pop of color

On a recent spin through the shops downtown while I was running errands, I saw lots of neutrals, white and grey, and at this point in the spring--I am feeling a bit desperate for color.  I was told summer had not been put out yet in many of the stores--and I know it is almost May, so lets get to it people.  If I want grey or neutral, I can get that by looking outside at our lousy weather, so I think its time to get that pop of color and raise some spirits a bit.
While I have always been a bit cautious with the neon in the past, after all, I did the eighties already--now I am feeling bolder.  Its one of those things that for me, a little goes a long way, my JCrew neon pink v-neck shirt layered under a sweater or shirt gives my outfit the cool punch it needs right now.  The color also seems to give my skin a bit of a sunkissed glow, that bright color seems to brighten me as well.  Perfect.  JCrew has flip flops, bags, and layering pieces with bits of neon that are fresh looking and say spring in the perfect non ladylike way. :)
If you not a pink girl, another great neon bright is orange, and I think its a color that everyone can wear, its just a matter of tweeking the tone a bit.  Halston Heritage, the darling of my favorite fashionista, Sarah Jessica Parker, has a beautiful Off Shoulder Cocktail Dress that is the perfect summer party frock.  And Kate Spade usually comes out with a neon punch to her ladylike bags and clutches every spring, so look for those now in the department stores carrying that label.
You don't need to attend a rave to rock the neon look, its perfect for daytime to modernize your wardrobe -- even a pair of ballet flats with a twist, like Mui Mui's Flourescent Patent Ballerinas  can make you stand out in the crowd.  Speaking of standing out in a crowd, not long ago I spotted a woman in Soho sporting a neon yellow trench that knocked my socks off.  Not everyone can wear that wow of a statement piece of neon, but her confidence as she walked briskly across the cobblestone street told me she sure could.  Love it.
Pink, green, orange, yellow--pick one item in your favorite color --pair it with black & white, denim, grey or neuatral, and make it neon bright.  And don't forget to channel that Soho woman's confidence when you do, because confidence is always the best pop of color.