Come summer, muted pastels are a dime a dozen. Blaze a color trail with orange, the season’s freshest hue. It looks divine on dark, dewy skin; for pale girls, a swipe of bright orange lipstick is perfection. (I chose Tory Burch’s ‘Pretty Baby,’ a subdued coral that’s a great starting point. Work your way up to more neon shades from here.) Worried about mixing orange separates? Opt instead for a V-backed romper. It’s way more unexpected than a cocktail dress, and it won’t blow up in seaside gusts.
 Barbara Ellick Collection 22-karat gold vermeil necklace, $1,700 at Barbara Ellick, Narberth.  Orange inspiration from Mulberry Spring 2014 RTW.  Halter-neck knit top, $79 at Zara.com.  LAMB sculpted crepe shorts, $281 at Jade’s Closet, Wayne.  Tory Burch lipstick in Pretty Baby, $32 by special order or online at Nordstrom, Cherry Hill and King of Prussia.  Fairchild Baldwin Tangerine “O” evening bag, $1,325 at Fairchildbaldwin.com.  Mertica playsuit, $137 at Ted Baker, King of Prussia.  Proenza Schouler PS11 leather bracelet, $350 at Saksfifthavenue.com.
Photos: Claudia Gavin; Mulberry; Zara; LAMB; Tory Burch; Nils Ericson; Ted Baker London; Saks Fifth Avenue.