A Flash of Neon

To be real, whenever neon is in style, it freaks me out a little.

It also gives me flashbacks to 2nd grade, when I had a neon pink t-shirt (which I would tie in a knot on the side) that I would wear with day-glow purple leggings. I wish I were joking.

Even when they have neon at J Crew, my all-time everything-in-here-I-can-wear store, I’m still afraid. I just can’t commit to an obviously neon piece.

How I make it work: Hints of neon—just a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’ to make an outfit more exciting.

It’s fun to add neon in unexpected ways, especially with accessories. Here are some of my faves:

image Christopher Kane

image Michael Kors

image Tory Burch

image Adia Kibur

or brightly colored nails:

image OPI

You can also rock neon in shorts and skirts if you’re feeling bold:

image J Crew

How to wear it:

-With neutrals. Avoid too many colors to avoid clown syndrome (or my flashback to the 80s) 😉

-Nautical stripes look awesome with neon [like a blue and white striped top with a neon belt or necklace]

-With confidence 😀

So what do you think? Do you, or would you wear neon?

The boldest I’m getting is with my nails on this one 🙂


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  1. Sara K on July 21, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I do wear neon- but usually just one piece (and sometimes have a matching pair of earrings or such)- it adds such a pop to an outfit- I especially love the yellow neon out this season.

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 12:47 am

      me too- it’s not obnoxiously bright. it’s the perfect shade

  2. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 21, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I really love your nails! And those shoes! I am a fashion disaster most of the time, so I really like these posts. I tell you a secret. I have a pair of pink neon skinny jeans from American Apparel. Yep.

  3. Lauren @ Ultra Lauren on July 21, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I’d follow in your footsteps and just rock a pinch of neon. I <3 those yellow flats.

  4. Jaime on July 21, 2011 at 12:57 am

    so funny you mention neon J. Crew b/c I just bought something neon from there – SO unlike me (the neon, not the J. Crew 🙂 ). I think touches of neon can be okay, but I usually stay away. Loving those yellow nails of yours though.

    and the neon shirts with a knot on the side – totally did the same thing (except I believe it was 3rd grade for me, not 2nd). Too funny!

  5. Sana on July 21, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Is that top form Target??

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 1:09 am

      yeah it’s a dress- love it as a swim coverup!

      • kara on July 21, 2011 at 9:48 am

        i just realized i am totally wearing a neon pink twist top shirt from express today! i never think of it as ‘neon’.. just bright pink. as i read this post i looked down at it and thought ‘i guess maybe this is neon…’

        • kara on July 21, 2011 at 9:49 am

          not really sure why this was appeared as a reply to this comment… strange.

  6. Laura @ prettylittlewords on July 21, 2011 at 1:10 am

    You’ve got some neon peeking out from your swimsuit!! 🙂

  7. mi-an on July 21, 2011 at 1:15 am

    what kind of yellow polish you wearing?? i just borrowed some from my sis in law and it’s more orangey…

  8. Jena on July 21, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I’ve been wearing a lot of neon pink nail polish – especially for my toes!

  9. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 21, 2011 at 6:57 am

    A pop of neon is great! I dig it!

    More than a pop or one piece of it…and you’re back in 1985 and that was not really a good look on anyone 🙂

  10. Amanda on July 21, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Neon in cloth form scares me….. But I do love a hot pink nail polish : )

  11. kristine on July 21, 2011 at 7:55 am

    i have a neon pink lu lu lemon shirt… it doesnt get worn too often! i have to be in the right mood:)

  12. Michelle on July 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I love neon pink! My fave work friendly summer outfit is this pair of cropped dusty green pants with either a fitted hot pink t shirt or this hot pink and cream striped tee. I pair either with some grey gladiator sandals and I feel trendy but not totally 80s! With my complexion (totally pale with jet black hair) hot pink looks pretty good! Neon yellow however makes me look jaundice! 🙂

  13. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 21, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I could roll with the neon shorts. I think they’re fun, it’s the tops that get me. Shorts are safe, especially paired with a neutral. I love the nails!

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 10:44 am

      i totally agree- the tops scare me

  14. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories on July 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Wow, you have some great picks there! I love the shorts-nails-shoes-belt. And your nails, of course!

  15. Molly on July 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Although I’m a fan of hints of neon like you suggest– but when I see neon I still can’t help but have my brain be flooded with images of the women/men from my local gym that still wear the 80’s work out gear in full flash dance style… if that doesn’t make you want to cringe I don’t know what does! 🙂

  16. Faith @ For the Health of It on July 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I seriously almost bought those shorts @ crack the other day – they’re such a fun shade of yellow! I’d have rocked em if they were my size 🙁

  17. Krystina (Organically Me) on July 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Loooove yellow nails!

  18. Mac on July 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Not going to lie, I like neon. I especially like it when it is nail polish, my favorite polish I own is neon pink. I could never wear all out neon, but I like one or maybe two pieces of an outfit/accessory in neon.

