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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!