Next Level: Mesh

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Brace yourself for the punniness ahead: These four pieces will have you looking like one hot mesh. —erica

LEVEL I: Just a sliver of see-through makes these Rebecca Minkoff loafers look a whole love more interesting.

LEVEL II: It’s like the strapless dress that you never have to hoist up, c/o Elizabeth and James.

LEVEL III: Thanks to this Steven Alan purse, you’ll know if you have your phone without even opening your bag.

LEVEL IV: Not only do the sleeves on this Jonathan Simkhai jumpsuit look fly, but they also allow for some serious air circulation. 

All the “Next Level” you can eat handle!

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Next Level: Shocking Pink

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Think pink! No, like, REALLY pink. Here are four ways to do bubblegum with a bang. —erica

LEVEL I: Oooh, so polished with a pair of jeans, Amanda Uprichard!

LEVEL II: Antiqued brass keeps the bright-as-they-come stones in these Dannijo studs from looking too Barbie. 

LEVEL III: What do you call this Jenni Kayne dress besides perfect, really?

LEVEL IV: 3.1 Phillip Lim delivers the most serious, double-breasted cut in the most fun-lovin’, look-at-me hue.

Want four more? Have at it.

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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.

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Next Level: Leather Backpacks

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Backpacks have been, like, a thing for awhile now, but it seems like all of a sudden they are getting all leather-fied. These are four want to hang out with you and your shoulders. —erica

LEVEL I: Ahh, a Rag & Bone take that Felicity would have been totally into.

LEVEL II: Polished, right? That Phillip Lim knows what he’s doing.

LEVEL III: This Kara design's the size of one of those Prada backpacks you were desperado for back when, but that cross-hash design? It's actually mesh.

LEVEL IV: Just because it’s leather doesn’t mean it has to be fancy. Illesteva knows how to keep things chill.

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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.

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Next Level: Statement Studs

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It used to be that dangly, jangly earrings got to have all the fun. But lately studs have been stepping up their game, going from wholesome to fierce (kind of like the Hannah Montana-to-Miley-with-her-tongue-out transition?). Four pairs ready to rock. —erica

LEVEL I: Collette Ishiyama delivers a pair that can hang with filmy tees or floor-length dresses.

LEVEL II: Whoa, K/LLER. Those cognac diamonds add some sparkle without going too flashy.

LEVEL III: So much textural awesomeness, c/o A Peace Treaty.

LEVEL IV: Why can’t skulls and crystals go together? Bing Bang wants to know.

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Next Level: Pleated Leather

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There’s nothing wrong with a classic motorcycle jacket, but I’m way into the idea of leather standing in for cotton, wool, or satin—fabrics with some real movement. Throw some pleats into the mix? Oof, I’m done. —erica

LEVEL I: On this Alexander Wang dress, the leather’s an accent—a very, very killer accent.

LEVEL II: I’d like to think I’d still wear this BLK DNM skirt when I turn 60.

LEVEL III: From Derek Lam, this sucker's very Clueless in an Amber-goes-to-gym-class way.

LEVEL IV: It might not freshen your breath, but, DANG is this Alice + Olivia skirt minty.

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Next Level: Chill Pencil Skirts

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Pencil skirts tend to feel so business-y—like the jumping-off point for a commercial from Mastercard (or, lately, Secret). Why so serious? Here, four ways to give the look a chill pill. —erica

LEVEL I: If you really want to go crazy, pair this Altuzarra take with a striped top.

LEVEL II: This Rag & Bone guy is a denim skirt for a grown-up (that’s you).

LEVEL III: The beat-up stitching motif on this 3.1 Phillip Lim sucker is way cooler than any of that weird distressing and whiskering that was once all the rage.

LEVEL IV: Spring colors, from Current/Elliott! Because how ready are you for bare legs?

Get your “Next Level” fix, here and now.

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Next Level: Fancy Mules

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Don’t call these guys clogs—they might get offended. Get the scoop on four pairs ready to hang with your most festive get-ups. —erica

LEVEL I: Jeffrey Campbell does restrained (who knew?!) with slick patent and a low heel.

LEVEL II: A stripe of silver fit for a superhero? Check, 3.1 Phillip Lim, check.

LEVEL III: No, we’re not done with animal prints. Especially when they come in the form of a Jenni Kayne pointy toe.

LEVEL IV: Tibi’s got a whole lot going on—and yet these bedazzled Tibi suckers still work in a big way.

Take your “Next Level” consumption to the next level.

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Next Level: Silk Trenches

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Is it obvious that we’re dreaming of warmer (drier) weather? That would allow us to wear not just a trenchcoat but a SILK one? Cause we’ve been spying these ‘round the internets, and we’re feeling them for sure. —erica

LEVEL I: Doesn’t get more classic than this—you’d have this Thom Browne one for decades.

LEVEL II: This Rachel Comey sucker would even look good layered under a heavier wool coat (in other words: you can wear it now).

LEVEL III: This blue. And why is this Adam Lippes take making me think of Tilda Swinton?

LEVEL IV: From Wood Wood—very sunshine, lollipops.

All the “Next Level” you can handle!

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