  19. Lindsey on July 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I’m loving the neon, but agree on small doses only. I love wearing a pop of bright yellow anyway, so that was a natural progression. I have a neon pink skinny belt, but seriously have no idea what to pair it with…

  20. elliebelle on July 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I got pretty darn comfortable with neon when I became a Zumba instructor! haha. I wear A LOT of it when I’m teaching. I am sure you must have some neon Z wear too! 🙂 Fun post. Love your nails!

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

      zumba definitely changed my mind about neon. i have a TON of it now!

  21. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on July 21, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I don’t know how I feel about this, haha. I actually really like the shorts but I feel like they’ll be out sooner rather than later.

  22. Christy @ So I Follow the Sun on July 21, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I love neon colors! Does it count if I mainly wear neon workout clothes? I do love the bright colored shorts. I would wear those even if bright colors weren’t in.

  23. Suzi @ Confessions of a Fitness Instructor on July 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I LOVE those yellow flats! Super cute, and that watch is cute, but I’d be more inclined to by a cheap-o neon watch instead of Michael Kors so when neon hits the highway again I would feel less guilty about not wearing it anymore 😉

  24. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on July 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I look awful in neon for some reason, but I would definitely rock the nails. 🙂 So cute!

  25. Linz on July 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I love the neon trend, but like you I’m not about to go back to my 2nd grade roots of neon from (permed) head to toe. A neon top with a neutral skirt or small touches like you’ve shown is the way to go!

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

      i rocked a perm too!! hahah

  26. Cait @ Cait hates Cake on July 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I love neon! I try not to overdo it, though. Most of my neon items are workout clothes ( my sneakers are black with neon pink laces). I also love wearing super bright nail polish! Right now I’m rocking bright green toes!

  27. Becky on July 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Although I’m not against a little color, at the moment I’m mostly loving neon for my running clothes. Highlighter colored shirts are much easier for drivers/cyclists/other runners to see early in the morning, in the evening, and on dark cloudy days (not that we’ve been getting anywhere close to enough rain in WI this summer) – I always feel a little safer wearing them, and knowing I’m easier to see motivates me to move a little faster too.

  28. kaila@healthy helper blog ! on July 21, 2011 at 10:41 am


  29. Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) on July 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I think Neon can be really cute in small doses. As long as I don’t start matching my socks to my hair scrunchy, I think I’m ok 😉

    • Fitnessista on July 21, 2011 at 10:51 am


  30. Brittany on July 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I LOVE neon! Always been a fan of anything obnoxiously bright, whether it’s in style or not 😉 As I read this post, I thought through my closet and am embarrassed by the amount of neon hanging in there! Most of my workout tops are neon Lulu colors (and Target’s C9 has some fun neon colors, too!), so I get a bit of neon in my day everyday no matter what. My favorite way to spice up an outfit right now is with a day-glo orange J.Crew skinny belt. I never thought orange could be so versatile. I’m also loving loose racerback tanks (have a heathered neon watermelon-color one that is so fun) and dressy silk tanks in neon shades. Also, Victoria’s Secret Pink line has lightweight v-neck T’s that are available in neon shades and are super-cheap…a no-commitment, low-key way to try out trend. 🙂

  31. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on July 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Haha I wear neon pretty much every day.. I owned bright yellow shorts before they were “in” – I just like happy colors! Not for work though… lots of blacks and greys going on there… I work for the govt- no need to freak anyone out under this fluorescent lighting.

  32. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on July 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Oh I haven’t really ventured into the world of neon but this post just might inspire me to do so! I love the idea of just a little pop of color in my usually black wardrobe! And what a great idea to put neon with nautical stripes! I have a striped shirt that I have been just waiting to pair with something fun and that is a great idea! Thanks!

  33. Caroline on July 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I just painted my nails “Turquoise and Caicos” by Essie. AHH LOVE but super bright and very turquoise (I’m not sure what I expected hahaha!). Love the yellow! Nails are a fun way to spice up your outfit without spending too much $$. Love all the stuff Gina 🙂

    • Brittany on July 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      That’s one of my favorite Essie colors! 🙂 i’m wearing it right now, too, with a gold-glitter topcoat. I was surprised by how well the combo works together!

  34. Jess on July 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I LOVE neon. As long as you don’t do it head to toe I think it’s a super fun way to stand out a bit.

  35. Shayla @ The Good Life on July 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Love the neon nails! I definitely want to get that yellow color for my next pedicure 🙂

  36. Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers on July 22, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I am the same way with neon colors- they remind me of my crazy outfits from elementary school. But I don’t mind them in small doses mixed with other more neutral colors.

  37. Melissa on July 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    ahhh that sounds like an outfit I would wear growing up!!! I love yellow nail polish!!!

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