Next Level

Next Level Hexagons


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!”

Next Level Lapis


We’re seeing lapis a LOT right now, and you know what? We think that’s a good thing. It has this fly night-sky quality, ya know? Get into it. —erica

LEVEL I: This Grace Lee ring would absolutely distract from a smudged manicure.

LEVEL II: Put on this Kathryn Bentley necklace, and it really doesn’t make a difference what else you’re wearing.

LEVEL III: Who says your ears have to be twins? Definitely not Mociun.

LEVEL IV: Fun with negative space! Thanks to this slicker-than-slick A Peace Treaty pendant.

"Next Level" madness—it’s happening over here.

Next Level Beach Towels


Do you NEED a jazzy beach towel? Nah. Do you want one? Yah—yah, you do. Four worth their salt (water?). —erica

LEVEL I: Stripes! In case you want to keep it classic, James Perse style.

LEVEL II: Saturdays does red-hot (kind of like you in your beachwear).

LEVEL III: I know: shut UP with this Maslin & Co. guy.

LEVEL IV: In case the sun isn’t bright enough for ya, there’s this Mara Hoffman sitch.

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Next Level Weirdo Hoops


We can get into a classic hoop (or, heck, a Jenny-from-the-block door-knocker). But right now, we’re really feeling these just-bizarre takes, and something says your lobes would, too. —erica

LEVEL I: These Ursa Major guys are fun! In an upside-down roller coaster kind of way.

LEVEL II: See those crossbars? Elizabeth and James put topaz stones on them.

LEVEL III: Collette Ishiyama does dainty AND fierce—yah, not easy.

LEVEL IV: If you’re not afraid to get a little aggressive, Eddie Borgo isn’t either.

If you’re on the hunt for more “Next Level,” look no further.

Next Level Straw Caps


Fedoras and Panama hats get plenty of love, but these days, straw *caps* are looking for a little attention, too. Ready to get your head in the game? —erica

LEVEL I: Clyde goes so freakin’ minimalist.  

LEVEL II: For a more ladylike, almost cloche effect, go with this Henrik Vibskov sucker.

LEVEL III: The rope detail of this Eugenia Kim one = very Overboard.

LEVEL IV: Not quiet, this Reinhard Plank take. But it’d be pretty sick with a tank dress and Chucks, if you ask me.

If you’re looking for more “Next Level,” let me show you the way…

Next Level Tie Shoulders


You know what’s more lovable than a halter? A tie-shoulder situation–why, like these four right here. Added bonus: adjustable! —erica

LEVEL I: Rachel Comey gives a Sabrina-esque black dress some summery flair.

LEVEL II: Come ON with this perfect beach dress, Ulla Johnson.

LEVEL III: You do not need old-school Goldie Hawn hair to pull off this Lauren Moffatt jumper. But it wouldn’t hurt.

LEVEL IV: Oooh, way to take things in a schmancy direction, MSGM

Come this way for way more “Next Level.”

Next Level Bananas


If you—like monkeys and Rachel Zoe—love bananas, here’s your chance to wear them. (Yes, yes, you can keep putting them in your smoothies, too.) —erica

LEVEL I: Depending on how you tie this Alexa Sophia scarf, the print can be obvious or abstracted.

LEVEL II: If these Mother of Pearl slip-ons don’t say tropical getaway, I dunno what does.

LEVEL III: These Faris earrings have a certain geometric flair that feels straight-up fresh.

LEVEL IV: Aaaand, thanks to Carven, the fruit goes Palm Beach prep.

Get your “Next Level” on!

Next Level Jelly Sandals


You know what you should do when you have a sec? Read the Wikipedia page for jelly shoes. And then you should score yourself an updated pair because they’re baaaaack. —erica

LEVEL I: Navy T-straps from Rebecca Minkoff! You’d hardly know they were PVS if you weren’t looking closely.

LEVEL II: Pretty sleek with that translucent, near-matte look, right? Melissa knows how to do.

LEVEL III: Ah, this Miista situation—not far off from the glittery-ness you once played tetherball in.

LEVEL IV: Sophia Webster gets serious about the jelly (well, in a Rainbow Brite sort of way).

Here’s all the “Next Level” you can consume.

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