With festival season almost in full throttle we have to approach the word ‘neon’ with caution. Let’s be clear, wearing neon does not mean anything day-glo, nor does it involve complementing rave make-up.

Instead, think of neon as a cheerful extension of summer’s brightest colour palettes, or an alternative to a punchy print. It might be unabashedly bold, but if HM The Queen can wear it, then so can you. Here’s how to stand out in all the right ways in neon this summer....

Keep the rest of your look pared down

Chief executive of the British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush, could be spotted a mile off at London Collections: Men thanks to her high-vis green top (above). Look at the rest of her outfit though. The reason her fluro three-quarter length crew-neck works is that the rest of her outfit is black. There’s not an ounce of conflicting colour, bar a flash of metallic on her watch strap and the fastening of her clutch bag.

Wear your own neon pieces with a blank canvas (navy or black are both failsafe starting points), and keep accessories to a minimum. As much as you might enjoy a happy colour mash-up in the rave tent at Glasto, your colleagues won’t take kindly to wearing sunglasses around you.

Play with contrast

Clever colour contrasts will show you are fully au fait with the neon trend. At the recent Trooping of the Colour, for example, Queen Elizabeth pinned a purple flower on the brim of her green hat. It was a bold styling flourish that was entirely unexpected of a 90-year-old. Playful unions, such as these, jolt the eye, but highlight your fashion nous - it takes a confident dresser to mess with fluro.

Choose one key accessory

A neon cross-body bag instantly brings monotone looks to life, as demonstrated by Dutch blogger Linda Tol, who relies on a tiny Paula Cadematori bag to spruce up navy workwear. Keep bags compact though, the idea is that the accessory will act as a neat punctuation mark on outfits, not take centre stage.

Trainers are an easy, on-the-go option

White plimsolls might be de rigueur, but you have to admit a neon pair of kicks would be incredibly fun to wear. Look for a traditional running shoe - Nike’s popular Roche style comes in a myriad of hues and can be customised - and wear with loose, minimal suiting. Once you’ve grown tired of them, they will look equally fab in the gym.

Neon + pastels can actually work

Bright yellow and pastel pink don’t sound like likely bedfellows, but blogger Susie Bubble shows they can make for a wonderfully feminine duo. The key is not to experiment with such colours in blocks on heavy fabrics. Look for light, fluid garments, like Susie’s laser-cut dress, for a playful look which teases out the colours, rather than shouts about them.Read more at:www.marieaustralia.com/backless-formal-dresses | cheap formal dresses