Dare To Go There: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Mix Neons With Prints

by , 07/16/12

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We saw it all over the runways at last season’s Fashion Week: neon colors and prints; but what if you dared to pair these two trends together? Have no fear, it can totally be done. Remember fashion has no rules! We’ve put together a couple of on-trend neon & print-mixing looks from our favorite eco designers with some helpful tips for the daredevil in you willing to take the fashionable leap.

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DO Mix Neutrals with Brights

If you’re ready to jump right into the neon color trend, then this look is for you. We’ve pulled the fluorescent pink from the toe-cap Schier shoes and into these cute high-waisted shorts by Mara Hoffman, then matched the brown with the striped top by Chris Benz. This outfit works because it’s not too matchy; there are still other colors at play here: white, orange, grey and black.

+ Schier Shoes Neon Pink Toe Cap Erongo $235
+ Mara Hoffman High-Waisted Shorts $235
+ Chris Benz Rugby Shirt $346.50 at Shopbop

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DO Pull Complementary Colors

Just starting off in the neon and print world? No worries, here’s a look that just pulls one color from these Osborn Multi Oxfords to use for this Curator Zoey Dress. The key to pairing the right neon with the right print is to make sure you’re pulling colors from the same color scheme you’re going for. Whether you’re a clashing print-neon pro or just testing the waters of trendsetting, wearing neon and prints together is itself daring; but a rad outfit isn’t complete without confidence. The next time you catch yourself in a mirror tell yourself, “I look good!”

+ Osborn Multi Oxfords $93.50 at Shopbop
+ Curator Zoey Dress $75

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DO Pair Neon with More Muted Brights

These shorts from Afia are called Acid Green for a reason – you might blind someone if you pair it off with a matching fluorescent top. Instead of looking like a highlighter, try pairing already-neon bottoms off with tops that is a bit muted, like this JF & Son Ombre Box Tank. Look for tops that are still in the same color scheme, but are more on the pastel side.

+ JF and Son Ombre Box Tank $155
+ Afia High-Waisted Shorts in Acid Green $60

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DO Break Up Your Outfit with Accessories

You’ll make enough of a statement with your outfit, so don’t kill it with too many accessories or throw off your whole outfit with a completely different color. You can definitely clash prints and neons successfully — check out this look with Suno’s Pipe Pants and Loomstate’s Nami Top – as long as you break it up with minimal accessories so your outfit isn’t too overpowering.

+ Suno Pipe Pants $248 at Opening Ceremony
+ Loomstate Nami Top in Yellow, Green and Grey $165

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DO Kick Out Clashing with Your Shoes

Don’t be scared to bring shoes into the mix too. A pair of kicks can be perfect for calming down your outfit. We picked these Melissa Star Sandals to match the fuchsia color in Gretchen Jones’ Owl Eyes Blouse. This and the plain American Apparel pants will help break up the loudness of your look.  You can also try printed shoes, but keep in mind there’s already a lot going on on top; try a simple printed pair.

+ American Apparel Unisex Stretch Twill Slim Slack Lite in Neon Olive $75
+ Gretchen Jones Owl Eyes Blouse $298
+ Melissa Star Sandal $72 at Kaight

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DON’T Be Afraid To Try Neon Accessories

Just like shoes, accessories can be great for breaking up prints. With this Siran Printed Dress from Alternative Apparel, try a neon statement piece. This bracelet from MUJUS has a bit of a print, but it doesn’t overpower the dress. If jewelry isn’t your thing, how about a simple belt or sandals.

+ Alternative Apparel Siran Printed Dress $98
+ MUJUS ABC in Orange $24

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3 Responses to “Dare To Go There: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Mix Neons With Prints”

  1. Yuka Yoneda says:

    I think a lot of people are afraid to try this trend so thanks for breaking it down Alyssa.

  2. Diane Pham says:

    great post. love the neon pants from AA.

  3. bennysmith says:

    I like the high-low print dress very much, it is very unique and beautiful, thank you for sharing!

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