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Channel Your Inner Traffic Cone With These Neon Orange Pieces

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Move over, slime green

It's safe to say that all things neon are having a moment—and it's not just slime green we're talking about here. Another vibrant, in-your-face shade has made its way into the spotlight, and it's as bright as can be: traffic cone orange.

Reminiscent of the summer sun, this neon iteration of orange is a shade so bold you'll never worry about going unnoticed again. Spotted on the runways at Jeremy Scott, Stella McCartney, House of Holland, and Versace (just to name a few)—not to mention all over the streets of Fashion Month—we're fully convinced that channeling our favorite means of diverting traffic is the look of the season.

Below, we rounded up the best in off-the-runway neon orange gear so you, too, can be the center of attention all summer long.

Photo courtesy of Pretty Little Thing

Pretty Little Thing, Neon Orange Oversized Cropped Denim Trucker, $62, available at Pretty Little Thing.

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Poppy Lissiman, Stevie Sunset Orange, $105, available at Poppy Lissiman.

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Skagen, Aaren Kulor Neon Orange, $95, available at Skagen.

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I.Am.Gia, Naomi Top, $90, available at Revolve.

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Adidas x Fiorucci, Adilette Slides, $60, available at Adidas.

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Janis Studios, Small Orange Darka Bag with Leash, $320, available at Janis Studios.

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Hanifa, Kayla Dress in Flame, $49, available at Hanifa.

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ASOS Design, Global Lace Up Rain Boots in Neon Orange, $32, available at ASOS.

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Bauble Bar, Tessara Sunglasses Chain, $32, available at Bauble Bar.

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Mango Sophie Slide, $363, available at Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

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Bershka, Hoop Earrings (Set of 2), $9.90, available at Bershka.

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Tna, The Perfect Hoodie, $70, available at Aritzia.

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Tibi, Decollette Wrap Pullover, $525, available at Tibi.

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Paloma Wool, Morgui, $87, available at Bona Drag.

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Motel, Hulana Satin Cutout Bodycon Dress, $59, available at Urban Outfitters.

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Luv AJ, Rainbow Triple Charm Necklace in Neon Orange, $85, available at Luv AJ.

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ASOS Design, Lounge Neon Zip Sweat & Short Set, $45, available at ASOS.

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Things have gotten so much gayer

These days reality television is prime ground for LGBTQ representation: Love & Hip Hop is applauded for its strides in representation; one of my favorite HGTV hosts, David Bromstad, is gay; and let's not forget Project Runway, Queer Eye, and RuPaul's Drag Race. But I remember a time when this was not the case. Back in the days when MTV's The Real World and Road Rules were my only reality show options, queer people were few and far between, and they were usually men. That was until Aneesa Ferreira joined the cast of Real World in my hometown of Chicago.

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And how it's all too easy to paint trans characters as simply caricatures

Media personality and civil rights activist Ashlee Marie Preston sat down with writer (and NYLON contributor) Devan Díaz in conversation to discuss representation and shortcomings in media when it comes to trans writers. Díaz brings up the trap of being pigeonholed in topics to write about, to which Preston pointed out that trans media personalities—and trans people in general—are anything but a "monolith." Yet they're still portrayed as "caricatures," as Preston put it, in television and otherwise. "I would like to see complicated, flawed trans characters and not just the martyrs, the saviors of humanity, and the moral compass," Díaz states.

But in real life, Preston points out that for Black trans women, "there's always a demonizing narrative that's attached to us already. Even in 2019, there's been 11 trans women who have been murdered, and they've all been Black." Preston's media work attempts to go directly against this, underlining the "heart" of Black trans women.

Get to know Preston and Díaz in the video, above.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Marlene Colburn and Naima Green

Produced by: Alexandra Hsie
Directed by: Charlotte Prager
Camera: Charlotte Prager + Dani Okon
Edited by: Charlotte Prager

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She considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth"

Dani Okon, NYLON's associate creative director of video, sat down with her great-aunt, May Okon, to talk about their shared experiences—despite vastly different time frames—living as queer women in New York City. Prior to retirement, May was a journalist for the New York Daily News, having first entered the male-dominated workforce when "the boys were all at war." And, of course, she absolutely killed it. Her only regret? "Retiring at 55," she tells Dani, joking, "Who the hell knew I was gonna live to 100?"

Upon retiring, she moved out to the Hamptons with her partner and bought a home. If she had to do it all over, May says "there are a lot of things I wouldn't do," but she still considers herself "one of the luckiest kids on the face of the earth." Get to know May in the video, above.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Marlene Colburn and Naima Green
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by: Alexandra Hsie
Camera: Gretta Wilson + Katie Sadler
Edited by: Madeline Stedman

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Here's how they're making sure it doesn't happen

Lauren Morelli, the showrunner and executive producer for the new Netflix show Tales of the City, is fostering a space where multiple queer realities can be shown on-screen. She spoke with one of the cast members, trans actor Garcia (who plays Jake Rodriguez on the show), and, in the video above, they explore why it's wrong to treat queer stories as representative of the entire community. Tokenization is something that they both want to avoid at all costs, and they're on the right track.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Rob Smith and Eddie Jarrel Jones
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Gretta Wilson + Charlotte Prager
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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"Nothing is truly a binary"

We put non-binary activist Eddie Jarrel Jones and The Phluid Project founder Rob Smith in conversation with each other, and the two spoke some powerful truths about the continued gendering of products like makeup and clothing. Smith recalls that 30 years ago, the only way that he was able to experience the joys of playing with makeup was to work at a beauty counter. Even today, Jones notes that it's hard for non-binary femmes like them, or even trans women, to get that experience in stores.

In the video above, get a sense of why Smith created a genderless store, and see how important it is for people like Jones to have a space where they don't feel criticized for dressing like they want.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May Okon
Lauren Morelli and Garcia
Naima Green and Marlene Colburn
Ashlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie
Directed by Charlotte Prager
Shot by Charlotte Prager + Dani Okon
Edited by Gretta Wilson

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