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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bella hadid street style inspired lookbook

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Recently I was scrolling on Pinterest and went into a deep dark hole of pinning every single one of Bella Hadid’s outfits to my “outfit inspo” board. I never really noticed her fashion before, but I quickly realized that she has super similar style to me and we own a lot of the same type of pieces (well hers are designer versions of course, but close enough). Since Bella lives in NYC, her street style is absolutely amazing and many of her looks are actually super wearable for colder weather days in college. I decided to put together some of my favorites of her street style looks and recreate them for myself! I ended up being able to use pretty much all items I already owned (I put where they’re all from but didn’t link because many are older styles), so the outfits aren’t perfect copies but definitely inspired by her looks!

All photos of me were taken by my friend Sid Chaturvedi- @thesiddhantc on Instagram and www.thesiddhantc.com. He’s amazing so please go check out his work!

  • Look #1: Menswear + Grunge

This look was surprisingly easy to recreate because I literally owned all of the perfect pieces for it already! I can vouch that this outfit is super wearable because I actually wore it to class the other day (I just unbuttoned the shirt for a more laid-back look).

Outfit #1 Details:

white button up shirt: stole from my dad (lol) would be easy to thrift though!
grey plaid pants: H&M
combat boots: H&M
belt bag: Target
lil sunglasses: Target


  • Look #2: Bella in all Black

I loved how cool and edgy this look is while still being comfortable and warm. Once again, I can vouch that this outfit is super wearable because I actually wore it to class too! I wish I had been able to add the safety pins to my sweatshirt, but I didn’t have any on hand. If you want to recreate her shirt though, it would be so so simple to just put some safety pins onto a cropped hoodie, no need to buy a fancy custom one online!

Outfit #2 Details:

turtleneck: American Eagle
cropped hoodie: DIY crop job on a Walmart hoodie
jeans: thrifted oversized Levi’s (I saw a ton of cargo pants like hers at Forever 21 the other day though!)
belt: Marshall’s
boots: H&M again – would have been fun to replace the laces with red ones like hers!
purse: Target
gold hoops: Fancy Schmancy (where I work, they’re all over though)


  • Look #3: Neutral in NYC

Okay, I’m pretty proud of how spot on this look is. It’s kind of scary how I already owned all of these pieces that were exactly like hers (many of them were thrifted too)! I also have worn this look to class before, but I would probably switch out the heels with my white Air Force 1s so it’s easier to walk around in.

outfit #3 details:

white turtleneck: thrifted & DIY cropped
jacket: thrifted brown corduroy & shearling collar Timberland, DIY crop (this was a great thrift find but I’m glad I cropped it to give it more shape and a more modern look. I need to sew the hem though so that the lining matches up with the outside!)
pants: thrifted & DIY cropped (I pulled out the thread at the bottom to make them more shredded looking)
sock boots: DSW
fuzzy scrunchie: Free People
purse (Target), belt (marshall’s), and sunglasses (Target) are same from past looks


  • Look #4: Crop Tops + Coffee

Okay I’m sorry I included the coffee mug as an accessory but I had to because I think I’m hilarious. Also I really wouldn’t hold it against myself to carry a coffee mug to class at this point. I’m missing a mans by my side and Bella’s killer abs but we can’t have it all can we?

Outfit #4 Details:

black turtleneck: same one from American Eagle – to give it the cropped effect I fold it up underneath and actually tuck it into my bra so it stays. I do this all the time and it works perfectly so I don’t have to cut my shirts!
track pants: Adidas (although I’ve been seeing Bella’s warmup style pants everywhere like Forever 21, and I’m sure you could easily thrift some too)
sneakers: Air Force 1’s
puffer coat: Columbia (I like how this look made it possible to make a black puffer look less basic and more fashionable!)
small silver hoops: Fancy Schmancy
sunglasses: Target (these really are a Bella staple)
coffee mug: lol JK


  • Look #5: Cardi w some Cheetah

First of all, I just love how these photos Sid took of me turned out! The lighting, outfit, and location pulled together so nicely. I’m far from a street setting on my campus, but I still think street style is so easy to wear when walking from class to class! With this outfit I used a slightly different, longer cardigan but I really like how it looks in both outfits! It was a good way to wear a cardigan that I don’t normally use in a different way.

Outfit #5 Details:

cardigan: Forever 21 (although a cardigan like Bella’s would be so so easy to thrift)
jeans: thrifted & DIY cropped
belt: Target – I just bought this for this look but I love the thing to death already, having a printed belt is a great way to add a pop to any outfit!
combat boots (H&M), sunglasses (Target), and hoops (Fancy) are same from past looks!

 

I hope you guys loved this lookbook as much as I loved putting it together. I’m really proud of how this came out and this is really the quality of content I would love to keep making for this blog! If you’d like to keep seeing more lookbooks/celebrity inspired fashion like this, please let me know and I’ll keep making it! Also, if you had a favorite outfit, comment it below or on my Instagram because I’d love to know!❤️

xoxo,

emma

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metropolitan

 

 

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This weekend, I took a little road trip downstate to visit my best friend Molly at college. She’s lucky enough to be super close to New York City, so of course we took the opportunity to take the train there for a day (and of course that also means we had to wear our best city outfits).

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I’m not super big on taking photos of the art, so I just got a few shots of the the amazing architecture there. We also walked around Central Park and went up on the roof of the Met, which is an absolutely amazing view.

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Molly said that the hot dog and Coca Cola really fit her aesthetic so we had to capture that of course.

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Outfit details:

Emma (Black dress):

denim jacket- Old Navy (from the 90’s)

vest: Target

dress: Brandy Melville

purse: Michael Kors

sunglasses: Boutique in Saratoga- Lydia

Molly (Grey dress):

dress: Forever 21

socks: Target

shoes: Express

sunglasses: boutique in Saratoga- Lydia

xoxo,

emma

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