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Wearing Neon at Any Age: Not for the Faint of Heart


The sun is shining, there are flying rats pigeons everywhere, the clicking of heels, the whirr of blenders, ahhh the sounds of summer.  I for one, am seriously looking forward to the whole ordeal.  Outdoor drinks after work on some gorgeous terrace, jammed up against young, half-naked and curiously tanned PR girls, boys pretending not to sweat in suits coming from whichever investment bank that hasn’t toppled over yet.  Think Carrie Bradshaw (before the wrinkles and the work and by “work,” I mean on Samantha’s face), New York City in its heyday, over-the-top boozy brunches at SoHo House, the Hamptons before “time-shares” were invented, oh I could wax nostalgia for years!

Yes, I am aware that it is only just spring but a girl must be prepared!  And how better to prepare for summer than with neon!  No my DMD darlings, neon is not just for kids; nor is it for the faint of heart.  If you are a DMD darling that lived during the last time Neon was all the rage (ah hem, the 80’s) fear not, you can still rock it now.  There is an old saying: one should not rock a trend now if you were around the first time that trend surfaced (more or less, I paraphrased).  Pish-Posh! I do not subscribe to this rule!  If you hadn’t noticed, I have a penchant for breaking rules.  However, I do think there are tasteful ways of executing a look and then there are the horror shows.  So, how to glow in neon at any age.  In my mind there are 3 only age groups:

AGMYs: As “God” Made You(s)

Feel free to wear more than one piece of neon.  This doesn’t give you permission to look like a hot mess of a neon sign mind you!  But if you’re young and dewy and everything is still where it should be, then you have my permission to add a few pops of neon accessories.  OK, if you’re a young 30’s (and by that I mean people mistake you for being a 20 something and ask you for ID all the time) then you can squeak in too.  Note: the truly nascent ones can wear any neon piece that strikes their fancy but individuals who are clinging onto youth should probably spend a little more and invest in a good quality piece.  Quality truly makes all the difference in helping you get away with the look.  Not sure of something?  Ask me!

Wearing Neon at Any Age: Not for the Faint of Heart
Madwell blouse, Citizens for Humanity jeans, Aldo Shoes, t.babaton tank, Balenciaga Bag, Chanel Watch, Guy and Eva earrings, Marc Jacobs Sunnies. Asos pic.

The “HFMF”(s): Damn Hot With a Little Help From My Friends (a.k.a. Botox, Products, Facials, Lasers)

How do you know if you fall into this category?  It is clearly not your first time seeing the neon trend and no one is likely to assume that it is (think Season 4, Episode 14 of Sex in the City, “All that Glitters” Carrie in the Gay club wearing a white t-shirt and neon bra).  But my dears, take heart!  You probably have way more bank to throw at your accessories than the little girls (well done you, you’ve arrived!) so if you fall into this category, you’re going to have to splurge a little more on a quality neon accessory and the guideline for you my dears, is: wear one color or one piece!

Wearing Neon at Any Age: Not for the Faint of Heart
Ashley Madekwe is of the younger set but the look she wears here is equally appropriate for the HFMFs.  One pop of neon against neutrals reads as elegant and slightly eccentric.  Photo thanks to: Ring My Bell
Wearing Neon at Any Age: Not for the Faint of Heart
Translated to jewelry.  Remember its one color OR one piece.  So if you find a multicolored beauty, feel free have at it, but then limited yourself to just that.

Iris Apfel(s)

Iris Apfel is an absolute icon!  Jewelry designer, social butterfly, irreverent inspiration!  OK, done ranting.  Anyway for the Iris Apfels of the world, you can still do neon.  But here, as Ms. Apfel exemplifies, it’s one color and only one piece.  The best part of aging (aside from the wisdom and experience etc.) is that women look better wearing more jewelry as they age.  My father always told me, “Your jewelry has to be appropriate to your years.”  Its true, an AGMY who is overloaded tends to look a bit trashy but an Iris Apfel can literally weigh herself down with acoutrements and look absolutely stunning!

Wearing Neon at Any Age: Not for the Faint of Heart
Neon shirt mixed with a neutral looks chic and edgy on Iris Apfel. The best part is the older you get the more jewelry you can get away with! Stick with neutral jewelry though if you’ve already incorporated a pop of color.

There it is my dears, how to wear neon for all ages.  Never fear age, only fear aging without knowing how to accessorize properly.

Big Kiss and Bigger Diamonds,