In Character: Lane Kim

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I know that Gilmore Girls is a TV show and that we didn’t actually get to watch Lane Kim grow up, but it feels like we did, right? There was the purple-hair-dye incident! The drunken phone call to her mom! The twins! And all the while, she managed to be Rory’s bestie—hardly an easy task. —erica

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A collared, short-sleeve Crippen shirt that Mrs. Kim would approve of.

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Studious-looking Selima glasses that still worked with her Hep Alien, rocker-girl look.

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An elephant sweater from Giada Forte, as comforting as breakfast dates with Rory at Luke’s.

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Of a Kind

Knits to the beach?! Kordal makes all that look so viable. —erica

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Weather Vain: Amagansett, New York - 68 and Clear

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Love ya, Montauk, but for a really chilled-out, do-nothing day, Amagansett is where it’s at. This is what to wear for a day that’s a bit too cool for an ocean dip. —erica

Clockwise from top left: 

+ A couldn’t-be-breezier Ace & Jig top that’s ready to catch some music at The Stephen Talkhouse

+ This Lila Rice ring on your finger and a coconut-coconut cupcake from Mary’s Marvelous in your hand—dreamy.

+ Because Otaat / Myers Collective knows you don’t need a big bag to stroll Main Street. 

+ A beach cardigan—yah, that’s what L’Agence calls it, and we’re down.

+ Sandals that look good AND could handle some gardening—leave it to the Steven Alan x Dr. Scholl’s collab.

+ Some laid-back Current/Elliott pants—because the toughest decision you should have to make today is whether you want the Clam Bar staple fried, steamed, or raw.

Head to “Weather Vain” heaven.

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Couple Up: Claire Danes and Ben Lee

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Did you listen to Ben Lee’s music for the first time because he was Claire Danes’s BF? Didya? We get it. They were just so…so…late-nineties, minimalist, living-in-Soho cool. —erica

Claire Danes: Open-back Alexander Wang sandals, a sleeveless turtleneck sweater from Yigal Azrouel, and perfect stovepipe khaki pants by Jason Wu.

Ben Lee: Black Acne pants, a loud, floral Vito Rhody shirt, and beaten-up Golden Goose sneakers

More nostalgic pairings to be had!

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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.

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Weather Vain: Providence, Rhode Island - 68 With a Chance of Rain

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Hey, now—don’t let the rain in R.I. get you down. Here’s how to keep things cheery (check out that bright white) in the Creative Capital. —erica

+ Native rain shoes that don’t actually look like rain shoes.

+ A VeraMeat necklace—simple but super-considered (not unlike the coolest hotel in town, The Dean?).

+ Rag & Bone white jeans, ready for a late-afternoon oyster-mushroom po’ boy at The Grange.

+ A sweater from Everly, in case you get chilly sitting in one of the 1492 seats at the Columbus Theater.

+ One of those linen tees, from 81 Hours, that you’d wear more than you wish to admit.

+ Mociun earrings that the kids at RISD would die over.

+ A Will Leather Goods wallet with a wristlet strap, to keep your hands free to clutch a White Electric Coffee mocha…and bagel.

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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.

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In Character: Olive Oyl

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Ok, get this: Did you know that Olive Oyl has been around longer than Popeye? She made her first appearance in 1919, and he didn’t come into being for another decade—and which point, he did his best to steal the spotlight. Well, here’s to you, Olive, and those ginormous feet of yours. —erica

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A red-and-white J.W. Anderson sweater that’s as wholesome as a can of spinach.

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A Victoria Beckham skirt with a hit of yellow that would really catch Bluto’s eye.

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Flat N.D.C. boots—because who wants to carry around Swee’Pea in heels?

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So Fresh and So Clean: How to Make Sure Your Silk, Wool, and Cashmere Last and Last

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You ready to cut down on those dry-cleaning bills? Yah, thought so. We surveyed a bunch of designers, and they were straight-up thrilled to share their tips for taking very good care of some of their favorite fabrics. —erica

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The answer to the summer-wedding dilemma, c/o Rachel Rose. GET IT.

CLEANING SILK

+ “I always wash my silk stuff myself with The Laundress Delicate Wash, and this Stain Solution helps remove any spots you get on your garment—I always get oil on myself when I wear silk!” —Alyson Fox

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A Kain silk tee that can do work OR weekend. GET IT.

TAKING CARE OF SILK

+ “I hand-wash as much stuff as I can to avoid the dry cleaner, but I cough up the cash when it comes to my silk things. I do have a tip to prolong the time between visits to the cleaners, though: If you get a greasy stain on silk, sprinkle some baby powder on the stain and let it sit for a half hour or so. Then shake off the powder. Hopefully it’s absorbed the grease, and the stain is gone.” —Allison Sires of Thomas Sires

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A sweater, from Dusen Dusen, that’d totally work with shorts. GET IT.

WASHING SWEATERS

+ “Many cashmere labels may read dry clean only, but I’ll fill you in on a little secret:  Hand-washing a cashmere sweater is the best. Turn it inside-out and immerse it in a solution of cold water and a gentle wool wash product like The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Don’t scrub—instead gently squeeze the suds throughout the fabric. Never wring or stretch the fabric in any way. Finally, rinse the garment several times in clean, lukewarm water until the water runs clear. As soon as you can, gently press out the excess water—to cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water—and lay your sweater flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries.” —Pierre Kim of Ivory Row

+ “To hand-wash wool, it’s great to use a bit of shampoo instead of laundry detergent. My mum taught me that trick.” —Nina Egli of Toujours Toi Family Affairs

+ “Soak Wash! Genius! You literally soak your knit and let it dry.” —Lynne Hiriak of Cardigan

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Meet your summer sweater. Thanks, Degen! GET IT.

FRESHENING UP AND STORING SWEATERS

+ “Fold your sweaters and keep them in a drawer or on a shelf—hangers are sweaters’ worst enemies. Okay, I lied: Actually moths are sweaters’ worst enemies.  Keep a piece of cedar in the drawer with your sweaters to naturally repel the moths. Add a sachet of dry lavender to keep other bugs away.” —Tara St James of Study

+ “I tumble-dry musty sweaters with a few clean towels and a dryer sheet, and they look and smell like new. I like Mrs. Meyer’s Dryer Sheets the best because the scent isn’t too overpowering.” —Danielle Ribner of Loup

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Couple Up: January Jones and Ashton Kutcher

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What are these two most remembered for? The fact that he told her she should probably stick to modeling. Oof. But, they were so young! Just look and their toothy smiles, their fresh faces, and their outfits. —erica

January Jones: A fancy little Ben-Amun bobby pin, a jacquard Kenzo dress, and a thin Demylee cardigan.

Ashton Kutcher: A rumpled Save Khaki oxford, a tweed blazer from Steven Alan, and some Yuvi man jewelry.

More duos past their expiration date over here…

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