Neon may have started out as a fun summer trend, but it’s shaping up to carry over into fall. While some people love the idea of head-turning hues, not everyone is comfortable sporting eye-popping fluorescent fashions. If wearing neon was a summer no-no for you, we’re daring you to light it up this fall. But fear not — there’s no need to sport head to toe day-glo. We’ve put together some simple yet stylish ways to wear neon.
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Accessorize with it
The easiest way to ease into wearing neon is simply to accessorize with something bright. Whether you opt for a bright pink skinny belt, an electric blue clutch or an armful of bangles in an eye-popping hue, adding a small dose of something bright to your everyday look makes neon less daunting. Subtlety is key where this trend is concerned and small pops of vibrant hues are a great way to spice up your wardrobe.
Use it as a lively layer
There’s no need to wear an entire neon outfit – that could veer towards tacky. But opting for a layer in a funky fluorescent hue can look stylish and add interest to an otherwise basic outfit. Whether you choose a bright yellow tank top under a beige blazer or wear a shocking pink jacket over an all-black outfit, choosing one layer to be your key neon piece makes sporting this trend simpler than you think.
Time it right
While you may not feel comfortable wearing neon at the office, you might feel better about wearing something ultra-bright in the evening. A cocktail or party dress in a vivid hue often works better than trying to go neon during the day, especially if you’re going dancing or to another event where the energy will be running high.
Pair with neutrals
Neon and neutrals are a match made in style heaven. Gray, black, khaki or beige all make a great balance for any shocking shades you want to pair with them. There’s no risk of going overboard because you’ve got a more subtle hue to tone down the one that’s getting all the attention.
Wear it as a pattern
Neon can be far less intimidating if it’s in a pattern instead of a solid. Rather than risk feeling like you’ve made a fashion faux pas by wearing something too bright, opting for a piece in a neon-hued pattern can help keep your outfit from becoming a style slip-up.