How to Create Mad Men Inspired Looks

Mad Men Fashion

The smash hit AMC series 'Mad Men' is all about the cutthroat world of 1960's New York City Advertising. Janie Bryant, head costume designer of Mad Men, has brought this series to the forefront of fashion, mimicking the style of the 1960's through elegance, extensive use of color and form flattering silhouettes. Mad Men fashions have inspired new popular trends, updating the 1960's look, and making it contemporary and available to all. Banana Republic recently launched their own 'Mad Men' inspired collection, and has been a huge success. The key to incorporating this style is not to copy directly, but to take inspiration from and create your own look without looking too 'costumey'.  Here are 3 looks that have been put together that show an updated, contemporary version of Mad Men Style

Get The Look - Formal Wear

This look is extremely polished and elegant. Large necklaces and small stud earrings complete this look. Many vintage inspired or retro clothing websites are popping up everywhere. Stop Staring is a great website to find Mad Men inspired dresses. The following items were found on Stop Staring, Forever 21 and Go Jane. All of these items are easily accessible. 

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Mad Men Fashion - Forever 21 Necklace  


Get the Look - Wear to Work

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Again, polished and elegant is the key. High waisted skirts and pants, classic sweater sets, belted waists and peter pan collars are essentials to this look. The following items were found at such stores as ModCloth, Macy's, and GoJane. 

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Mad Men Fashion - Forever 21 Necklace 


Get the Look - Weekend Wear 

Mad Men - Casual Wear

Even on the weekends, women of this area were still dressed to impress. Classic cotton summer dresses with floral prints, striped boatneck tees and fitted pants work with this style. The following items were all found at stores like StopStaring, Old Navy, and ModCloth. 

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Anyone has what it takes to embody the vision of Mad Men style. Simply pay attention to the outfits portrayed on the show and try to match the style. Try not to copy directly or else you will end up looking like you are headed to a costume party. Pair vintage styles with new trends, such as peter pan collars with trouser like shorts and platforms, add in bright colors for your accessories. Take some of the ornate accessories traditionally found in the Mad Men era and combine them with more edgy type looks. Whatever your style may be, it is easy to incorporate any of these looks into it. 


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