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Get the Bumble Bee Brooch Allison Wore on Tonight’s Mad Men

8 Aug

Did you notice Allison’s big bumble bee brooch on tonight’s “The Good News” episode of Mad Men? What a statement piece.

I thought it was pretty witty of Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant to place it on Allison, who, after last week’s episode, realized her place as a mere worker bee, not a Queen bee, in Don’s eyes.

In any case, if you’re interested in a statement piece like the one on Mad Men, I’ve found a replica, as well as a few similar brooches:

This vintage brooch is identical to the one Allison wears in tonight’s “The Good News” episode, and is available for only $15 plus shipping. The bee hangs from a bow, giving it a very feminine feel. I love the detailing of the piece, especially the grooves in the wings.

Here’s another vintage bumble bee brooch, dated to the 1960s:
This bee doesn’t hang from a bar or a bow (like Allison’s does), but is similar in its size, detailing, and gold tone. You can get it for $21 plus shipping. An interesting feature of this brooch is its “spring wings” which means that the wings will flutter a bit when you move.

If you’re petite and looking for a smaller version, check out this vintage piece that still has great details but is only 1 inch by 1 inch:
This one is a great deal and is available on Etsy for only $8.

Here’s another affordable piece from Etsy–this one vintage-inspired, rather than actually a vintage piece:

I like the brass tone of this piece–it’s a nice alternative if you’re looking for a bumble bee piece, but you aren’t a big gold person.

Finally, I think this one might be my favorite. I love the different textures and colors of this brooch, especially the sparkle of the white Swarovski crystals against the 24k gold of the wings. Because of the materials, this one is a little pricier, but you can get it 50% off on Amazon for $30.50.

Beside Allison’s big bumble bee, we saw Joan wearing a great gold flower brooch. I really hope that Mad Men helps bring brooches back in style. They’re great pieces to add to your jewelry collection because they’re so versatile. Here are a couple of ways you can incorporate brooches into your wardrobe:

  • Add some sparkle or color to a simple black sweater
  • Place on the lapel of a suit jacket to give plain work-wear some personality
  • Use a brooch to give a shapeless winter jacket a point of focus
  • Add to a knit hat or scarf to make your functional winter wardrobe more stylish
  • Attach smaller brooches to a simple head band and you’ve got a great hair accessory
  • Personalize a cross-body purse by pinning a brooch to the strap
  • Accentuate your shape by adding a brooch to a beautiful ribbon and tying around your waist

How do you wear brooches? Share your ideas with us!

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Mad Men Countdown: Peggy Olson’s Office Fashions for Today

22 Jul

We’re getting closer and closer to the start of Mad Men season 4! To count down to the premier, goodtaste has been featuring posts focusing on the fashion styles of our Mad Men leading ladies. Check out previous posts on Joan Holloway and Betty Draper, and read more about Mad Men era lingerie and shapewear–the foundation of all the looks on this show.

Today, we’re looking at Peggy Olson’s office style. Discussing how she approaches Peggy’s wardrobe, Janie Bryant, Mad Men Costume Goddess, has said:

“She is definitely like that schoolgirl in the office. I do a lot of pleated skirts for her. It’s a little bit prim, a little bit proper, but there’s always a lot of prep going. I also love to design things for her that are very textured. Usually, I’ll do a blouse and a skirt. With her skirt, I like to have the pleats and the fullness around the waist. You know what, sometimes she’ll wear a sheet. I do so many different silhouettes for her. But whatever the silhouette is, it definitely always has the schoolgirl theme to it. In a way she’s buttoned up — not as a nut — but like she has a Catholic upbringing. I definitely think there’s a conservative nature to her.”

