This morning I heard Sasha ‘Liberty London Girl’ Wilkins and Camilla ‘How To Walk In High Heels’ Morton discussing the neon trend with Jane Garvey on my beloved Radio 4 Woman's Hour and this, combined with Alison Ivey’s awesome piece on neon beanies PLUS the neon nail polish I was given at a super-fun hen party on Saturday made me decide to write about it. Oh and this song:
Sasha explained that, far from leaping straight off the catwalk and into our wardrobes, trends tend to take a couple of years to filter down and become looks that we’re comfortable with adopting, and so it made sense that the first time we really saw neon was at Christopher Kane’s September 2010 show (for S/S11) and it’s only now that that it’s really taken off on the high street.
Camilla added that neon is “an accent, it punctuates an outfit” and I agree that this is definitely the best way to wear it – through accessories or a bit of beauty. Sasha added “Take a classic shape in a crazy colour... you want to be demure and then shock everybody.” As with most things in fashion, it's all about balance and contrast - wear a neon heel, or a day-glo dress, but in a classic, even ladylike shape.
One of the benefits of being a saddo stingy fashion hoarder is that if I wait long enough, my tatty old stuff eventually comes back into fashion and I don’t have to spend a penny to try out a trend. As soon as I heard that neon was a ‘thing’, I went and rummaged through my cupboards to see what fluoro jazz I could find.