Mad Men Style – Vintage fashion and trends for today

What’s big for next year?

Recession thinking keeps us on track – no gross indulgence; rather subtle consumption mixed with super quality. That means less fast fashion and more high quality, keep-me-forever pieces.

Louis Vuitton

One of my favourite themes for 2011 is the early 60s ladylike look, made famous by Mad Men. It’s nostalgic, romantic, with below the knee circle skirts, cinched waists and prim and proper styling. Pretty, pretty , pretty!

Mad Men cover

The key is to think ‘granny dressing’, but with a modern, sexy punch.  And the best item to wear is the granny skirt (this is the silhouette du jour). This is a longer length, usually pleated skirt that falls rather than puffs.  It also usually has a ruffle detail on the hem.  Think sexy 60s secretary.

Either wear with a pair of flats or kitten heels for authenticity, or modernise with high heels (worn with bobby socks underneath).

Louis Vuitton

Another key 60s look is ‘the bombshell’.   This is where your hourglass frame comes in. Look for straight-cut sheath dresses (fitted is also a good look), or slim-line, high-waisted  pencil skirts that fall below the knee, with a back slit.

L'Wren Scott

If you want to stick to the theme, accessorise your lady-like look with kitten heels, red lips, cateye glasses and a wide, waist-cinching belt. Wear hair sultry sex kitten, or in a 6os beehive.

Bardot's sex kitten hair

To modernise, dress our ladylike 60s woman in boyfriend blazers and slouchy sweatshirts.  Try shorter hemlines and knee-high socks (over at Gossip Girl this look is everywhere). Look for more edgy fabric in the right silhouettes (like leather) or pair a high waisted skirt with a cropped top to show a little midriff.  Finally, skip the classic 60s hairdo, and go 2011 with a messy topknot or side braid.

Dries van Noten

This is such a feminine, pretty, classically sexy look!

Jenny xx

Images via Fashionising.


Jenny Russell is the founder of Friends with Jenny a fashion store that imports high street finds, but also stays proudly South African with a complement of some of South Africa’s best local talent. To find out more visit her website

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