Next Level: Straw Caps

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Fedoras and Panama hats get plenty of love, but these days, straw *caps* are looking for a little attention, too. Ready to get your head in the game? —erica

LEVEL I: Clyde goes so freakin’ minimalist.  

LEVEL II: For a more ladylike, almost cloche effect, go with this Henrik Vibskov sucker.

LEVEL III: The rope detail of this Eugenia Kim one = very Overboard.

LEVEL IV: Not quiet, this Reinhard Plank take. But it’d be pretty sick with a tank dress and Chucks, if you ask me.

If you’re looking for more “Next Level,” let me show you the way…

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Couple Up: Johnny Depp and Kate Moss

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If it was possible for us to do a reader poll in this space, we’d have to ask who you <3 <3 <3 more, Johnny and Kate or Johnny and Winona? Tough decisions, these. A look at the former pairing’s style, while you ponder. —erica

Johnny Depp: A yellow-and-black knit cap from Eugenia Kim, a no-nonsense leather jacket by Scotch & Soda, and an Apolis gingham shirt.

Kate Moss: Simple-but-cool Lauren Wolf studs, a pretty major LBD from Motel, and a wide belt c/o Alice + Olivia.

For more couples we miss, click here.

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In Character: Kathryn Merteuil

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Confession: I saw Cruel Intentions for the first time just recently. I know, I know. In case you’re wondering, it doesn’t really hold up, but I can imagine just how scandalized I would have been had I watched it at a slumber party when it came out. And Kathryn Merteuil, evil stepsister and prep-school princess who makes Blair Waldorf look like a real sweetheart, is at the heart of that. (Side note: I did still appreciate this monologue about slut-shaming, in case you’re wondering.) —erica

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A Eugenia Kim sun hat, for teaching her young apprentice rival how to kiss.

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A Vanessa Mooney cross necklace ready for some real bad-girl behavior.

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A crimson silk robe from Zinke—for seducing Sebastian, Ronald, or anyone, really. 

It’s “In Character” heaven around here.

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Mane Event: 13 Hair Accessories You’d Actually Want to Wear

Hair doodads are getting some play these days—and I’m not talking headpieces, fascinators, or turbands. I mean the sort of stuff that six-year-old you would have died over. Here’s how to get your head in the game. —erica

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Clockwise from top left: Eugenia Kim, Ban.do, Dannijo, Aesa, Lelet NY, and Hillier.

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Sylvain Le Hen.

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Left to right: Lulu Frost and Lizzie Fortunato.

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Troll.

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Clockwise from top left: Gigi Burris, Clemence Cabanes, Mrs. President & Co.

For more of our hot hair finds, click here.

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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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Weather Vain: Indianapolis, Indiana - -13 and Mostly Cloudy

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Yes, that’s right: NEGATIVE THIRTEEN. So better bundle up, Indy. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ Pure (non-Ugg) coziness in the form of Jeffrey Campbell boots.

+ Black leather mittens by Carolina Amato—as slick as the lobby of The Alexander hotel.

+ A super-serious down coat Helmut Lang—’cause you got to.

+ A stripe-y Eugenia Kim hat for scoping out the local street art. From your car. 

+ K/LLER earrings that have a certain icicle-ness about them.

+ A big ol’ Jérôme Dreyfuss bag—to carry everything you could possibly need so you don’t have to go outside, like, ever.

+ A CdG CdG creation that’s technically a scarf…but could pass for a blanket.

+ Isabel Marant cords—this is not a day for tights.

+ A quilted Rag & Bone sweatshirt that’ll warm you up as fast as a ribeye (and bread pudding?) at St. Elmo will.

Dealing with some cray forecasts on your end? Check out our “Weather Vain” archives.

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Weather Vain: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - 25 and Partly Cloudy

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WELCOME TO WINTER, Y’ALL. Here’s how to survive embrace it in the City of Champions today. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A steel-colored MHL by Margaret Howell sweater. Cause, you know, Steel City.

+ Mittens from Saturday focused on keeping your paws as toasty as possible.

+ A Sophie Hulme purse that makes up for the lack of foliage at The Point.

+ The sort of Band of Outsiders coat you won’t take off ‘til the Penguins wrap up their season.

+ This Eugenia Kim headband = as cozy as the short rib flatbread at Meat & Potatoes

+ Mociun earrings—chill enough for a few beers c/o The Brew Gentlemen.

+ Maison Scotch cords that make it easy to try on clothes at the shops on Indigo Square.

+ Warby Parker glasses, to pore over the massive selection of second-hand scores at Book Tree.

More “Weather Vain!” Go!

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Weather Vain: Cambridge, Massachusetts - 41 and Clear

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AHHHHH, it’s fall—it really, really is. What to wear today if you’re hanging around this seven-square-mile patch of Mass. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ Marais USA shoes that are more than ready to hit the M.I.T. Museum.

+ A Lizzie Fortunato cuff that can hang at the Harvard Law School Library all day, if that’s where you’re headed.

+ For holding your iPad or Kindle, c/o Mansur Gavriel. Just maybe don’t tell the crew at Revolution Books

+ A 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater, the color of an Area Four latte. 

+ Ready for the crisp air? Cause this Rag & Bone coat is. 

+ Garrett Leight shades—for scoping out the crew teams on the Charles. 

+ A Eugenia Kim wool hat that just as freakin’ cozy as the pan-roasted goodness at Puritan & Company

+ The sort of Suno pants that would excite the Take Ivy obsessives. 

All the “Weather Vain” you can take! Right here!

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Weather Vain: Brentwood, California

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Claire and I spent last week housed in Brentwood—and I’d be lying if I said it was easy to leave. An ideal outfit if we’d stayed four more days… —erica

+ Skinny straps that are right for the L.A. climate in a color that feels like October, from Steven Alan.

+ A Eugenia Kim hat to cover-up post-SoulCycle hair.

+ Getty Center views, meet this Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer cuff.

+ A white denim Rag & Bone jacket—as creamy as the scoops at Sweet Rose Creamery

+ The sort of earrings—from Dream Collective—that all the girls at Jenni Kayne would go nuts over.

+ These No.6 clogs = minimalist perfection. Kinda like the incomparable sushi at Sugarfish.

A “Weather Vain” front is moving in…

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In Character: Bubble

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On Ab Fab, Bubble was no genius, but her style kinda was—in a very preschooler-with-an-Amex sort of way. Here, just a taste of the insanity that was deemed office-approp at Eddy’s PR agency. —erica

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A teeny, tiny Alice + Olivia skirt that shows off her utter lack of curves. As Pats puts it, “She’s emaciated, like her brain!” 

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The sort of Stine Goya jacket that might have earned her a head-hunting call from Vogue (ok, prolly not).

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Because a hat is NOT optional. Major bonus points if, like this Eugenia Kim one, it conveys the lunacy swirling around in the head it’s topping.

Head this way to get all the “In Character” you can handle.

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