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Neon: A flashback to a childhood fashion phase


This year didn’t start off the way I had planned, with lots of organisation and sales shopping. I’ll spare you the stressful details of why for now. But when I eventually got round to the sales, typically a lot of the good stuff had gone, or was sold out in my size.

Oh my, the amount of times I told myself I’d be able to get into the only size still available, a 6, just to own some beautiful pieces. I wasn’t fooling anyone.

After a few online retailers left me feeling a little sad (I’m looking at you, Unif), I did finally purchase a few things from Nasty Gal and Lazy Oaf.

Funnily enough after my statement above about considering squeezing into a smaller size, I had to return a pair of trousers because they were too big. They weren’t a size 6 though, they were a medium, and who even knows what size a “medium” actually is?

Anyway, back to the blog post. One of the things I bought from Lazy Oaf was this zippy mouth jumper. This is the only jumper I brought this winter *gasp*, and I couldn’t have chosen better. It’s cute and a little silly, with a sprinkle of sass.

It clearly states on the website that it’s “neon”, but I think I forgot the definition of the word for a minute.



I was almost knocked out by the brightness when I opened the parcel.

It instantly gave me a flashback to the 80’s neon phase I went through when I was younger. I can’t tell you exactly what age that was, but I was definitely under 9 years old. So surely the age excuses this confession, right?

Suited up in yellow neon vest top, a bright skirt, leg warmers (one pink and the other green obviously), fishnet gloves and god knows how many beaded bracelets and necklaces, off I’d go with my friends, to the chippy and then the park.

That outfit style lasted longer than it should have. I looked like I was ready for a fancy dress party for about 5 months straight… But of course I didn’t see it like that. I thought I looked the bees knees then, while now I can’t stop cringing. Lucky there’s no photo evidence of that horrible choice. And to be honest, even if there was, I definitely wouldn’t admit it. There could be a whole photo album dedicated to that phase but no one will ever know.

To be fair to myself though, I had guts. And at least I’ve stuck to my guns loving vintage clothes and taking style inspiration from old school fashion. I just make better decisions with that inspiration now hah.



I think it’s safe to say I’m pulling off neon in a better way this time. When paired with darker pieces, like this black denim skirt and leather jacket, the brightness is balanced out. With just enough funk still going on.

27 thoughts on “Neon: A flashback to a childhood fashion phase

  1. This outfit suits you so much and the skirt is so so cute! I wish I had the confidence to dress more like this x

    1. Thank you so much! I haven’t stopped wearing that skirt since I got it haha
      I found the confidence in little steps! Start with one item that’s just a little bit of of your comfort zone, and work your way up from there x

  2. Very cute outfit, just enough neon and you definitely pull it off! I especially love the skirt and fishnets combo though!

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five ?

    1. Thank you, lovely! x

  3. you are definitely pulling off the neon! I actually really like that green colour, it looks good with black because its a pop of colour! Also the love hearts on the back of your skirt!! love it! x

    1. That’s what I thought! It’s toned down by the black. Thank you, I love the skirt too haha X

  4. Haha I am definitely not a neon girl but this outfit suits you so much! I wish I could pull off neon like that x


  5. This post is great reminds me so much of when we used to all wear neon leg warmers under our school uniforms because it was the “cool” thing to do ? I think having a hint of neon is so nice and makes a would be plain outfit really pop!

    1. Haha, that’s amazing! I just used to stick to wearing leg warmers at the weekends! And I agree! It’s good to wear colour

  6. I love your carefree style! These green sweater is such a statement piece! I love it ? and girl fishnets and boots are my go to too! Lovely post!?

    xx Lena |

    1. Thank you, I really appreciate that! Fishnets and boots are the best Xx

  7. Loving the neon! I could never pull it off myself but it looks lovely on you 🙂 xo

    Jessica ~

    1. Ah no, don’t say that! You should give it a go, you never know! Thank you Xx

  8. That outfit looks lovely! I’m so drawn to the jumper and I seriously am so tempted to buy it! Love it!

    Heather xo ||

    1. Do it, haha! It’s honestly super comfy and very very cute! X

  9. I love this outfit! You defo know how to make it work gal! ? Need to get myself some neon pieces in!

    Cienna |

    1. I appreciate that so much, thank you!! You deffo should. Adding a bit of colour is always good Xx

  10. Lazy Oaf do the cutest clothes! Love this sweater.
    Aleeha xXx

    1. They do! They’re one of my favourite brands x

  11. I love this jumper so much 😀 It’s definitely neon! I insisted on dressing myself from the age of five. My fashion choices were also questionable (floral t-shirt, checked waistcoat and bike shorts accompanied by jelly shoes. 90s kid here).

    1. I bet you rocked that outfit, haha! I can’t lie, I miss wearing jelly shoes…

      1. I bought some when they came back into the shops a few years ago. 😀

        1. As if! I’m not sure I could pull them off now, haha

          1. I wore them about 2 times, and felt like a fool, so I took them to the local charity shop. 😀

  12. Oh gosh, yes I know what you mean about the neon! Kid of the 80s and 90s here! Neon clothes, shell suits, cycling shorts and Global Hypercolour… stylish!!

    1. We all think we’re stylish when we’re younger! Now we look back and just think, “why did i do that?!” haha

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