Like Kim and Kanye, you never think of certain things coming together until they do, then you wonder why that picture perfect pairing
The neon trend, when paired with neutral basics, is one such match made in colorful heaven - less the famewhore shenanigan potential of a Kim'Ye, thank Neiman Marcus. I'm all for colorblocking slightly more muted colors, but the neutral background here lets the bright neon stand out while letting you feel like you aren't entirely searing the retinas of all around you.
By mixing your trendy brights with your more traditional pieces, you're also keeping to my "invest in the classics, spend less on the trendy" philosophy. We're all about the Pretty here, Pretty savings accounts especially - the neon is a trend, and therefore I will try to spend (and rhyme! *jazz hands*) accordingly.
On the neutral note, I'd steer clear of too much black, which is a little too reminiscent of the 1980s pairings we oldsters once wore - a certain such jumpsuit of mine (!) comes to mind, sadly. Especially for those of us who survived this trend the first time around, better to pair your brights with a subtle navy, my personal favorite, or gray or tan.
With apologies that this is all a little Crew heavy - (confidential to the AH: by "Crew" I mean the preppish retailer, not the hair band of 80s fame, though of course I'm beside myself anticipating our upcoming concert date with Tommy Lee) - but I love what they're doing with this look:
I fear this puts me at a 12 out of 10 on the Ed Hardy Scale of Doucheytude, but - after much mocking of the crappy-photo-in-bathroom-mirror, fashion blogger "outfit of the day" thing - here I am over the weekend modeling the above shirt, shoes n' top combo. Hypocrisy - it's what's for dinner; commence mockery:
|Does the highlighter pink distract from my pastytude? The CBF? No?|
Ahem. My favorite of the neons, cobalt blue and yellow, paired with the seersucker neutral already present in any good prep's wardrobe (or this one's, at least):
Last but not least, today I set sail - wait for the cheesetastic metaphor tie-in here - with a pair of the Milly Topsiders I'd managed to find on-sale. They arrived less "coral" and more "CAPS LOCK HIGHLIGHTER ORANGE HOLD ME" than advertised but, emboldened by my kind Instagram friends who encouraged me to keep 'em, I rummaged around my closet & worked up the following ensemble:
Speaking of trends, however could it have taken me this long to hop on the boat shoe, uh, boat - I mean, you just never know when an emergency yachting situation is going to pop up, do you?
What's your take on all of this - too bright or just right?