At this time of year there’s usually a micro trend that feeds into our collective subconscious and lets us know that summer’s on its way. Last summer it was orange lipstick, this year it’s all about a flash of fluorescence.
Neon has been popping up consistently since Gigi Hadid wore her colour-blocked triangle at the Victoria’s Secret Pool party earlier this month but once I saw Joan Smalls at Coachella, it was decided; neon is officially a thing.
It seems we’re finally over sailor stripes and ditzy florals, this summer it’s all about neon. At a recent festival-themed party in Brixton I wore my citrus Calvin Klein crop top under a cropped white knit, a neo-rave look that seemed suddenly inspired. Later in Berlin- when I was too hanging to think- and I wanted a look that made me look like I had at least heard of exercise, I whipped out my neon crop and wore it under a sheer chiffon off-white blouse.
With record day coming up and festival season approaching, whether you buy into neon as swimwear or sportswear, there’s no piece that will work harder for you this summer.
Get the Look:
The super sexy way to do neon- sheer, underwired guipure lace layered over nude tulle. £95, Net-a-Porter
This neon lace-overlay bralet from Playful Promises shouldn’t work, but it really does; And it’s on sale for a tenner. £10.50, ASOS
Keep it simple in this triple strap bikini from Motel. Now £14 at ASOS
This isn’t as neon as I’d like, but this is a subdued nod to the trend, with a banging back. £60 from Onzie at UrbanOutfitters
This is orange at it’s best- minimal lines for maximum impact. £28 for the set, Topshop
Do as the Supermodels to and get in on the Victoria’s Secret action. Colours range from hot pink and coral to lime green and sea blue and are all surprisingly cheap.
Strappy triangle top, $38.50, Victoria’s Secret
The Flirt Bandeau, $38.50, Victoria’s Secret
Black trim is the baddest way to colour block with neon. Channel your inner surf girl with this azure blue bikini from Volcom (£35, Urban Outfitters) or rave it up in Banana Moon’s acid yellow (£21, ASOS)