Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Little Splash of....Neon?

The 80's are back, and as with every decade, that can be a good thing or a bad thing. One of the hot trends on return is neon. Now please, do not pull out that neon yellow mesh cropped tank top that you wore when rehearsing with your air band. (Hopefully you didn't keep it to begin with.) But in smartly accessorized splashes, this trend can add a lot of pop to your week! Pump up your plain black suit with an ultra bright pocket square or watch. (Yes, when done tastefully you can wear this trend to work!) Add some punch to your plain old jeans and tee with a neon belt.  Here are some fun ideas and resources to help you help you turn it up--just a notch.
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This not-so-classic cap toe shoe was seen on the streets at Pitti.  A fun but costly investment for what will be a passing trend. White/INF
Ellen DeGeneres shows how anyone can work this trend onto their shoes! Trade your laces out for a bright color to add punch to a neutral outfit. But as always, please don't use your running shoes. Those are for the gym. Find a fun pair of walking or fashion sneakers such as the ones shown below from Tretorn. This timeless sneaker is only $55.00 and looks great with everything from shorts to your summer cotton suit! Click here to find these shoes online.
Nixon carries some fun and inexpensive accessories which makes it a great resource for this trend. Below are two versions of their The Time Teller P watch, which is available in 26 colors! If you can't quite swallow the full green (or orange, or yellow) neon version, opt for the black band with the bright face. I repeat--wear this with your suit! Click here to find these watches online.


They also make some fun rubber belts like the Meddler Belt in neon Orange or Red Pepper at Zappos.

If you are really feeling subtle--especially for work, Paul Smith makes a neon striped sock that should be a fun addition to your work week style. Click here to find them online.
That should get you started with some easy ideas for incorporating neon into looks you already have in your closet. Vintage shops can be a great source for these items as well. Tip: If you can't find a neon pocket square use a bandanna instead! This trend is all about having fun, so be whimsical and enjoy having the little details be the eye catching focus of your look.  Which of these pieces would you try?


  1. The neon shoe laces are fun! I think we saw some on a super hip dude just yesterday. The neon watches are everywhere right now, and for very reasonable prices.

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