If you love Peggy’s “schoolgirl” style, like I do, here are some vintage and modern dresses to check out. Let’s start with one of my favorite “Early Peggy” outfits–this blue and black checked dress from season 1:


I especially love the tuxedo button placket up the front. Get a similar preppy feel with this darling belted ’60s plaid dress, $54 from flourclothing on Etsy.com:

As Peggy’s style evolves, we see her move into more streamlined silhouettes, though she stays prim, proper, and preppy:
This best parts of this dress are the collar and the buttons–two things that Peggy always does well. The side buttons in particular are fantastic–they really draw your eye down the body. This Asymetrical Shirred dress by Laundry, $169 on Zappos.com, is a modern update of this piece:

Great button detailing.

This dress does a fantastic collar, too, just à la 2010–the alluring asymmetrical neckline is sure to grab attention, as will the shorter hemline! Laundry updates the button detailing down the left side by positioning the buttons to work together with the ruching of the dress. Like Peggy’s buttons, the line draws the eye down.  However, the updated ruching detail creates a very flattering look that is more forgiving than Peggy’s dress–so, you won’t necessarily have to use any shapewear.

A sarong-style dress is another flattering ’60s look that allows for the pleats and bit of fullness that Bryant likes to see Peggy wear.  I love this one–particularly the graphic print and the flattering sarong-style tailoring that simultaneously narrows the waist while also gathering together a bit of fabric that creates some forgiving volume in the hips. You can get this  early ’60s day dress for $105 at Vintageous.com:

If you’re looking for a 2010 dress with similar sarong tailoring, but showcasing purple–The Color for 2010–check out this Diane von Furstenberg “Bec” dress, $345 on Shopbop.com:

Diane von Furstenberg updates the sarong style 60s look with purple--so hot for 2010.

So what will we see on Peggy this upcoming season? The show is entering the year 1964 and fashion-wise the mod-movement is gaining steam. I’m hoping that we’ll see Peggy embrace some mid-60s trends, like color blocking. This Courrèges dress is a great vintage example, $200 from pinkpoppyvintage on Etsy.com:

Courrèges is a French couture brand from the '60s. It's namesake designer, Andres Courrèges, is credited with inventing the biggest trend of the decade: the mini-skirt (though British designer Mary Quant coined the term).

A little history about color blocking: this trend was started in 1965 by a genius designer we know and love, Yves Saint Laurent. In the autumn of 1965  (so, a year ahead of this season of Mad Men) Yves debuted the “Mondarian” day dress, inspired by the flat planes of the 1960s canvases achieved by contemporary artists in the lineage of Mondrian. Here’s that famous dress (and you can read more about it here):

The dress that defines the trend.

Color blocking, like many Mad-Men era trends, is coming back into style. (Makes sense, because it’s so universally flattering!) If you’re looking for a 2010 version of this look, check out this short sleeve black and gray dress, $29.99 (currently 25% off of original price of $41)  at wholesale site Lightinthebox.com:

'60s sensibility with a bit of 2010 sexiness

I love the scoop neckline combined with the sweetheart-corset color blocking–it makes the dress sassy–while the pleating and knee-length hem keep it prim, proper, and appropriate for the office.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this post about Peggy’s schoolgirl style–thanks for stopping by!

If you’re looking for more Mad Men fashion, we recommend this video link that let’s you can go behind the scenes to the Mad Men costume shop: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1119352258?bctid=29428617001

Mad Men Vintage Lingerie: Cinchers, Corsets, Girdles, and Garters

20 Jul

Goodtaste is hooked on Mad Men! Totally hooked. And today we’re getting ready for the new season premier by talking about crotch hooks! Why? Because we’re dedicating this post to Mad-Men-inspired Power Panties! Since putting posts up for Joan Holloway and Betty Draper inspired fashions,  we’ve gotten several requests to hunt down more Mad Men era girdles, garters, and corsets! Well, get ready to blush, because here they are. We hope you enjoy.

Source: Poshgirlvintage.com

Poshgirlvintage.com actually has an entire section of their site dedicated to vintage lingerie, and their inventory includes a good number of unworn pieces from the 1960’s (we love the navigational drop down menu that lets  you easily pull up all items by era, making a search for lingerie from the 1960s, 1940s, etc. literally a cinch).

