do’s and don’ts for wearing the neon trend

If you’ve been paying attention to what’s in for the upcoming spring season, you might already know that neon is going to be HUGE. I think it’s going to be one of those trends where you either love it or you really hate it– personally it’s growing on me. I bought a couple versatile neon yellow/green pieces like this turtleneck tank from Zara (which also comes in a gorgeous neon purple that I love) and my newly beloved Carhartt beanie, and they’ve honestly been a lot of fun to style.

However, after looking at some neon outfit inspiration on Pinterest, I can see why the neon trend is a tough one to pull off– even some fashion bloggers make questionable choices with their neon looks. In this post I’ll go through my personal do’s and don’ts for making the neon trend work.

Disclaimer: I am a strong believer that you can wear literally anything you want to wear. I am not saying that any of these bloggers have poor style at ALL. This is just my personal advice on what I find the best ways to style the neon trend and how to make it more wearable. Always go ahead and rock your clothes whatever way you like! ♥

  • DO: try a neon turtleneck

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I’ve noticed that by far the most common way to wear neon is in turtleneck form. I think this is the perfect piece to buy if you want to try out the trend. It’s very easy to pair a fitted, colorful top like this with an otherwise plain outfit to jazz it up a bit.

 

  • DON’T: wear too many neon pieces at once

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I do think there is a little too much neon sometimes. Neon colors are hard to match and if they don’t all go together perfectly, it can be a little mismatched. If you want to wear more than one neon piece at once, I would try ones that either match absolutely perfectly, or ones made to go together in a set.

 

  • DO: pair it with a blazer

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I absolutely love the look of pairing neon with a blazer (you can see from my own photo I’ve done it too). The blazer helps to cover a lot of the neon so it functions only as an accent rather than overwhelming the whole outfit. I also think the more structured, businessy style of a blazer helps offset how casual neon can look sometimes.

 

  • DON’T: do this whole motocross thing

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I saw this concept several times in my neon research, and frankly I just think it is too much. If you’re going to do the whole motocross pants look, doing so with more wearable colors can work, but I think that adding in neon just makes it way too literal. If you can pull this look off, power to you, but most of us can’t step out in public in something like this.

 

  • DO: pair it with all black

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I think the most fool-proof way to wear neon is to pair it with everything black in the rest of the outfit. This helps balance out the bright color and makes the outfit look very modern and clean. Once again, both these looks show a blazer paired with the neon which I think makes it look much more sophisticated. Also, I think those neon pants are fab and I would totally wear them.

 

  • DON’T: neon sportswear and bike shorts

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Okay, bike shorts are hard enough to wear in the first place, so why make it harder for yourself and make them neon too? Although this girl’s bod looks great and she could probably pull off a plastic bag, I just think the neon bike shorts are too much, especially paired with the fanny pack and sports bra. Going too sporty with neon will make it look like you’re getting dressed for softball practice in middle school instead of going out for lunch.

 

  • DO: pair it with denim

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I actually think that neon pairs really well with light wash denim (and black denim top of course). This is a good way to make your neon look casual but not too sporty. A relaxed neon t-shirt and some vintage high waisted jeans is the way to go, just keep the rest of your look simple and clean to make sure you still look put together.

 

  • DON’T: do neon & checkers

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Okay, this outfit just pulls in all of my neon outfit pet-peeves like the biker shorts and mismatched colors. I kind of thought checkers were going out of style, but I do see them in a ton of different variations in the new f/w 2019 shows. So, if you decide to keep rocking checkers I would advise you to do so cautiously when pairing it with neon. In my opinion this look is a little too cheesy and brings in too many racecar/skater/street sign references to be taken seriously. Also, my theme here might just be that I really can’t get behind biker shorts.

 

  • DO: make the neon subtle

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I think that both of these looks do a very great job of subtly integrating neon into their outfits in very different ways. In the look on the left, I love how neon pairs under grey and the little peep of green socks above her booties that ties it all together. In the look on the right, I love how she made a bold statement by pairing the cheetah jacket with the neon top, but it works because the colors in the jacket are neutral and the rest of her outfit is quite basic. Both looks exemplify how neon should be an accent to your look, but not overpower it.

 

So… what do you think of the neon trend? Will you try out some of my tips on how to rock it or have I just officially scared you away? Let me know in the comments below or on my Instagram!

