Sassy Animal-Prints ‘Mad-Men’ Style

25 Jul

As the fourth season of AMC’s Mad Men premiers this evening, New York is buzzing with screening parties and enthusiasts are dressing to the nines — sleek, sexy and sassy.

Photos by Christopher Doherty

One of the reasons Mad Men is a hit off the airways and on the runways — as designers take cue from the mainstream love of the retro show — is because women are sexy, sophisticated and feminine. All together it presents a glamorous image and what woman of any era doesn’t want to be glamorous?

Acquired during my undergraduate years, I have worn this skirt on occasion and have loved everything about it — the classic pencil silhouette in a vibrant green with velour leopard-print patch pockets and the faceted-mirror buttons. But it hasn’t been until now that  have found an equally strong blouse to pair with it.

A 1940s one-yard blouse — made from a reproduction pattern by our family friend, Erin McKemey — in a delicate cream perfectly suits the incredibly distinct and feminine look of the outfit. Here’s the details:

A straw hat was the perfect way to top this off -- the tone of it pulls in the beige, tan and camel colors in the leopard print, while the naturalness of straw fits the trim details of "safari." But what makes this straw hat "sexy" is that the brim is sturdy and has a sleek line, perfect for angling.

This adjustable gold chain is great for lots of styling options. This time I doubled-over the chain and let the pendant hang to the blouse's neckline. Word of caution: with costume jewelry and thrift shop finds, make sure the metal and its finish doesn't stain your blouse during the course of a day's oil and perspiring.

A fabulous find, although the right shoe was missing its strap. So, I replaced it with zebra-print craft ribbon, to tie in another sassy animal print.

How Much for “Sassy Animal-Prints
‘Mad-Men’ Style”?


$1 Gold Chain & Pendant (Thrift Shop, Chester Co., Pa.)
$2 Straw Hat (Thrift Shop, Chester Co., Pa.)
$4.99 Distressed Peep-toe Heels (Goodwill, Hudson Co., NJ)
$5 Vintage Green Pencil Skirt (Thrift Shop, Rutherford Co., Tenn.)
$27 1940s One-yard Blouse (Pattern, Material, Seamstressing)

(So) What’s the Take-Away?

Don’t confuse fashion and style.

This comes with a bit of a confession … I have never watched Mad Men. EEKS! Is that blasphemy? I know, “a vintage vixen” like myself (as one friend has called me) not watching today’s biggest retro drama? Well, truth be told, I don’t get AMC, plus, my time is scant (remember, I’m a single mama). But, maybe I will see what all the fuss is about and look it up on Hulu or Netflix.

Nevertheless, the show is stirring up quite a bit of interest in vintage fashion and recently, I was out and about, when asked if I was dressed “that way” because of “Mad Men.” I kind of laughed, and replied that no, I dress this way because this is what I love, while inwardly, I retorted: “I don’t need a show to make something popular enough for me to wear it.

This is the difference between fashion and style. As Swagger360 says: “Fashion is what you buy, style is self expression and how you live.” Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that people are appreciating an era where class and decorum dictated a societal standard of dressing smartly and polished. But what I am not a fan of is seeing people become cookie cutters of what is on the runway or in the store window.

Being “RobinEsque” is about taking what you have, mixing it with what you love and coming up with something unique and, yet, a relatable statement for today’s fashion trends. The ultimate goal, albeit, is to be thrifty, vintage, chic!

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5 Responses to “Sassy Animal-Prints ‘Mad-Men’ Style”

  1. Johnny Cullen September 30, 2010 at 8:56 AM #

    What an excellent post – many thanks. I think you’re so right about fashion vs. style.
    Any tips for boys after that “Mad Men” vintage look? Cheers!


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic October 22, 2010 at 7:45 AM #

      I have some upcoming posts for the fellows about achieving that retro and highly stylized look … so stay tuned!!


  2. Alicia Booker October 18, 2010 at 9:43 PM #

    Gorgeous colors and nice animal pattern! I also think that hat is so cool..your awesome Robin!


  3. Cathy May 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM #

    Where could somebody get their hands on that one yard blouse pattern?


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic June 4, 2012 at 3:49 PM #

      Cathy, what a great question … My all-time favorite go-to for reproduction patterns (from the originals) is: If you order, please let me know what you get! And, share photos of your finished product!! 😀


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