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Five Ways To Incorporate Neon Into Your Wardrobe As You Ease Your Way Back Outside

Five Ways To Incorporate Neon Into Your Wardrobe As You Ease Your Way Back Outside

Un-cancel summer because it's still happening and it's happening in a bold way.

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We believe that neon is the perfect way to ease back outside and get your groove back. Shocks of the vibrant tones were seen across spring-summer runways like Christopher John Rodgers and Chromat this past season which means it's time for us to activate neon pieces in our wardrobe. Since the 1980s, neon has reigned supreme as a youthful staple.

This time around, the neon trend life cycle is all about bright green. I have curated five special outfits for y'all that will make your transition outside easy like Sunday morning. What matches a hot summer day better than a neon lewk?

Neon Dress + Kimono + White Accessories

Photography by Curated by Charlie Photography

Bold hues in the form of a ruched dress is what the summer calls for this year. Ruched dresses hug all body types like your favorite auntie. They are welcoming of curves and provide a clean silhouette. Adding a colorful kimono always incites style and beauty, so don't be afraid to use your imagination. To complete the getup, I accessorized with white earrings, a white purse and white kitten heels for major contrast. Don't sleep on kitten heels, sis, they are one of the trendiest pairs of shoes you can don. I wore this on a socially distanced date and my potential bae kept complimenting my style.

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Neon Sweater Co-ord Set

Photography by Curated by Charlie Photography

I felt so sexy in this short sweater set I wanted to start the 'Hot Girl Summer Reloaded' campaign. I am also starting the 'Make Real Bodies a Thing Again' campaign but we can talk about that later. The bright tone of the coordinate set pairs well with melanin skin but then again we look good in every color. For footwear, I opted for PVC shoes because they are all the rage and they partnered flawlessly with this outfit. The chrome and gold circle handle bag gave it more personality.

Neon Tee + Flared Jeans

Photography by Curated by Charlie Photography

A simple tee can go along way when styled the correctly. Take this look for example. I couldn't wait to throw on this neon GOD IS DOPE tee, so I coupled it with my favorite flared jeans and a bamboo bag. It's perfectly fun and flirty with the loose fit of the top and the shapely fit of the jeans. The vibe is 70s, but the mood is forever.

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Tie Dye Matching Set

Photography by Curated by Charlie Photography

One time for the undefeated matching set – between dependability and versatility they make my life easier. Then there's the tie-dye trend that may have replaced our obsession with florals. Some call it a comeback trend but we call it a happy pattern that will never go out of style. Over quarantine, it has become a rainbow sherbert dream if you will. Much like my number, it is perfect for lounging sets. You can also find it styles like dresses, purses, shoes and more. For me, tie dye is reminiscent of simpler times and makes me feel like a kid again. Shop the top and bottoms I'm wearing in the photo, here and here.

Neon Sports Bra + Neon-Lined Leggings

Photography by Curated by Charlie Photography

Living in Colorado has forced me to level up my workout gear. I found this set at Walmart and I fell in love with the colorway instantly. Big Rona also made workout gear more appealing now that my living room also serves as a gym. Try adding some color to your gear with your top, leggings and even your sneakers. You will turn heads on your daily run or even as you walk past your mirror.

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Featured image by Joce Blake for xoNecole / All Photography by Curated by Charlie Photography

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