Neon is back in a big way, but it's not the hyperactive Day-Glotrend you might remember from the '80s! Instead, celebs today are rockingultra-bright colors in a much more controlled way.

Katy Perry in neon green at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards

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The splashiest neon look we've seenon the red carpet lately is definitely Katy Perry at the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards. Thoughit was a pretty bold look, she pulled it off by keeping the neon green as thefocal point rather than wearing a bunch of colors all at once.

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Other celebs have chosen to go for neon-colored dresses.Nikki Reed, Blake Lively, and Kirsten Dunst all went with bold neon colors onthe red carpet but it totally worked -- again, because of the monochrome rule.They chose one color and committed to it. Sticking to that rule of thumb works wonders in keepingyou looking chic and preventing you from looking like a glow-stick randomly explodedall over you.

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Keeping black as your neutral is a good rule of thumb aswell. That's what Beyoncé did when she stepped out in New York recently in thisbright pink top. That top with that patterned skirt could have easily been adisaster, but the black hat and sunglasses pulled it all together.

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Of course, if you're not feeling quite as brave as those flashy celebs, you can still participate in the trend by simply introducing accents of neon into your wardrobe. KatyPerry's neon green shoes would look great with a simple black dress. Emily Blunt and Emma Stonehave mastered the art of pairing brightly-colored lipstick witha muted ensemble. You could even use a brightly-colored manicure or a neon purse toadd a little splash to an outfit! Really, anything goes -- as long as youremember the "more controlled-chaos, less 1980s-dance-party" rule!

Have you incorporated splashes of neon into your wardrobe? Tell us how you've done it in the comments!

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