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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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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Track Star: Lianne La Havas

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The Vibe: Lianne La Havas once described her own style as a cross between Annie Hall and Prince—which is the greatest thing I’ve ever heard. Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? might as well be called Is Your Voice Big Enough?—because the Brit has one of the most brazen sounds in soul-folk right now. Oh, and big shoulders, big details, big wedges, and big hair are her favorites.

The One-Song Intro: “Is Your Love Big Enough?”

The Look, Recreated: This metallic green dress by Erin Fetherson, these candy-colored Charlotte Olympia wedges, this Wood Wood wool coat, and this Devon Leigh shell necklace. —maitri mehta

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Of a Kind

Hey, Wood Wood—can we call this the Rorschach-et? Yes? No? —erica

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In Character: Princess Buttercup

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You can’t watch The Princess Bride and not feel better—just ask Kevin Arnold (ok, Fred Savage). There’s all the “as you wish”-ing, the only mostly dead business, the wonderfulness of Andre the Giant. And then there’s just the fact that Robin Wright looks pretty freakin’ awesome in every scene. Is it weird to want her pre-Humperdinck hair, like, ASAP? —erica

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A Wood Wood dress, worn pinafore-style, for a day of bossing around Farm Boy.

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A dress as red as that bloody, gnarly R.O.U.S. (from the always-polished Issa).

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An ornate Suzi Roher belt that makes her a prime target for that conspiring Vizzini.

Dive into SO MUCH MORE “In Character.”

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Track Star: Elena Tonra of Daughter

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The Vibe: Angelic vocals, experimental beats, and lush, textured melodies fuel this indie folk trio’s brand of brooding love songs.

The One-Song Intro: "Still"

The Look, Recreated:  Vintage-inspired pieces with off-kilter English touches, like a button-up top with a Peter Pan collar from Something Else, high-waisted pants by Wood Wood, and an unexpected necklace by Vim Beget. liza darwin

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Next Level: Shocking Pink

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Pink can be a tough color to wear—which is why we suggest you just GO THERE, opting for the loudest, most flashy hue in the family. —erica

LEVEL I: Offset by camo, the bright cording of this Bluma Project bracelet is your classic POC (pop of color, guys). 

LEVEL II: As you can see, these magenta Wood Wood jeans look rad with black. 

LEVEL III: Lizzie Fortunato tassel earrings? Suddenly any dress looks waaay more fun.

LEVEL IV: Giejo mixes colors and patterns like a boss, and the vaguely athletic striping on this swimsuit keeps the Barbie color in check.

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In Character: Alex Mack

During the four seasons that her show was on Nickelodeon, Alex Mack’s style evolved—well, ok, to be more specific, she started getting more experimental with her headwear. But here’s where the Paradise Valley superhuman started. —erica

Sinclair overalls in a nineties-approp hue that sell her whole I’m-just-your-average-girl-who can’t-morph-into-liquid thing.

A Boy by Band of Outsiders plaid shirt, worn as a jacket for an afternoon hangin’ with Ray far, far away from the chemical plant.

A Wood Wood baseball cap—worn backwards. Because if there’s anything hallmark to Alex aside from that whole GC-161 thing, it’s an affinity for hats.

Do a deep dive into the “In Character” archives right over here…

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Next Level: Men’s Chambray Shirts

If you’re a dude between the ages of 20 and 40, there’s a good chance that you own this J.Crew number. And you should! It’s useful! But now that it’s part of the guy uniform, you have to, you know, expand your denim shirt horizons. These are four ways to go, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling. —erica

LEVEL I: Go dark. Yes, it feels like a small change, but this simple Our Legacy shirt somehow makes a big statement.

LEVEL II: Thanks to two little tweaks—yellow buttons and a pullover cut—this YMC take feel surprisingly unexpected.

LEVEL III: STRIPES. The plum ones ones on this Wood Wood shirt are straight-up rad—like the color of spilled Merlot.

LEVEL IV: To really shake things up, get rid of some of the chambray altogether, opting for this boxy Cheap Monday button-down with loud flannel sleeves.

We do these roundups weekly! Do a deep-dive into the archives.

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In Character: Angelica Pickles

Angelica Pickles stood out in a room full of dumb babies. She wore in-your-face colors that went well with her loud attitude, but she never ever looked playful. I mean, to get a  a bunch of Rugrats to respect her, she had to take herself damn seriously, too. —erica

A loose-fitting purple Wood Wood dress that allows her to throw temper tantrums with plenty of arm-flailing.

Cartoonish polka dot tights from Bebaroque that one must be potty-trained to pull off.

Bensimon sneakers that have a certain who’s-in-charge-here? chicness.

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