Love them or hate them, acid tones have been a huge color trend the last few months and seem to be going strong this summer. We’ve seen electric pink, fluorescent green and in particular lots of acid yellow.Many celebrities have shown up at award ceremonies and galas in this shocking shade. Sometimes it’s worked and sometimes it’s bombed. If you are tempted to try this color here are a few do’s and dont’s for wearing neon.
DO Keep it Simple
One of the keys to wearing such an in-your- face color is to let the color reign. Here’s Julie Bowen at this year’s Emmy awards. Part of the reason she looks so fab is that her dress is very classic and unfussy and doesn’t complicate or fight the color. This dress has a classic silhouette and there isn’t a lot of detail. It’s strapless and draped and she looks like a Greek goddess. The color simply gives it that modern edge.
|DON’T Over Accessorize |
When you are getting all dressed up to go somewhere special it’s tempting to want to throw on some big bold earrings or a statement necklace like Cameron Diaz has.But be aware that it will likely ruin the look. If you want to wear an electric citrine shade like this, it’s best to omit the jewelry or use it very sparingly.The gaudy necklace competes and clashes with this already loud colored dress.This is a great example of something to remember when wearing neon clothing and accessories: Less is more.
|Do Consider Your Hair and Skin Color|
The number one reason these acid tones can bomb is because they are worn on someone whose skin hair and eye color does not suit them. Thankfully, this is not the case here.I think this is a great example of the right color on the right person. This acid yellow is super warm and works with Kathy Griffin’s warm complexion and flaming red hair.It would look terrible on someone who had cool skin with pink undertones and ash blond or ash brown hair like Michelle Pfieffer.This also works well because the dress is very simple and accessories are used sparingly, two important considerations I mentioned above.
|DON’T Wear Neon or Acid Color Unless Your Grooming is Flawless|
A super strong color like this screams for attention when you walk into the room. It’s bold and overpowering which means it draws attention to everything else including your hair, make-up and nails.If you want to try this color make sure you look as flawless as Julianna Moore. 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|
If you like this color there’s no rule you must wear it head to toe. A great way it to incorporate it into your wardrobe is as an accessory like a bag or shoe, or to have it as an accent color in your outfit.Here Diane Von Furstenberg wears a beautiful color block dress with this not-so-mellow-yellow color on the top only. It draws the attention up to her face and works really well because, as you can see by her warm coloring, this is a flattering shade for her.
|DO Wear This Color If You Have Confidence|
Jane Fonda recently wore this electric yellow gown making headlines everywhere. Some loved it and some loathed it, but I think she pulled it off because she looked so darn confident.Confidence is key when wearing such a stand-out hue. Even if someone tries to talk you into wearing this color don’t wear it if it doesn’t feel like you, otherwise you’ll feel self-conscious and awkward and that translates into fashion victim. Have you worn a neon colored dress? Would you? Send me a photo and I’ll post it.
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