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  • silk. Draped around my shoulders is an oversized tailored coat from Stella McCartney in primrose yellow. By my side is a squidgy bag-slash-tote in creamy mushroom leather from The Row.

    All right, all right, no I'm not. I'm writing this from bed in my flannelette pajamas – the weather outside is such that I simply cannot motivate myself to write it anywhere else – but if I were up and at 'em, that is exactly what I would want to be wearing.

    The Big Easy. Cue the Zydeco band – that is what we are focused on now and thank you, Lord, for that. Enough, for the moment, of looking like a trussed-
    up turkey; this week it is all about soft, laid-back tailoring mixed with oversized silhouettes to create a relaxed, elegant, almost '70s feel. Need a role model? Well, you can't go wrong with Ali MacGraw – there really is no one who will ever wear an easy cashmere turtleneck better than her. But looking back at American Vogue in the '70s, all those girls – Beverly Johnson, Rene

    Russo, Kim Alexis and, yes, Janice Dickinson – really had the look down pat, too.

    The idea is to keep it fluid, feminine, and muted on the color front: navy, black, cream and mushroom. Unsurprisingly, what with its heritage so grounded in
    the '70s, Chloé gets it absolutely right for the holiday season.
    Check out the wide, high-waisted, sailor-style pants with nice deep pockets, the slouchy jackets and coats with big, flicked-back lapels. Adam Lippes, J.W.Anderson and Lanvin – they're channeling the trend big time, too. Look at Alber Elbaz's genius trench, blouse and pants ensemble in toffee silk, paired with masculine-style brogues, or J.W.Anderson's voluminous but strangely flattering black cuffed pants, which he

    “ENOUGH of looking like a trussed-up turkey – it’s about a RELAXED, ELEGANT, ’70s feel”

    showed with the tips of a pair of white pumps poking out. Then there is Lippes, whose clever reinvention of American sportswear includes trackpants in silk twill and a long navy trench coat cinched at the waist with matching flared pants. Very Lisa Taylor, very Patti Hansen, two of American Vogue's favorite It girls back in the day.

    Who is rocking the look now? Let's see: Olivia Wilde, Katie Holmes, even Mary-Kate Olsen. You would think she'd get swamped by the look, being so little, but by cinching oversized, high-waisted pants with a belt and wearing a high-enough heel, she somehow manages to pull it off.

    The number one thing to remember about The Big Easy look is that for the majority of us, it is just that – easy. Just as well, considering all the mandatory pigging out and drinking that is going to be taking place between now and January 1. I just can't do difficult anymore. So, like I said, how nice it is when the planets are aligned just right.

    How to

    relax your look



    Keep layers classic: think neutral tones
    and clean lines.


    Invest in a bag that will go with everything.


    Refine a simple sweater for
    day with sleek tailored pants.

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