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Do’s and Don’ts for Wearing Neon

Love them or hate them, acid tones like electric pink, fluorescent green, and neon yellow grab the spotlight.  Many celebrities have worn neon party dresses on the red carpet. Sometimes they’ve worked, and sometimes they’ve bombed. If you want to try one, here are a few do’s and don’ts for wearing neon.

DO Keep it Classic

 

Neon colored party dresse

If you plan to wear an in-your-face color, then stick to a clean silhouette. Keep your streamlined and unfussy, so it doesn’t complicate or fight the color. This strapless gown has a classic silhouette, and there isn’t a lot of detail, but the neon gives it a modern edge.

DON’T Over Accessorize

 

bright neon clothes

 

When you are going somewhere special, it’s tempting to want to wear big, bold earrings or a statement necklace like Cameron Diaz has; bright neon clothes don’t go with fuss accessories. This electric citrine shade is so powerful; it’s best to omit the jewelry or use it very sparingly. This gaudy necklace competes with the loud color of the dress. Remember when wearing neon clothing and accessories: Less is more.

 

Do Consider Your Hair and Skin Colorneon clothes for women

 

Often these acid tones bomb, but neon clothes for women can work if you have warm coloring. Yellow complements Kathy Griffin’s warm complexion and flaming red hair. It would look terrible on someone with cool skin, pink undertones, and ash blond or ash brown hair like Michelle Pfieffer.

 

DON’T Wear Neon Unless Your Grooming is Flawless

neon dress

 

Neon colors scream for attention when you step into a room. So bright neon clothes for women means your grooming must be flawless! Your hair should be shiny and coiffed, your make-up impeccable, and your nails perfectly manicured. There’s no wiggle room here, especially after 40.

 

DO try Citrine as an Accent

 

 

Neon clothing, accessories worn in small amounts can be used to accent an outfit. Try a neon accessory like a bag or shoe, or wear it as an accent color. Diane Von Furstenberg’s color block dress has this not-so-mellow-yellow color on the top only, which is quite flattering.

 

DON’T Wear Neon if You Don’t Feel Confident

 

Jane Fonda once made a bold statement in a neon-colored party dress. You must have the confidence to pull off this color. She managed to pull it off because she oozed confidence. Don’t get talked into wearing it if it is not you, or you will end up looking like a fashion victim.

Have you worn a neon-colored dress? Would you?

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6 thoughts on “Do’s and Don’ts for Wearing Neon

  1. While you may not feel comfortable wearing neon at the office, you might feel better about wearing something ultra-bright in the evening. A cocktail or party dress in a vivid hue often works better than trying to go neon during the day, especially if you’re going dancing or to another event where the energy will be running high.

  2. This is the best article on neon colors I’ve read this spring. Reading your tips, I understood why I left all the neon outfits in the dressing room. Now I;m going back in armed with your roadmap.

  3. No, I wouldn’t necessarily wear the acid yellow, however, I would try the electric pink. The acid yellow would not feel like me, however, I think I would feel comfortable and confident in wearing something in the electric pink. Pink used to be my fav. color as a little girl! :)

    1. Hi Carlita,
      Acid yellow is very hard to wear even when you do have a warm complexion. I think the electric pink is easier especially if your skin and hair are cool, meaning your skin is more pink than yellow and your hair is ash.

  4. Yellow seems to be the go to Neon color for these ladies but honestly, none of them look great in this neon. Neon is too much unless you’re under 24 and that was true even in the 80s.

    1. Hi Mimi,
      It’s true. Neon is a very strong and so, against aging skin and hair, it can look very harsh. It draws so much attention and there’s so much contrast that it can really exaggerate any imperfections so the easiest way to wear it if you like it is as an accessory.