Here’s a news flash for all of you thinking about your Fall wardrobe. Fluorescent, neon and the 1980’s are back and the Europeans have already embraced it in a big way. Yes, it’s true. I remember last Summer telling my friend Jen how all the Europeans were in Carmel with their crazy red and green skinny jeans. We laughed about that and the next thing you know, women have taken to these colors here like mad. In fact, Gap has had one of it’s best retail seasons in Spring ever and they attribute it to the new colors which apparently we were all ready for. So now the primary colors are so last Spring apparently and neons are it…
I am slowly warming up to all these polka-dots and tangerines, celery and flamingo pinks again after an initial recoil. As a youth of the 80’s, I have flashbacks of Esprit catalogs and dressing up for a night out with large hair bows and white pointy flats. Clutches were it and I had at least 4 ! One was obnoxiously large, like I was carrying legal papers or something. I cringe looking back at these pictures, but also reflect on what a sweet and idealistic time to be a college student and young person. I think those bright colors and dots were all a comment on the innocence and optimism of that era…So maybe you can go back in small ways…
|Me in the 80’s doing some department store fashion thing. Not sure what I was wearing.. I know I had a perm though! This was as big as I can see my hair got. My son really wanted me to include this…so here it is.|
So far it’s manifesting itself big time in accessories. I noticed those first. One way to get your fix..
Some other lovely looks with these colors…
|DVF Fall 2012|
|Neutrals look great paired with these neon shades.|
|Calvin Klein men’s collecrtion.
|Love this! Zero+Maria Cornejo|
|Cute. The large sunglasses and pony are too.|
|Australian Vogue- Loving the strobe-like nail colors too.|
How about all the bright tennis wear at the recent U.S. Open?
|Serena Williams is always on trend.|
|I thought Maria Sharapova’s dress was pretty.|
Then Slim Paley got me with this post. I just love her blog.
Last week, I read in my Allure about the comeback of mousse! Apparently, it is an amazing hair product and people are realizing it again! I’m not kidding…Because big hair is like, totally more fun!! 🙂
Found this today. How I loved my Vogues…
And of course the marketing mavericks were silently cheering this week when I decided I really had to have this road cone red blouse at H&M. At their prices, I can justify a few fun fads in my closet!
|With my stylish friends Leasa and Jeanne the other night. You know as pale as I am, I felt I did not need blush that night! Neons are great at brightening you up actually!
(Leasa in brights and Jeanne in dots also looked on trend!)
If you need more inspiration look no further than this darling video that I accidentally ran across today finding something on Youtube for my son. I was enchanted right away. Say what you will about the 1980’s, this was a time of some seriously crafted hair and bounce. Who could not feel happy after watching this video? I’m just wondering how I spent the 80s clueless that George Michael was gay. He was dreamy…Not that it changes how I feel about him. Gotta love this guy. (My sons are still horrified by the short men shorts on this. I had these 2 tone Dolphin short too.-They must have been unisex!) Not sure what is up with the choose life shirts, but wait for the fluorescents on this video! I love the styles in this.
And I cannot go without sharing my all time favorite video of that era from Swing Out Sister. All my dreams of color, design and glamour are realized here. It looks a bit hazy, but it is supposed to be masquerading as a colorized film. Another fab band from that very fun time. Ahhh just love it!
Images via -Little book of secrets, the bleacher report,telegraph.u.k.,secret hipster, tommy ton, casually fabulous,generation bliss, style.com.