Next Level: Smiley

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Hey, y’all: The grin is in. (Not that that would surprise Bobby McFerrin for a second.) Here’s how to put a smile on your body and, I’m sure, your face. —erica

LEVEL I: Bing Bang keeps things super-subtle (and, obviously, adorable).

LEVEL II: Happiness is this Anya Hindmarch scarf, no?

LEVEL III: A single earring from Alison Lou with at least 2x the charm.

LEVEL IV: Markus Lupfer knows that some days require something more intense—this sweater's like wardrobe prozac.

If this made you happy, so will this.

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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.

More of this “Next Level” madness!

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Next Level: Sleeveless Sweater Dresses

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Sweater dresses aren’t just for black-tight season, y’all. These four can do warmer months and will look dope with blazers ‘n’ pumps when things cool off. Let’s get to it. —erica

LEVEL I: Stripe-y! Easy! Coming atcha from Halston.

LEVEL II: Alexander Wang does vaguely sporty so dang well.

LEVEL III: The notches on this Ann Yee number—can’t stop staring at the notches.

LEVEL IV: Leave it to 3.1 Phillip Lim to deliver on the texture front: Check out that fringe detailing.

There’s more where this came from. Get it. 

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Weather Vain: Malibu, California - 77 and Clear

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Let’s be honest: There’s no such thing as a bad day in Malibu. But today—well, this Monday is especially lovely. How to take advantage. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Raquel Allegra dress that will disappear right into the furniture at the aptly named Sunset restaurant.

+ Earrings, from Ursa Major, that you don’t have to take off for beach yoga.

+ Totally appropriate for an afternoon at the Getty Villa, this Lizzie Fortunato bracelet.

+ A sweater from Theyskens’ Theory, that, along with a glass of something red c/o Malibu Wine, is ideal for combatting any chilliness come nightfall.

+ Slides by The Palatines that have the same earthy-polished vibe that you’ll get at Malibu Beach Inn

Whoa, there’s a lot more of this. See it all.

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Couple Up: Mandy Moore and Zach Braff

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When these two broke up, Mandy Moore wrote, oh, most of an album, Wild Horses, about him. Sample lyrics: “And I know you loved me in your way / I’m looking forward to looking back on these days.” Well, here’s to looking back, then? —erica

Mandy Moore: Tom Ford aviators, a cozy-looking Tess Giberson sweater, and a Rebecca Minkoff bag.

Zach Braff: Worn-in jeans from Ron Herman, a short-sleeve, just-dorky Steven Alan shirt, and a York St. by J. Press belt with a big, fat buckle.

Double down on your “Couple Up.” Right here.

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Have you eyeballed Lauren Manoogian's sweaters yet? Because they’re the sorts of things you’d probably wear for the next three decades. —erica

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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.

For a whole lot more “In Character,” click!

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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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