Trend Alert: Mad Men Style Dresses

Rimmel have paired up with Asos Fashion Finder and are running a retro glam competition inspired by the sixties. My entry below was inspired by the amazing style featured on Mad Men.

mad-men-inspiredMad Men helped to really helped to bring 60’s style back on our fashion radar. As this competition shows, the sixties trend is still going strong. Costume designer Janie Bryan has done a fantastic job of capturing the decade. Here are some of the things she had to say on the styles of the women of Mad Men:

betty-draperBetty Draper (January Jones):

“Very much of a throwback to the late 1950s. I love to design clothes for her that are very fitted at the bodice and at the waist and having that real full skirt.. I think that she dresses as the image of perfection, whether it be the cigarette pants and the perfect sweater or cardigan. Or the nipped waist or the full skirt. It’s also about, for her, unwrapping the package…It’s also about having so much time at home to perfect that image. That really is her style.”

joan-hollowayJoan Holloway (Christina Hendricks):

“She’s a woman who knows what looks great on her as far as a character goes, and I always design clothes for her that feature her best assets…I love showing her hourglass figure. Her character is so commanding, and her clothes really speak that, I think. And also, I love to keep her in jewel tones. I think they’re so beautiful on her, and for me, it’s that image of strength and having that real command in the office.”

peggy-olsonPeggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss):

“She is definitely like that schoolgirl in the office. I do a lot of pleated skirts for her. It’s a little bit prim, a little bit proper, but there’s always a lot of prep going. I also love to design things for her that are very textured. Usually, I’ll do a blouse and a skirt. With her skirt, I like to have the pleats and the fullness around the waist…I do so many different silhouettes for her. But whatever the silhouette is, it definitely always has the schoolgirl theme to it. In a way she’s buttoned up — not as a nut — but like she has a Catholic upbringing. I definitely think there’s a conservative nature to her.”

To nail the trend look out for shift style dresses, peter pan collars, jewel tones, and flared skirts. Take inspiration from some of the best Mad Men style dresses:

60s Style Front Button Shift Dress

Panelled Bodycon Square Neck Contrast Dress (Amazon)

60s Zip Shift Dress

Elie Tahari Mitsy Dress

Sleeveless Shift Dress (Amazon)

Lilly Pulitzer Ginny Shift Dress

Milly Knit Dress – Geo Pop Mock Turtleneck

Closet Blue sequin collar dress

Contrast Collar Dress

M&S Collection Detachable Peter Pan Collar Skater Dress with Belt

Spring Bloom Flared Shirt Dress

monsoon-dressMonsoon 60’s Style Black & White A-Line Shift Dress (8)