ESC, Dare to Wear Neon

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Just because it's the festive season doesn't mean you need to live in tinsel-like metallics and ugly sweaters. Those who truly understand "in the spirit" style know it's not just about the flash—it's how that item makes you feel. And just like that sequined mini was made for New Year's Eve, neon has the same confidence-boosting impact.

Of course, we know how hard it is to wear such an electric color, but leave it to Lupita Nyong'o to show us how to sport this summer staple all year round.

ESC, Dare to Wear Neon

To sport neon in a dynamic way, opt for a hue in a solid color to form the foundation of your outfit. Accessories will transform your ensemble from festival-ready to holiday-worthy. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor's leather jacket edges up the vibrant hue, but because this particular dress silhouette flares out a bit, choose a shorter, cropped jacket to bring focus to the waist and create the illusion of sexy curves.

Whether you're wearing hot pink or electric blue, coordinate with a dark-hued bag within the same color family. For instance, Lupita's olive-green bag works perfectly with her bright dress. Finally, break up the monotony of the solid pieces with a pair of pretty printed heels.

So, neon for the holidays: Do you dare?

River Island Bright Yellow V-Neck Swing Dress, $30; Topshop Castle Textured Clutch, $40; Lapel Epaulet Crop PU Black Jacket, $40; Jeepers Peepers Contrast Mirror Round Sunglasses, $36; GUESS Babbitta Pointed-Toe Floral-Print Pumps, $99

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