In Character: Quinn Morgendorffer

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Oh, Quinn: You make such a good, midriff-baring nemesis. But—and sorry to say this, Daria—kid sister does have her endearing moments. And not just because everything about this show is so, so good. Her perky-and-popular look below. —erica 

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A fitted pink Markus Lupfer tee that Joey, Jeffy, and Jamie all looove.

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A backpack—more for brushes and lip gloss than books—from Dusen Dusen.

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A black Eugenia Kim beret—because this is how deep people dress.

What’s the opposite of an “In Character” shortage? Because that’s what’s happening over here.

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Weather Vain: Charleston, South Carolina - 81 and Partly Cloudy

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The weather’s starting to turn in NYC, but in Charleston? Definitely still walking-down-King-Street-in-sandals temps. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A minimalist Miranda Bennett that’ll earn appreciative nods from the guys at the cool-dude shop Indigo & Cotton.

+ A pair of simple slides from The Palatines—for shuffling around Heirloom Bookshop, prettiest cookbook store imaginable.

+ To keep the sun out of your eyes on the roof of The Vedue: this Rag & Bone visor.

+ A 10 Crosby Derek Lam skirt that’s WAY ready for an oyster-fueled meal at The Ordinary.

+ Alynne Lavigne earrings the color of High Wire’s sorghum whiskey.

+ A slick, silver clutch by Baggu that’s ready for any ol’ thing.

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Next Level: Boys in Polka Dots

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If you ask me, these pieces are spot-on. (Did you see that pun coming? Oh, probably.) More on these four below. —erica

LEVEL I: This YMC tee's mantra is totally “go big or go home.”

LEVEL II: Even better than a Brooklyn Nets cap, this Saturdays sucker.

LEVEL III: This sweater from Kris Van Assche is playing some mind games: Some of those dots are white…and some are cut-outs that let whatever you wear underneath peek through.

LEVEL IV: Not at all subtle. And that’s what makes these Mark McNairy pants lovable.

Get ready for way more “Next Level” posts!

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In Character: Raylan Givens

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If you’re never seen Justified, you probably don’t truly understand the appeal of Timothy Olyphant. But give this show three episodes, and, well, you’ll be right there with me—100% chance. —erica

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A Gitman Vintage shirt that often ends up in a crumpled pile on his motel-room floor.

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A black tie from Kris Van Assche to show those Crowders that he’s serious about this U.S. Marshal business.

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A signature cowboy hat by Goorin Bros. that is worth getting into a bar brawl over.

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Of a Kind

Is this gonna be the year that I wear a felt hat? Clyde makes a mighty strong case. —erica

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Go Way Back: Panama Hats

Somewhere between a clichéd fedora and an old-timey boater cap sits the Panama hat, which can somehow do beach or city without looking out-of-place—or trying-too-hard—in either setting. Its magic: It can deliver some tomboy edge to any getup, and it’s been doing so since the 1600s. Read up on its 400-year backstory, below. —maura brannigan 

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The Origin: First, let’s get to the bottom of that name: The Panama hat as we know it doesn’t actually get its start in Panama, but rather, in Ecuador. As early as the seventeenth century, straw hats—a hot commodity in Asia and Europe—are shipped to the Isthmus of Panama before sailing off to their final destinations overseas as a total marketing gimmick—because the term “Ecuador hat” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

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The Evolution: Once the California Gold Rush hits the West in the 1850s, the American demand for Panama hats skyrockets. Why? Many of the movements’ miners travel through the Isthmus of Panama en route to California, picking up a hot new accessory along the way.

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And now the U.S. government gets on-board: President William McKinley orders the purchase of thousands of ‘em to combat the hot-weather fighting conditions during the 1898 Spanish American War. 

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In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt visits the construction site of the Panama Canal and is photographed wearing the local headwear.

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Call it the Teddy Roosevelt Bump, because shortly thereafter, Panama hats become a movie-wardrobe staple. Casablanca, anyone?

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As the decades wear on, political bigwigs—including another Roosevelt, Franklin Delano—begin showing up at fancier events in the hat. In an era without A/C, the style is a way for a dude to keep his melon cool.

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The silver screen’s all over it. The hat makes prominent appearances on Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird and Paul Newman in Mr. & Mrs. Bridge—but no women…yet.

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That is, until a fresh-faced Sigourney Weaver appears in the 1982 film The Year of Living Dangerously as a British embassy officer who has a tumultuous love affair with Mel Gibson in Indonesia. Her accessory is practically a costar.

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Throughout the eighties and nineties, women really get in on the fun. Check out this epic pic that ran in Italian Vogue during that time.

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The Right Now: Panama hats earn themselves a particularly impassioned 2013 blog post by the Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine. She becomes the unofficial-official patron saint of the style, which does the rounds at the spring 2015 New York Fashion Week shows (and on sidewalks everywhere this summer).

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In Character: Van Wilder

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Ok, no, this is not a GOOD movie—and not just because Tara Reid is the most serious thing going here. But if you’re looking for a rainy-day excuse to spend a few hours with your couch and Ryan Reynolds? Well, it’s as good as anything going. Also: College-boy dressing in 2002—something to behold. —erica

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A Zanerobe shirt that eventually gets him lei’d.

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An Alexander McQueen chain wallet that makes the frat brothers of DIK especially nervous.

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A Saturdays hat, worn backwards to convince Taj to go for Naomi (“That’s ‘I moan’ backwards.”). 

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Weather Vain: Birmingham, Alabama - 94 and Clear

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If you’re in Birmingham today, maybe carry around a personal A/C unit? How to survive a Heart of Dixie sweat fest. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Suno dress that’s juuuust a little Fried Green Tomatoes.

+ Sandals, from Charlotte Stone, ready for some dancing at Zydeco.

+ This Otaat/Myers Collective wristlet—nearly as enticing as a piece of Johnny Ray’s pie.

+ Collette Ishiyama earrings that would fit right in with the finds at Table Matters.

+ A Sensi straw hat that’s your best shot at staying cool—at least until it’s time to head to The J. Clyde for beers.

For more thoughts on how to deal with the heat, head here.

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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.

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Couple Up: Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields

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Andre and Brooke were a total curveball—ok, that’s the wrong sport, but you know what I mean. People is better at this than I am: When the two divorced in 1999, the mag titled its story “Double Fault.” Ah, there it is. Here, a look back. —erica

Andre Agassi: Silver hoops from Simon Sebbag, a T by Alexander Wang windbreaker, and a sweat-proof Huf hat.

Brooke Shields: Way-classic Super sunglasses, a polished Blk Dnm blazer, and coordinating silver hoops by Alexis Bittar.

More couples who once were!

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