 

xoxo,

emma

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NYFW trends – faux fur & leather look

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All Photo Credits to Chloe Aviza

Watching, admiring, and studying all of the amazing fashion shows and even the street style at NYFW has had me feeling extremely inspired the past couple of weeks. Even though the shows are supposed to be for fall, luckily (well, I guess?) it’s still cold enough in upstate NY for me in to wear what I saw on the runway right now. One of my favorite shows I saw was Sally LaPointe’s Fall 2019 RTW. Her luxurious silky jumpsuits and scarves, head-to-toe leather, snakeskin, sequins, and fur accents just had me in an absolute dream! Also, you know all I am REVELING in the fact that the cabbie/newsboy hats will clearly still be in for next year, so my obsession will be able to continue on through 2019.

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I pulled together today’s outfit after finding this gorgeous vintage chocolate brown faux fur bomber jacket at my local thrift shop. If you saw my Instagram story the other day, you know I saw it there and actually left the store without buying it, but then I was panicking as soon as I left the parking lot that someone else would take it so I had to go back for it right away (typical Emma things). I don’t regret going back for it at all, it’s just an absolutely gorgeous piece and it’s so so warm and cozy! I especially love the knit details on it and its oversized look which makes it a little more casual.

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While this outfit was heavily inspired by the Sally Lapointe show with the head-to-toe leather and turtleneck look, I also pulled in some other accents that I think will also be super trendy in 2019. Yes, I think belt bags will keep on rockin’ through the year, which I noticed in both the Zimmerman Fall RTW and Fendi Spring RTW 2019 shows. I’ve also been seeing lots of 2000’s inspiration especially in street style lately, such as the layered clips I’m wearing in my hair.

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It was so much fun to get together with the fabulous Chloe Aviza (here’s her Instagram and Website) and shoot these outfit photos, she did such an amazing job and I’m in love with how they turned out! Scroll down to see the rest of the shots and my outfit details.

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Outfit Details:

Jacket: thrifted vintage faux fur – designer is Saxton Hall
Pants: Windsor
Leather Jacket: Forever 21
Turtleneck: American Eagle
Belt Bag: Target (older style)
Shoes: DSW (older style)
Hair Clips: Michael’s

I hope you all loved this look and the photos, I’m seriously obsessed! Who knows, maybe next year I’ll be blog posting that I’m actually at NYFW… Feel free to share this post, comment your thoughts, and take outfit inspo♥

xoxo,

emma

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nyc streetwear-inspired spring trends

A few days ago I took a short trip to New York City. After walking around all the shops in Soho all day, I was sooo inspired by all the new spring trends I noticed in the stores and people wearing on the streets. Here’s a list of 10 of my favorite trends and where to find them!

1. Wicker/Straw Basket Bags
I just want to take one of these on a picnic! They’re so freakin’ cute. I’m not kidding when I say I saw these in literally every store in NYC, they’re going to be so huge for spring! I love how there’s so many different shapes and styles of them to pick from. I also noticed a ton of straw hats like floppy hats and visors in the stores too! This is also the perfect trend to try to look for in thrift/vintage shops, I see them there a lot!

Free People – I love the oval shape & clasp on this one!
Forever 21 – The perfect small & affordable option, if you’re iffy about this trend and don’t want to invest too much in it, this style is great for you!
Topshop – This one is literally just like a lil basket! So cute.
Urban Outfitters – The large tote size and circular shape of this one is awesome! So perfect for the beach.

2. Wide Leg Jeans/ Bell Bottoms
The whole time I was in the city, the one thing I was determined to buy was a pair of HUGE bell bottoms! Just when I was about to give up, I found the perfect pair at Urban Outfitters and I’m in LOVE with them. They’re a little out there, but that’s my style of course. If you want to try out this trend but do something a little more wearable, you can try wide leg jeans, more subtle flares, or a little kick flare! You can find these jeans just about anywhere, but here’s a few places I saw them.

Urban Outfitters – These are the jeans I ended up getting! They’re super dramatic but they’re so much fun. Totally my new favorite piece of clothing!
Forever 21 – These ones are also a little more out there, but I think they’re super cute and casual and an easy way to spice up a normal outfit with a tshirt!
Free People – By far I saw the most flare/ wide leg styles at Free People. These ones are your classic low-rise flare jeans. I saw a ton of people just walking around the streets wearing this style of jeans!
Topshop – Cropped kick flares are also super on-trend right now. They’re a little more wearable than huge flares so they’re a perfect option for anyone!

