Steal Her Style: Mad Men's leading ladies
You could be forgiven for thinking that the gloss might be starting to wear off Mad Men after four seasons. However, we think those ladylike hemlines, massive pleated skirts and a glass of neat bourbon before bedtime will be as popular as ever on Madison Avenue, with season 4 just released on DVD and season 5 on the way.
Set around the amoral advertising world of the 1960s, it may be, but today's A-listers and designers simply can't get enough of the sleek styling. With celebs like Natalie Portman adopting the beehive and Kristin Davis the full skirt, the red carpet has gone crazy for the Mad Men look. On the catwalks, waif chic has been partially ditched for clothes that flatter our figures, and full silhouettes that come complete with all the trimmings have been a hit on runways at Prada and Louis Vuitton.
So, in anticipation of more of the same and in a bid to inject a little 60s chic into our own office wardrobes, we at Independent Woman have waded through the pearls and the petticoats to bring you the lowdown on how to get the look of Mad Men's leading ladies.
Sterling Cooper's sizzling sexpot, sassy siren Joan, sure knows how to dress her curves. From office manager to housewife and back again, Joan's style reflects her fiery attitude. Fitted pencil skirts, bright blouses and super feminine dresses are Joan's wardrobe of choice. She's always perfectly turned out, but her real allure is that she leaves plenty to the imagination.
If you're after the look, try sexy silhouettes that emphasise the waist and when it comes to dealing the killer blow, streamlined dresses and confident colours should be the first thing in your in-tray.
Prim, proper and always perfectly poised, even when pregnant Betty Draper somehow managed to make maternity wear effortlessly stylish.
Pearls, pastels and coiffured curls may give the illusion that she's sweeter than thou, but anyone who remembers that one-night stand will know otherwise. As a full time mother, it must be hard to accessorise but those trademark gloves and peep toe mules are perfect for keeping up appearances.
To steal Betty's style, opt for delicate florals, prissy prom dresses and under no circumstances should you ever consider leaving the house without the holy trinity of coordination - shoes, gloves and bags must be perfectly matched!
Sensible, intelligent, ambitious and straight, there isn't a frill in sight in this working girl's wardrobe. Career climber Peggy Olson crawled her way from secretary - overlooked, overworked and overqualified - to copywriter with her own office. The look, like the girl herself, is serious without being prissy. Stripes go with stripes, silhouettes are always sleek but above all her look means business.
To get Peggy's style head for tailored, fitted and flattering cuts and on days when you need to impress your feminine charms, you won't go wrong with a hint of playful patterning.