In my ongoing mission to drag Rebecca kicking and screaming out of her clothing comfort zone, I wrestled her into this rather delightful cardigan from ASOS. Featuring a tequila sunrise of colours from coral to neon orange with a minty bottom section, it could be described as ‘challenging’ but on a sunny spring day, it looked really rather lovely.
I would call this the acceptable face of fluoro, for those who can actually remember the days of acid house and aren’t quite ready to call the contents of their wardrobes ‘vintage’ just yet. We spotted this motif at quite a few of the Spring/Summer 12 press days; the likes of Topshop, ASOS and Jaeger all worked neon touches into knitwear and folksy dresses and skirts, giving familiar items a fresh, witty feel. You don’t get much wittier (in the fashion world anyway) than a grungy woolly that’s been given a day-glo makeover.
So, when confronted with such a jazzy garment, should one try to tone it down by wearing it with, say, a pair of jeans? As Alan Partridge (one of my personal style icons) would say, no way Jose, no way! Pump up the jam (jazz?) by wearing it with something equally bold, like Rebecca’s pink lace H&M pencil skirt. See how pretty the colours look together?
The brilliant white brogues make those neon shades sing even louder and the sunglasses look cute, simply because they are. I defy anyone not to feel cheery while wearing an outfit like this, and because (to slip into fashematics – yes I did make that up) the proportions and textures are balanced and compliment each other, the overall effect doesn’t jar.
As a firm believer in the power of clothes to lift your mood, I’d say this ensemble is the fashion equivalent of a Malibu and orange – and who doesn’t love one of those?