Neutrals vs. Neon



Caught between wanting to blend in or stand out? Luckily, this summer’s trends give you the option to do both. When the warm weather arrives, outfits become brighter providing you with every color of the rainbow to wear. However, one key difference this year is the choice to tone down the bright colors and wear neutrals like whites, tans and blush. But don’t let the name “neutrals” trick you, if you wear these colors you’ll be anything but dull.

Bodysuits, crop tops and oversized t-shirts are popular this season, and one way to wear them is with high-waist jeans or white shorts.

Oversized Smiley T-Shirt; $44.95, available at Altar’d State; Ava Fray Hem Denim Shorts, $59.95, available at Altar’d State; Chinese Laundry Footwear Rhyme Time Smooth, $69.95, Nordstrom.

Combine a matching top and skirt with a pair of tan sandals for a special occasion or just for a dressy look. The all white outfit is perfect for summer and can be worn during the day or night.

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Cult Gaia Gaias Ark Mini Top Handle in Qajar Rose, $298.00, available at Nordstrom; French Connection Babysoft Cable Knit Cardigan in Light Oatmeal, $108.00, available at Nordstrom; Sequin-fringed Skirt, $34.99, available at H&M; Birkenstock’s Madrid Big Buckle Sandal, $150.00, available at Nordstrom.

If you want something less form-fitting, but still on trend, then this look is for you. Pair a flowing dress with chunky heels for a romantic look.

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Rag & Bone Zoe Fedora in Brown, $275.00, available at Nordstrom; Ted Baker Footwear Taymin Knotted Espadrille, $195.00, available at Nordstrom; Donna Crossover Maxi Dress, $79.95, available at Altar’d State.

Wearing bright colors is a great way to accentuate parts of your body that you love. For example, a bright shoe with a neutral outfit can highlight your legs. Pairing neon with neutrals works perfectly for summer.

Paradise Trucker Hat, $29.95, available at Altar’d State; Zella Performance T-Shirt, $49.00, available at Nordstrom; Crocs Classic Clog in Taffy Pink, $37.49, available at Nordstrom; Zella Scout Wide Leg Utility Pant in Grey Pebble, $89.00, available at Nordstrom.

Show off your vibrant personality with a neon dress or romper.

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Sunglasses, $17.99, available at H&M; Dolce Vita Footwear Zina Perf in White Tan, $125.00, Nordstrom; Lydia Romper, $74.95, available at Altar’d State.

Bring attention to all the squats you did last semester in gym class with cute and colorful neon shorts.

Quay Its My Way Cat Eyes, $75.00, available at Nordstrom; Treasure & Bond Cable Bottom Tie Sweater in Ivory Dove, $69.00, Nordstrom; Emerson Raw Hem Shorts, $59.95, available at Altar’d State.

A bright colored top will show off your face, bringing the focus upward to the most beautiful part of you.

Isabella Ribbed Tank Top, $39.95, available at Altar’d State; Treasure & Bond Oversized Button Sleeve Shirt in White, $69.00, available at Nordstrom; Dirty Laundry Footwear Upwind Dist PU in White, $99.95, Nordstrom; Frame Le Hardy Short in Napoli, $198.00, available at Nordstrom.

Accentuate your strong arms with a warm colored tank paired with jeans.

Free People Out of Ordinary Denim Mini in Clean Black, $68.00, Nordstrom; Hattie Tiered Tank Top, $54.95, available at Altar’d State; BP Amaya Fisherman Platform Sandal, $48.96, available at Nordstrom.
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