A lot like Lauren

Times Staff Writer

WITH Lauren Hutton's laid-back style as a guide, buying for spring has never been easier. The first step is finding a great pair of slouchy, lightweight, full-legged trousers. Then build around them, adding a floral accent such as a vibrant sweater from Dries Van Noten's stellar spring collection, a camp shirt from Phillip Lim or a shibori print blouse from Thakoon that looks as if it could have come from a land far away, instead of from Barneys.

Forget the overdone "it" bag and go for something functional and timeless. One of the best leather totes of the season is from Cole Haan. The wavy texture of the weave and the warmth of the sienna brown leather make it seem like something you could have purchased at a bustling Moroccan market.

Then throw on a few bangles and a straw hat, and you have a look that's stylish without trying too hard -- just like Hutton.

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