3. Dark Denim with Contrast Stitching
I love how versatile this trend is! I saw dark denim with contrast stitching on all kinds of clothing pieces, from jackets to jeans to dresses. With the super dark denim, it’s easy to either dress it up or down depending on the occasion!

Urban Outfitters – This jacket is a subtle way to integrate this trend into your wardrobe! This is a much cleaner look than the typical lighter-washed, distressed denim jackets that most people are wearing now. I also feel like my Barbie owned this at some point in the 90’s and I’m here for it.
Dolls Kill – The cool thing about this trend is it can easily be dressed up or down! I came across this bustier style dress on Dolls Kill and I’m OBSESSED! The white stitching is such a cool and flattering detail.
Forever 21 – If you dig the cargo pants trend and want to mix it in with contrast stitching, these Dickies pants are pretty sick! These are definitely a statement piece.
Topshop –  This skirt is so cute with the belt on it! This is a great piece to wear casually with a white top, or you could find a matching top to make it a dressier set.

4. Boiler Suits
This trend definitely is NOT for everyone (I honestly don’t even know if I could pull it off for everyday) but I think it’s really unique and fun! I’ve seen some girls wearing these on Instagram and they’re an amazing look, especially for a photoshoot or something more dramatic like that! But you know if I could pull off wearing this to class, I would. If I find an affordable one somewhere, then maybe I’ll do it, who knows.

I.Am.Gia – I saw a girl wearing this on Instagram and I became seriously obsessed! I love the all-red look, I would loooove to own this unique piece!
ASOS – If you can rock this without looking ridiculous, mad props. I feel like it needs a good belt to go with it though!
Urban Outfitters – I guess this all-denim look could be the most wearable way to try out this trend?
The Vintage Twin – This is a shop in Soho that I saw a TON of vintage boiler suits at (although I can’t find any online)! Some of them were super cool because they were like actual work suits that I assume utility crews wore working for airlines, etc. They often had an airline logo embroidered on the back and a name on the front, so that was a really interesting detail. I feel like you could definitely find one of these at a thrift shop if you look hard enough!

5. Berets & Cabbie/Lieutenant Hats
If you follow my Instagram, you know I looove wearing my black cabbie hat with literally every single outfit (I got mine on sale at H&M for $5 but I don’t think they have it anymore, this one’s similar)! I think cabbie/lieutenant/baker boy hats (there’s like 20 names for them) and berets are a super easy way to dress up anything and make yourself look more put together. You can get them in black to go with everything, or in brighter colors or different fabrics like suede, corduroy, or leather as a fun accent!

Free People – I saw this hat in the store and fell in love with it! I love the embroidered ribbon around it with the twisted cord detail and the corduroy fabric. It’s also called the ‘Albany’ style which is where I live, so I think it’s meant to be. If you’re looking for a good quality hat in this style, I would definitely go check out Free People because they have so many of them in different materials and colors!
Topshop – I think a denim hat with a vintage tee would be so so cute!
Berets – You can find these literally anywhere for cheap right now– Forever 21, H&M, Amazon, Urban, FP, etc! I love them in different colors like red or lavender to add a pop to an outfit.

6. Trench Coats
You really can’t go wrong with a classic trench coat for spring. My favorite version of this trend is actually wearing one as a dress!

ASOS – They have soooo many good ones here I just linked the whole page!
Long Trench layered with a hoodie – I think this is the best example of how you can dress a trench coat down and dress a hoodie up! It’s a super easy and casual look to throw a longline trench coat over a hoodie, but it still looks really put together when you’re just running around to the store or to class. I love the monochrome style of this outfit with all the light neutrals.
Vinyl Trench – Also from ASOS, this vinyl look is another huge trend right now! I think this is a more fancy/dressy way to wear a trench and the material adds a lot of interest to a normal style.

7. Belt Bags/ Fanny Packs
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect belt bag forever! I know they might seem kind of silly or weird, I think they’re actually super practical and cool for street style. I love how you can easily wear them either on your waist or over your shoulder across your chest.

