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:
How Much for “Sassy Animal-Prints
‘Mad-Men’ Style”? $40
$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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