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January Jones: 60s clothes are sexy

Published 13/04/2011 | 10:14

January Jones misses the "wiggle" her Mad Men costumes give her when she isn’t filming.

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The 33-year-old American actress dons traditional 1960s attire for the hit US show, where she portrays elegant housewife Betty Draper.

January favours a more modern approach to fashion when she isn’t shooting the programme – which is due to return to screens with season five next year – although she admits she does miss the old-fashioned garments because they are so flattering.

“It’s strange, but when the season ends I miss wearing all Betty’s underpinnings. I love long-line bras and girdles. There’s a sexiness about girdles - on Mad Men I wear them four months out of the year, and I see my body changing. When you wear a girdle, you can’t bend in the usual way. Your thighs are cinched together, which makes your stride shorter. You automatically get a wiggle in your walk. It’s sexy,” she told W magazine.

January knows that many fans of the show adore Betty’s ladylike aesthetic. She believes this must be the only reason they choose to dress as the character on Halloween, as there is nothing scary about the prim and proper attire.

“A lot of people - men and women! - probably went as Betty Draper for Halloween. Who knows? But because of the clothes, I understand,” she smiled.

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