Tie-dye swirls, prairie dresses, fanny packs, bodysuits, power shoulders, scrunchies… No, you’re not stuck in some weird 1980s time warp, but it can feel that way sometimes with fashion’s seemingly insatiable appetite for nostalgia. Lots of throwback looks have hit the runways over the past few seasons, and the latest trend from the ‘80s to make a conspicuous return is neon. To be more specific, neon green. Garishly bright shades have been gaining traction for a while now, but for Spring/Summer 2020, lurid green seems to be the highlighter hue of choice.
Originally popular with partygoers hitting the underground rave scene, the Spring/Summer 2020 shows saw a rather more refined take on neon green, as designers lit up the runways (literally!) with billowing evening gowns, oversized statement coats, skin-baring dresses, tailored separates, and more awash in the eye-popping shade.
Considerably more polarising than last season’s preferred pistachio, the vivid colour can be a shock to the system if all black is your go-to look, but venturing into fluorescent territory is a risk worth taking. Dip your toe into the neon green waters and pair a monochrome outfit with acid-bright accessories; be bold and layer a neon t-shirt under a neutral-toned blazer; take things up a notch further and match a neon piece with another bright colour like azure or crimson; or turn the wattage all the way up and go head-to-toe highlighter. Either way, this trend is a simple way to up the ante on your style game without too much effort, and you’ll turn heads everywhere you go.