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Spring 2013 Trend: Neon

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.

Neon Trend at London Fashion Week | (Photo credit: Telegraph UK)

Neon Trend at London Fashion Week | (Photo credit: Telegraph UK)

Neon Yellow Dress at DKNY | (Photo credit: Examiner)

Neon Yellow Dress at DKNY | (Photo credit: Examiner)

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:

Gap Pullover Sweater | $44.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Pullover Sweater | $44.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

As is this colorblock option from Rebecca Taylor:

Rebecca Taylor Neon Colorblock Sweater | $275 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Taylor)

Rebecca Taylor Neon Colorblock Sweater | $275 | (Photo credit: Rebecca Taylor)

Kick up your cashmere collection with this shocking pink sweatshirt from J.Crew:

J.Crew Collection Cashmere Isabel Sweatshirt | $248 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Collection Cashmere Isabel Sweatshirt | $248 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Or this fair isle patterned knit from Free People:

Free People Mara Hoffman Intarsia Pullover | $548 | (Photo credit: Free People)

Free People Mara Hoffman Intarsia Pullover | $548 | (Photo credit: 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.

Alice & Trixie 'Jillian' Bell Sleeve Silk Tunic Dress | $341 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Alice & Trixie ‘Jillian’ Bell Sleeve Silk Tunic Dress | $341 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

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.

Free People Acid Bloom Kick Out Dress | $280 | (Photo credit: Free People)

Free People Acid Bloom Kick Out Dress | $280 | (Photo credit: Free People)

For more brightly-hued dress options, consider the following designs:

Herve Leger V-Neck Bandage Dress | $880 | (Photo credit: Neiman Marcus)

Herve Leger V-Neck Bandage Dress | $880 | (Photo credit: Neiman Marcus)

Rebecca Taylor Solid Silk Drape Dress | $265.99 | (Photo credit: Zappos)

Rebecca Taylor Solid Silk Drape Dress | $265.99 | (Photo credit: Zappos)

BCBGMAXAZRIA Sierra Pleated Neon Dress | $202.99 | (Photo credit: Zappos)

BCBGMAXAZRIA Sierra Pleated Neon Dress | $202.99 | (Photo credit: Zappos)

Just Cavalli Neon Lime Black Leopard Print Dress | $375 | (Photo credit: Stylebop)

Just Cavalli Neon Lime Black Leopard Print Dress | $375 | (Photo credit: Stylebop)

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.

Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Stick' Skinny Jeans | $168 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Stick’ Skinny Jeans | $168 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Gap Neon Skinny Jeans | $29.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Neon Skinny Jeans | $29.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Joe's Jeans Neon Skinny Jeans | $73.97 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

Joe’s Jeans Neon Skinny Jeans | $73.97 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

For your top-half, everything is coming up neon this season with an assortment of blouses and classic tees featuring the trend.

Mod Cloth Neon to Something Good Top | $29.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

Mod Cloth Neon to Something Good Top | $29.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

Nanette Lepore Sheer-Panel Silk Blouse | $268 | (Photo credit: Neiman Marcus)

Nanette Lepore Sheer-Panel Silk Blouse | $268 | (Photo credit: Neiman Marcus)

J.Crew Voile Popover | $59.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Voile Popover | $59.50 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Loft Stripe Button Back Dolman Sleeve Tee | $34.50 | (Photo credit: Loft)

Loft Stripe Button Back Dolman Sleeve Tee | $34.50 | (Photo credit: Loft)

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.

Pop of Neon at Rebecca Minkoff | (Photo credit: Examiner)

Pop of Neon at Rebecca Minkoff | (Photo credit: Examiner)

Get a similar look with this Canvas Neon-Trim Tote from Gap, also available in other neon-accented neutral colors.

Gap Neon-Trim Canvas Tote | $44.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Neon-Trim Canvas Tote | $44.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Take a walk on the wild side with this faux python cross-body bag by Stella McCartney with subtle neon trim detail:

Stella McCartney Falabella Faux Python Crossbody Bag | $1375 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Stella McCartney Falabella Faux Python Crossbody Bag | $1375 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Or just go wild with this show-stopping chartreuse bag from Rebecca Minkoff:

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Sweetie | $350 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Sweetie | $350 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

And this colorful creation by The Cambridge Satchel Company and available on Mod Cloth:

The Cambridge Satchel Company | $174.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

The Cambridge Satchel Company | $174.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

Make an outfit pop with a brightly colored bauble:

Aqua Yellow Neon Beaded Cluster Bib Necklace | $48 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Aqua Yellow Neon Beaded Cluster Bib Necklace | $48 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Kate Spade New York Scallop Short Necklace | $148 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

Kate Spade New York Scallop Short Necklace | $148 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

Sandra Feltes Collar Necklace

Sandra Feltes The Original Pink Olivia Collar Necklace | $133.85 | (Photo credit: Pasion for Fashion)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Dinky Watch | $150 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Dinky Watch | $150 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

Kate Spade New York Carousel Watch | $250 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

Kate Spade New York Carousel Watch | $250 | (Photo credit: Piperlime)

Shourouk Neon Yellow Crystal DS Earrings | $440 | (Photo credit: Stylebop)

Shourouk Neon Yellow Crystal DS Earrings | $440 | (Photo credit: Stylebop)

Tom Binns Pinata Drop Earrings | $300 | (Photo credit: Shopstyle)

Tom Binns Pinata Drop Earrings | $300 | (Photo credit: Shopstyle)

Bauble Bar Chevron Ring Stack | $26 | (Photo credit: BaubleBar)

Bauble Bar Chevron Ring Stack | $26 | (Photo credit: BaubleBar)

Alexis Bittar Bubble Ring | $95 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Alexis Bittar Bubble Ring | $95 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

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:

Sole Society 'Fergie' Pump | $49.95 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Sole Society ‘Fergie’ Pump | $49.95 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

These slingbacks from Alexander Wang:

Alexander Wang Slingbacks | $485 | (Photo credit: Polyvore)

Alexander Wang Slingbacks | $485 | (Photo credit: Polyvore)

These suede sky-high stilettos by Giuseppe Zanotti:

Giuseppe Zanotti Colorblock Suede Platform Pump | $850 | (Photo credit: Neiman Marcus)

Giuseppe Zanotti Colorblock Suede Platform Pump | $850 | (Photo credit: Neiman Marcus)

And these wild designs compliments of Nicholas Kirkwood:

Nicholas Kirkwood Platform Pump | $695 |  (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Nicholas Kirkwood Platform Pump | $695 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Or you can always opt for a simple neon trim on your footwear instead with any of these fabulous finds:

Roberto Cavalli Neon Trimmed Python Sandals | $525 | (Photo credit: The Outnet)

Roberto Cavalli Neon Trimmed Python Sandals | $525 | (Photo credit: The Outnet)

Sole Society 'Francsca' Pump | $49.95 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Sole Society ‘Francsca’ Pump | $49.95 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

J.Crew Coraline Patent Flats | $178 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Coraline Patent Flats | $178 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

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.”

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