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10 Red Carpet Looks That Prove Neon Isn’t Always Completely Horrible

neon red carpet dresses

About a year ago, we rounded up “10 fashion trends that need to die right now”--and arguably our biggest vendetta was against then-hugely popular neon (well, and fucking sneaker wedges). Since then, the look has definitely lost its ubiquity on the streets–now, we see the occasional Fluro and that’s about it.

…Maybe because it’s not everywhere anymore, tiring eyeballs wherever it goes, we’ve softened a bit on our stance. Here are 12 red carpet looks that make a surprisingly compelling argument for not banning the shades outright.

Also. Some of the looks here are more neon than others. This was hard.

39th Annual People's Choice Awards - Arrivals

Chloe Moretz at the Peoples’ Choice Awards this year.

18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

Emily Blunt at last year’s SAG Awards.

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

Pale brunette Ginnifer Goodwin looks great in orange at the Emmys.

56th BFI London Film Festival: The Sessions

Another unexpected fan of bold colors, Helen Hunt, in 2012, at a premiere for The Sessions.

"Django Unchained" Rome photocall at Hassler Hotel in Rome

Kerry Washington in neon-accented Peter Pilotto.

The big gowns, ahead…

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  • Ellen W.

    I’m not sure how Hailee Steinfeld’s Prada dress works so well but it does! I really love the shape of it and the bright stripes look so cool here.

  • http://www.ambiencechaser.com/ Elizabeth Licata

    Ugh, I just love everything Marion Cotillard has ever worn.

  • Amanda

    Haliee Steinfeld’s dress is so cute and age appropriate and just amazing. I’m in love with Ginnfer Goodwin’s look. And Julie Bown basically nailed it forever. I just want to be a celebrity or rich person or really any kind of person that has an excuse to wear fabulous ball gowns a lot.