How to Construct Your Mad Men Look Part 2: For the Glamour Girls

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By Shayna Miller

What is it about the women of Mad Men—Joan Harris, Betty Draper (or Megan Draper!) and Peggy Olson—that captivates us to watch season after season? Besides the innate desire to gawk at Don Draper and the quiet

drama that unfolds around him, it’s a delight to take in the period-perfect looks that are created by costume designer Janie Bryant. The nip of a waist, the expertly combed bouffant or painstakingly applied cat eye draws us in and communicates each character’s personality. The heyday of New York’s ad men (and women) and the women they love inspire us sartorially even today. So ladies, how can you recreate that magic in your own ensemble for the Mad Men party? Read on for some tips!

What to Wear

Throw out the cone bras of this era and stick to sixties-era body-conscious looks. Sheath dresses, full skirts, blouses and, for fancier functions, ball gowns were de rigeur for the sixties. If you can find it (or have it) a sleeveless party frock with a full skirt most clearly communicates the sixties look. A sleeveless or short-sleeve sheath is the easiest go-to (since most of us have one) for a period-appropriate feel. Add on a sparkling statement necklace or strand or pearls for a little nighttime sparkle. If you need to don a day-to-night look (if you’re coming right from work) try pairing a tight crew neck sweater with a pencil skirt. Tie a scarf around

your neck, add a brooch and a pair of kitten heels, and you’re set. Or, look for a top with embellishment around the neck, a tie-neck blouse or jersey wrap top and throw on your favorite pencil skirt. If you want to go all out, an entirely embellished, sparkly dress or brocade skirt or dress will also be spot-on choices.

Accessorize Accordingly

If you’ve got a stylish grandma, better raid her jewelry box now for some stellar pieces—vintage and costume jewelry is imperative for your look. Or head to a vintage and consignment shop—Pink Poodle, ReThreads, Agrace Thrift Store, Goodwill and St. Vincent De Paul are all other options around town to pick up vintage-look pieces. Look for crystal and enamel brooches that you can stick on a top or dress, or even put one in your hair for a shimmering touch. A large cocktail ring is also crucial for your ensemble to lend sixties glamour to a look, or pick up a statement pair of earrings, necklace or cuff to complement your nighttime mystique.

Beauty Beat

Fake eyelashes, major lipstick and liquid eyeliner are your friends. These are the fundamental basics of any sixties-era look. If you don’t know how to apply false lashes, I recommend using a thickening mascara (Benefit BadGal and DiorShow are fantastic) that can lend you that fat-lash look in no time. Not so great with liquid liner? Use a pencil that offers a liquid look without being as tricky as to apply (Maybelline makes a great one) and draw a thick line close to your lash line. Then, flick it up ever so slightly at the corner of your eye for a come-hither look. Look for a bright pop of color for your lips—think red or fuchsia—or, if you’re more color-shy, go the Betty Draper route and choose a pastel pink instead.

If you choose to go the false-lashes route, here’s a quick primer: apply a swipe of liquid liner, carefully dab glue on the strip of lashes, wait 30 seconds until tacky, place them on your lash line and allow them to dry, then swipe over the base of the lashes again with liquid liner to “blend in” the lashes.

Above photo: These three looks are from Banana Republic's fall 2011 Mad Men collection. The line had a wonderful combination of '60s glamour melded with a modern aesthetic. Try out your own version!

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By Shayna Miller
What is it about the women of Mad Men—Joan Harris, Betty Draper (or Megan Draper!) and Peggy Olson—that captivates us to watch season after season? Besides the innate desire to gawk at Don Draper and the quiet drama that unfolds around him, it’s a delight to take in the period-perfect looks that are created by costume designer Janie Bryant. The nip of a waist, the expertly combed bouffant or painstakingly applied cat eye draws us in and communicates each character’s personality. The heyday of New York’s ad men (and women) and the women they love inspire us sartorially even today. So ladies, how can you recreate that magic in your own ensemble for the Mad Men party? Read on for some tips!
What to Wear
Throw out the cone bras of this era and stick to sixties-era body-conscious looks. Sheath dresses, full skirts, blouses and, for fancier functions, ball gowns were de rigeur for the sixties. If you can find it (or have it) a sleeveless party frock with a full skirt most clearly communicates the sixties look. A sleeveless or short-sleeve sheath is the easiest go-to (since most of us have one) for a period-appropriate feel. Add on a sparkling statement necklace or strand or pearls for a little nighttime sparkle. If you need to don a day-to-night look (if you’re coming right from work) try pairing a tight crew neck sweater with a pencil skirt. Tie a scarf around your neck, add a brooch and a pair of kitten heels, and you’re set. Or, look for a top with embellishment around the neck, a tie-neck blouse or jersey wrap top and throw on your favorite pencil skirt. If you want to go all out, an entirely embellished, sparkly dress or brocade skirt or dress will also be spot-on choices.
Accessorize Accordingly
If you’ve got a stylish grandma, better raid her jewelry box now for some stellar pieces—vintage and costume jewelry is imperative for your look. Or head to a vintage and consignment shop—Pink Poodle, ReThreads, Agrace Thrift Store, Goodwill and St. Vincent De Paul are all other options around town to pick up vintage-look pieces. Look for crystal and enamel brooches that you can stick on a top or dress, or even put one in your hair for a shimmering touch. A large cocktail ring is also crucial for your ensemble to lend sixties glamour to a look, or pick up a statement pair of earrings, necklace or cuff to complement your nighttime mystique.
Beauty Beat
Fake eyelashes, major lipstick and liquid eyeliner are your friends. These are the fundamental basics of any sixties-era look. If you don’t know how to apply false lashes, I recommend using a thickening mascara (Benefit BadGal and DiorShow are fantastic) that can lend you that fat-lash look in no time. Not so great with liquid liner? Use a pencil that offers a liquid look without being as tricky as to apply (Maybelline makes a great one) and draw a thick line close to your lash line. Then, flick it up ever so slightly at the corner of your eye for a come-hither look. Look for a bright pop of color for your lips—think red or fuchsia—or, if you’re more color-shy, go the Betty Draper route and choose a pastel pink instead.
If you choose to go the false-lashes route, here’s a quick primer: apply a swipe of liquid liner, carefully dab glue on the strip of lashes, wait 30 seconds until tacky, place them on your lash line and allow them to dry, then swipe over the base of the lashes again with liquid liner to “blend in” the lashes.
Above photo: These three looks are from Banana Republic's fall 2011 Mad Men collection. The line had a wonderful combination of '60s glamour melded with a modern aesthetic. Try out your own version!

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