What Wear: Looks We Love
College Fashion's Summer Trend Alert
Refinery 29's Tips and Tricks for Wearing Neon
image source: top image:(blog) atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com, (runway) style.com (Burberry Prorsum and Jil Sander), (Jessica Alba) whowhatwear.com (Getty image); collage: zara.com, essie.com, modcloth.com, net-a-porter.com, forever21.com, toywatchusa.com, jades24.com