photos by sara walk
On Valentine’s Day, my sister in law and her family were in town. So instead of leaving all our babies at home for a date night, we threw a little pink and red party that night (complete with floral crowns and pasta with pink sauce) and then got a babysitter the following night. Since it wasn’t the actual holiday when we went out, I decided to forgo a festive outfit and go for this simple and modern black and white look. And what better accessory to basic black and white than a bright neon bag? 
I picked up this bag a few weeks ago, thinking it might be fun to use occasionally, but I’m shocked at how often I find myself wanting to wear it. The size is completely impractical with two kids so it’s more of a date night bag, but if I didn’t have to bring my entire house with me wherever I went, I would wear this bag every day. 
Neon can be a little tricky to style sometimes, so try these 3 easy tips for wearing neon in your every day outfits: 
  1. Stick to Small Accessories. If you’re worried about looking like a highlighter when wearing neon, try incorporating it in small doses — a necklace or bracelet, a small bag, shoes, or a belt. These will make a statement without overtaking your look.
  2. Wear It With Neutrals. Try pairing it with black and white (like this look), chambray, basic stripes, or a solid neutral-colored outfit. Obviously the neon item will draw attention, so don’t compete with it by wearing other bright colors or busy patterns. 
  3. Add a Lip Color. Complete your neon-accessorized outfit with a brighter lip. It will keep the outfit cohesive and visually interesting so the focus is not just on the neon item.
Check out some of these neon choices that will help brighten up your spring wardrobe (especially since spring is all about neutrals this year!)
top: target 
jeans: h&m (similar)
bag: target
heels: c/o sole society (similar)
sunglasses: c/o lulu*s
cuff: c/o inpink (similar)


  1. The purse, the booties, the windowpane shirt – I'm in love with this whole look pretty lady!

  2. LOVE the pop of neon! I have that bag in mint but you are really making me want it in neon yellow too! Such a great Target find! Love your style!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  3. Kimberly says:

    Perfect example of the RIGHT way to do neon – and what a cool backdrop! 🙂

  4. Nina Piccini says:

    I purchased neon flats late in the season last year and only was able to wear them a few times – I cannot wait for the temps to rise so I can bust them out again!! Love your styling tips!

    xo, Nina

  5. I know this post is all about the neon, but you just left me wanting that top 🙂 Still, great advice on the colors!

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

  6. what color is your lipstick?

  7. Paige Flamm says:

    These are great tips for wearing neon! I love a chambray neon combo!


  8. that top is darling 🙂

  9. Johanna says:

    That first photo looks like it was just ripped out of a fashion magazine and posted on here.. fabulous!

  10. I think I found your top online, I hope.. is it here? 🙂 crepe blouse

    I too love the top with the pop of neon!

  11. Love this look! I like neon but have never known how to incorporate it into my wardrobe. And that lip colour is gorgeous x


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