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Designer trends on a budget: Neon

Rising like a ghost from the past . . . the hues of childhood days returned to the runway this year in the form of neon, acid bright, florescent colors; and though most of the lighter, softer shades of the year are giving way to darker, richer and more muted tones, this is one loud trend that refuses to be silenced. Yes, like many of the designer trends we've previously examined, this style statement holds a place in fashion history. Yet, we shall continue to see neon colors appearing in both statement pieces as well as full-on outfits this winter and into next spring.

Models during the Christian Dior Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2013 on July 2, 2012 in Paris, France.
Models during the Christian Dior Haute-Couture show as part of Paris Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2013 on July 2, 2012 in Paris, France.
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You might have seen this trend on the red carpet during the Emmys, and in perusing our slide show of recent runway samples, you will see that often these decades old colors tend to go hand in hand with other 80's-90's trends such as color blocking, tie-dye, plaid and even a bubble hem dress.

One thing that does appear to be a new twist on the trend is how during New Zealand's Fashion week, most neon articles were layered or paired with neutrals such as beige, gray, ivory, white, navy or black. We also noticed a lot of sheer, flowing materials used, such as chiffon for these statement items which in a way, softens the effect, especially when worn with white. One could easily pick up a sheer neon blouse, or perhaps make one yourself. Even a simple chiffon wrap would do the trick. Of course, if you choose to wear candy-corn-colors or even just any Hallowen-eusque color such as purple or chartreuse in addition to yellow or orange; paired with black, this might make you feel like you could hide undetected in Wal-Mart's Halloween aisle, but what better time of year to embrace such a festive trend than in the month of All Hallows Eve?

Wearing your brights with white can look crisp and chic or even a little ghostly and wistful, depending on your choice of fabrication. If you have a desire to try this layering/contrasting trend, Kohl's has a selection of chiffon neon blouses as well as some sheer lace items which is another way we saw neon color used on the runway and is predicted to be hot next spring.

If all this sheerness is not your thing, colored jeans are still extremely hot and this extends to the neon saturation. JCPenny has a good selection of neon denim for under $50, and Maurices not only has some bright jeans but also a lot of fun tops as well.

Overall though, once again we realize the very simplest way to apply any trend that is based on color, is to acquire a few statement accessories, such as shoes, a belt or a bag. There is also a myriad of neon jewelry right now available at local Salt Lake retailers from JCPenny to Shopko.

Keep your eyes open as you go out on your errands and you'll be sure to spot these 'notice me' colors from the new display items to the clearance rack. Be sure to check out all of the local Salt lake bargain stores, such as Ross, TJmaxx and Dress Barn. If you can't find what you need here in Salt Lake, checking for neon deals online can be just as easy. Modcloth is a fun site, or to keep things well under $50 check out Amazon or Ebay.

Or, if you're feeling crafty you might try playing with neon colored duct tape, available at Rue 21 or at your local craft store. Check the dollar bins at Joann's, or Michaels even has duct tape sheets as well as rolls. You can even take the easy way out and simply buy a bright nail color to try before committing to something more permanent or pricey. Either way, we hope your Halloween season is bright and fun!