In grade school, pairing chartreuse with hot pink was a no-brainer. But pulling off neon hues as a grown-up takes a little more thought. Our summer lookbook is overflowing with lights and brights this season, so in an effort to help make getting dressed easier, here’s our guide to mastering electric elegance from the ground up.
- Start Small. If you don’t feel comfortable rocking a bright fuschia maxi skirt just yet, try accents before taking the plunge. Top off your regular black-blazer-and-jeans look with Mystique Neon Criss-Cross Sandals, a Hat Attack fedora with neon trim, or a Bajra Obre Scarf in teal and lime.
- Work with your skin tone. While neons naturally pop against darker features, that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them if you’re fair-skinned. As a rule of thumb, opt for hues that produce the most contrast when paired with your coloring. If your skin tone is deep, try bright yellows and oranges; if you’re fair, go for electric blue, turquoise, or poppy.
- Ground it with neutral. Neons look great when paired with simple white, nude, or black. Or choose a piece that has the neutral-neon contrast built in, like the rag & bone/JEAN Midrise Split Seam Skinny. Genius!
- Put it in print. Tackle two trends at once with Equipment’s Python Print Chiffon Blouse or a Parker Ruched Front Tank Dress. Bold color plus bold pattern is a match made in heaven.
- Light up the night. Neon holds the stun-factor of sequins without the extra weight. Float through summer evenings in this show stopping Exclusive One Shoulder Mason Maxi Dress or this Lo Cascade Dress by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent. You’re bound to be the belle of the ball.