Tips of the Trade: Citrus

Urban Outfitters March 2012 Catalogue

It’s a fact: I’m not a person who loves color. Posts such as Jarlath Mellett’s serene and monochrome design show where I stand on the color vs. neutral debate. But it just so happens that today, I have sudden whim for citron. This morning, I received Urban Outfitters’ March 2012 catalogue in the mail and was inspired by the acid colors and 1960s whimsicality of its cover. It demonstrated that if done in the right, these bright neon tones could create an outfit that is both radically vibrant but also sophisticated. The question is, how do you do it effectively?

After looking through this year’s Sping RTW runways and a few street fashion blogs, I noticed a several similar ways to pull off neon:

1. Pair bright colors with a very elegant, classic and neutral piece. The street style photo below shows how a pair of neon jeans can seem polished with a high quality relaxed fit white oxford shirt.

2. Keep it in the details. There are so many incredible accessories that will be an easy and subtler way to incorporate neon without appearing childish or dated. One accessory is enough.

3. To incorporate citrus tones into an evening look, balance it out with a lot of white and a hint black. White pants, a neon sheer blouse, and a black clutch would be the perfect way to achieve this.

4. In interior design it’s hard to incorporate neon, but the best way to keep it chic is to pair it with organic materials. The desk lamps below would go best with a light toned wooden table. Check out the Crosby Hotel in NYC for one of the best examples of a sophisticated colorful interior.

Vivienne Tam Spring 2012

Gucci Spring 2012

Street Style Look posted on Elle Sweden Blog

Neon Mutlichain Necklace, $240; CC Skye

Day Glow Jeans by Current Elliott, $289; Matches

Cotu Classic Sneaker in Fuschia by Superga, $65; footnotes online

Hinged Wrap Bracelet, $28; BCBG

Limited Edition Bag, $317, Comptoir des Cotonniers

Seed-Bead Necklace, $158, BCBG

Architect Lamp, $32.95, Crate & Barrel

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