Next Level: Mesh

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Brace yourself for the punniness ahead: These four pieces will have you looking like one hot mesh. —erica

LEVEL I: Just a sliver of see-through makes these Rebecca Minkoff loafers look a whole love more interesting.

LEVEL II: It’s like the strapless dress that you never have to hoist up, c/o Elizabeth and James.

LEVEL III: Thanks to this Steven Alan purse, you’ll know if you have your phone without even opening your bag.

LEVEL IV: Not only do the sleeves on this Jonathan Simkhai jumpsuit look fly, but they also allow for some serious air circulation. 

All the “Next Level” you can eat handle!

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Couple Up: Ben and J-Lo

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AHH, Bennifer! Or, at least, the O.G. Bennifer. Remember Gigli? And that ginormous pink diamond engagement ring? Here’s to a little retro Affleck-Lopez action. —erica

Ben Affleck: A lavender Richard James tie, a slick pinstripe Hickey Freeman suit, and a double-breasted Kris Van Assche overcoat.

Jennifer Lopez: A furry Iro jacket, a frothy blush dress from Elizabeth and James, and a Lulu Frost necklace.

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Next Level: Asymmetrical Wrap Skirts

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Let’s be real: If you’re going to cope with chilly legs, it better be for good reason. Here, four skirts totally worth pulling on the never-quite-warm-enough tights. —erica 

LEVEL I: This Elizabeth and James number is black and blue in the best of ways.

LEVEL II: Wooly and warm! And not too short. This Kaelen guy can totally go to the office.

LEVEL III: There’s something so luxe-looking about this faux pony 10 Crosby style. Very tony, if you will.

LEVEL IV: Yah, there’s a lot happening here. But this Kenzo sitch goes so well with black tights, black tops, black boots…

It’s “Next Level” madness!

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Weather Vain: Panama City, Panama - 84 With a Chance of Storms

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It’s a hot one today in the home of the world’s best palindrome. Here’s how to see the city (and hopefully stay dry!). —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A hands-free Jerome Dreyfuss bag for checking out the exhibitions at Diablo Rosso.

+ A Zimmerman dress ready for some rooftop cocktails at Tantalo Hotel.

+ Elizabeth and James shades so you can people-watch at the Panama Canal without being found out.

+ K. Jacques sandals ideal for traversing the cobblestones of Casco Viejo.

+ A Sensi Studio hat. Because when in Panama…

+ A Kyyote necklace as bright and cheery as the dishes Ego y Narciso.

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Next Level: Plum

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You know what color’s really got me right now? Plum—which is basically halfway between Welch’s grape juice and shiraz. Or, you know, the color of the skin of the fruit. EITHER WAY. —erica

LEVEL I: From By Malene Birger, a super-classic (CLASSY) turtleneck sweater—totally in for fall, BTdubs.

LEVEL II: Silk 3.1 Phillip Lim pants! That would look so A+ with a black tee and a pair of mules.

LEVEL III: The contrasting hues on this Elizabeth and James number make the plum look even plummier. 

LEVEL IV: These shades from The Row are itching to hang with some undone hair and a trench. Just ask them.

Get down with all our “Next Level” goodness over here.

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Next Level: Wide-Leg Pants

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You’ve probably been wearing thigh-hugging, ankle-gripping pants for so long now that you’ve totally forgotten what it feels like to pull on a pair of billowy bottoms. Well, now’s your chance to remember. —erica

LEVEL I: Yes, yes—these MSGM guys are very Annie Hall.

LEVEL II: So loose and breezy, this Acne pair is so ready to hang at a country cottage. Or at the breakfast spot on your block.

LEVEL III: From the front, this Elizabeth and James style doesn’t look so crazy. But then you catch a side view.

LEVEL IV: LOUD. FUN. But these 10 Crosby Derek Lam pants have enough black, white, and gray in the mix to make putting the rest of your outfit together pretty easy.

Some serious “Next Level” action if you click this way…

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Weather Vain: Seattle, Washington - 79 and Partly Cloudy

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It’s not a rainy day in Seattle today—best take advantage. Here’s what to wear for a really good time in The Emerald City. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ Elizabeth and James shades, with lenses as blue as the waterfall on Bainbridge Island.

+ An A.L.C. dress jazzy enough for a big night out at Artusi.

+ A Marie Turnor lunch sack leather bag, with room for a paperback score from The Elliott Bay Book Company.

+ Ella Moss flats—so you can investigate Pike Place Market for hours and hours.

+ A Winifred Grace cuff that’s going to make you want to spend the night on the waterfront looking at the stars.

Head this way for way more “Weather Vain.”

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Weather Vain: Santa Fe, New Mexico - 91 and Partly Cloudy

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Just cause you’re hot doesn’t mean you can’t look cool. Right? RIGHT?! Here, how to show The City Different what you’re made of. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A sleeveless collared shirt from Boy. by Band of Outsiders—as classic as a blue corn burriot lunch at The Shed.

+ So sleek and cool—this VPL bra would fit right in at the Photo Eye book store (even if nobody there sees it).

+ These Illesteva shades—to literally view this steamy Monday through rose-colored glasses.

+ Carry this Acne bag by the handle, and spare yourself at least some of the sweatiness.

+ A Lucy Folk bracelet that can hang with the wares at the Railyard Artisan Market.

+ Elizabeth and James flatforms—so you can stand in front of that Georgia O’Keeffe as long as you’d like.

+ Pull on this Friend of Mine skirt for a fancy-schmance dinner at Luminaria; pass out in your bed at the attached Inn and Spa at Loretto right after.

Click on through for waaay more “Weather Vain.”

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Weather Vain: Detroit, Michigan - 72 and Partly Cloudy

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There’s some coolness happening in Detroit right now, and a downright lovely day like this one is the perfect time to explore it. Here’s what to wear to get down with The D. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ An M.Patmos silk tee cool enough for Corktown.

+ A warm-hued Annie Costello Brown cuff that will look appropriate next to a scotch Crimson Dynamo cocktail at Sugar House.

+ The sort of jumbo Steven Alan tote ready for a camera and some time at the Motown Museum.

+ Elizabeth and James flats—kick ‘em off and tuck into bed at the way-cool inn Honor & Folly.

+ Tiny studded Tom Binns hoops that feel very Rock City.

+ A Haute Hippie blazer that dresses things right up for dinner at John D.

+ White MiH jeans—because the weather’s totally asking for ‘em.

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Next Level: Black Waistbands

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Stacy and Clinton would probably have something to say about how a black band across your belly has a slimming effect, and while we absolutely care, we also just think it looks damn cool. Four ways to have at it. —erica

LEVEL I: The dash of darkness gives this 10 Crosby Derek Lam skirt an easy, transition-to-spring vibe. Wear it with a striped shirt, and BAM.

LEVEL II: Suddenly, a white mini—this one by Elizabeth and James—seems a hell of a lot more approachable.

LEVEL III: No, leather shorts aren’t easy, but the neutral motif of these A.L.C. guys would go so exceedingly well with a slim white oxford.

LEVEL IV: Printed crepe Helmut Lang pants?! OH, why not.

Head on over to our “Next Level” archives!

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