As we gear up for Season Six of AMC's booze-fuelled fashion-fest that is Mad Men, many Canadian retailers are jumping on the swinging Sixties bandwagon with some Sterling Cooper-inspired fashions. At World MasterCard Fashion Week, Pink Tartan went all out with its Stepford Wife wardrobe, as did Joe Fresh and its parade of swingcoats and headscarves. Here, I've collected some of the most ladylike Mad Men fashions to channel your inner Joan, Betty or even plaid-centric Peggy.
These stylish retro inspired dresses from Wallis (free worldwide shipping when you spend $100) are perfect for a brunch or spring/summer wedding. Full A-line skirts and fabric belted waists create beautiful silhouettes and come in a variety of pretty patterns including versatile black and white polka dots and flirty florals.
As mentioned, Joe Fresh's Fall runway was filled with demure designs of two-piece knit sets, polka dot blouses, ruffled silk tops and pleated skirts. But right now in store with its Spring 2013 collection you can expect to find colourful drain pipe jeans, high-waisted short shorts and kaleidoscopic pencil skirts.
Designed in collaboration with Mad Men's Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer Janie Bryant, Banana Republic's much talked about Spring 2013 collection is all about the mod vibe of the era. Shift dress with shorter hemlines, keyhole details and checked capris all celebrate the colours and patterns of the era as approved by the more contemporary Megan Draper. Pssst… if you're looking for even cheaper options, sister store Old Navy has a few Spring Fling dresses going for $25 and under right now.
Naturally Modcloth is always a good go-to for a modern twist on vintage styles. Their selection of fit-and-flare dresses are second to none and usually ring in for around $50.
And not forgetting some original vintage outfitters like online Canadian retailer Soop Soop, who sell repurposed clothing at better-then-new prices. Their stock is ever-changing, but keep an eye out for original 60s pieces like this Peggy Olson appropriate tartan babydoll or Joan-esque peplum (perfect for faking those killer curves).