10 Mad Men Inspired Fashion Trends

Posted by Rebecca on August 17th, 2010

We all love Mad Men.  In fact, not only do I personally swoon over John “The Hamster” Hamm, but I’m also all over the fashion of the late fifties to mid-sixties.  I know, retro is in; this is old news. But Madmen helps us laymen get our memories refreshed as to exactly how cute the days o’ Eisenhower and how socially acceptable alcoholism really was.

1. Pointy tits

32505, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Tuesday July 14 2009. Dita Von Teese leaves the Bardot lounge in West Hollywood after performing her world-famous burlesque routine. Photograph: © Greg Tidwell, PacificCoastNews.com
If Dita Von Teese can do it,  gosh darn it,  you could probably, too.  Pointy tits are in because they make you look dangerous…ly cute!  They’re from those old-ass bras that ladies wore that made their boobies looked like alien apparati.  Now, we’re modern gals and don’t have to wear uncomfortable cone tit harnesses, but a bit of retro in the cleavagey area ain’t no thang, lil lady!  The whole secretary pool does it.
2. Anklereveals

circa 1955:  Portrait of American singer and actor Annette Funicello posing with her legs stretched out while preparing to exit a Ford Thunderbird.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The fifties weren’t the dark ages, people. A cheerleader or soda gal could freely show their ankles as much as they could showcase their pointytits.  Am I right?  The cold war of pantaloons doesn’t have to be won with slacks.  Take it from Betty Draper, a cute ankle-bearing capri with some flats is CLASSIC.
3. Silky Silk

34523, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Tuesday September 29 2009. Anna Friel looks stunning as she leaves the press night of the West End production of Breakfast at Tiffanys . The Pushing Daisies actress stars as socialite Holly Golightly - the role made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie of the Truman Capote novel - in the play. Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com

Every dress doesn’t have to be made of…(cringe) cotton!  Or even those older, itchier fabrics like wool, rayon, fiberglass…the fifties and sixties embrace feminine materials like silk, feathers and other soft stuff. You know..stuff I can’t really think of right now.  But stuff that makes you look like a pillow, or a sexy tent.

4.  The Baby Doll

28265, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Monday February 16 2009. Drew Barrymore keeps on rocking the sixties look on a night out at Il Sole. The He's Just Not That Into You star donned Cleopatra eyes and a cute daisy print mini dress for her evening meal. Photograph: Breeden, Wordley, ©PacificCoastnews.com ****** UK OFFICE: 131 557 7760/7761/7762 US OFFICE: 1 310 261 9676

More kids than adults,  the fifties and sixties let their daughters wear some short, flirty stuff! Take a look at Susie Draper, who has some CUTE stuff, am I right? Drew Barrymore pulls of a modernized babydoll look,  which takes a retro fabric (bonus points) with the flirty cut and some leggings.  So get baby-ish!  Just make sure it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a diaper under that getup…that’d be cray-zay.

5. Salmon

31791, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Wednesday June 17 2009. Nicola Roberts and boyfriend Charlie Fennell enjoy a night out in London. The happy couple visited Bungalow 8 and the British Luxury Club before heading back to their London hotel. Pale-skinned natural redhead Nicola showed off some remarkably dark hairs on her arms on her night out. Photograph: Jesal Parshotam, PacificCoastNews.com

The name says it all. It’s a fish, a color, and a way of life.  Plus, it goes great with pastels. So take a minute and think about it: you plus salmon equals retro fashionista.  And if you add buttons, it’s even sexier, guaranteed.  In fact,  additional points if you have a salmon convertible as an accessory.  This color palette is practically a staple at Sterling Cooper, and especially well worn by our favorite office manager, Joan.

6. Bedazzles

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 8:  Singer Beyonce Knowles arrives at the Sony Music Entertainment Post-Grammy Party at Maple Drive Restaurant on February 8, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

The fifties and sixties were all about baubles- the bigger the better. I bet they sold out of so much lucite in those two decades…anyhow,  I digress.  Big jewelery- be it rhinestones or plastic, gives you a chic look that’s not only aged (in a GOOD WAY) but bold!  And if you don’t go bold, people,  might as well go home.

7. Tight Pants

40225, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Wednesday May 5, 2010. Jon Hamm, star of the hit AMC series Mad Men , is spotted filming scenes for the upcoming season. Jon was all smiles while filming in a red, vintage Imperial convertible and then could be seen shooting scenes in the front yard of a house with an older woman. Photograph: Kevin Perkins, PacificCoastNews.com

Here’s one for the dudes. Now, I know big ‘ol pants falling off your ass is all the rage, but in the late fifties early sixties, men knew how to be MEN. And that means tight,  fitted pants to show off what you got (good calves, you pervert)!  So do like hambone does, and don’t be afraid to look like a professional….style expert!


8. Trenchy

Keri Russell attends the 2010 Fox Upfronts at The Wollman Rink in Central Park on May 17, 2010 in New York City (photo by: DaisyCarrington/ Meet The Famous). Photo via Newscom

No, it’s not reminiscent of stalker, it’s reminiscent of cute,  Audrey Hepburnesque confidence that says, “hey, I’m cute, but I’m also prepared for the rain.” Trench looks are flirty, but in an adult way.  Peggy Olson has one in every color!  So, do you wanna be a stylish grown up, or caught again in the rain with no trench? You be the judge.


9. Sweaters

36076, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Thursday November 26 2009. The X Factor star Olly Murs hits his local branch of Sainbury's in a retro outfit. Wearing a Val Doonican-esque cardy, pork pie hat and tassled loafers, the ladies favourite swaggered his way back to the contestants' house. Photograph: Jesal Parshotam, PacificCoastNews.com

Be a sweater god, boys.  A hoodie?  So blase.  Go with a comfortable yet sophisticated sweater with some understated patterns and a sexy neckline.  It’s worn in the office or for an after-work romp.  It’s almost like he’s been out walking the spaniels on a crisp fall day.  Hey, maybe he has. I don’t know, I’m not his mom.


10.  Drama!

NEW YORK - MARCH 28:  Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese poses at a party to celebrate the launch of her new book 'Burlesque and the Art of theTeese/Fetish And The Art of the Teese' at the New York Academy of Art March 28, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Let’s wrap this sucker up with another pic of Dita, goddess of retro. The last Mad Men reminder is to do it up!  Drama is king in upscale new york attire, so impress your husband’s employees with something that screams unabashed glamour. Remember, Mad Men might be an office drama, but it sure as hell isn’t stuffy.

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