Thursday, 25 November 2010

Don Draper Style: Get the Mad Men Look

Donald ‘Don’ Draper, the fictional creative advertising head and lead character of the Emmy award winning hit series ‘Mad Men’ has amassed an astounding popularity with both viewers and the fashion pack alike. The Mad Men style that can be seen in the series has wowed the fashion world with its beautiful 1960’s styling. Set in the early 1960’s when gratuitous consumerism was just starting to take off and sexual politics were rife in the workplace, the Mad Men fashion takes us back to a time of classic groomed tailoring. The anti- hero of the show played by Jon Hamm, encompasses the changing times of this era in both character and style.

Viewers have been attracted to the simple grown up dressing of this 1960’s down town Manhattan life, so much so that Don Draper style is now seen as being highly influential in the style industries. So what is Don Draper style? It is a look that is one of 1960’s masculine authority and that exudes power and confidence. The power and sway of the mad men style can be seen in the cross-over of the character of character and the actor, with Hamm now seen as a style icon in his own right.

All the iconic men’s fashions of the 1960’s can be seen in the show where Don Draper’s style is captured in classily cut suits, sometimes in a grey square pattern, high waisted trousers worn over shiny click black shoes and finished with a just seen gentlemanly pocket square. A crisp white shirt, slim sober tie and collar bar would complete this Don Draper look. If you are wondering why the 1960’s Mad Men style is so appealing, it is this; timeless investment pieces with suave masculine touches, classic and authorative.

For a touch of this classic 1960’s Don Draper style, men’s accessories designer Michelsons’ offer simple silk handkerchiefs that can be turned into the classic pocket square. Look to British brand denisonboston for a pair of beautiful gold 60’s inspired cufflinks for another way to show just a hint of that polished Mad Men style. Don’t forget the woollen grey overcoat and black umbrella though!

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