Everywhere I go, I see colorful summer clothing that almost takes on a fluorescent brightness. Lilly Pulitzer is famous for her bright pops of color and gorgeous hues. Last year's collection featured an array of fluorescent items, and this year she does not have as many; however, she still has some extremely bright pieces. What I love about a woman in a fluorescent hue is the overall beauty the piece gives to her look. I was at JCrew earlier this Spring and saw this amazing skirt that was done in navy floral with pops of florescent lime piping, (JCrew.com "Surf Skirt in Cove Floral" $99 with an extra 30%off) and it looked so fresh! It reminded me of summer, limes, and lemonade stands :)
Another designer that did florescent right is Clove Canyon with its "Fluorescent Light Cutout Dress" $317 atNeimanMarcus.com. The dress is stunning and portrays almost art with its fabulous fluorescent aquas, greens, pinks, and yellows.
When I wear my Lilly Pulitzer Fluorescent lady coat, I get so many compliments on how stunning it is, and how only I could pull that look off….. Now, I disagree!!! I feel everyone can pull off a great fluorescent outfit if it is done right. Look for a designer that puts it brights with dark and muted backgrounds. If you look closely at my Lilly Pulitzer lady coat, you will see there is a large amount of navy and muted peach. This make the fluorescent lime, pink, and aqua in the coat less over the top and more appealing to the eye.
I would try on a variety of fluorescent hues and see which color compliments your tones: such as, your hair, eyes, and skin-tone. I, being blonde, tend to look great in fluorescent coral, pink, and lime. I, however, do not look good in fluorescent purple, violet, or yellow. Play around and have fun with this look! Summer is only a few months long and is the time to dump the drab black and gray and go all out with fluorescent hues! Enjoy!
XO- Heather Kiely