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Can you wear neon colors at work? Can you wear neon yellow over 40, 50, 60, … ? Are neon colors in style? All these are questions my readers often asked. Read and see, get inspired to add more fun to your look when and how.



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Neon Yellow – a Childhood Favorite Fashion Color

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved sunflower-yellow, chartreuse, citrus and/or neon yellow. It all started out with my Mother’s love for knitting. She knitted me a straight long sleeved neon yellow dress with a crew neck. This dress was the perfect dress that I loved to wear with a great wide brown belt with silver colored buckle and brown tights. I loved this dress. Thank you, Mom.


over 50 years old woman in neon yellow sweater with puffer hoodie jeans beret booties
Italic cashmere sweater, Oliveo jeans, Nordgreen watch, Escada denim booties, Hermes collier de chien bangle, beret c/o Tenth Street Hats, DIY modified necklace, Nordgreen watch. Get 15% off with my discount code HLSTYLE.



How, When, and Where Can You Wear Neon Colors over 50?

It is a real thing that childhood outfits influence your style in adulthood. Ever since, I have had a knack for this color. However, growing up it moved from right in the face and full on like that dress, to small doses like a necklace, belts, pom-pom hat, and shoes. Ever since becoming an adult I replaced my neon shoes, when the old pair was worn out.


Confession: Currently, I have neon yellow pumps, neon orange and neon pink sandals.


Neon colors are a perennial trend that pops up every now and then. Many stylists say the color is for kids, teens, and twenty somethings. They argue that the color is non-professional and fun. Sure, it’s fun, especially for the weekend, skiing, and the gym. Therefore, anything neon is hard to style for professional women. However, there are ways to get away with it.


style blogger in yellow purple color blocked sweater skirt look with distressed pumps
Outfit details: J. Crew pencil skirt, Hipstik® nude tights, Prada pumps, Italic cropped 90s inspired cashmere sweater, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Burberry glasses, Chico’s best friends bracelet, Alaska jade earrings and rings


How Can You Wear Neon Yellow over 40?

Sure, neon colors over 50 sounds risky. However, they are the perfect pop of color to create interest with a classic all neutral monochromatic outfit. As a result, thumbs up for neon colors!

The trick to look sophisticated and office appropriate in neon colors is to go for pieces that read high quality like a neon cashmere sweater (see the review of my Citrus cashmere sweater), statement designer footwear, or ageless prints on scarves having a pop of neon color.

Pair the neon item with classic basics (see photos), and accessorize with classic jewelry, for instance, pearls.


Stylist tip: Stir away from anything in neon that reads cheap.



style blogger in floral print pencil skirt with chartreuse sweater
I wore this outfit as a winter-to-spring transitional look at the office. Landsend cashmere sweater, Loft floral print skirt, L.K. Bennett pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle, pearl necklaces.



Chartreuse Looks Great with Gray and Black

Chartreuse falls halfway between neon green and yellow. The name goes back to a French liqueur of this fascinating color that hit the market in 1764.

The word chartreuse is also fascinating. It contains the word “art” and “reuse”. There was a vintage/art store in Fairbanks of that name. I always wondered whether the name was picked with this in mind or just because of the craziness of the color. Of course, the store sign was in this color. Speaking of art, it also applies to fashion.

Fashion is the material. To wear it in style is art. 😉


stylist in chartreuse sweater, leather vest, fall sandals, tweed skirt
Outfit inspiration with gray and black. I wore the above business casual style fall look at the office. Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, GNW tights, fall booties, and Landsend cashmere sweater, Modalo Pippa bag, and VS leather vest



over 50 years old stylist wearing a tweed skirt with pop of color
Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, Brooks Brother cashmere sweater,  Halftee  layering top, GNW tight, and a pop of color with Christian Louboutin neon  pumps, Festina watch, DIY bangle



Fun Facts on Neon Color and Gas

Neon is actual a chemical element and a noble gas. Noble gases doesn’t undergo chemical reaction. Neon provides a reddish orange glow when used in low-voltage glow lamps or neon advertising signs. The red emission line of neon leads to the red light of helium-neon lasers. The gas itself is invisible.



lifestyle blogger in color blocked office outfit
Chartreuse cashmere crew-neck sweater with G-III red suede skirt, GNW tights and Gloria Vanderbilt pumps for an office-appropriate color block look with neon. More on color blocking formulas.

Photos: G. Kramm

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