Next Level: Pleated Minis

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Listen, no one’s suggesting you go full-blown Cher Horowitz (or early Britney). Here, four pleated skirts acceptable for grown-ass women. —erica

LEVEL I: MSGM makes herringbone neoprene shockingly classic.

LEVEL II: On this black Tibi sucker, the pleats are almost a secret.

LEVEL III: The fabric of this tweed number, c/o Alice & Olivia, feels all modern ‘n cool.

LEVEL IV: Yah, it’s plaid, this Sea guy. But it’s also wooly, not-too-flouncy, and killer with some black tights.

All the “Next Level” you want. Get in there.

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Next Level: Tie Shoulders

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You know what’s more lovable than a halter? A tie-shoulder situation–why, like these four right here. Added bonus: adjustable! —erica

LEVEL I: Rachel Comey gives a Sabrina-esque black dress some summery flair.

LEVEL II: Come ON with this perfect beach dress, Ulla Johnson.

LEVEL III: You do not need old-school Goldie Hawn hair to pull off this Lauren Moffatt jumper. But it wouldn’t hurt.

LEVEL IV: Oooh, way to take things in a schmancy direction, MSGM

Come this way for way more “Next Level.”

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Next Level: Blue and Yellow

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Blue and yellow make green. But, turns out, the duo makes a pretty good combo without doing any blending whatsoever. Get on that with these four stellar examples. —erica

LEVEL I: Ahhh, a skirt from MSGM that looks like a sunny day and is just as upbeat.

LEVEL II: These Sophia Webster sandals and white jeans?! Come on!

LEVEL III: Sporty-ish—and totally wearable. Way to go, Dusen Dusen.

LEVEL IV: In black and white, this Carven getup would be ultra-classic. But leave it to navy and bright yellow to freshen it right up. 

Lookin’ for a “Next Level” fix? Have at it.

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Next Level: Palm Prints

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Here in NYC, we don’t have palm trees in our yards, but we can have them on our bodies (or in our smaller-than-they-should-be apartments). Leaf it to these four to deliver a dose of the tropics. —erica

LEVEL I: A Katie Kime tray—for your jewelry or for all of the change you’re saving to plan a getaway.

LEVEL II: Who says there’s gotta be green? Not Kenzo.

LEVEL III: Band of Outsiders takes the ultra-cozy approach: a potted palm sweater that looks really ready to curl up with a paperback.

LEVEL IV: MSGM isn’t afraid of an out-there color combo, and you shouldn’t be either.

Get a whooooole lot more “Next Level”

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In Character: Mrs. Euphengenia Doubtfire

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Mrs. Doubtfire is a hilarious and wonderful movie—and not just when you watch it (over and over on VHS) as a 10 year old. Here, how to follow Kim K.’s lead and mimic the namesake character’s look. —erica

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A shirt, by MSGM, that might catch fire when she leans over the stove.

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A Sophie Hulme bag that is decidedly grown-up and dependable—just like this dad in drag.

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Suno's loud floral blazer, worn with a matching dress, that looks even kookier next to Pierce Brosnan in his swim trunks.

It’s “In Character” madness over here!

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Next Level: Fringe

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How to wear fringe without feeling like you’re repurposing a razzle-dazzle-y  Halloween costume? Four ideas—good ones, if you ask me. —erica

LEVEL I: Well! It doesn’t get more ladylike than this Adam Lippes dress.

LEVEL II: Hey, Coachella, these Loeffler Randall sandals are looking for you.

LEVEL III: Tibi makes backless feel a smidge more approachable.

LEVEL IV: This jacket = very Devil Wears Prada-on-an-acid-trip, c/o MSGM.

If you’re looking for more “Next Level,” go ahead and click here.

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Of a Kind

Oh, that ain’t tweed on this MSGM bag. It’s recycled paper. —erica

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Medal Heads: 21 Ways to Support Team USA (With Your Clothes)

The Olympics are upon us—and NBC’s not gonna let you forget it. Are you ready to let your patriotism shine? Huh? Here, 21 pieces from way-cool designers to make bobsledder Aja Evans, figure-skater Gracie Gold, and all-around badass Billie Jean King proud. —erica

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Clockwise from top left: MSGMIsabel MarantClare VivierEmma Cook,Loeffler Randall, DannijoThierry Lasry.

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Doug Johnston.

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Lena Wald.

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Clockwise from top left: Sophie Hulme3.1 Phillip LimEtoile Isabel MarantRaquel Allegra.

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Emma Cook.

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Salti.

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Clockwise from top left: Herschel Supply Co.KenzoSherriff&Cherry,KenzoLizzie Fortunato.

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Tabitha Simmons.

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Next Level: Horses

2014 is the year of the horse. You ready for all that? Cause we are. —erica

LEVEL I: A sweatshirt from MSGM x Toilet Paper that would make your four-year-old niece unreasonably jealous.

LEVEL II: Two ponies, from Fallon—to make up for the one you didn’t have as a kid.

LEVEL III: Paige jeans that call to mind Rolling Stones lyrics.

LEVEL IV: Because four legs are clearly not enough—at least when it comes to Smith/Grey horsey hoop earrings.

Get your “Next Level” fix right over here.

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Next Level: Turtleneck Sweaters

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Not-so-shockingly, turtlenecks have a bit of a resurgence every year—right about when the Starbucks holiday-themed cups surface. But this year, they really seem to be everywhere. Check out four worth cozying up to. —erica 

LEVEL I: A.L.C. does color-blocking in a very easy-to-wear way.

LEVEL II: All that embroidery really fancifies this Suno guy. With a wool skirt, yah?

LEVEL III: Camo! But, thanks to MSGM and that coffee-with-cream backdrop, it has a softer vibe.

LEVEL IV: It’s kind of a lot, this 3.1 Phillip Lim situation. But with some skinny black pants and a pair of Chelsea boots…you know.

It’s “Next Level” madness right here.

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