Inspiration: Neon

I was shopping at Uptown Cheapskate on Sunday and I noticed that I was drawn to pieces with bright/neon colors. Nothing crazy like this - neons can certainly be done WRONG. A single neon item, or a couple of the same color, paired with simple pieces in neutral colors creates an eye-catching (in a good way) combination. It’s a very sophisticated way to incorporate bright colors into an outfit…as opposed to this :)

Here’s a round up of some bright+neutral outfits that I think are successfully sophisticated (plus a sketch I found on Pinterest that I couldn’t resist throwing in there). Images are numbered, and their original sources are linked below.


I love the orange/coral pants in pic 9. I think that’s my favorite of the neon colors. Purple will always be one of my favorite colors, too, though (pic 11). Also note the neon shoelaces in pic 4 – love that!

How do you feel about bright, bold colors? Yea or nay? Which is your favorite?

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  1. lyddiegal
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

    I agree – working the neons with the neutrals is the only way to go. love the new blog design!

  2. corinnelifeetc
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Love the new blog design Maggie! And I also love a little bit of neon – when done right haha :)

  3. Shen Dove
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Loving this neon inspiration and your new blog design!

  4. Posted April 17, 2013 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I really like neon, but like you said it needs to be counter-balanced with some more neutral pieces to avoid looking like a highlighter! ;)

  5. Megan
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I love a little pop of neon – it’s fun! Your blog looks great BTW :)

  6. Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I’m dying over the purple pleated skirt…thank you for rounding up these fabulous looks! I love your blog design as well!


    • maggiebj maggiebj
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Elissa! I love that purple pleated skirt, too. Purple and pleats – two of my favorites! :)

  7. Darcy
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I love all of those! The colored shorts are my fave. :)

  8. Hannah
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    I usually shy away from neon, but I really like it paired with neutrals! Great inspiration! Also, love the new blog design!

    XO Hannah

    • maggiebj maggiebj
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      I’ve always shied away from it in the past, but I’m attempting to embrace it this year – it’s so cheery!

  9. Posted April 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I love the peplum/boyfriend jeans idea! I’ll have to try that. :) I have also been suuuuuuper into the neon trend! It looks so fresh paired with basics.

    Sequins & Shadows

    • maggiebj maggiebj
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      I’m glad you like the idea! I want to try it out myself, I just need to find that perfect peplum top. Thanks for checking out my blog! :)

  10. Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    I just want you to know… I saw this post this morn and wore neon skinnies and a denim top and boots. You totally dressed me ;) thanks girl

    • maggiebj maggiebj
      Posted April 17, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      Haha, success! I’m glad I inspired you. :D

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