Gucci – This is the classic belt bag that got me obsessed with this trend. I love everything about these… I’ve been looking for a good vintage one forever! I especially like how the style is more flat so it doesn’t stick out from your body too much, giving it a lower profile and less of a nerdy “fanny pack” vibe.
Quilted – I love how the Chanel bag that Kendall Jenner is wearing here is an actual belt! I think this style is super cute. You can easily find tons of dupes for the smaller quilted belt bags like this one from Steve Madden.
Classic Fanny Pack – This is a good example of how you can wear the more bulky fanny pack style! I love the idea of throwing it over your shoulder so it lies on your chest like this. I think it looks super cool and it also is way more practical than carrying around a purse, especially if you’re doing something like shopping where you’d like to be hands-free.

8. Cargo & Army pants
This is another one of those trends that definitely isn’t for everyone– cargo/army style pants. Everywhere I went I saw pants like this. Sometimes the trend was toned down a little, like skinny jeans with camo print or more classic pants with the big cargo style pockets on the side, but I also saw a ton of the full-on huge vintage camo print pants as well!

Zumiez – These ones are actually a really great and relatively affordable find, if I was gonna get on this trend (who knows maybe I will) I would definitely buy these ones! They are that classic oversized vintage style and they come in all different colors, including the classic green camo!
I.Am.Gia – This photo is a good example of how you can wear pants like this! They’re super easy to pair with some sneakers and a tee for a casual look or with a crop top and heeled booties for a more dressed-up look. I’m in love with these red ones from I.Am.Gia!
Urban Outfitters – This is a more simple way to integrate this look into your wardrobe, with a classic pair of cargo pants!

9. Neckerchiefs/Silk Scarves
I’ve been wearing neckerchiefs for years now, but this is a trend I’ve seen become increasingly popular lately! I highly recommend investing in a little silk scarf to add a pop to your outfits because they’re really versatile and can be worn in so many ways! I love looking for unique ones at flea markets/ thrift/ vintage shops.

Bandannas – Chances are you already have one of these lying around your house, and if not you can go pick one up at Walmart or the craft store for like a dollar each! Wearing these around your neck is a super cute touch to any outfit, I love throwing one on when I’m just wearing a hoodie or t-shirt to add something to my look!
Forever 21 – Since this trend is becoming so much more popular now, you can easily find tons of these little silk scarves at places like Forever 21! Look for ones in trendy patterns like stripes or polka dots or unique colors! You can look for smaller ones for a more subtle look, or fold up a bigger style and let the ends hang down.
Silk Scarf in Hair – I think this is a super cute look! I saw a bunch of silk scrunchies at Free People but you could also easily use any vintage scarf or one you find at a store and wrap it around your pony, bun, or wear it as a headband.

10. Chunky Dad Sneakers
Ya’ll know I had to save the best for last! I alwaysss joke about this trend on my Twitter/Snapchat and threaten my friends that I’m going to buy a pair of super chunky dad sneakers (will I actually do it??? stay tuned). Even though everyone seems to hate on me for them, there’s no doubt these sneakers are a huge trend right now and people are definitely wearing them, so much that even Skechers are making a comeback!

Chanel – Not that I can afford them, but if I had to get a pair of these sneakers and my wallet supported it, I would definitely get these ones. I like how they have a more slim look, but I’m sure it would be easy to find knockoffs of this style at places like H&M or Zara.
Skechers – Now I did some research, and it looks to me like the Skechers that all the cool kids are wearing are the D’Lites style, which comes in all sorts of colors but if you’re gonna buy them I think you need to go for the full-on all white Dad style. The fact that these are selling for $65 is literally insane to me when people wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole a year ago, but I’m proud of Skechers for making a comeback. I think my mom might have an old pair of these lying around somewhere though so I might go searching for them and if I find them I promise you’ll catch me wearing them. Pair them with jeans and I’m set!
Balenciaga – This is the exact pair that made this trend huge! These ones are pretty cool but of course their price tag is not, plus it seems like they’re sold out everywhere! I do like how this girl paired them with a dress and leather jacket for a more dressy look!

 

Thank you guys so much for reading! I put a TON of work into this blog post (not kidding, it almost took me two full days) so please give me some love and share it/let me know what you think! I was thinking of doing a thrifting spring trends post, spring outfit ideas, or a fishnets lookbook next– let me know what you want to see!

xoxo,

emma

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