Once warmer weather gets here, say in a month or two, people will be scrambling to brighten up their wardrobes. And this spring, all signs point to neon for a bold shot of color in dresses, pants, shoes, even jewelry, makeup and nail lacquers.
This isn't the acidic neon of the '80s, but bold, rich pops of oranges, yellows and fuchsias.
The spring and summer 2012 collection of nail colors by Butter London include an eye-popping pink called Disco Biscuit and a striking teal named Slapper.
"This is an evolution of neon — still bright and in the same color family, but more sophisticated and subdued," Butter London creative director Nonie Creme told trend-spotting blog Refinery 29.
Runway collections for spring 2012 included orangey citrus-colored dresses and skirts at Derek Lam, and taxicab-yellow walking shorts at Diane von Furstenberg.
Dannijo, the über-hot jewelry and accessories company, offers a collection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings featuring pops of neon, including the Hixson bib collar set with brightly colored Swarovski crystals paired with metal chains.
Neons & Nudes is the new cosmetics collection by Bobbi Brown. Sheer lip glosses include orangey citrus and bright ultra violet. Vibrant shades are meant to be worn as singular pops of color on an otherwise unadorned face — a violet eye shadow, for instance, or dramatic fuchsia lips, paired with one of the soft nude pink blushes.
For current winter pieces featuring heavy grays, browns and blacks, the addition of a boldly colored accent can add a modern edge.
An affordable canary yellow mini messenger bag, $19.94 at Old Navy, could be paired with an inky blue peacoat or a chunky black sweater.
For pencil-leg jeans topped with a tee and a cozy gray cardigan, choose a vibrant flat such as the Sam Edelman Felicia ballerina, available in bright pink or cobalt blue, $90 at Zappos.com.