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Mad Men style

(14 Posts)
Wheresmypopcorn Thu 01-Nov-12 19:28:22

How/where do I get it? Any suggestions would be great, thanks

mrscumberbatch Thu 01-Nov-12 19:35:43

If you search the talk archive for teadresses or 1950's style there is HUNDREDS of threads about it.

Havingkittens Fri 02-Nov-12 09:21:32

You'll find the best range of Mad Men type styles here

Only problem is that they are based in the US. It's a good place to look for inspiration though. There are still a lot of pieces on the high street this season which you could style in a similar way.

It does depend on which series you are inspired by, of course. The first series was set in the late 50s, then a lot of the following series in the 60s so the styles change gradually. The last series was set in the early 70s, not quite my cup of tea! I wouldn't have said tea dresses were featured at all, they are more 1940s, revived in the 80s.

Havingkittens Fri 02-Nov-12 09:23:01

Sorry, the link should work now!

Brodicea Fri 02-Nov-12 09:48:10

Vivien of Holloway ( is a british brand that does '50s style. However, MM is more very early 60s which means a little less on polka-dots, poodles and circle skirts - more twin sets, wiggle skirts, pastel coloured lipstick etc. But if you're going 'Joan' you might find some nice fitted things.

Look at early 60s here:

Once you master the french twist hairdo (loads of people post handy videos on youtube), with a little back-combing, anything has a bit more of an early 60s sheen. Also liquid eyeliner.
If you're curvy, then Joan is the way to go (blouses and high waists, fitted dresses). If you're boyish (like me) then try shift dresses and pumps.

look in google for vintage, and see what you fancy - try ebay, just looking for 'mad men'. There are loads of blogs too, or have a look at Pinterest.

Brodicea Fri 02-Nov-12 09:53:19

I'd also agree that tea dresses, while often very nice, are not MM - but you might find that you just like vintage and MM has kickstarted your interest.
This is a shop near me that looks like it has a good range of reproduction vintage things

Brodicea Fri 02-Nov-12 09:55:56

But if you look at ebay and 'Beyond Retro' you'll find the original much cheaper!

Curtsey Fri 02-Nov-12 11:19:04

I just ordered this dress from ssshhh Coast. It arrived today. It's a great MM shape and feels lovely on, though I wish it had pockets. However the size I orderedit isn't quite tight enough/wiggly enough so I'm ordering a size down to see if that fits better. Would look great with a backcombed and laquered French twist smile

BeauNeidel Fri 02-Nov-12 13:26:18

The last series was not set in the early 70s btw! It hasn't got out of the sixties yet, was never in the fifties.

Mirage Sat 03-Nov-12 12:31:15

I've just bought a load of late 50's to early 70's clothing from a jumble sale,all at 10p each.Check out ebay for some lovely vintage stuff.

Wheresmypopcorn Sun 04-Nov-12 00:36:41

Thanks all! January jones and Cristina Hendricks are my favourites! I have only recently started watching so am way behind but loving the fashion.

Gingersnap88 Sun 04-Nov-12 19:41:25

Poppy's Children do a beautiful range of women's dresses in a 1950's style.

Gingersnap88 Sun 04-Nov-12 19:42:53

And I'd also recommend pencil skirts with blouses / tops as well as flared or wiggle dresses. Tea dresses are lovely too.

I was building quite a 50s wardrobe but since having baby I'm not sure I'll fit into if again envy

ElizaDoMore Mon 05-Nov-12 20:05:51

I like the look of this. Sort of MM meets Adele?

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