Next Level: Contrast-Heel Boots

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Are these some good-looking boots? Oh, heel yes. Four chances to add a little something extra along with that height. —erica

LEVEL I: Aaaand, suddenly the classic shape of these caramel guys from Loeffler Randall gets way more interesting.

LEVEL II: A clunky black heel keeps this Opening Ceremony style from looking too disco-era.

LEVEL III: Rupert Sanderson delivers a hit of metallic pink that would make any outfit.

LEVEL IV: Is the dusty mauve of this 3.1 Phillip Lim creation what dreams are made of? I think yes.

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Next Level: Sleeveless Sweater Dresses

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Sweater dresses aren’t just for black-tight season, y’all. These four can do warmer months and will look dope with blazers ‘n’ pumps when things cool off. Let’s get to it. —erica

LEVEL I: Stripe-y! Easy! Coming atcha from Halston.

LEVEL II: Alexander Wang does vaguely sporty so dang well.

LEVEL III: The notches on this Ann Yee number—can’t stop staring at the notches.

LEVEL IV: Leave it to 3.1 Phillip Lim to deliver on the texture front: Check out that fringe detailing.

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In Character: Sloane Peterson

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Epitome of cool girlfriend, this one. And you know what else? She was working a man repeller look long before we even had a name for that—like, a whole 25 years before. Here’s a Sloane get-up appropriate for a day skippin’ school with Ferris and Cameron. —erica 

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Classic-as-they-come Alexander Wang x Linda Farrow sunglasses that look best in a 1961 Ferrari convertible.

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A white leather jacket by Acne that looks just right exploring the Art Institute.

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Long, loose 3.1 Phillip Lim shorts that would fly with Mr. Rooney’s dress-code policy, no prob.

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Next Level: Long-ish Shorts

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Who wears short shorts? Not everyone. And if you’re looking to keep your upper thighs to yourself, here are four ways to do so. —erica

LEVEL I: Denim cut-offs—but in a totally unexpected way, thanks to Vladimir Karaleev

LEVEL II: These cotton Band of Outsiders suckers almost look like board shorts—and would be killer with a stacked sandal.

LEVEL III: Um, laser-cut polka-dots—that’s the 3.1 Phillip Lim way.

LEVEL IV: So loose and girly at once! How about these Steven Alan guys with a just-cropped top and a straw hat?

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Next Level: Shocking Pink

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Think pink! No, like, REALLY pink. Here are four ways to do bubblegum with a bang. —erica

LEVEL I: Oooh, so polished with a pair of jeans, Amanda Uprichard!

LEVEL II: Antiqued brass keeps the bright-as-they-come stones in these Dannijo studs from looking too Barbie. 

LEVEL III: What do you call this Jenni Kayne dress besides perfect, really?

LEVEL IV: 3.1 Phillip Lim delivers the most serious, double-breasted cut in the most fun-lovin’, look-at-me hue.

Want four more? Have at it.

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Track Star: Katy B

The Vibe: Katy B is one of the most important voices in British pop music right now—yah, that’s right. Her new album, Little Red, is a mix of all her mediums—dubstep, ballad, pop, and grunge. She loves a good romper and some bright colors—not that anything can hold a candle to her fiery hair.

The One-Song Intro: “Crying For No Reason”

The Look, Recreated: This psychedelic shift dress from Kristinit, this tie-dye caftan by Mary Meyer, and this 3.1 Phillip Lim fringe leather jacket. maitri mehta

Listen up: There’s a whole lot more “Track Star” to be had.

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Next Level: Leather Backpacks

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Backpacks have been, like, a thing for awhile now, but it seems like all of a sudden they are getting all leather-fied. These are four want to hang out with you and your shoulders. —erica

LEVEL I: Ahh, a Rag & Bone take that Felicity would have been totally into.

LEVEL II: Polished, right? That Phillip Lim knows what he’s doing.

LEVEL III: This Kara design's the size of one of those Prada backpacks you were desperado for back when, but that cross-hash design? It's actually mesh.

LEVEL IV: Just because it’s leather doesn’t mean it has to be fancy. Illesteva knows how to keep things chill.

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Track Star: Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius

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The Vibe: Though they’re not twins or even sisters, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, the vocalists for the effervescent band Lucius, are all about the double-trouble. Their matchy mod look is almost spooky, but they pull it off in a big way.

The One-Song Intro: “Turn it Around”

The Look, Recreated: This 3.1 Phillip Lim black-and-white dress, these wedge mary janes by Jeffrey Campbell, and these nutso sunglasses from Linda Farrow. —maitri mehta

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Next Level: Chill Pencil Skirts

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Pencil skirts tend to feel so business-y—like the jumping-off point for a commercial from Mastercard (or, lately, Secret). Why so serious? Here, four ways to give the look a chill pill. —erica

LEVEL I: If you really want to go crazy, pair this Altuzarra take with a striped top.

LEVEL II: This Rag & Bone guy is a denim skirt for a grown-up (that’s you).

LEVEL III: The beat-up stitching motif on this 3.1 Phillip Lim sucker is way cooler than any of that weird distressing and whiskering that was once all the rage.

LEVEL IV: Spring colors, from Current/Elliott! Because how ready are you for bare legs?

Get your “Next Level” fix, here and now.

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Next Level: Fancy Mules

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Don’t call these guys clogs—they might get offended. Get the scoop on four pairs ready to hang with your most festive get-ups. —erica

LEVEL I: Jeffrey Campbell does restrained (who knew?!) with slick patent and a low heel.

LEVEL II: A stripe of silver fit for a superhero? Check, 3.1 Phillip Lim, check.

LEVEL III: No, we’re not done with animal prints. Especially when they come in the form of a Jenni Kayne pointy toe.

LEVEL IV: Tibi’s got a whole lot going on—and yet these bedazzled Tibi suckers still work in a big way.

Take your “Next Level” consumption to the next level.

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