Sorry, Rick Owens, But Mary Tyler Moore-Inspired Fashion Is Always In

This fur bubble hat is a total '70s relic. (Screengrab via Hulu)
This fox-fur-trimmed hat from Maximilian is just like Mary's.
This blue wool double-breasted coat from & Other Stories is practically a clone of Mary's opening-credits coat.
Mary — and the '70s — loved turtlenecks. (Screengrab via zelilgirli1ncenu.blogspot.com)
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This Issa London turtleneck is a perfect match for channelling Mary Tyler Moore.
Mary strolls through Minneapolis in a double-breasted, brown coat. (Screengrab via Hulu)
This Givenchy coat is a perfect 2014 analog to Mary's double-breasted jacket.
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The blue-patterned beret Mary throws in the air at the end of the opening credits is her most iconic garment. (Screengrab via Hulu)
J. Crew's navy-and-pecan honeycomb pom-pom hat is a 2014 version.
This wool-blend coat from & Other Stories is totally Rhoda.
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Wide-cut pants were all the rage in the 1970s. (Photo via Pinterest)
A loose-fitting Haider Ackermann jumpsuit is the perfect way to bring the look into 2014.
Mary and Rhoda were rarely seen without calf-hugging boots. This '70s-inspired pair is from Miu Miu.
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The Mary Tyler Moore Show never shied away from fur. (Screengrab via Hulu)
This lynx and bobcat coat matches Mary's aesthetic.

The 1970s were a time when clothes were still structured and tailored, but the1960s’ emphasis on matchiness had fallen away.

The decade is often associated with the flowy, drapey hippie aesthetic, but it’s the ’70s career girl who is underrated in the annals of fashion inspiration. With more freedom to experiment, but still plenty of polish, this was a time before the American predilection for wearing sweatpants in public became widespread. Head-to-toe pastel pink with white accents had turned into, perhaps, a red coat over camel-covered pants with black boots. And there was suede — so much suede.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show encapsulated ’70s style perfectly. Watch one episode, and you’ll see a dozen or so quintessential looks for that decade.

But the designer Rick Owens complained in a recent interview with The Telegraph about what he considers to be a “Mary Tyler Moore consensus” in women’s fashion:

“Why are we seeing Mary Tyler Moore on all of the runways? ‘A-line skirt, blouse, flowers’ – you can reduce a lot of fashion collections to that. Possibly ‘A-line skirt, blouse, sequins’, or sometimes ‘pencil skirt’, or ‘miniskirt’.  . . . I was more ‘let’s go bonkers and make something ridiculous that hits you over the head’.”

Now, we’re all thankful for Mr. Owens’ out-there, black and white, thoroughly 21st century aesthetic. But there’s something to be said for the sharp lines and smart silhouettes of the 1970s career girl — and if anything, we wish we could see more of it from designers.

Click through this slideshow to see how to bring the miniskirts, gogo boots and wool coats of Mary Tyler Moore into 2014.

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