Weather Vain: Santa Barbara, California - 71 and Partly Cloudy

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Now’s the time of year when we’re especially desperado to live in California—to have dependable weather that almost always qualifies as lovely. Here’s looking at you, Santa Barbara. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ An Ace & Jig top that you could totally throw on over a swimsuit when things heat up.

+ Perfect tortoise sunglasses—c/o The Row—to have on-hand at all times.

+ Boy by Band of Outsiders chinos—cuffed and ready to stroll throw the AVA Santa Barbara vineyards. 

+ A ring by A Peace Treaty that, with its triangle motif, pays tribute to the pizza slices (prosciutto and burrata, white anchovy and ricotta!) at Blue Tavern.

+ Walking shoes by Marais USA, down to hit Mission Historical Park.

+ An Acne jacket for when there’s a (sigh, perfect) chill in the air at night.

On the hunt for better weather? Start here.

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Formal Statement: 20 Dope Prom Dresses (That Are All Under $300)

A little bird told us that it’s time to start shopping for a prom dress. Ok, no, that’s not entirely how it went down: A little bird (named Iryna) emailed us and asked, “Would you want to help a sister out and offer some prom dress/general evening dress suggestions?” Well, here you go, gurl: 20 ideas—all by super-cool designers and all less than $300—to get you started. And for those of you whose prom memories are currently being mined for #tbt fodder, I present this: a trip to the big-dance attire archives with Laney Boggs, Brenda Walsh, and Josie Grossie. —erica

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Left to right: Ryan Roche, Shona Joy, Erin Fetherston, Erin Fetherston.

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Left to right: Motel, J Brand, 10 Crosby Derek Lam.

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Left to right: Tucker, Horses Atelier, Alice + Olivia.

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Left to right: Alice + Olivia, Halston Heritage, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Alice + Olivia.

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Left to right: Parker, L’Agence, Amanda Uprichard.

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Left to right: Halston Heritage, Acne, Rag & Bone.

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Weather Vain: San Antonio, Texas - 55 and Overcast

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Oh, to be in Texas this time of year. Here’s how I’d wanna dress if I suddenly became a San Antonio girl today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Pamela Love bracelet that’s like V-day just a smidge early.

+ A sweater that’s not afraid to go big, from 3.1 Phillip Lim.

+ A Reece Hudson wristlet, with enough cash shoved inside for a stop at Pearl Brewery Farmers’ Market.

+ Kicks—c/o Won Hundred—for bopping around Southtown.

+ A Bande des Quatres ring that would look damn good snuggled up with a glass of rioja at The Monterey.

+ Acne wool sweatpants—that leave plenty of room for queso.

Oh, we got some recs for Dallas, Houston, and Austin, too.

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Weather Vain: Cincinnati, Ohio - 14 and Mostly Cloudy

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Man, it’s cold today in Cincy. So bundle up—and try not to let the chill hold you back. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A winter coat—from Suno—that’s more sleek than it is snowman.

+ A Baggu tote that coordinates with Metropole's seared radishes and  baked cranberry beans.

+ Knee-high boots, from Cynthia Vincent, for stomping around Over-the-Rhine.

+ A Eugenia Kim hat that shields as much of your noggin as possible.

+ An Isabel Marant sweater, ideal for cozying up for a movie at Esquire Theatre.

+ J Brand jeans that are laid-back (and worn-in) enough for a visit to Rhinegeist Brewery

+ A Jennie Kwon ring that won’t get in the way of any of your frigid-weather gear.

+ Acne gloves that would look great wrapped around a macchiato from Collective Espresso.

All the “Weather Vain” you can take! All you gotta do is click here.

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Track Star: Victoria Legrand of Beach House

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The Vibe: If Sirens were around today, Beach House’s Victoria Legrand would be the head of their gang: Her voice is echoey and supernatural, and her style has a certain hard-to-pin-down allure, too.

The One-Song Intro: “Lazuli”

The Look, Recreated: This patterned jacket by Mara Hoffman, this checked dress from Rag & Bone, a delicate braided cuff from My Eagle Scout, and these Acne pony hair booties.

Check out all our “Track Star” finds, why don’t you?

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Next Level: White Boots

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Yah, these may not be as everyday-useful as those black chelsea boots you wear five days a week, but, hey, don’t you wanna switch things up sometimes? Four white-as-snow ways to do so. —erica

LEVEL I: These guys are so simple and yet so special, via Opening Ceremony.

LEVEL II: Well, zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Acne knows how to get things going.

LEVEL III: Loeffler Randall is well aware that black studs are cooler (and more wearable) than metal ones.

LEVEL IV: Can you tell these Alexander Wang boots are calf hair? I think the word you’re looking for is major.

More “Next Level!” Hey!

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Weather Vain: Tucson, Arizona - 52 and Clear

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There’s something pretty rad about being surrounded by cacti in the winter (or, heck, anytime at all). Here’s how to roll if you’re in The Old Pueblo today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A desert oasis in the form of an Acne sweater.

+ The most stylin’ puffer vest ever, quite possibly—made by Helmut Lang.

+ An Eayrslee clutch chill enough to hang with an El Guero Canelo hot dog.

+ Aerin slip-ons that would earn lots of love from the Canyon Ranch crowd.

+ The sort of Lila Rice ring that’s ready for anything, anywhere.

+ The Dunbar Spring street art + these Iro pants = a match made in heaven.

+ Ready for a very healthful meal at The Tasteful Kitchen, this K/LLER Collection necklace.

+ Illesteva shades, for wandering Saguaro National Park.

There’s a whole lot more “Weather Vain” if you’re in the mood for some exploring.

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In Character: Gordon Bombay

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Remember the game-winning triple-deke? The figure skater-turned-hockey player? The NHL team the (um, 20-year-old) movie spawned? Well, take a trip down community-service memory lane with Coach Bombay. —erica

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A Shipley & Halmos jacket ready to take on those fancy-pants Hawks.

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A Mark McNairy hat ready for some serious “quack, quack, QUACK”-ing (worn backward, obviously).

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An Acne overcoat that says Serious Defense Attorney—so Charlie and that band of misfits know he’s not screwing around.

There’s a whole lot more “In Character” if you click this way…

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Couple Up: Britney and Justin

Because sometimes a relationship dies but its style lives on.

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The image of Britney and Justin in their denim-on-denim-on-denim-on-denim ensembles is burned into my brain—and it can’t be just me. Let’s pay tribute to the couples costumes outfits they wore to the 2001 American Music Awards, shall we? (Also: How was this only in 2001?!) —erica

Brit: A glitzy Fallon choker, an Acne denim dress with some frayed action, and a Lady Grey chain belt.

JT: An Alain denim blazer, patchwork Kenzo jeans, and A.J. Morgan sunglasses…at night. 

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In Character: Mellie Grant

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If you watch Scandal—and if you don’t, what are you doooing?!—you know that Mellie Grant is one of the best villains on teevee right now. Here’s how she cloaks her spite in First Lady-ness. —erica

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A jewel-tone dress from Erin Fetherston that really shines during interviews about babies or affairs.

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Ginette_ny earrings that keep things classy as she spews lines like, “Give any piece of trailer trash a push-up bra and a microphone and those stupid flyovers will eat it up like fried Twinkies.”

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A pastel Acne coat that’s way, way sweeter than she is.

It’s “In Character” madness over here!

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