Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fashion Inspiration - Brilliant Accents

I love bright colour and and am always inspired by it, but you don't have to be covered from head to toe in it to make a statement. One of my current trend obsessions is the combination of splashes of lively, bright colours with neutral colours.

For example, check out these neon accented looks from the S/S08 runways of Costume National, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui and Jil Sander.

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On the streets, intense colour highlights on clothing and accessories help these girls stand out from the crowd. The mostly muted colours of their outfits help to balance out the blindingly bright colours for a great mix of playfulness and sophistication.

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Each of these fabulous ladies below incorprates this look to suit their personal style. Laia rocks out her neon green miniskirt (
Geometric Sleep), Silje looks lovely in her turquoise blue jacket (Silje's Fashion), The Seeker brightens up with vivid red shoes (Searching the Inner Me) and Nourahshammari's yellow clutch adds a pop of colour to her simple and chic casual outfit (Nourahshammari's Chic Blog).

Some of you might remember, I even tried this look myself a little while ago with a dark patterned wrap blouse over a bright yellow dress and black accessories.

If small doses of bright colour is what you're looking for, check out these items below.

Dodogogo Mondrian Motif Knit Dress with Necklace
Price: US$62.00

Canvas T-Strap Stacked Heel
Price: US$18.99

Asos Star Print Tassle Scarf
Price: UK £4.00 (US$8.65)

Leather and Turquoise Stones Bracelet with Toggle Clasp
Price: US$3.99



Hey Danz!

Thank you so much for commenting :-) You have a lovely blog. Let's exchange links?!

Acielle xx

Cheryl Lynn said...

I tend to go for this look because I wear sooooooo much black that I need to throw splashes of color on the palette. Wonderful post as usual.

Anonymous said...

great post! I love pops of color, its a good way to go a bit bold without totally drawing attention to yourself, i'm a big believer in the power of yellow and red, I have a yellow belt, beads, bags, shoes etc. And a pair of red snakeskin pointy-toed ballet flats I'm addicted to

Siljesfashion said...

Cool post, Thanks for including me!

hiking in stilettos said...

I completely agree, danz! I love the neutral tones paired with a vibrant accessory or pop of color. That giraffe weekend bag is great!

Imelda Matt said...

I can never (ever) have enough colour in my life!

aizat.cinta.goddess said...

i adore how we can use the neon color to make our style more edgy!!

pammish said...

ooh nice post! i need colors! ur entries are always helpful!! :):) hope u dont mind if i add u in my blogroll :)

Sharon Rose said...

Hi danz-I totally agree, colour is a must for summer and your post is excellent, as usual!! I've seen it before, but your outfit totally rocks!!

Cheryl Lynn said...

I came back because I forgot to comment on YOUR outfit. Totally and completely adorable. Thanks for your comment.

Love ya!


Thanks for add! I linked you as well :-)

Margherita. said...

Fabulous! Maybe I'll try a little neon today.

Fashion Ivy said...

You really wore those boots here in barbados? Brave girl

yiqin; said...

I like bright colors but I prefer having my accessories in bright colors! Definitely not head to toe!

Times of Glory said...

This is such a fab fashion sense! The bright colour really highlights the whole outfit and shows the layers of the neutral tones! Darling, you know how to match! You REALLY REALLY DO!

Laurel said...

You look FABULOUS with that pop-of-neon, babe! I'm digging the neon trend a bit, too - but just like you posted - not too much, not too little. I can't wait for the new Chanel nail colors to come out, I'll take florescent polish any day!

I hope you're well, babe! Speak soon, xooxox

jess said...

great post. i love the sunglasses you posted

Margherita. said...

Thanks for commenting back! And sure, we can exchange links.

Danz said...

Thanks Acielle!

Thanks Cheryl...I know what you mean. I can never wear all black for some reason, there has to be some kind of colour in there! Also, thanks very much for the comment on my outfit :D

Thanks Jayne :) I like yellow but I don't have many things in yellow :S I have mostly red and blue but I'd like to have clothing in all colors!

Thanks Silje and you're welcome :)

Hey hiking in stilettos, I love that bag too! Then again, I tend to like anything in giraffe print haha!

Preach it Imelda!!

I definitely agree, goddess! Neon colour is really cool and trendy!

Thanks pammish! We all need more colour in our lives :)

Thank you so much Sharon, and I know you look amazing in bright colours too ;)

Thanks margherita! You should try it, couldn't hurt right?

Haha Fashion ivy, I'm used to getting strange looks with a lot of the things I wear.

Hey yiqin, I like head to toe colour as well but it really depends on what colours they are. Bright colours are everywhere in Barbados so it wouldn't look strange here!

Thank you so much times of glory!! You are such a sweetheart, your comments always make me smile :)

Thanks a lot Laurel darling! Yeah, fluorescent polish is a great way to work in a little neon colour!

Thanks jess, those sunglasses are cool, aren't they!

The Seeker said...

Thank you so much Danz for including me in this great post. I'm really touched.

You're so right about some pops of colour in those outfits that sometimes are neutral, and it's a great way for girls who are a bit afraid of colour to wear it.

You look awesome darling in your yellow+black+white outfit.

And these splashes of colour in the pieces you picked are very nice.
The white skirt with the pink belt is so nice...

Thank you again sweetie.


CoutureCarrie said...

Truly genius post, Miss D! You have all the bases covered, from runway to real way to your way to shopping - all fab! I know its totally 80s but I am loving the neon sock vibe. And that pencil skirt with the fluorescent belt is superb. You really outdid yourself on this one!

Miss at la Playa said...

i love bright colors too... It is not summer if you don't wear bright colors.

thetinylittlegirl said...

love it! if you love fluoro you should really check out marc jacobs fluo line of bags. the fluo stam in yellow is divine ;-)

Anonymous said...

wow some of those are absolutely beautiful.

I love the Dodogogo Mondrian dress.

Sam said...

i really like those t-straps!

Pamcasso said...

love the idea of the bright turquoise socks. I'll have to try that!

Nay'Chelle said...

Great colorful inspirations. I really like your outfit.

PS: I tagged you! Check out my blog for the deets.

Sugar Pop said...

i'd love to do the tag!
i always love the formatt of your posts. the theme was cool...i like the outfit with the yellow clutch. it just proves that it can be so so simple but have a huge pop that makes it fantastic.

laia. said...

hi! thanks for including me
you look great as well!

Danz said...

You're so very welcome seeker, you made an excellent example! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my outfit :) You are amazing!

Darling Carrie, your comments are always so kind and thoughtful. I really value your opinion and I thank you for always visiting my blog and sharing your thoughts on my posts :)

My feelings exactly Miss at la Playa! What better time to wear colour than during summer?

thetinylittlegirl - thanks! I LOVE the MJ fluorescent bags too...the yellow one is so bright and cool, I actually have a purse that exact shade of yellow!

hey ambrosiality, I think the Mondrian dress is really nice as well, the colours are lovely!

hey Sam, the T straps are really cool aren't they? I think the orange trim on them is the perfect touch of neon!

I love the turquoise socks too Pamcasso! Anna Sui's Spring collection was just the coolest!

Thanks Nay'chelle!

Thanks Sugar Pop, I think that outfit is fantastic! It's comfortable yet stylish and attention grabbing. I can't wait to see what you come up with for the tag!

You're very welcome laia :) and thanks!!

Terren said...

SO lusting over that jill sander! :]

p said...

oh yes i definitely love accents of color. inspiring a few new mental mood boards now :)

AlicePleasance said...

I love bright accents for every months of the year!