Next Level: Quilted Florals

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Listen, just because summer’s over doesn’t mean you have to ditch the florals—but you probably knew that already. How to make them a little more cool-weather-approp? Add some quilting. Four thoughts on that below. —erica

LEVEL I: Ooof, this creamy goodness from Tibi. Maybe with a little black turtleneck tee?

LEVEL II: If you’re worried about making your other sneakers jealous, don’t get these Soisire Soiebleu shoes.

LEVEL III: Masscob makes a moto jacket just a leeettle girly—but not at all prissy.

LEVEL IV: Now, here’s a fashion sweatshirt, c/o Wood Wood.

Hey, we’ve got a lot more “Next Level” that you should check out.

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Weather Vain: Minneapolis, Minnesota - 69 and Clear

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Last week, Claire and I went to Minneapolis. We love ourselves a Midwest work trip—and, somehow, I’d never been to MN. So, my question is, when do I get to go back? —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A ring by Kelly Wearstler that makes any outfit, really.

+ A Veda jacket that would be a total hit on the Target campus.

+ A wallet from Eayrslee with the sort of no-nonsense design the crew at The Foundry Home Goods would appreciate.

+ This Dealtry scarf + dinner outside at Borough before nice weather’s a thing of the past = a G.D. perfect night.

+ A Tibi dress that’s as cheery as the (amazing) cloud wallpaper at Marvel Bar.

+ Dream boots, really, from Loeffler Randall.

More of this! Bunches more!

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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: Hexagons

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Hexagons are having a moment and not just ‘cause the World Cup is this summer (you know, soccer balls!). Here, the shape of things to come. —erica

LEVEL I: The cutest (and shiniest) little wallet we ever did see, from IMAGO-A.

LEVEL II: Daaaang, Jerome Dreyfuss really knows how to do graphic.

LEVEL III: The print—and the skinny little straps—on this Tibi tank kill.

LEVEL IV: Because, let’s be honest, your ears are tired of circles, and Eddie Borgo knows it.

What’s next? More “Next Level!”

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In Character: Taylor Vaughan

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No offense to Regina George, but I’m pretty sure that Taylor Vaughan was the best high-school movie villainess there ever was. (I mean, let that GIF up there remind you of her greatness.) Here, a tribute to the finger-wagging HBIC who was out to prove Rachel Leigh Cook Laney Boggs was not, in fact, all that. —erica

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A Tibi top to show off her spring-break-in-Florida tan.

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A skimpy pink bikini, by Minimale Animale, that caught the attention of Brock Hudson.

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A Milly gown ready to make a scene at prom (and to dance to Fatboy Slim, duh).

All the “In Character” you can take!

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Weather Vain: Ann Arbor, Michigan - 56 With a Chance of Rain

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It’s a rainy day in Wolverine country, but don’t let that get you down. Here’s how to make the most of it. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ A Tibi anorak with a hood—to explore the Nichols Arboretum should the rain let up.

+ Cheeriest umbrella ever? Thank Mara Hoffman.

+ This Dream Collective ring + a massive Zingerman’s reuben = happiest hands in the state.

+ Add this Giantlion ring—happiest hands on the planet.

+ Super-springy pastel pink suddenly feels very cool, c/o Current/Elliott.

+ Slick, ready-for-trouble Common Projects slip-ons that feel just right with a Mani Osteria cocktail named Bicycle Thief.

+ A Raquel Allegra henley, itching to check out the pottery and paintings at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Welcome to “Weather Vain” heaven.

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Weather Vain: Washington, D.C. - 70 and Clear

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Go for the cherry blossoms, stay for the weather? Here’s how to make the most of a day in the District. —erica

+ An Organic by John Patrick shirt just serious enough for a business lunch at RIS.

+ This Ariel Gordon ring—totally jibes with the color scheme at Rasika West End.

+ A Vanessa Bruno jacket that Olivia Pope would be very into.

+ Annie Costello Brown earrings, delivering a dash of edge.

+ A Collina Strada pouch with leather that matches Dolcezza's strawberry-tarragon gelato. MMMMM.

+ Flats from Tibi—for doing some time at the Newseum.

+ The sort of L’Agence pencil skirt that would fit it at the Park Hyatt's bar.

For SO much more “Weather Vain,” click 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

Dang meringue, this Tibi skirt, you guys. —erica

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In Character: Harriet the Spy

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Before Veronica Mars, there was Harriet M. Welsch, mystery-solving girl wonder. Here’s how to celebrate her look (and her 50th anniversary!), with the help of a very young Michelle Trachtenberg and a 1996 movie. Oh, and PSA: If you’re looking for a deeper read re: Harriet, dive into this goodness. —erica

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A double-breasted jacket from Tibi—worn at least two sizes too big for her 11-year-old frame.

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A Monserat de Luca binocular necklace, so she can always be sleuthing. STAY AWAY, Spy-Catcher Club.

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Mismatched Sleepy Jones PJs that her nanny Golly (Rosie O’Donnell!) absolutely approves of.

Get all the “In Character” you can handle right here!

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