Last weekend brought us sunshine and slightly warmer weather up North, therefore I decided to wear something a little more S/S and a little less A/W.
Fashion confession: I've never worn neon before. The idea of it has always scared me, because it's a well known fact that sometimes even a tiny bit of neon can be overkill. It's a bold style statement, often only acceptable on credible celebrities - such as Marion Cotillard at this year's BAFTAs:
However, after seeing the trend emerge from the S/S '13 catwalks as part of 90's revival, I felt inspired. House of Holland fused neon with tie dye to create edgy, eclectic look, and Moschino used bright, lego colours alongside graphic prints and patterns adding a neon element to each outfit.
I decided to be brave - and follow Moschino's lead - just using a neon hue in my outfit's detailing to start with, until I felt more confident with the trend.
My neon hue of choice? PINK.
I tried to capture the 90's essence of this trend by teaming a stripy cardigan with other pieces that represent the fashion of the era: a black crop top, denim - in the form of high-waisted shorts - and trainers, as sportswear was another key theme of the 90's seen on S/S '13 catwalks.
The neon pink hue can be seen in the stripe detailing of my cardigan, the body of my iPhone case, the flower bud of my earrings, the trimmings of my handbag and also forms the Lonsdale logo on my trainers.
Cardigan - Topshop
Crop Top - Topshop
Shorts - MOTO at Topshop
Tights - M&S
Trainers - Lonsdale London
Handbag - H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams
To keep in with the fashion theme of the 90's, I thought I would channel 90's beauty as well - in the form of minimalism. My make-up is completely natural, apart from the black Benefit mascara on my eyes and a slick of baby pink Topshop lipstick.
Also, I've just had my hair re-coloured (still wanting to go blonder with the ends, but it's proving difficult) - which ties in with the ombre theme of the 90's.
I had fun creating this outfit; I am fond of anything to do with the 90's because it reminds me of my childhood! I'm glad that I experimented with neon and used it in my outfit's detailing as it's made me more confident with the trend. Next time I might try rocking a piece that's predominantly neon - who knows!
I'd recommend doing what I have done and sticking to one neon colour in your outfit's detailing if you're new to the trend, then you can always build on it as time goes on and you become more comfortable with the trend! Or you might decide that it's not for you at all, which is completely fine. Not every trend suits everyone.
Just have a play with it and be creative - and the rest should fall into place!
(UPDATE - This look has been featured on Look magazine's 'Street Style' section of their website, which can be found here. I'm so happy!
What do you think, do you like my 90's neon outfit? Would you personally wear this trend? Please leave me a comment as I appreciate your feedback! Katie-xo)