No one wears it better than Betty Draper. January Jones’ character may be mommy meanest on Mad Men, but the housewife’s perfectly polished shifts, suits and fitted sheaths inspired the ’60s silhouettes that reigned on spring runways.
According to the show’s costume designer, Janie Bryant, The Betty’ trend is just an example of how classic attire continues to reappear and reinvent itself. Here, suggestions for capturing the look of the era without looking as if you belong in it.
Banana Republic rolled out its second retro collection, including a fuchsia nip-waist cocktail/party dress among 40 pieces of apparel and jewelry for women and men channeling the fashion tenets of the time. Leave the matching heels and bag behind. Pink Betty dress, $150 at Banana Republic stores and www.bananarepublic.com.
Whether you call them cropped pants or capris, wear flattering mid-calf trousers from Elie Tahari with flats or sandals and a white T-shirt for an old-school interpretation. For a more modern flair, slip on a pair of raffia wedges, a belted peplum jacket and a metallic necklace. Also available in tangerine. $248 at www.elietahari.com.
Oversize round shades complement oval faces and should be required for keeping your peepers and delicate eye area protected from the big, bad sun. Also available in tortoise and white. $14 at www.fredflare.com.
Checking yourself in the mirror to pick a piece of spinach from your teeth becomes more palatable when you whip out a bejeweled compact with class. Both the cases and the packaging recall the salad days of Estée Lauder in the 1960s. Estée Lauder’s Mad Men collection cream rouge, $40; lipstick, $25, at www.bloomingdales.com and www.esteelauder.com.