Many will remember neon’s 1980’s peak. During the decade, it seemed just about everyone owned at least one fluorescent item of clothing – a headband or a pair of legwarmers, perhaps?
In the mid-2000’s, neon resurfaced again, notably glowing in the dark on Reebok’s
Court Victory Pump. It also migrated to the runway in collections from Anna Sui
, Marc Jacobs
, and Louis Vuitton
. High-end cosmetics companies also added neon shadows to their lines during this brief resurgence. Then the fad faded yet again.
Fast forward to 2013, and fashion’s fickle friendship with neon is on again. With a contemporary twist on punk tones, designers punched vibrant hues into Spring collections. For those who weren't old enough to wear this trend on its first go-round, the time is now. For those who were, the fashion industry is banking that nostalgia will prevail.
We love neon as the centerpiece of a look, as it transitions easily from business to pleasure. If you are color-sensitive, add it in with a handbag or shoe. Below we’ll run down a few favorite examples:
Neon On The Runway
House of Holland's
feeling neon, head to toe.
, the fresh scent of lime.
showed fuchsia wardrobe staples.
Sunny tangerine pops a short suit by Rachel Zoe
floral combo is not for shy violets.
Shop The Trend
Fashion Union's neon envelope bag
is available in both orange and yellow (£20, left
). Treat Nine West's Sally pump
) as a neutral to pair with just about any Spring look.
(Photo credits, from top: 1. ShutUpandWearIt.com and RockCellarMagazine.com, 2. HouseofHolland.co.uk, 3. Moschino.com, 4. RachelRoy.com, 5. RachelZoe.com, 6. SimoneRocha.com, 7. NineWest.com and FashionUnion.com