MAGNET Holiday Party 2012: How To Construct Your Mad Men Look

By Justin Sisley

I know it's only October, but it's time to start thinking about how to make the most of the MAGNET Mad Men Holida

y Party, which is taking place on Thursday, December 6, at where else? The Elks Lodge. A big part of that experience will include period attire. Many of you are familiar with the Mad Men look. For those who are not, I'm here to help. This write-up is specifically for the guys, although some of the ladies might be joining a fashion-challenged guy that they'll have to dress for the event--so read on!

There are several things to point out--details that could make or break your Mad Men Holiday Party attire. This isn’t your average holiday party, and you don’t want to be the guy that shows up in distressed jeans, an argyle sweater vest and a pair of bright white Adidas.

Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Don Draper. Take a good look, because Mr. Draper here is the quintessential '60s ad man. Note the simplicity of the look. There's no place for ostentatious double-breasted slim tailored suits here. Understated and simple, yet classy. Pick up these essential wardrobe pieces to put together your own Mad Men look:

A skinny

tie. Coincidentally, these are making a comeback these days, so they're not terribly hard to come by. Feel free to jazz it up a bit more than the standard black tie, but paisley might get you laughed out of the boardroom.

A white shirt with a starched collar. This probably isn't the time to bust out that salmon colored military style button-down. When the ad men ruled, those shirts were reserved for, well, for the military, and they came in one color. If you really want to push the envelope, you could go with a cream color, but don't get too crazy (blue is so crazy).

Single color (or subtly pinstriped) suit.You can wear any color suit you want as long as it's black, gray or brown. Don't wear a shiny suit coat or the partners in the firm will just make you go

home and change.

A pocket square. Have a pocket square. Just do it. It's super classy. Trust me.

A hat. Up to this point, the look is pretty plain. You haven't had a chance to show off your flair. This is your opportunity. This is an era when men wore hats. I'm not talking about a baseball cap either. If you have a fedora, or need an excuse to buy one, now's the time. It's not required, but it certainly won't hurt your '60s image.

So there you have it. If you find yourself wondering "Should I wear red pants?" you should Google images of Don Draper and realize quite quickly that the answer is a resounding NO.

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By Justin Sisley
I know it's only October, but it's time to start thinking about how to make the most of the MAGNET Mad Men Holiday Party, which is taking place on Thursday, December 6, at where else? The Elks Lodge. A big part of that experience will include period attire. Many of you are familiar with the Mad Men look. For those who are not, I'm here to help. This write-up is specifically for the guys, although some of the ladies might be joining a fashion-challenged guy that they'll have to dress for the event--so read on!
There are several things to point out--details that could make or break your Mad Men Holiday Party attire. This isn’t your average holiday party, and you don’t want to be the guy that shows up in distressed jeans, an argyle sweater vest and a pair of bright white Adidas.
Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Don Draper. Take a good look, because Mr. Draper here is the quintessential '60s ad man. Note the simplicity of the look. There's no place for ostentatious double-breasted slim tailored suits here. Understated and simple, yet classy. Pick up these essential wardrobe pieces to put together your own Mad Men look:
A skinny tie. Coincidentally, these are making a comeback these days, so they're not terribly hard to come by. Feel free to jazz it up a bit more than the standard black tie, but paisley might get you laughed out of the boardroom.
A white shirt with a starched collar. This probably isn't the time to bust out that salmon colored military style button-down. When the ad men ruled, those shirts were reserved for, well, for the military, and they came in one color. If you really want to push the envelope, you could go with a cream color, but don't get too crazy (blue is so crazy).
Single color (or subtly pinstriped) suit.You can wear any color suit you want as long as it's black, gray or brown. Don't wear a shiny suit coat or the partners in the firm will just make you go home and change.
A pocket square. Have a pocket square. Just do it. It's super classy. Trust me.
A hat. Up to this point, the look is pretty plain. You haven't had a chance to show off your flair. This is your opportunity. This is an era when men wore hats. I'm not talking about a baseball cap either. If you have a fedora, or need an excuse to buy one, now's the time. It's not required, but it certainly won't hurt your '60s image.
So there you have it. If you find yourself wondering "Should I wear red pants?" you should Google images of Don Draper and realize quite quickly that the answer is a resounding NO.
Stay tuned for our ladies write-up next week!
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