As summer fades away, we often find ourselves snatching up every last hint of summer that we can find—whether that means trying out one last summer trend, working bright colors, or in this case, doing both at once! Yes, dear readers, the latest trend to pop up on our radar—neon yellow—has a decidedly summery vibe, but we assure you that it isn’t likely to fade away with the season. On the contrary, with tastemakers like Freida Pinto and Julia Sarr-Jamois working this trend to perfection, we are positive this look will be around for a long time to come. On that note, if you want to make this look your own, click through to today’s Trend Report to discover all the need-to-know details.
The resort 2012 collections were teeming with neon pieces, but Freida Pinto was one of the first to take them from the runway to real life. Freida wore a neon yellow Michael Kors dress to the Comic-Con convention in San Diego last month. Wearing head-to-toe neon is bold, but Freida makes it work by adding the simplest of accessories—specifically, strappy sandals and a black watch—and minimal makeup. The result is a look that turns heads, without a doubt. To make this look your own, pick up ASOS’s Wrap Dress ($36.59) or ASOS’s Color Block Drape Dress ($100.62) and pair it with Topshop’s Suede Strappy Platforms ($124).
If you want to try this trend, but you would prefer to start out softly, make sure you take notes from Nina Dobrev, who wore a neon-trimmed Jay Godfrey dress to the CW Upfront event in New York City in May. By picking a gray dress with neon trim, not to mention accessorizing with nude heels, Nina has “neutralized” the neon, ensuring that it brings life to her ensemble without stealing all the focus. To create an equally low-key yet chic look, pick up Cut 25’s Draped Sleeveless Dress ($145) or Proenza Schouler’s Slip Dress ($612.50). Then, simply add a pair of neutral heels and head out the door!
Now, if you thought this trend was only for casual events and cocktail parties, you were wrong. On the contrary, Kerry Washington had a major moment on the green carpet when she wore a neon Michael Kors column dress to the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles in June. Now, although low-key accessories are a must when wearing neon, the red carpet allows for a little more glamour than usual. Accordingly, Kerry picked out two understated-yet-glam accessories: a gold clutch and a matching belt. Inspired? Try this look for yourself by donning Tibi’s Pleated Silk-Chiffon Strapless Gown ($825) and pairing it with Reiss’s Mabel Hard Case Clutch Bag ($170) and Reiss’s Silvio Tubular Leather Belt ($95).
One of the things we love most about this trend is that it can be worn night and day. For proof, just look at Julia Sarr-Jamois, who was spotted wearing Christopher Kane’s Laser-Cut Mini Skirt ($979) with a grey tee while out and about in Milan in June. By pairing her skirt with a casual tee, Julia has given the look a low-key twist, resulting in a look that easily transitions from a day at fashion week to a night out on the town. Make this look your own by pairing Adam’s Chiffon Broomstick Skirt ($177) with AllSaints’s Pious Tee ($50). A pair of Isola’s Bellona Booties ($174.95) will complete the look.
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