Bright On :: neon yellow sweater + cobalt bag

Sunday, February 21, 2016

I love wearing black but sometimes I find myself in a rut, a perpetual cycle of all black all the time. And while black IS a fabulous color (and totally slimming I might add), it can also be kind of depressing when worn 24/7. So it's times like those when I take it upon myself to inject a little sunshine into my wardrobe. Believe me, never underestimate the power of neon! Sometimes it's JUST what your spirits need. 
This brighter-than-the-sun sweater is almost blinding, which is why I love it! It's brilliant, attention-grabbing, and has the power to completely boost your energy when it's STILL winter outside. ...Ugh, can it be spring yet please? Plus, there's almost nothing that does a better job of letting you stand out in a crowd... which is pretty powerful when you're in a place as bustling as Grand Central Station.
Skinny jeans are skinny jeans, right? That's what I though too before I spotted this unique pair of pants. These skinnies are high-waisted and totally flattering AND nothing goes better with them than a crop top. Why? They boast this attractive row of buttons at the top, which I can't get enough of. Seriously, they're just begging to be shown off! 
Cobalt is such a rich hue that it grounds neon and adds a definite sophistication to an otherwise youthful look. And at this point in the winter season, I am ALL about color. The more, the merrier! Adding a pop of brightness through a bag is a no-brainer way to experience an early spring. 
...But of course my beanie reminds us that it is in fact still chilly outside. This is my ultimate favorite beanie though - the plum pom pom made of faux fur is such an amazing finishing touch! AND it adds more color ;)
Alexis Bittar is one of my all-time favorite jewelry designers. This necklace is a piece I received for Christmas and I've been having a lot of fun wearing it since. I love how it's slightly edgy but also has a minimal aesthetic to it. And that gorgeous color? Striking yet neutral at the same time! 
Since neon is the theme here, I played that up through my earring and nail polish choice as well as with my sweater. I'm loving bright blue for spring and it surprisingly compliments so many other colors!
A super simple way to take your look to the next level is opting for heeled booties rather than flat ones. Now I love my Chelsea boots probably even more than the next girl does, but when I slip into a pair of heels, I instantly feel more elevated - both figuratively AND literally. Heels = polish, every time. 
Photos by Dan Harper 
[sweater: J.Crew // jeans: STS Blue (super similar here) // booties: Nordstrom BP. (identical pair here) // hat: Ann Taylor // bag: Kate Spade (I also like this one) // necklace: Alexis Bittar // earrings: Kendra Scott // gold link bracelet: Stella & Dot // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // lip gloss: Buxom in "Tequila Sunrise"]  

My dad and I shot these photos last weekend on the coldest day of the year for New York. Believe me when I tell you I would have froze to death if we took these outside. It was brutal! But we found a lovely setting in Grand Central Station so it's all good. Plus it was fun to see just how much I truly did stand out with my brights in a sea of black clothing. 

The weather here has warmed up since then but we still have some degrees to go until we're safely into spring territory. Until then I'll just keep rocking my neon and crossing my fingers for sunshine IRL. 
 SHOP :: 


  1. Fabulous color mixing! The neon yellow and blue go so well together totally brighten up the day!

  2. Amazing outfit,love the neon sweater with the blue bag,so colorful.

  3. That is such a gorgeous sweater and while I also love is fun to spice things up with a bright piece like that too.

    I also think it's really awesome that you shot these photos in such a busy area. Basically one of my blogging fears!

    Something About That

  4. I love this! And yes it is definitely still chilly outside...but you make it fashionable! I love that sweater.

  5. You look beautiful. Love the neon against the black jeans. And so happy to see Grand Central :)

  6. I just love the neon yellow with the blue bag!

  7. I love how you stand out in the sea of black clothing behind you! And I love the yellow sweater and cobalt bag together!

  8. Really elegant and pretty :)

  9. Love your look dear :)


  10. Amazing outfit! Very stylish! x.

  11. I love that pop of color! And it looks so cozy!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

  12. Such a fun pop of color, and I love it with your blue bag.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. This color is so gorgeous on you! You make the cold weather look so fabulous!


  14. I love those boots,they are so pretty
    You look so beautiful,

  15. Haha you are becoming a New Yorker if you find yourself wearing a lot of black, I hear you I am wearing all black today. And I will be passing through GC in about 20 mins on my way home from work!

    Allie of

  16. Kat I love the neon sweater with the cobalt blue bag. I agree, it's fun to switch up our looks every now and then and add a pop of color. Sending warmth and sunshine your way! :)

  17. You are so pretty, and I love how you paired the colours ♥

  18. So cool necklace!!!

  19. i like your boots!

  20. Awesome! I like this a lot.

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  21. Great look! I love the bold pops of color!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

  22. This color suit perfect on you dear!

  23. I love the yellow and cobalt together, perfection!

  24. what a cool and cozy look!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  25. Yaiy for that beautiful Kate Spade bag - I am obsessed with Kate Spade everything :)
    I really like how you color blocked this outfit as the clash of bright yellow and blue is so cool and interesting! I am still wearing kind of dark colours, because everything around is mostly grey, but I have all intentions to break the cycle as well and start wearing some color again! :)