Neon is Coming Back (Don’t Hate Me, I’m Just the Messenger)

I think neon is coming back. Back from where? I’m not sure, but I walked into the Céline store a couple of weeks ago, which is always where I go when I’m curious about what will be trending in the next 24 months, and there I saw a ribbed T-shirt, dangling from a hanger and beaming light into my face through its particular hue of fluorescent yellow. It stuck out like a sore thumb among the strong, if not quiet, shades of pink and purple and blue that surrounded it. In that moment, I knew. Neon is coming back.

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Then, as I was researching outfit ideas like the true investigative journalist that I am, I saw Ece Sukan, a Turkish fashion person, wearing a pink, orange and blue windbreaker and thought to myself, “that’s good.” It is ironic that she’s Turkish because it seems like she understands sportswear — a founding principle of American fashion — better than almost anyone, especially myself who recently wore oatmeal color leggings with sock boots.

Anyway, the whole thing ignited a search for neon windbreakers, which is when I fell in love with everything about this, but I digress.

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There were also two very strong cases for leopard, which you can take or leave at your discretion. One came in the form of a nylon, ankle-length trench styled over a red hoodie.

Then there was Tamu McPherson with her cherry kitten heels and tube socks — very good — who hit two trends that might be on the up and up, too. The first being skirt suits, the second being waist belts.

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If I had to guess, the best way to reconcile skirt suits if you’re itching for one is to ask your female friend who works in finance or, conversely, your mother who lived through the ’90s as an adult female, if you could borrow one from them. Per the shoes and socks, easy to approximate at home, and effectively suitable to be paired with anything including, but not limited to, fabric garbage bags.

Photos via Getty Images.


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  • Not sure if I’m about the neon life… that should be just for music festivals! haha

  • I don’t mind this one bit. Neon is fun in clever doses!

  • kristina

    This is wild. I just bought a bright pink sweater last week and when I told my friend she said “like a blush pink?” No. Not a blush pink.

  • I’ve been painting my nails neon colors lately. Actually, I had not painted my nails in THREE YEARS until I saw a neon orange and felt the urge to GO FOR IT. I also have a neon yellow hoodie that’s pretty cool. I suppose I’m ready for neon to be a trend. Art school is featuring a lot of awful eighties windbreakers this year. God knows why. THAT I am totally not down for.

  • I’m not a huge fan of neon, but I’m looking forward to seeing more colour on the streets

    – Natalie

  • I’m feeling the neon. Do a Pinterest search for Andre Agassi and feel it, too.

  • Claudia Cristina Deveze

    NOOOO! Sorry but NOO! if Neon is coming back is resurrecting from 2003 or 2004 I don’t remember exactly which year, but I do know that it was in my awkward teenage years phase. And all I can remember is Hi-Liters dancing to Daddy Yankee’s “La Gasolina”

  • Neon never went away for some people and those who are featured here are one of those. It’s just their personal style right? Aaaah…see mentioning about neon itself tells that you want it back and I love you for doing that Leandra.

  • nathaliea

    Leftover health goth?

  • clagri

    Seems to me that these are just brights, no? I am very anti-neon and I would wear any of these pieces. I definitely think there’s been a shift away from the instagram black-white-grey-minimal-chic schtick and I’m about it!!

  • Jessica

    oooh that ocelot coat with red accents…!!!

  • Kimberley Boehm

    I found a neon ’90s Chanel suit on The RealReal. Love it. Love neon.