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How to wear neon: the brightest colours are coming your way this spring

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It started with an ASOS skirt, and now neon is infiltrating every aspect of our wardrobe… 

Had I been asked a few week ago, ‘how do you wear neon?’ I would have shaken the question bearer into sense and proclaimed that the only way to wear neon is to avoid it all costs. That was until I saw Stylist’s deputy editor sporting a neon satin slip skirt (raise your hand if you already own one or more variations of said slip skirt) with a navy wool roll neck jumper and a pair of statement heels. Chic, right?

The flash of green caught my eye and, before I knew it, the infamous Regina George words were slipping out of my mouth, ‘Oh my God, I love your skirt, where did you get it?’ But unlike Regina, I really meant it.

The piece de résistance was a £28 ASOS mumber, which has since taken Instagram by storm (you can shop it in mainline and Curve). As it turns out, it’s actually pretty easy to wear and I say this with a wardrobe that is almost entirely black. 

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Neon’s ‘easier-than-you-thought’ approach is really rather helpful, because behind beige (sorry, you cannot escape it) neon is set to be the biggest colour trends of the season. The spring / summer 2019 catwalks were awash with fluoro yellow, lime green, neon orange and Stablio pink, with Balenciaga, Off-White and Prada all sending out the zingiest colours onto the runway.

So here, without any further ado, are four genuinely easy ways to wear neon:

Knock-Out Accessories 

Think of this as the knock-out punch in the fashion ring: a single piece of neon via a killer accessory, be it a bag, sunglasses, shoes, a neck tie or even a neon scrunchie. Wear with a strictly neutral colour palette for maximum effect. 

  • Prada neon clutch bag

    Prada is the pioneer of neon, delivering almost an entirely neon neoprene collection. Add this to your wardrobe now for an immediate pop of colour. 

    Neon padded clutch, £590, Prada at matchesfashion.com

  • Zara neon scrunchies

    If it’s just a flash of neon you are after, a srunchie is your ticket. 

    3 -pack neon scrunchies, £4.99, Zara

  • Le Specs x Adam Selman

    Make like the insta-girls and try your trust cat-eye in the brightest shade of orange for the summer months. 

    Lolita cat-eye sunglasses, £75, Le Specs x Adam Selman at net-a-porter.com

  • Reserved neon court shoes

    If you didn’t believe in a killer heel, now you do. Wear with tailored trousers and an easy white t-shirt. 

    Neon court shoes, £34.99, Reserved 

Neon Separates 

This is where the slip skirt comes into play, or a neon knit or a fluoro blazer. These pieces are your relaxed neon, the ones you want to pair with white or grey sweatshirts or tees, light-wash denim and trainers. 

  • Paskal neon orange skirt

    Your winning look when it comes to wedding season, wear this Paskal number with a long sleeve embellished top or a chic linen crop top for versatile options. 

    Eyelet detail midi skirt, £340, Paskal at brownsfashion.com

  • Miss Selfridge neon green hooded sweatshirt

    Spotted everywhere over fashion month, industry insiders are all over the neon hoody. Wear with leather trousers, slip skirts and even over dresses. 

    Neon green hooded sweatshirt, £28, Miss Selfridge 

  • Zara orange coat

    If it’s a smarter entry into neon you’re after, look no further than an oversized longline coat. Perfect to add into your workwear and your weekend wardrobe. 

    Longline coat, £119, Zara 

  • ASOS neon satin slip skit

    The holy grail of neon this season. Our favourite shape and our favourite colour. Snap yours up now. 

    Neon satin slip skirt, £28, ASOS 

Dressed up Fluoro 

Mix up your occasionwear by adding in a splash of neon (or entirely submersing yourself in it, your choice) with an array of neon printed dresses. A more feminine approach to the stark neon a printed fluoro number will be just the ticket come wedding season. Style it up like it was on the runway with crystal earrings and kitten heel shoes. 

  • ASOS White sleeveless dress

    The summer dressing season is nearly upon us, make a statement in a neon print clash dress. 

    Sleeveless dress with lime pleat front, £70, ASOS White 

  • Zara mini dress

    If it’s a mini you seek, look no further than Zara’s neon sundress. Wear with white ankle boots and preferably a fresh holiday tan. 

    Neon sundress, £24.99, Zara 

  • Bernadette printed dress

    Three trends in one: ditsy florals, neon, and silk midi length dress. Sold. 

    Neon floral print dress, £745, Bernadette at net-a-porter.com

Stabilo Swimwear 

If there is one department that has gone hell for neon it’s swimwear. There is buckets of the stuff - one pieces, two pieces, animal printed variations and Stabilo packet array of cover-ups. No longer reserved for just Ibiza, neon swimwear is about to take over every fashionable beach in sight. 

  • H&M swimsuit

    Beach, beach bar, beach club - all your bases covered in one swimsuit. 

    Pink swimsuit, £19.99, H&M 

  • Jaded London swimsuit

    Perfect for the white baleric sands and equally perfect worn with high waisted linen trousers. 

    Mirror strap swimsuit, £45, Jaded London

  • Topshop swimsuit

    If you are willing to sacrifice and uneven tan for this cooler than cool swimsuit, then add it to basket now. 

    Neon ribbed swimsuit, £26, Topshop 

Images: Getty / Instagram / ASOS 

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