Nu rave style has been big overseas since early 2007, and has finally (and thankfully) crossed the pond into our lovely states and, perhaps finally, into Charleston. Keep an eye on European designers as well as the plethora of American designers who are starting to incorporate these bright colors into their collections.
One of my favorite blogs describes nu rave fashion as this…
“I think the way to master the ‘nu rave’ look is to imagine you’re a senior citizen, & you’ve just caught the bus to Atlantic City to do some gambling for the weekend. However, while you were packing, your cruel grandchild spiked your tea with psychedelics.” – galadarling.com
Touche, touche. Now, putting it on you!
Your soundtrack for this style should be along the lines of M.I.A., New Young Pony Club, and Uffie. Essentially, poppy electronic music that makes you get up and dance.
The translation into your closet should be bright neons paired with oddly chic accessories and a huge dose of courage and anything goes. Neons are a little tricky to pull off, but when you accept that you won’t be looking like you’re going to the country club for brunch, you’re ready to attempt this trend.
Michelle Straight Leg Jean
Start with your pants. Skinny jeans in bright colors are good. But, remember to dress your body type…skinny jeans aren’t for everyone and there are plenty of other ways to deck out this style. (My pick: Forever 21’s Michelle Straight Leg Jean in blue or fuchsia, $24.80 at forever21.com). A high-waisted short is also a good move, and makes your legs look about two miles long. (My pick: American Apparel’s Cotton Spandex Jersey High-Waisted Hot Short in a multitude of bright colors, $22 at americanapparel.net)
Keep the Technicolor going on your upper half, but consider that these colors are going to be the ones closer to your face. Pick a more neutral color for your shirt and splash it with neons. For real, you run the risk of looking quite washed out when there’s too bright a color happening on your shirt. (My pick: threadless.com for silly t-shirts at very affordable prices).
Accessories are where to put the bulk of your color. An electric yellow clutch perhaps paired with red cuff bracelets and hot pink heels? Yes please. And the beauty of the accessories is there is absolutely no reason to lay down a huge chunk of change on any of the items—aside shoes perhaps, but that really depends on your pain tolerance. (My pick: Rue 21 for accessories that are bright in color and dim in price). Serious bonus points if you rock the fanny pack,.
Risky Business Sunglasses
If the thought of head to toe florescent makes you nauseous, go for bold accents. A black minidress (My pick: American Apparel’s Fine Jersey T Dress, $26) paired with intensely bright tights, sunglasses (My pick: Risky Business sunglasses, $10 on fredflare.com), and a fun clutch (My pick: Xhilaration Lucite Clutch in yellow, $12.99 at Target).
Teatron compliments of Said Karrison on Flickr
Extras For The Pros…Interview with Uffie