You…a forty something…wear neon I hear you ask? Don’t worry, I fully understand your concerns. If done badly at this point in my life there is a very strong risk of me channelling, well me, circa 1985 when it was all string vests, fingerless gloves and backcombed hair. Seeing neon everywhere makes it a hard temptation to resist and one that tends to make me forget that I am actually 42 and not 24.
This is happening a lot lately. Whilst in Brighton I tried on a beautiful polka dot dress in the Whistles sale; the over sized dots combined with the particular style begged the question “Am I too old for this?”. Sadly the answer loomed as large as the dots – yes you are. No Whistles sale bargain for me. Not this time anyway.
Grazia Daily showcase some ideas for bringing elements of this SS12 catwalk trend to life but I don’t think any of these should be practised by the over 35′s. Pinning images of lithe young personal style bloggers draped in neon onto my Pinterest Daily Inspiration board is no excuse for me to go and drape myself in it willy nilly. No…if this one is to be indulged it should be done with the utmost of care.
In my fashion dreams it would be the Celine Luggage Tote in hot pink or the Roksanda Ilincic Margot bell sleeve dress that has already sold out over 80 times at Matches. Not only are these off the scale of “over budget” but both seem to be harder to come by than a front row seat next to Anna Wintour at fashion week. Unless you’re Bill Nighy. But I don’t think pink is his colour.
DVF Shizuka Ruffled Silk Dress – £370 Stanwells, Equipment Hot Pink Silk Signature Shirt – £230 Stanwells, Giuseppe Zanotti Neon Lace Covered Ballet Flats – £330 Net-A-Porter, Fluoro Cambridge Satchel – £149 Harrods
Team one thing with neutral pieces or limit it to flashes here and there. Diane Von Furstenberg is the master of grown up, ladylike dressing and I love the neon panel in the Shizuka ruffled dress. For a weekend mood lifter I can think of nothing better than jeans, white T, leopard print ballet pumps, a trench coat and then the eye-wateringly bright Fluoro Cambridge Satchel slung in an oh-so-casually-but actually-carefully-planned manner about my person.
Illamasqua Nail Polish – £13.50 each at Selfridges, Ash Delirium Fuxia Sandals – £147 Stanwells, Stella McCartney Brass & Patent Faux Leather Bangle – £285 Net-A-Porter, Yellow Digital Gummy Watch – now £1 Miss Selfridge
A first time out fail safe is an accessory or a splash of almost fluoro nail polish – Illamasqua at Selfridges do a great range of brights to experiment with. And yes that watch from Miss Selfridge is £1…it’s not a typo!