‘Mad Men’ Photos Released: How to Get the Styles From Season 7
Before you watch the premiere, you can catch a glimpse into the style of the final season of Mad Men. The season 7 character portraits are teeming with brightly colored, patterned fashions. Everyone is falling in step with the contemporary prints and patterns — even Betty! Judging by the character pictures, if you want to wear your love of Mad Men on your sleeve, you’ll need to banish monotony and monochrome. The styles are all about bright colors and patterns. To get you appropriately attired ahead of the season premiere, check out these fashions, styled straight from the AMC photos.
Megan, Betty, and Sally will probably all appear in a fair number of short shifts this season, and Ali Ro has an extensive array of options that fit right in with the styles seen so far. Donna Morgan has a fair number of shifts too, and this color block dress combines the best of both worlds: Peggy’s color blocking with the shifts seen on the other leading ladies.
Also slightly different than Megan and Sally is Betty’s print. To take on Betty’s striped shift, wear this blue pattered dress from JB by Julie Brown.
Florals will be prominently on display as well, but these aren’t the crisp flowers seen in modern collections. On Megan’s dress, they are large, and part of the whole pattern. With Sally, it is clear stamp of the times. The Topshop Yukka Yukka dress is an updated Sally, with a print underlaying floral designs.
Both Peggy and Sally are seen in popular shades of green, close to one that has been coloring some of Lilly Pulitzer’s latest creations. The Pulitzer prints have a late 1960s and early 1970s feel too, with plenty of options for shift dresses and mini hemlines.
Peggy has a floral touch as well with her daisy pin, which is a nice touch of the times. You can take that inspiration and the overall floral theme even further with the ASOS Swing Dress. As a working woman, Peggy has skipped the dizzying patterns and chosen to layer a color block mini over a white button-up shirt. The cut differs, but the contrast between top and bottom remains in this color block dress from Oasis; like Peggy’s, it even adds a bit of detailing at the hip.
For Megan, the cut on her dress is closer to a baby doll, or tunic style than a pure shift. Laundry by Shelli Segal has a pink patterned dress that doesn’t go quite as big or bright, but keeps the vibe of the era called Pretty Partridge Border-Print. Vince Camuto has a dress using large florals that still doesn’t go quite as far as the tulips on Megan’s dress. Love the cut but hate the idea of a big, bold print? Skip the pattern and go straight for color with the Beatnik Tunic from Free People.
Joan, thankfully, hasn’t abandoned her curve showing dresses in favor of the shift — although the style is a little more demure than what we’ve seen in previous seasons. A dress with bell sleeves and another with contrast cuffs by Laundry by Shelli Segal capture some of the drama of Joan’s sleeves, but loose the bright color of her dress. A pleated Jessica Simpson dress picks up on other themes from the era, while staying true to the sleeve detailing and bright color, but a dress by Gianni Bini comes closest to having the modest body-hugging features embraced by Joan.
Worth mentioning is the eye-catching dress of an unidentified woman in Roger’s picture. From the small bit of it visible, it certainly resembles a sleeved version of this French Connection dress.
Of course no Mad Men fashion post or outfit would be complete without talking about accessories. In the bag department, oversized is out; the purses carried by Peggy and Joan are small with chain straps. A simple style like Peggy’s is this Trouvé Leather Crossbody Bag, or you can show your stripes with Halogen’s Flap Crossbody Bag.
In her character photo, Jessica Paré’s big hair and big prints are matched by big jewelry. Joan is sporting fairly large jewelry herself, including a baubley bracelet and cocktail ring. Joan’s jewelry choices could not be more on-trend for modern styles, and a number of stores will sell similar pieces. Look at jewelry collections at department stores, or anywhere that sells costume jewelry. Banana Republic has cocktail rings that will keep your fingers sparkling in Mad Men style, and J. Crew’s earrings are in designs and colors any of the characters would covet.
Betty has stayed true to the classics with her accessories. A simple strand of pearls, matching earrings, and a few rings are modest pieces, but also timeless. If you’re inspired by Mrs. Francis, you’ll have accessories that will never go out of style. Sally isn’t bedecked in jewels, but she is is rocking a printed headband that perfectly matches her dress. Free People has a great line of tie-die wide headbands, and the Urban Renewal Double-Braided Blossom Headband at Urban Outfitters is a serious nod to flower power, only updated. One of the best parts of Sally’s ensemble has to be her tights, and you can mimic them with Hue’s Linear Diamond Net Tights.