While designers like Balmain and Alexander Wang have officially celebrated the return of the eighties on the runways this past fall, it’s hard not to notice the resurgence of this wonderfully spirited decade of dress. Over the past few months, we’ve seen biker shorts, body con dresses, the strong silhouette of the shoulder pad, those amazing Mathew Robinson day-glo phython platforms, and the Steve Sprouse fluorescent prints over at Marc Jacobs. Not surprisingly, accessories have undergone quite the fluorescent treatment as well. Turquoise has become an electric teal, yellows have become a blinding shade of highlighter yellow, and as well as a variety of eye-popping hot pinks and electric greens.
As for neon off the runway, my sentiment is that in small doses of color via accessories, it can be a strategic way to add a little jolt of color to your ensemble, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a blinding Day-Glo party. Contrasting to the neutrals and whites of summer, something as simple as a shoe or bag can instantly electrify your look.
It’s about time to have a little fun and invest in some colorful pieces. Why not try a colorful patent leather clutch, like this Envelope Clutch from Armani Exchange. For the beach, I'd suggest these hot pink Havaianas from Endless, a pair of bright citron Tory Burch ballet flats found at ShopBop for an everyday pop of color, or for a more dressy occassion, these Proenza Schouler electric pink and yellow criss cross sandal from Kirna Zabete. On the jewelry front, I'd suggest something along the lines of these 80s inspired vintage earrings from House of Lavande. And finally, for the full on neon effect, I'd reccomend this hot pink neoprene tote, coutesty of Pierre Hardy at Kirna Zabete.