I'm always scouring the pages of Elle and Vogue to see what the trends are for the new fashion season. Whilst I'm not always a huge trend follower, I love to give them a go, and sometimes I find you can discover a trend that you end up in love with! The stud/biker chic trend that is everywhere (and appears to be going nowhere) was a huge success when I eventually gave it a go! One of the trends for Spring/Summer '13 appears to be neon brights. I usually only love a neon bright in the heat of the Summer (ie. on holiday!) and as the snow is still melting outside, it's putting me out of my fashion comfort zone pulling out the acid green nails in January! Nonetheless, I love a challenge and I'm going to give it a try. If you are not so brave like me, a flash of neon (as opposed to an entire rainbow-effect outfit) can be the easy way to go, such as a bright pink clutch, a fluorescent yellow hat, or an orange shoe! Inspiration can be found aplenty on the catwalk at the S/S '13 shows. From sixties chequered sunshine yellow at Louis Vuitton, to two-toned coral and aqua blue at DVF, and dip-dyed hot pinks and turquoises at Burberry Prorsom, there's no end to the bright hues the designers have decided we'll be donning this season! My favourite is the hot pink trench - Christopher Bailey has reinvented the Burberry classic in a whole rainbow of different shades to great effect.
Where the high street is concerned, I've already spotted a few neon numbers in the new season collections! H&M have an array of neon jumpers that are all completely affordable; the one I found below comes in at least five different shades - buy a size up and wear it slouchy with statement jewellery. Topshop have a 'Rave New World' collection on their website dedicated to the rave trend, which of course involves fluorescent colours - this is great if you need inspiration. I love the lime green jumper I've featured below, and I think it'll look amazing with a deeply tanned inch of waist on show and some bleached/acid wash skinnies. Zara are always fashion-focused and I struggle to find something I don't like in there! They have a selection of bright trousers on offer for the trend; I've picked two different pairs to show in neon pink and orange which can be made really wearable with a pair of plain ballet flats and a plain, loose fitting shirt, as shown below!
As for accessories, there are plenty of high street offerings. To warm you into a trend, or to see if you enjoy wearing bright colours, these can be a more accessible way of wearing fluorescents! Nails Inc. have a selection of neon-coloured crackle effect nail polishes which will look great over a black or white nail. River Island's satchel just has neon features incorporated into it which is a really subtle way of channeling the trend. However, their heeled buckle shoes a definitely more of a statement for the braver ones amongst the crowd! The Topshop beanie is cute and not too overbearing, and will be great for brightening up those chilly English days I was talking about.
Also worth a mention for the more high-end shopper/day-dreamer is the Selfridges & Co. website which has a 'Bright Now' section; great for a luxurious example of the trend (and also makes for amazing eye candy)! After writing this post, I'm so much more in love with the trend than I ever thought I could be, and I'm definitely going to buy one of those H&M jumpers when pay day finally rolls around! I think neon/bright colours are all about adding a shocking pop of colour, having fun, and being young - and they're a perfect antidote to winter's dominating blacks and plums.
What do you think of neon brights? Will you be brave enough to rock the trend this Spring?!