Next Level: Beet

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Cranberry sounds so…early aughts. And maroon has a certain team spirit vibe. But beet? Now that feels right for fall—maybe paired with outwear in a nice goat cheese or sherry vinegar. (I know–ha, ha.) —erica

LEVEL I: One of those perfect sweaters, c/o Isabel Marant, that can do apple-picking or office.

LEVEL II: A so-sleek Alexander Wang purse that would give even your grungiest jeans some polish.

LEVEL III: A dress from Carven that would look almost impossibly put-together with sheer black tights.

LEVEL IV: Opening Ceremony shoes that put a little stomp in your step.

More of this “Next Level” madness!

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In Character: Daniel Desario

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In 1999, Judd Apatow and Paul Feig gave us James Franco. No matter how you feel about that 15 years later, you’ve gotta admit that dude was pretty stellar on Freaks and Geeks. He was the king of the burnouts and best bud to Nick Andopolis—a character played by Jason Segel, who, BY THE WAY, also made his debut on this show. Bam. —erica

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Wearing this Lynn & Lawrence hat means not having to shower. Right?

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A Rag & Bone henley in an earthy neutral—freak wardrobe essential at McKinley High School.

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A rumpled Carven shirt that Kim Kelly would totally borrow-slash-steal.

Get more o’ this business. A whole lot more.

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Next Level: Bananas

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If you—like monkeys and Rachel Zoe—love bananas, here’s your chance to wear them. (Yes, yes, you can keep putting them in your smoothies, too.) —erica

LEVEL I: Depending on how you tie this Alexa Sophia scarf, the print can be obvious or abstracted.

LEVEL II: If these Mother of Pearl slip-ons don’t say tropical getaway, I dunno what does.

LEVEL III: These Faris earrings have a certain geometric flair that feels straight-up fresh.

LEVEL IV: Aaaand, thanks to Carven, the fruit goes Palm Beach prep.

Get your “Next Level” on!

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In Character: Danny Castellano

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If you watch The Mindy Project, you have a thing for Dr. Danny Castellano. And if you don’t, what are you doing?! Here, an ode to a guy who gets us excited about gynecology. —erica

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Warby Parker glasses for jobs that require serious attention to detail, like decorating gingerbread houses, for example.

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A suede Billy Reid bomber that Mindy would definitely get cupcake frosting or spicy tuna on in a hot second—ya know, somehow.

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A pair of dancing loafers, from Carven.

But what would Mindy Lahiri wear? Oh, we got that, too.

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Next Level: Blue and Yellow

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Blue and yellow make green. But, turns out, the duo makes a pretty good combo without doing any blending whatsoever. Get on that with these four stellar examples. —erica

LEVEL I: Ahhh, a skirt from MSGM that looks like a sunny day and is just as upbeat.

LEVEL II: These Sophia Webster sandals and white jeans?! Come on!

LEVEL III: Sporty-ish—and totally wearable. Way to go, Dusen Dusen.

LEVEL IV: In black and white, this Carven getup would be ultra-classic. But leave it to navy and bright yellow to freshen it right up. 

Lookin’ for a “Next Level” fix? Have at it.

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Weather Vain: Chicago, Illinois - 44 With a Chance of Rain

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+ An Each x Other trench as white as the tablecloths at Pearl Tavern.

+ Ah, these Dieppa Restrepo loafers! The color of some GT Fish & Oyster king crab legs.

+ The perfect, easy-fitting black silk pants c/o Raquel Allegra.

+ A Carven shirt just crisp and business-y enough for the West Loop.

+ What do you know: a two-finger ring, from K/LLER, that’s actually a breeze to wear.

+ A Jenni Kayne blazer in Cubs colors—cause it’s officially that time of year, guys.

+ Shoulder bags—not great for layers. A backpack like this Jerome Dreyfuss one—a whole lot better.

+ This Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer bracelet = just weird enough for the out-there cocktails from Aviary

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Couple Up: Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston

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Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston have been a couple in two movies, The Object of My Affection and Wanderlust. But, turns they did stint together in real life, too, waaay back in 1998—and I’m pretty into the idea of them as a twosome. Maybe they broke up because of the soul patch he had for part of their relationship? —erica

Paul Rudd: A Pierrepont Hicks tie, a brown Everlane shirt, and a corduroy jacket from Billy Reid.

Jennifer Aniston: A Carven shrug (yes, shrug), a strapless column dress from Cedric Charlier, and a sparkly necklace by Tom Binns.

Get all the “Couple Up” you can handle if you head this way.

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Next Level: Contrast Collars

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Gordon Gekko loved himself a contrast collar, but that doesn’t mean you can’t, too. These four would look nice far removed from NYSE. —erica

LEVEL I: Jonathan Simkhai keeps things classic—and B&W.

LEVEL II: This Carven number is like a very girly play on the basic banker shirt. (Not that pinks only for ladies or anything, okay?)

LEVEL III: Oh, heeeey, chambray! The short sleeves of this Sacai guy keep it laid-back.

LEVEL IV: Why not go for a crazy print with that navy collar? Equipment's game.

Come check out the “Next Level” archives now.

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Weather Vain: Anchorage, Alaska - 34 and Clear

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I’m going to save my first adventure to the City of Lights and Flowers for a time of year when there are, you know, flowers, but if you happen to be in AK today, here’s what I think you should wear—and what you should do! —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Carven turtleneck, for cozying up to some seafood at Marx Bros. Cafe.

+ Frame Denim jeans that aren’t too fancy for some reindeer sausage.

+ Floral Kenzo gloves—because it’s too frosty to really experience any of the stunning natural scenery.

+ A Baggu bucket bag as caramel-y as a Bavarian Hefeweizen from Glacier Brewhouse.

+ An Isabel Marant coat, with a hood! In case your ears get chilly.

+ A K/LLER bracelet that would look fiiiiine resting on the bar at Hotel Captain Cook.

+ Velvet slip-ons c/o Rag & Bone that are cozy enough to watch the Alaska Aces play some ice hockey.

There’s a whole lot of “Weather Vain” to be had if you’re looking…

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In Character: Enid Coleslaw

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We don’t get nearly as much angsty-teen-girl in our movies as we’d like. There’s Kat Stratford in 10 Things I Hate About You and Veronica Sawyer in Heathers, but Ghost World? That one doubles down. Meet the more misanthropic half, played by a so-good, where-is-she-now Thora Birch. —erica

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A leather jacket from The Sway that’s obviously a 1977 original punk-rock look.

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An Alice + Olivia shirt, for an inaugural visit to the creepy adult bookstore with Seymour.

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A green-and-black Carven skirt ready to move along to "Jaan Pehechan Ho."

Go “In Character” crazy over here.

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