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Old 05-31-12, 06:03 AM   #1
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Is neon yellow finally becoming cool?

Neon-yellow jerseys and gear used to one of the hallmarks of commuters, tourers and Freds. It took me a while to warm to the color as it is rather jarring, but I have become convinced that it really works and I've now got neon jerseys, jackets, vests and socks for commuting. What convinced me was being able to spot neon-clad joggers a half-mile or more in the distance, compared to the ninjas that you almost run over.

All of the sudden, however, neon yellow-green seems to have become very fashionable. Several college basketball and football teams sported neon gear last season, and at least one of the pro cycling teams (Liqui Gas) has worn neon kit for a while. I was at a department store last night and even saw some rather expensive neon yellow polo and golf shirts. Who knows, maybe even the racer wannabes and weekend warriors will start wearing it.

Anyone else noticing this trend?
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how old are you?
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58. Why?
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58. Why?
Hahaha!

I think Acidfast was suggesting that once you get to be of a certain age, "cool" isn't really applicable no matter what you're wearing!

In all seriousness, though, yes, I agree it looks like we're in a "day-glo" revival period right now.

That said, I don't think the safety vest will ever be considered cool when used for it's intended purpose. If Lady Gaga sports a tailored one over her bare breasts during a concert, well, that may be something different...!
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I heard Grant Riv is coming out with a hip, urban day glo fashion line. Apparently tweed is not selling that well anymore.
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Dayglo was fashionable in the early 90's too. We'll be fashionable to a while and then fashion will change and we'll be even more unhip.
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Neon yellow is so in.
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Neon Lime Carhartt parka is my winter coat, wide reflective bands, etc.

but when it starts raining I whip out my Cycling rain cape.
No gloves short of seamless rubber ones would keep my hands dry.
But they are when tucked under the skirt of the rain cape.
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I've never been cool. I have been run over. If neon yellow keeps me from being run over, I'm cool with it.
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I've never been cool. I have been run over. If neon yellow keeps me from being run over, I'm cool with it.
Where is the thumbs up button? Gotta fully agree.

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Old 05-31-12, 06:42 PM   #11
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...and at least one of the pro cycling teams (Liqui Gas) has worn neon kit for a while...
Team LeakyGas has nothing on Farnese Vini. These are a real eyestab of full-on hi-vis yellow. Complete with hi-vis yellow helmets. And shoes. Matchy-matchy much?
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Its true. Neon colors are back in style - like in the 80s. I have a 13 and 10 yr old, so I know these things.
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Eye searing lime yellow is hot.
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Where is the thumbs up button? Gotta fully agree.

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+1 would have sufficed.
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I swear the cars give me a wider berth when I wear the fugly neon yellow vest. They probablyncant stand the sight of it.
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I've never been cool. I have been run over. If neon yellow keeps me from being run over, I'm cool with it.
+1 I don't give a hoot what anyone else thinks.
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I've never been cool. I have been run over. If neon yellow keeps me from being run over, I'm cool with it.
+2 - ugly vs. visible to cars. I'm going with visible for the win.
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58. Why?
I thought you may be really young because the neons were super-cool in the 80s that you may not have been alive yet.

there not "finally becoming cool" ... they're "becoming cool again."

in some parts of Europe (Eurotrash sneakers, for example), the neons never left
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The least cool thing anyone can wear is a casket. Wear what makes you visible and be done with it.
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I thought you may be really young because the neons were super-cool in the 80s that you may not have been alive yet.

there not "finally becoming cool" ... they're "becoming cool again."

in some parts of Europe (Eurotrash sneakers, for example), the neons never left
It was cool in the mid 60's too, remember the Merry Pranksters?
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It was cool in the mid 60's too, remember the Merry Pranksters?
sorry, man, i'm not that old ... even the 70s is really pushing it!
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sorry, man, i'm not that old ... even the 70s is really pushing it!
I bet you remember the Partridge Family - and they got the idea for the bus from the Pranksters.
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I bet you remember the Partridge Family - and they got the idea for the bus from the Pranksters.
Nope, didn't really have any TV until I was 5 (1982.)
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I'm just not sure, personally, that the colour of my shirt can make a driver better.
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I'm just not sure, personally, that the colour of my shirt can make a driver better.
It might not make a driver better, but it will make my lawyer's job easier.
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