No one likes neon. It’s often garish, loud and on the wrong side of cool. But we saw this coming with the big 80s resurface that’s happening in fashion. The 80s (big shoulders, bold colours and all) are making a comeback. But neon is here once again and like the diligent fashion students we are, we’re listening. These are some of the things we’ve learnt.

Accessories are a good place to start

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Worried about looking like a dance instructor from a bad eighties workout video? Just work neon in moderation. Try solely applying striking colour in accessories like earrings and bags. Make sure that your accessories are in tip top shape because they’re definitely conversation starters.

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Two Colours Also Make Sense

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Next step to get right with the trend is to incorporate two striking colours. Complementary colours work well here. Yellow and fuchsia go well together. Wear tops and bottoms in different colours to create an impactful 80s-inspired look.

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It even works on the red carpet, gasp!

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Adwoa Aboah wearing Molly Goddard (rexfeatures)

 

Didn’t think wearing lemon or electric tangerine hues on the red carpet was a possibility? Badgal Rihanna and ultracool neo-supermodel Adwoa Aboah show us that anything is possible when you believe. Rules are broken whether you keep the colour-crazy to one item or spread liberally over an entire outfit. These women prove that sophisticated and interesting looks can be had in this colour trend.

Rihanna wearing Armani Prive (rexfeatures)

Runway Ready

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left to right: Mugler, Versace, H&M Studio, Jil Sander, Prada f/w 2017 (rexfeatures)

Yes, thanks to Mugler and Prada F/W 2017 we can see that this trend has a very bright future. We’re especially impressed with Thierry Mugler’s take on the 80s, with powersuits, bold colours and sci-fi shoulders taking centre stage

Street Style Makes Us Comfortable

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If the street stars can make it work then that means you can too. Try focusing on similar street style details – be it ruffles or slick fabrications – to get your look on-trend and with the times.

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Images from Imaxtree and Rexfeatures