Next Level: Beet

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Cranberry sounds so…early aughts. And maroon has a certain team spirit vibe. But beet? Now that feels right for fall—maybe paired with outwear in a nice goat cheese or sherry vinegar. (I know–ha, ha.) —erica

LEVEL I: One of those perfect sweaters, c/o Isabel Marant, that can do apple-picking or office.

LEVEL II: A so-sleek Alexander Wang purse that would give even your grungiest jeans some polish.

LEVEL III: A dress from Carven that would look almost impossibly put-together with sheer black tights.

LEVEL IV: Opening Ceremony shoes that put a little stomp in your step.

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In Character: Billy Madison

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Graduation season is upon us. And if this was 1995, we’d all be patting Billy Madison on the back for passing 12th grade (well, all the grades, really). Below, how to cop his back-to-school look. And if this isn’t enough for you, check out this tribute from Four Pins—it’s for real. —erica

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A Marweather hat that rules. Just like O’Doyle.

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A preppy-as-they-come Band of Outsiders sweater—with the sleeves ripped off, for better golf-carting.

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A baseball jersey, from Opening Ceremony, that the hot third-grade teachers gotta respect.

Whoa, so many more “In Characters.” Have at ‘em.

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Next Level: Handkerchief Hems

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Festival season! Amirite?! Here’s how to add just a little hippie-dippiness to your look without going full-blown Vanessa Hudgens. —erica

LEVEL I: Oh, hey, office-approp! Thanks, Rag & Bone.

LEVEL II: Not as scary as it seems, this Elizabeth and James top: With a high-waisted skirt, you wouldn’t reveal midriff at all.

LEVEL III: Ah, yes, it’s a shapeless tent dress—but it’s a shapeless tent dress (from Wood Wood) that you’d live in, and you know it.

LEVEL IV: Opening Ceremony goes sunny. Just be careful around the subway grates. 

Looking for more ways to amp up your summer look? We have some ideas.

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Of a Kind

If I know anything, it’s this: Grunge Fisherman is an excellent name for a shoe. Good one, Opening Ceremony. —erica

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Weather Vain: Dallas, Texas - 73 and Clear

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This time last year, Claire and I were exploring Dallas, and we’re kind of itching to do it all over again—especially on a straight-up gorgeous day like this one. What we’d wanna wear! —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A denim moto jacket by Theyskens’ Theory—in case your shoulders get cold while eating tostadas de ceviche outside at La Calle Doce.

+ A T by Alexander Wang dress in a blush-y hue, inspired by Grange Hall's flower arrangements.

+ So slick, this Kelly Wearstler ring! It’ll fit right in at dinner at Tei-An.

+ A raffia bag, from Loeffler Randall, that’s totally ready for a happening summer.

+ The perfect Sicky shades for taking in the Nasher Sculpture Garden.

+ Shoes for showing off a Hiatus pedicure, c/o Opening Ceremony.

+ Collette Ishiyama earrings that would make all the fancy ladies shopping at Forty Five Ten swoon.

Got the travel bug? Us too.

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Track Star: Betty Who

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The Vibe: The Australian pop star Betty Who’s vibe is like Marilyn Monroe with a pixie cut. She delivers fun, sassy pop that you can dance to (and dance to and dance to)—which plays well with her style, all retro-fun and cheeky.

The One-Song Intro: “High Society”

The Look, Recreated: A pink-sleeve varsity jacket from Opening Ceremony, these high-waist jeans from Courtshop, and an Erdem floral scarf. —maitri mehta

It’s music madness right over here! Go on now.

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Next Level: Knit Leggings

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Even just stepping outside in NYC right now calls for an après-ski-style hot cocoa and time with a wooly blanket. So if you have a chance to trade jeans for some of these sweater-pant suckers, TAKE IT. This isn’t a leggings-as-pants endorsement. This is a leggings-as-warmth one. —erica

LEVEL I: What’s black and white and cozy all over? These A.L.C. guys.

LEVEL II: Opening Ceremony's take would look stellar with a BF’s fisherman sweater.

LEVEL III: Very seventies ski bunny, c/o Suno.

LEVEL IV: Henrik Vibskov delivers a very (loud) Memphis group vibe.

More “Next Level!” Get it.

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In Character: Anna Scott

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When Notting Hill hit theaters, it seemed kind of shocking that it was the first time we were seeing Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts together. I mean, HOW?! They were, like, the romantic-comedians of the nineties, and we finally got to see them side-by-side just before the decade ran out. Here’s how J.R. sold herself as big-deal—but totally relatable!—movie star. —erica

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An Opening Ceremony jacket with a little Mandarin collar that exudes a sort of laid-back cool to win over a dinner party full of Brits.

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A Bop Basics hat, ideal for the actress hiding from a naked-photo scandal.

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A House of Holland cardigan that would totally seduce the owner of a travel bookstore. 

"In Character" galore!

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Next Level: White Boots

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Yah, these may not be as everyday-useful as those black chelsea boots you wear five days a week, but, hey, don’t you wanna switch things up sometimes? Four white-as-snow ways to do so. —erica

LEVEL I: These guys are so simple and yet so special, via Opening Ceremony.

LEVEL II: Well, zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Acne knows how to get things going.

LEVEL III: Loeffler Randall is well aware that black studs are cooler (and more wearable) than metal ones.

LEVEL IV: Can you tell these Alexander Wang boots are calf hair? I think the word you’re looking for is major.

More “Next Level!” Hey!

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Track Star: Laura Mvula

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The Vibe: This Birmingham-born singer blends big-band and gospel-choir sounds with booming vocals. She keeps her style simpler—we’re talking clean lines and lots of neutrals (with an occasional brassy print). Oh, and always, always a perfectly lined cat eye.

The One-Song Intro: “Green Garden”

The Look, Recreated: This graphic, B&W coat from Opening Ceremony, an OAK asymmetrical sweatshirt, and a cozy, wool pencil skirt by Creatures of Comfort. maitri mehta

Get more music-and-style mashups over here.

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