The cult series “Mad Men”, is as much feted for its fashion savvy as the genius of its writing and the quality of the acting. Ever since Joan Holloway (now Harris), Betty Draper Francis and Peggy Olson first graced our screens, many of us have been bowled over by the sheer glamour and colour of the 1960’s ensembles that each character wears, and have wanted to recreate such glamour and elegance for our selves. You could scour vintage shops and look for authentic pieces, but as vintage clothing has become more exclusive and sought after it is some times easier to hit the high street for reproduction shift and prom dresses. Here are a few of the best places to find “Mad Men” inspired dresses.
1. Marks and Spencer. Much of the high street is awash with shapes gleaned from the high glam era of the early sixties and Marks and Spencer is no exception. Much of the autumn/winter collection is based around sharp shift or wiggle dresses and there are a whole plethora of snappy coloured, full skirted prom dresses.
Some particularly striking examples include, the “Per Una blurred check and spot shift dress with belt”, a sharp shift with cute cap sleeves and sixties inspired fabric that would look sensational on Joan’s va va voom curves and costing forty five pounds, the eye catching , “Per Una bow detail waffle shift dress”, a fantastic, crimson shift dress as perfect for the office as for catching a martini after work and costing forty nine pounds fifty. Finally, the chic and colourful, “ Round neck geometric print stretch dress and belt”, a full skirted cross hatch design dress with matching skinny black belt for thirty nine pounds fifty. To view and buy these and any other dresses from Marks and Spencer’s autumn collection look online at www.marksandspencer.com .
2. Phase Eight. For those who love beautiful colours and impeccable styling , there are few better places to visit than Phase Eight. Masters of the occasion dress, Phase eight always stocks a number of stunning dresses that are well cut and luxurious. Always with one eye on the glamorous 1950’s and 60’s , there are few more suitable stores to visit when recreating the “Mad Men” look.
This years autumn collection is awash with flirty florals and snappy shifts. Perfect for unleashing your inner Betty . Some particular favourites include the delicious purple floral “Sasha dress”, a v-necked , full skirted prom dress with matching belt costing one hundred and thirty pounds, the sexy and colourful, “Peony jersey dress”, a slinky shift dress with pencil skirt and bold grey and pink peony print fabric for ninety five pounds and finally, the marvellous monochrome “ Michelle dress”, a blousy black and white bloom embellished shift dress with matching belt for ninety five pounds. To view and buy these and any other dresses from the Phase Eight collection look online at www.phase-eight.co.uk