I’ve always kind of felt that I was born in the wrong era (well, aesthetically). A couple of weekends ago my uncle had his fabulous 50th birthday party at a very chic loft in downtown Atlanta, which was a Mad Men, circa 1960s themed event. It was tons of fun and loved the idea of getting to dress up in my most lady like form. I love everything retro, mainly from the roaring 20’s up until the new millennium. Even the 90s had its interesting, but non the less fashionable moments. From fashion to interior design, and tons of beautiful artwork produced during those times. So I wanted to share some fun looks that were inspired by Betty (Draper) Francis and Joan Harris from the show, plus what I wore to the birthday party as well. And every item that I found is listed at $50 and below!
Betty (Draper) Francis is a bit more conservative when it comes to style, but she loves to play with prints, textures, and patterns. You can find her in beautiful A-line dresses, flared midi’s, and sophisticated sheath dresses. Betty also gravitates towards more pastel colors with a pop of a jewel tone in her color palette. The first look below is printed A-line midi paired with a blue, cotton blouse. And then I chose a neutral colored shopper and strappy sandal to balance with the bright colors of the skirt. The second look is a soft floral fitted dress paired with a platform sandal with bow detail and ankle strap, and a rosy crossbody bag.
Joan Harris’s style is a bit more bold and fun, but still classy. She tends to wear bold jewel tones and silhouettes that hug that bombshell body of hers! Wrap styles, pencil skirts, and curve hugging sheath dresses are definitely huge in Joan’s wardrobe. The first look consists of an olive-green draped, wrap dress with twisted knot detail and an asymmetrical hemline. They had a beautiful royal blue, but of course they sold out ((tear drop)). But I paired it with a python print sandal and black satchel bag. The second look is a printed sheath dress and I paired it with a braided tassel belt, black open-heeled pumps, and black clutch bag.
I couldn’t decide which character I wanted to portray, so I pretty much blended them together to create my own look. My dress is from Zara and the shoes are from Aldo. They both actually just got a price reduction as well! I hope you loved the looks I put together, happy shopping!
Also for hair and make-up ideas check out the Mad Men Interactive Features for inspiration!