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

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+ 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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In Character: Matilda Wormwood

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Of all of the mind-blowingly amazing Roald Dahl books out there, this one topped my list. And Mara Wilson—precocious child star, 1996 edition—totally nailed the I’m-a-little-girl-but-am-also-so-wise sensibility of that the role demanded. Here’s how she got it done. —erica

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A Tarina Tarantino headband that’s so sweet no one would ever suspect you super-glued your dad’s hat.

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A Maison Scotch dress that totally jives with everything in Miss Honey’s wardrobe.

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An MSGM tee that’s totally a force for good in the face of that terrible Trunchbull.

For more “In Character” action, head this way.

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Next Level: Basically PJ Pants

The dream: for the clothes you wear in public to be as comfy as the ones you wear under the covers. And while some people are willing to push things further, we’re happy to settle at pajama pants, and these four pairs are ready to take the day. —erica

LEVEL I: Dare I call these checked 3.1 Phillip Lim guys office-appropriate? They even have back slit pockets.

LEVEL II: Piamita: Taking the PJ vibe very seriously.

LEVEL III: The little multi-color belt on this Maison Scotch pair does a lot to dress things up.

LEVEL IV: Oh, Clover Canyon, you aren’t scared of anything are you? Follow the styling tip shown here and wear these wide-leg wonders with a hyper-classic striped tee to keep them in check.

If you wanna dive into the “Next Level” archives, now’s your chance!

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Next Level: Patchwork Denim

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Considering our affection for all things denim, it’s hardly shocking that we’re way into the denim mashups that we’re seeing all over the place these days. Four of the best ways to go… —erica

LEVEL I: Maison Scotch does girl-next-door in a just-Nashville way.

LEVEL II: Jean jacket goes from classic to waaaaaay cool with Citizens of Humanity. Now, how bout a leather tank underneath?

LEVEL III: Love the idea of this Acne top tucked into some ankle-grazing black trousers.

LEVEL IV: Oh, what the HAY. Why not through some blue leathers in the mix, too? That’s the MiH way.

More “Next Level!” Right this way!

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Next Level: Metallic Sleeves

Bill Cunningham thinks it’s all about black leather sleeves. We’re with him (evidence!) and are willing to push things further: How’s about metallics? Here, four with-black ways to go. —erica

LEVEL I: This Generation Love top's super easy in a Saturday-with-Serena van der Woodsen way. 

LEVEL II: Tibi gets lacy without going too girly—tough to do. 

LEVEL III: Why not do metallic AND leather, c/o this Aiko shirt? Marc Summers double dares you. 

LEVEL IV: You (and David Bowie) would look so freaking fly in Maison Scotch's take on the black moto jacket

More “Next Level” biz over here!

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Star-Crossed: Maison Scotch + Fischer

Girl: Maison Scotch tunic

Boy: Fischer henley

Get more “Star-Crossed” here…

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Two reasons to get completely on board with camo, from Maison Scotch. —erica

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Of a Kind

A boxy, cropped, Hawaiian-print shirt? Mahalo, Maison Scotch, mahalo. —erica

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In Character: Thelma Yvonne Dickinson

Remember the moment in Thelma & Louise (the ultimate road trip movie!) when Thelma says, “I know it’s crazy, but I just feel like I got a knack for this shit?” Well, though girlfriend was alluding to her law-breaking, gun-wielding ways, she could have been talking fashion, which she had a certain aptitude for, too. These are just a few of her hallmark pieces. —erica

A virginal Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony top that attracts the wrong kind of attention from line-dancing, shot-buying skeezes.

Big ol’ House of Harlow sunglasses can handle the dust kicked up by Louise’s ‘66 Thunderbird. 

Tied at the waist, this hyper-functional Maison Scotch cut-off shirt has both sexpot and fugitive appeal.

There is SO MUCH MORE “In Character” right over here!

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In Character: Dora the Explorer

That Dora is quite the role model. She’s open-minded, loving, adventuresome, bilingual—if only we all could be as evolved as this eight-year-old cartoon character. She has also, in her 12 years on the air, made one super-bold ensemble her own. Here, three key pieces. —erica 

Orange chino shorts from Maison Scotch that can handle a pick-up soccer game if she stumbles upon one.

Though this thing could never hold the ladders and spacesuits that emerge from her cohort Backpack, this JanSport is magical in its monochromatic yumminess. Delicioso!

To her, Map is a full-blown accessory (well, and a friend). And Best Made Co.'s guide to the Grand Canyon would appeal to any seasoned explorer.

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