The brights on spring

Louis Armstrong may not have cared what the weatherman said, but
reports of endless grey drizzle are enough to get most of Britain
complaining. When this coincides with rails and rails of summer
stock being shipped into our favourite shops it makes buying
anything appropriate a little tricky.

After all, summer staples such as ice-cream colours and white
look great when the sun is blazing, but are harder to pull off
right now. That’s why the influx of neon as a colourful summer
trend is actually something of a relief – Day-Glo shades add a bit
of sunshine to your wardrobe when the real thing can’t be relied
upon. There was neon on the catwalk for women and men for the new
season – Simone Rocha, Versus and Sister by Sibling excelled for
the former, while the latter should look to E Tautz, Topman Design
and Agi Sam for guidance.

While it may not be time to opt for the head-to-toe look as seen
on the catwalk just yet, a flash of inspiration here and there is
an easy way to be an early adopter of the trend. Just like when you
were revising at school, highlights of fluorescent pink, green,
yellow and orange are the easiest way to draw the eye. Neon
separates – a bright skirt, say, or a jumper – will look great with
black or denim but if even that seems a bit too bold, a belt, bag
or even pair of shoes are easier ways to be an early adopter of the
new season. Or if you really want to get fashion kudos, opt for a
neon beanie – as favoured by the fashion set at the shows this
season – and keep warm, while looking cool.


Dress £335, MGSM,

Clutch £19.99,

Jumper £190, J Crew,

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