While the series finale of Mad Men is nearing, we want to help you keep the '60s spirit alive. That’s why we caught up with the show’s costume designer Janie Bryant to find out how to channel the iconic looks of the show’s four leading ladies. Bryant revealed the single most important, pivotal look to ever appear on Betty, Megan, Joan, and Peggy. “They each represent such an important type of woman for the time, and the times to come,” Bryant said. Scroll down to find out what the four looks are and how you can nab their style.
Betty, The Classicist
Look: The Sundress "I have such compassion for Betty (January Jones) because she is a character who really is trapped by her times. Betty is all about creating the illusion of perfection, so her frocks always makes her seem put together. This yellow sundress was the iconic housewife dress of the ‘60s. It’s not only about the dress, but it’s about the slip, the girdle, the stockings, and the petticoat. I just love that Betty is the type of woman who would take the time to really be perfect to start her day."
Our pick: Rayon-blend dress, Bebe, $149; available in May on bebe.com.
Megan, The Trendsetter
Look: The LBD "Megan (Jessica Pare) was the first character to wear a miniskirt on the show. It was a clear sign of the change happening at the time. The miniskirt was really risqué in some circles. We don’t think about it today because our hemlines are all over the place, but it wasn’t like that back then. So for Megan to wear this super-mini dress was a big deal.”
Our pick: Polyester dress, Lulu's, $49; lulus.com.
Joan, The Rule Breaker
Look: The Red Dress "Every season, I would put Joan (Christina Hendricks) in a red dress. It was a no-no back then for redheads to wear red. I loved the idea of Joan being such a strong character and such a rule breaker that she was not going to pay any attention to those rules. Putting her in red shows the fire and brilliance of her character. As for the dresses I picked, I used to tell Christina that I wanted Joan to look like a red tube of lipstick from the front and a perfect heart from the back."
Our pick: Cotton-blend mesh dress, CH Carolina Herrera, $660; at CH Carolina Herrera, 310-276-8900.
Peggy, The Girl Boss
Look: The Pantsuit "This represents the woman Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) always wanted to be: a businesswoman and one of the boys. It also represents all the other clothes she’s worn. She still has the high turtleneck on for modesty, and the houndstooth texture and vest keeps with her Catholic schoolgirl mentality. It’s one of the most empowering costumes she’s ever worn."
Psssst! Have you entered our Mad Men Giveaway yet? April 30 is the last day to enter—so get moving! One lucky reader will score a suit from Don’s own closet, worn by Jon Hamm on the show. To enter the contest, post a picture of yourself in a Mad Men-inspired look on Instagram or Twitter tag it with #MadMenStyle. We’ll be gathering all your entries on instyle.com/madmencontest. Costume designer Janie Bryant herself (below) will be selecting the winner based on creativity, charm, and originality.