Well the Mayans were wrong, and the New Year’s ball dropped right on schedule. Ladies, we made it to 2013. And while it may be hard to think about skirts and short-sleeves as the temperatures across the country read below freezing, spring will be here before we know it. And with the new season comes the arrival of new fashion trends like the one that showcased itself in collections of everyone from House of Holland to DKNY at both London and New York’s Fashion Week –neon.
Sure, neon may seem a little daunting as its bright hues are not for the faint of heart, but that’s the beauty of trends -you can choose to incorporate them into your wardrobe as you see fit. So as the temperatures rise and the winter snow gives way to blue skies, shine bright in neon.
Transition from winter to spring by adding a light-weight sweater into your clothing repertoire. This neon version of Gap’s traditional pullover is the perfect way to adopt the trend:
As is this colorblock option from Rebecca Taylor:
Kick up your cashmere collection with this shocking pink sweatshirt from J.Crew:
Or this fair isle patterned knit from Free People:
Any of these options would be the perfect compliment to a pair of dark denim for a casual look or a black pencil skirt for an office-appropriate ensemble.
Dresses are always a staple in any fashionista’s wardrobe for their ease and sophistication, and this tunic from Alice & Trixie is no exception. Throw on a pair of leggings under it now, and as the weather warrants bare legs again, sport this piece sans leg wear and with a pair of leather espadrilles.
This neon-adorned floral print from Free People can be edgy with the addition of a military jacket and combat boots or given a touch of glam when paired with a tailored black blazer and nude pumps.
For more brightly-hued dress options, consider the following designs:
Jump on the colored-denim trend train with a pair of fluorescent trousers. All capable of making a statement when paired with a simple white or black t-shirt.
For your top-half, everything is coming up neon this season with an assortment of blouses and classic tees featuring the trend.
If sporting just a hint of neon is more your speed, consider incorporating the trend into your accessories, instead. Known for her handbags, Rebecca Minkoff’s runway show featured handbags with just a pop of color.
Get a similar look with this Canvas Neon-Trim Tote from Gap, also available in other neon-accented neutral colors.
Take a walk on the wild side with this faux python cross-body bag by Stella McCartney with subtle neon trim detail:
Or just go wild with this show-stopping chartreuse bag from Rebecca Minkoff:
And this colorful creation by The Cambridge Satchel Company and available on Mod Cloth:
Make an outfit pop with a brightly colored bauble:
Finally, don’t cheat your feet out of the chance to shine bright in neon hues! Dress up a LBD with a pair of neon pumps like these from Sole Society:
These slingbacks from Alexander Wang:
These suede sky-high stilettos by Giuseppe Zanotti:
And these wild designs compliments of Nicholas Kirkwood:
Or you can always opt for a simple neon trim on your footwear instead with any of these fabulous finds:
So as you look to build your wardrobe in 2013, keep the brights in sight. To quote John Mayer, don a brightly hued garment this season and you’re sure to be “buzzing just like neon, neon.”