Neon Steps Into The Limelight

Get ready to add some shock into your wardrobe as neon-bright clothes and accessories step into stores.

The eye-catching clothes haven't been seen since the '80s, when bright fashions were everywhere.

Although it's winter, many stores are already featuring spring 2004 looks, and Suze Yalof Schwartz, the Executive Fashion Editor-at-Large at Glamour magazine, says one thing is for sure: bright colors are back.

You can start buying some of neon pieces now and layer them with your thicker winter gear, she says. So, you don't have to wait for a warm day to bring some brights into your winter wardrobe.

On Wednesday, Schwartz challenged The Early Show to guess which accessories and clothes she will demonstrate are steals -- costing a fraction of the designer prices of the others.

Schwartz showed three looks that feature brights, which are available in stores now.

The Bomber Jacket

Schwartz demonstrated a bomber jacket that was far from ordinary. It's a bright tangerine bomber jacket paired with slim jeans. The outfit highlights the hot colors: orange, green and yellow.


Carolina Herrera Orange Jacket, $680
Earl Vintage Wash Jean, $150
Micheal Kors Cotton Tank, $385
Hogan Yellow Leather Handbag, $680
Calvin Klein Pump, $840

Total: $2,735


H&M Nylon Orange Jacket, $59
GAP Machine Treated Jean, $39
GAP Cotton tank, $14.50
Tommy Hilfiger Handbag, $49
Banana Republic Sandal, $108

Total: $269.50

The Carolina cotton jacket is made in Spain while the H&M polyester/cotton jacket is made in China. For the jeans, the Earls are hand-distressed, while the Gap jeans are machine treated.

The tanks are both ribbed cotton, so a purchaser is paying for the Kors name.

Schwartz says the bags are leather vs. pleather. The Hogan is made in Italy, and the Tommy is made in China.

The pumps are real lizard/leather vs. fake lizard/pleather.

Raspberry Trenches
Raincoats, in a wide variety of colors, were very popular last spring. Schwartz says the trench coat/rain coat trend continues this season, and there are now a wide variety of colors and lengths. Schwartz paired the look with casual, but clean khakis and a crisp white shirt. She says the trench takes the casual look up a notch, so you can run errands and meet friends for brunch.


Old Navy Trench Coat, $28.50
Express Khakis, $48
Ann Taylor White Shirt, $59
Urban Outfitters Embossed Pink Handbag, $34
Carlos Pumps, $79

Total: $248.50


Ann Taylor Trench, $229
Express Khakis, $48
Ann Taylor White Shirt, $59
Cole Haan Embossed Leather Handbag, $275
Manolo Pumps, $410

Total: $1,021

The Ann Taylor trench is more expensive because its made of wool and it is also lined. The Old Navy trench is all cotton. Schwartz says the Ann Taylor trench is much more refined in the way it's cut and assembled, but the Old Navy coat is great for those who like to be trendy for one season.

The Cole Haan bag is real leather with embossing while the Urban Outfitters bag is pleather.

Bright Shifts

Schwartz says the shifts are great for a cocktail or for a night out. Plus, they aren't too short or revealing.


Michael Kors Shift Dress, $1,395
Coach Pump, $200

Total: $1,595


Ann Taylor Dress, $128
Steve Madden Pump, $79

Total: $207

Schwartz says the Kors dress is expensive because it's a wool crepe with Lycra, which gives it a great fit and stretch while the Ann Taylor dress is a wool acetate blend . Kors is a high-end designer and here again you are paying for the name although this dress also does fit and feel amazing, according to Schwartz.

The Coach pump is made of leather and detailed with cutouts and a leather sole. The Steve Madden pump is pleather with a plastic sole.