Like a metallic shoe or stacking rings, a pop of neon is fashion catnip for me. In general my wardrobe is a monochrome landscape made up of mostly greys, blacks, whites and a hella lot of denim. I tend to add interest and colour to my outfits through my accessories and makeup, preferring to leave the canvas fairly neutral. I have found that, generally speaking, this means I get less bored of my clothes and can make more wardrobe updates through accessorizing…
So back to NEON’S. Every spring/summer we see bright hues trickle back into existence. I love neon and I’m not afraid to wear it either. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll never see me dressed head to toe like a walking, talking highlighter pen (so not chic), but a few years back I discovered that a dash of bright pink and a pop of lime can transform a pair of jeans and white tee into a stylish and eye catching look.
I discovered the Call it Spring collection at Debenhams – loved these shoes and styled two different outfits around them by using my favourite accessories to make them look different.
I picked out this pair of Call it Spring Tan ‘Carmeliene’ high sandals with a neon accent and stacked heel. Nude and neon is such an awesome but unexpected combination. Like denim, a nude gives the dash of neon a chance to stand out. I deviated away from my usual dark red pedicure in favour of a nude pink colour to compliment the open toed shoes. I also love the rose gold clip on the ankle, such a cute detail.
This lime tote is the perfect everyday bag. The neon green is almost identical to the sandals straps too. Winning.Tailoring & Cut Offs
For my more casual look I opted for denim cut offs and selected a classic, button down light blue shirt. By casually rolling up the sleeves and half tucking the tails into the waistband of the shorts the look feels undone and sexy in that “I just stole my boyfriends shirt” way. If you fancy, wear a bright neon bra-let and pop open a few more buttons ;). If you’ve wanted to give masculine tailoring a go but don’t know where to start, this is a good way to experiment. Just grab a mans shirt and have a go! I love how the Call it Spring strappy Carmeliene sandals keep the look feminine.
Carrie Bradshaw in Clapham
I found this Ivory Scalloped Print Dress on the womenswear floor. The painted scalloped print and fine spaghetti straps make it feel a little vintage. It’s floaty and perfect for summer events like the races or casual weddings or even everyday strolls through town. The romanticism of the dress lends itself well to the clean and modern lines of the Call it Spring Carmeliene sandals and tote bag. I cant help but sass it up a little with a normcore sweater and some oversized gold hoops.
I always think makeup is the perfect way to brighten up a look. As I put these looks together in my head I already knew what 2 lipsticks I was going to wear. This Melted Lipstick in Violet is a bright violet-neon hue. It really pop against all skin tones too. You can see it in action over on my youtube channel here. For the cut offs/ shirt look I wanted to wear something super bright but matte. I used an Ultra Velour Lip Creme .
My Top Tips for Styling Neon
- Start small and when in doubt add in neon through your accessories, a clutch, a shoe, a belt.
- Choose a neon hue that suits you skin-tone: yellows and limes work better or tanned and dark skin and can wash out pale skin sometimes so try and avoid clothing in this colour and focus on accessorising with it. A neon pink, purple or blue works better for lighter skin.
- Pair with Neutral colours for a more toned down look: pairing a neon with other non neon colours or patterns can look odd. Denim is the exception to this rule.
- Don’t over do it. Nobody wants to look like a glow stick.
This post is in association with Debenhams.