Mad Men Inspiration
Monday, February 16th, 2009 by Lady Lex   

I just received an invite from a friend who’s throwing a 1960’s inspired party to rewatch Season 2 of Mad Men (July is just too far away for some of us).  I’m a big fan of the show and a little jealous that I didn’t come up with the idea myself, but whatevs, I’m excited.

The hit show debuted in 2007 and immediately made a splash, maybe because of all the Emmys. Whatever the case, we began to see references everywhere, from the runways to  SNL’s Don Draper Guide, which is hilarious.


Until now, I’ve enjoyed watching the craze from the sidelines, but now that I’ve been called into play, I’ll need the proper attire.

It’s amazing how once you start looking for a trend, you see it everywhere.  I had no idea just how MUCH influence the show’s had on fashion. FCUK is a gold mine for anyone looking to achieve this style and so is Target, believe it or not. Here are my favorites from FCUK.


Isaac Mizrahi did a whole 50’s-60’s inspired line for Target that just screams Betty Draper and Peggy Olsen. I didn’t list prices for these items because they’re marked down so often, so everything is super cheap, practically free.



While I’m a big fan of the line, I’d like to pay homage to my favorite MM character — the sexy Miss Joan Holloway.  If you haven’t seen the show, she’s like the 60’s version of Samantha from Sex and the City.


Her style is a bit more daring than what we see on the other girls. Keep in mind daring in the early 1960’s is a fitted pencil skirt.  Here’s what I’ve come up with, two of the dresses (far left and far right) are from Nordstrom, the other one is from this little gem of a website I found called Stop Staring, which sells vintage-inspired clothing.


Let me know what you think of my choices so far.

Yours Truly,
Lady Lex


P.S. I was thinking about bringing these (bubble gum cigarettes) to the party.  Do you think they send the wrong idea?  I don’t want anyone to think I’m an advocate of smoking, they just remind me of when I was a kid. BTW, you can get 24 packs for only $8.27 right now on Amazon.

7 Responses to “Mad Men Inspiration
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  • phoenix on June 11, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I think this is a fantastic idea. I was thinking of having a cocktail party for the season 3 premiere. You should also check out “” for some great retro ’50’s style dresses. Have fun!

    • Lady Lex on June 12, 2009 at 3:28 am

      The Mad Men cocktail party was so much fun. Definitely a must! Thanks for the tip on the website, will have to check it out. Can’t wait for the next season, so excited. You’ve got me thinking I want to have another Mad Men party ;)
      Thanks for stopping in!

  • Basket of Kisses | I need pretty things on September 27, 2009 at 7:06 am

    [...] are quiet here until the evenings. I found a blog called I need pretty things that posted some gorgeous “Mad Men inspired” fashion collages from last February. [...]

  • riley on October 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Stop Staring!!

  • Laura on November 3, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Love these looks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Milk Two Sugars on October 3, 2010 at 5:41 am

    the outfits are fab!!Ive just wrote my own Joan style guide, would be great if you checked it out! just came across you article, really interesting :) I just wrote a post on how to achieve Joanie’s looks myself, would be great if you checked it out:

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