Now that retail outlets and shops have reopened following the relaxation of lockdown rules, some of us might be looking for a wardrobe refresh. I do wonder though if 2020 trends are that relevant any more. After all, so many of us have missed, (or will miss) holidays, weddings and other reasons to get dressed up. Priorities have changed and finances are tight. A lot of us probably won’t be spending for a while.
But if you are looking at getting a little sartorial pick-me-up, a pop of fluorescent colour will add a little light-hearted luminosity to what might feel like a very long summer.
There was an explosion of eighties-inspired neon brights on the Spring Summer catwalks. My first foray into fashion was as an almost-ten-year-old in the summer of 1983. I spent all of my pocket money on fluorescent pink jelly shoes, graduated plastic beads and a matching pink basket. It was the summer that my youngest brother was born, therefore, I associate nothing but joy with this trend.
Neon brights come into their own during the summer months. They enhance sun-kissed skin and make a statement with white and bright clothing alike. It takes a confident person to wear neon eyewear, though there is plenty of it around for those brave enough.
The “Speed Up” by Woow looks spectacular as both an optical and as a sun. Own the spotlight because this zingy yellow WILL turn heads from beach to bar. And check out Brighton-based Kirk and Kirk for a beautifully bright collection of both sunglasses and optical eyewear, (see more Kirk and Kirk later in this article).
Theo is a Belgian eyewear known internationally for its distinctive and trendsetting designs. The resulting frames are outrageous and edgy with bright colours that are playful, happy and quirky.
JFrey’s Soho collection refers to the famous hip neighbourhood in Manhattan. This range defines the urban look and spotlights a large range of bright, plain colours.
The 2020 Sky Eyes collection highlights transparent and mixed tortoiseshell along with neon crystal colours to bring a contemporary twist and a fresh perspective to 80s shapes.