[Image taken from a neon search at Forever21.com]
It’s taken about 20 years, but the neon trend has come back with a strong burst, and there’s no denying that one cannot possibly feel glum and wallow while wearing a neon garment or accessory. Color popularity can be tied in with the state of the economy, so what does neon say about the state of affairs today? I think, for one, people need something effortless in their lives to provide vibrancy and smiles, and neon easily help that get checked off of the list with gusto. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the neon color family, and have been sporting “shocking pink” for years, but as the old adage goes, “all good things must come to an end,” particularly when it comes to fashion-related trends.
So where do we go from here? I sense that majority of us will be reluctant to let go of our neon investments, and think it may take a little longer than what the runways may indicate we embrace next, but as most trends tend to go, neon will hit it’s zenith when the trend has gotten so drastic and extreme that it is really just off putting. So when you start to see loads of embellishment and overly trendy silhouettes that may include things like neon jeans with rips, pain splatters, stone washing, etc, the time that the neon trend will expire for good will be eminent.
The next color phase, I believe is to slowly phase out the neons, and head toward a few key shades that transform into primary color jewel tones. A bright, burnt orangey red will most likely stick around, alongside a vibrant cobalt blue and gemstone green. As fall is approaching, these colors are also more cold-weather oriented. Finally, the evolution of color will result in spring with pastels; muted varieties of all shades will resurface in mint, baby pink, pale blue, and peach.
What do you think? Are you ready to give up neon yet?