Fashion: Neons

One of the biggest trends this spring is neon bright colours. Globally, we saw hints of it when the sport luxe trend started to hit runways about 12 months ago.

Here, on Kiwi shores, Zambesi and Moochi used pops of acid yellow in their winter collections this year. And now that spring has sprung and everyone is packing away their dark, sombre winter colours, colour abounds. Eye-poppingly bright colour abounds.

But neon colours are not particularly easy to wear, especially for those of us no longer in high school. In fact, small doses are key. Whatever you do, don't dress in head-to-toe neon. (The only exception to this is if you're headed to an 80s throwback party, in which case all bets are off!)

Try introducing super-bright hues into your wardrobe with accessories such as purses, belts or shoes, or with statement jewellery. Neon manicures are also a really easy (not to mention inexpensive) way to give this trend a taste test. OPI does a great wee neon set of minis for a mere $44.95, otherwise you'll see neon polishes on the counters of most high street stores.

If you've given the small pops of colour a go and are keen for something a bit braver, dig into neon garments. Anchor the bright shades with a neutral palette of cream, white, black, grey or navy. You could also try mixing in some of this summer's other trends, with equal pops of metallic silver or PVC.

If you don't feel acid yellow or bright orange are for you, a hot pink or bright turquoise are great bridging shades that hint at the trend without screaming Jem and the Holograms. Alternatively, a great spring floral that has hints of neon in its palette is also a softer approach.

Don't feel as though this is a fast-passing fad, either. Neons have been around for a while already and, if what showed at New Zealand Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago is anything to go by, hints of acid brights in floral prints are here until at least next winter, too!

Whatever you do, please remember the golden rule of neon: don't wear anything Lycra unless you're intentionally channelling Suzy Aitken, circa Shortland Street's first episode.

- Hamilton News

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