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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In Character: Gina Linetti

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You know what sent me into a rage cage over the last few weeks? The fact that there’s not new T.V. to watch (if you lost access to your friend’s HBO GO account, at least). So I decided to fall down the Brooklyn Nine-Nine rabbit hole where I encountered the hilarious and truly bizarre Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti. I was gonna say that she’d love for you to give her a shot, too, but honestly, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t give a rat’s ass. —erica

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A horsey shirt from Equipment that makes her seem far sweeter and cheerier than she is.

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Because when Holt says to wear a tie, you wear a (Hill-Side) tie.

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Prismsport leggings ready for a real serious Floorgasm routine.

Can you take more “In Character?” This is the place.

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In Character: Dr. Emma Russell

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I’ve got Russia on the brain—yah, for really obvious reasons—which made me think of re-watch the 1997 movie The Saint. It might not be a classic exactly, but Wikipedia says it has a cult following…which is good enough for me. And who says no to Elisabeth Shue, like, ever? —erica

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A soon-to-be-bloodied Equipment shirt, to explain all of that cold fusion mumbo-jumbo.

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Jeffrey Campbell boots for running away from the sort of mafia-type who wields a silver-handled cane.

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A Thakoon Addition coat, for tracking down Simon Templar, Thomas More, or whoever he is.

Get yer “In Character!” Right here.

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In Character: Fat Amy

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How great is Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect? So killer that she necessitates two GIFs. Dear movie gods: More of her in 2014, pleeease. —erica

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A Wildfox rainbow heart dress (that, it should be noted, is not so great for horizontal running).

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A silk scarf from Saturday that makes her an official aca-bitch.

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An Equipment top, destined to be ripped open during a particularly passionate rendition of "Turn the Beat Around."

Ready for a whole lot more “In Character?” GREAT.

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Weather Vain: Richmond, Virginia - 72 and Clear

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Richmond seems like the ideal destination for a long weekend, doesn’t it? And, man, fall-y days like today really make the Capital of the South somewhere I wanna be. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ The sort of Saturday boots you’ll buy now and wear five days a week until March.

+ NOT your basic gray tee, c/o OAK—kind like how Boka is hardly your run-of-the-mill taco truck.

+ These Costalots + a sunny stroll through Forest Hill Park = perfection?

+ Sarah Loertscher earrings that’ll earn you mad respect as you mill around Art Works.

+ Embrace the jacket-with-bare-legs thing while you can with the help of this Equipment bomber.

+ An Chiyome bag that expands—a feature that’ll come in handy if you pick up a few paperbacks at Fountain Bookstore.

+ A 3.1 Phillip Lim skirt that will hide any spills from a Frito pie incident at Pasture.

Here’s your chance to get other weather-approp outfit idears.

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Track Star: Savages

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The Vibe: Their sound is tough, punky, and severe—and so is their look, with all kinds of of masculine jackets, buttoned-up tops, and cropped haircuts.

The One-Song Intro: “Shut Up”

The Look, Recreated: A sharp gingham blouse by Equipment, a menswear blazer from A.L.C., Cheap Monday black skinnies, and a gold locket by Soixante Neuf. —julie alvin

Get lots more music-y goodness here.

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Next Level: Chain Prints

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2 Chainz? Why not more? Here’s how to wear them all over your person. —erica

LEVEL I: The classic, girly shape of this Samantha Sung dress keeps that metal motif in check.

LEVEL II: This Equipment silk shirt—very AbFab, no?

LEVEL III: There’s something so *kewl* about the way the yellow and gold intermingle on this Jo De Mer bikini.

LEVEL IV: Jeffrey Campbell platform high-tops that really let you get your Nicki Minaj on.

Way more “Next Level” to be had if you’re looking…

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In Character: Patti Mayonnaise

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Patti Mayonnaise is the ultimate girl next door—Doug Funnie would back me up on that. She’s adorable but accessible, tomboyish but sweet. She has good hair. It’s safe to say that Skeeter and all the rest of the 11 ½-year-old boys in Bluffington prolly had a thing for her, too. —erica

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Have you seen a more approachable sweater (from Equipment)?

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The sort of Carven skirt that would make even Porkchop go a little weak in the knees.

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Bensimon shoes—fit for her various athletic pursuits.

You wouldn’t believe all our “In Character” action. Dive in.

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In Character: Dr. Mindy Lahiri

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Doctor Lahiri is the cool gynecologist—the one Morgan, Betsy, and Shauna want to grab a glass of rosé with after work. RIGHT? Here’s how Mindy Kaling puts out the vibe. —erica

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A Peter Pan collar, multiple pops of color—this Equipment shirt is exactly the sort of thing that would confuse Danny Castellano.

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Totally grown-up! And put-together! But still fun! That’s the goal, yah? ‘Cause Erdem nails it.

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This Iro dress = plenty bold—but somehow not loud enough to detract attention from a drunken speech at an ex’s wedding.

Fall down the “In Character” rabbit hole here.

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Weather Vain: Park City, Utah - 37 and Partly Cloudy

If you’re in Park City today…well, LUCKY YOU. Embrace the fact that it’s not nearly as cold as it could be—and tell JGL I say, “Heeeeeeeeeeeey.” —erica

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Clockwise from top left:

+ A silky Equipment shirt that adds polish to pretty much anything.

+ The sort of Hope boots itching for apres-ski (or -screening) action.

+ Ready for swag? This Love Mert tote is.

+ Lila Rice studs you can absolutely pass out in after a late night.

+ Ah, Isabel Marant does vaguely-Western so well.

+ Boy. by Band of Outsiders pants you can shove into boots easy-peasy—key.

+ Slip on this Kelly Weastler ring, and you’re read for dinner at Talisker.

+ …And add this Acne leather vest to make your way to Sky Lodge for drinks.

+ Collina Strada's solution to keeping your room key—and chapstick—close-at-hand.

+ A crazy-cozy, chill-preventing layer from Maiami.

+ A gem-print scarf from We Are Owls—in case the theater’s chilly during Kill Your Darlings, A.C.O.D., or Very Good Girls.

Snuggle up with more “Weather Vain” here…

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