Neon Necessities

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If you’re looking out your window and the sky is gray, the wind is whistling and the ground is soaked, then excuse this post for shocking your system. Sure, winter may be upon us – but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe and attitude have to suffer. Go ahead – put down the hot cocoa, shrug off your frumpy sweatshirt and reach for something a little bit brighter…

Or a LOT brighter.

You may think neon hues are reserved for 80s music videos and summertime parties, but the truth is, neon looks chicest paired with those casual, cozy pieces you wear all through fall. A slouchy grey cardigan radiates effortless style when you wear it with a hot pink knife-pleat skirt, ditto for bright green skinnies worn with your most basic of basics – a white tee or sweater. Or go with an updated classic: a standard t-shirt done up in hot pink and beige stripes or an LBD (“little black dress”) covered in a constellation of neon yellow stars. Both would look fabulous worn with some ultra-casual Converse or a slouchy jacket – it’s all about the juxtaposition.

If you’d rather err on the side of subtlety, neon accessories are amazingly easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. Neon jewelry, bags, and watches go with all of your favorite winter basics – i.e. tees, jeans, sweaters, etc – but you won’t run the risk of blinding innocent passersby (though that’s kind of the fun part.) Structured neon cross-body satchels mix a studious shape with playful colors, making them the ultimate mix-master for your closet. Wear them with anything from distressed jeans to a sleek body-con dress!

The same idea goes for a structured neon clutch, preferably in a fierce laser-cut lace pattern, or treat yourself to a bejeweled neon necklace or bright purple watch. You’ll find neon jewelry is both incredibly chic and wildly versatile; throwing on a few pieces will take your everyday uniform of skinnies and sweaters from boring to BRILLIANT. Literally.

Dolce & Gabanna dress, Halston Heritage skirt, J Brand skinny jeans, Splendid tee, Christopher Kane clutch, Nixon watch, Hallelu clutches, Tom Binns necklace

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