Here’s How To Wear The Reigning Neon Trend

Highlighter fluorescent hues are not only reigning on the fashion runways. They are quickly finding their way into the streetstyle circuit, quickly turning into one of the biggest fashion trends of 2019. This is, however, not a trend for the attention-shy. You’ll literally be hard to miss — in day or night time.

Here, simple styling tips to incorporate these neons into your wardrobe without looking like a walking highlighter:

The Neon Dress

Neon pink dresses spotted at Paris and Milan Fashion Week in February and March. Photographs by Hugo Lee and Daniel Kim.
Neon pink dresses spotted at Paris and Milan Fashion Week in February and March. Photographs by Hugo Lee and Daniel Kim.

A full neon look is, perhaps, the easiest approach for those who are looking to try this trend out. The trick is to subdue the colour with subtle — in this case, blacks, whites, and silver jewellery.

From left: a pink silk gown from Saloni (approximately S$1,051); an open-back silk-chiffon jumpsuit from Cushnie (approximately S$2,567); a dress with belt from Zara (S$55.90); a neon slit dress from Alice and Olivia (approximately S$535).
From left: a pink silk gown from Saloni (approximately S$1,051); an open-back silk-chiffon jumpsuit from Cushnie (approximately S$2,567); a dress with belt from Zara (S$55.90); a neon slit dress from Alice and Olivia (approximately S$535).

The Separates

Less is more is your mantra when it comes to neon separates. Photographs by Hugo Lee and Daniel Kim.
Less is more is your mantra when it comes to neon separates. Photographs by Hugo Lee and Daniel Kim.

When it comes to separates, how do you pull off this trend? The trick is simple: wear only one neon piece of clothing, whether it be a top, a bodysuit, or a neon pink cardigan. With everything else, you want to opt for neutral and earthy tones in the likes of beige, whites, and browns to tone the neons down.

From left: Maison Margiela knit bodysuit (approximately S$568); Nike Indy sports bra (approximately S$95); AMIRI fold-over denim skirt (approximately S$745); Rejina Pyo crinkled satin shirt (approximately S$583); MM6 Maison Margiela knit pencil skirt (approximately S$759).
From left: Maison Margiela knit bodysuit (approximately S$568); Nike Indy sports bra (approximately S$95); AMIRI fold-over denim skirt (approximately S$745); Rejina Pyo crinkled satin shirt (approximately S$583); MM6 Maison Margiela knit pencil skirt (approximately S$759).

The Swimwear

From left: Ivania Carpio of @love_aesthetics layered a neon bandeau bikini top under a cream Hugo suit; neon bodysuits seen on the recent fashion week's streetstyle circuits. Photographs by Hugo Lee and Daniel Kim.
From left: Ivania Carpio of @love_aesthetics layered a neon bandeau bikini top under a cream Hugo suit; neon bodysuits seen on the recent fashion week’s streetstyle circuits. Photographs by Hugo Lee and Daniel Kim.

Nothing is too bright when it comes to a bikini or bodysuit under the sun. There’s a crop of neon-coloured bikinis and one-piece swimwear available in stores right now. All you need to do is to layer them under matching suits, duster coats, and the rest remains the same — keep the colour palette neutral and clean.

From left: a ribbed bikini by Triangl (approximately S$107); printed swimsuit by Gucci (approximately S$664); low-back lime green bodysuit by Bamba (approximately S$143); velvet bandeau bikini by Triangl (approximately S$121).
From left: a ribbed bikini by Triangl (approximately S$107); printed swimsuit by Gucci (approximately S$664); low-back lime green bodysuit by Bamba (approximately S$143); velvet bandeau bikini by Triangl (approximately S$121).

The Accessories

For those who are not yet ready to pull off a full neon look, inject neon-coloured accessories. Photographs by Hugo Lee and Daniel Lim.
For those who are not yet ready to pull off a full neon look, inject neon-coloured accessories. Photographs by Hugo Lee and Daniel Lim.

Don’t feel like wearing it? Pop the highlighter colours on your shades, bags, heels, sneakers, bangles, and chokers to get a touch of the trend.

From top left: set of cuffs by Alison Lou (approximately S$359); feather-embellished belt by Dries Van Noten (approximately S$440); cat-eye shades by Le Specs (approximately S$161); neon sock-boots by Zara (S$119); leather strap sandals by Mango (S$89.90).
From top left: set of cuffs by Alison Lou (approximately S$359); feather-embellished belt by Dries Van Noten (approximately S$440); cat-eye shades by Le Specs (approximately S$161); neon sock-boots by Zara (S$119); leather strap sandals by Mango (S$89.90).
Clockwise from top left: micro belt-bag by Complet (approximately S$610); medium nylon tote by Prada (approximately S$1,778); Japanese neoprene tote by MM6 Maison Margiela (approximately S$488); lime leather belt bag by Wandler (approximately S$637); matte pink shoulder bag by Tory Burch (approximately S$580).
Clockwise from top left: micro belt-bag by Complet (approximately S$610); medium nylon tote by Prada (approximately S$1,778); Japanese neoprene tote by MM6 Maison Margiela (approximately S$488); lime leather belt bag by Wandler (approximately S$637); matte pink shoulder bag by Tory Burch (approximately S$580).