Looking like you are purposefully dressing to suit the ’80s is where I draw the line with neon. Transitioning from the muted pastels of spring to the extremes of neon for summer has not been the easiest thing for me. While I love looking at the super bright displays in shop windows, I cannot help feeling super shy about walking out in bold neon – that isn’t to say that it isn’t the coolest trend to come back!
I bought my beloved Cambridge Satchel (above) at the end of winter and was more than delighted to start wearing it as a transition piece. I started wearing it on the weekends and noticed a lot more points and whispers as I walked by. I’m not one to be offended by strangers’ reactions to my choice in clothing so I happily continued on my way. I wore the bag to work one morning and spent the remainder of the day defending why I bought such a bright accessory. Indeed, the majority of mockery came from male co-workers who generally don’t get anything I wear anyway but I wondered why people bother saying anything at all unless it’s a compliment.
I subsequently wore more neon as the season progressed; things like a neon pink skirt, neon blue shoes, hi-lighter yellow pants and neon green socks were all included in my daily wardrobe.
Here are a collection of comments I received from people (about neon):
“(Uncontrollable laugh) Did your husband buy that for you as a replacement for a leash? Now that you’re married, he shouldn’t lose sight of you.”
“Could that bag get ANY brighter?”
“Is that color necessary, it’s actually hurting my eyes.”
“Wow, you must really like pink.”
“I’m not sure I understand why you’re wearing those socks?”
“Yeesh! OMG! (Looks away) Crystal, why would you buy this bag in that color?” – my mom, whom I forgive because she just doesn’t get it
I’m the worst at trying to laugh off mean comments, instead I run home and frantically reevaluate what I’ve chosen as wardrobe pieces. Eventually I calm myself down and remind myself why I’m drawn to a particular trend to begin with and I usually feel a bit better.
Are you a neon-wearer? What’s your favourite way to rock the trend? Send me photos via Twitter; I love to see other people’s interpretations!