Given their wide selection–and the fact that many are unworn, and thus free of cooties (important!)–we highly recommend starting your search for Mad-Men-worthy “unmentionables” here.

Check out poshgirlvintage.com for all your power panty needs.

This pair of vintage panties is a force for any tummy pooch to reckon with–it combines the power of waist cincher, corset, and girdle into one mighty, do-it-all undergarment. PoshGirlVintage dates it to around late 50’s/early 60’s. It lists the condition of the piece as “near mint,” giving these details: “No holes or stains. No wear.”

The waist is white and heavily boned, while the panty section is a rich ivory hue with metal hooks on the waist and on the crotch. There are a few details that make this piece stand out as being well-made, such as the boning, which is covered in satin, and the crotch hooks, which are  lined in satin also. Little satin bows decorate the  back of the corset and the stocking clips–how darling! The piece is labeled “Scarlett O’Hara-Peter Pan,” “size Medium.” It will set you back $139.

Meow!

Here’s one more Poshgirlvintage piece we couldn’t resist–a 1960’s leopard print body suit for $109. The label is Vanity Fair, size 36B. This is about as sexy as vintage lingerie gets! The crotch has metal snaps–not lined, unlike the previous pair–so, not as comfortable. The front has little black plastic slider hooks with black bows on them.

Source: Rustyzipper.com

The Rustyzipper.com also has their own section dedicated entirely to vintage lingerie. Though it doesn’t offer the option to isolate results by particular decade, you can filter by size. Start by entering that, then enjoy browsing. Though their inventory tends more toward lingerie slips, night gowns, or brassieres, we did find these noteworthy power panties–for much less than those on Poshgirlvintage.com.

This 1960s Black Girdle Garter Belt only costs $20!  Made of black sheer nylon, acetate and spandex stretch knit, this piece is decorated with a nylon Chantilly lace front overlay complete with a tiny applique rhinestone flower on the center trim. This girdle-gartle belt may look sexy, but its all business. Removable acetate and rubber elastic garters hang from the boned waist cincher or waist girdle that uses an adjustable hook and eye back closure.

Tummy pooch be gone.

This white power girdle for $8 seems to be equivalent to the $80 spandex LuLu Lemon cycling shorts I use in spinning class. They are heavy duty!

Labeled as “Sears”, this nylon and spandex long line girdle gets the job done with a nylon tricot crotch gusset (!), and seat-shaping insets. The shorts have above-knee length legs, so you’d need at least a knee-length hem line to wear over this piece. Rusty Zipper warns there is some pilling inside waistband.

Source: Dandelion Vintage

Dandelion Vintage, which also has its own vintage lingerie department, is another favorite of ours. Within their vintage lingerie is a subsection happily entitled “Girdles and Garters.” When we checked they had over 3 pages of inventory, most under $20. Here are a few standouts:


We love “Girdle #107,” a black powernet panty girdle with a stretch mesh crotch, available for $55. A rigid, but beautiful, lace tummy panel and double layer of powernet on the fanny makes this piece effective. It has a soft stretch mesh in the crotch, and 2 removable metal garter hooks in each leg with decorative satin tabs on the front ones. Dandelion Vintage notes that this piece is in “excellent condition, appears to be unworn.” And adds that the mesh in the crotch was probably origainally black, but has faded to a brown color. The  lable on this piece is “Hollywood Vassarette Underneath it All.”

girly girdle

Finally, for all the girly-girls out there, a pink girdle, available for $60.

The label on this piece is “Vassarette of Munsingwear,” and states that the fabric is 80% nylon and 20% spandex. This will make for a more easy-going girdle. Pehaps appropriately, it’s a pretty and light pink hue. Most of the control in these panties come from the double layer of fabric on the tummy that’s done with top stitching. It also has zig-zag lines of rubber on the inside of the legs that attempt to address inner thigh jiggle issues.

Other sources to check online for vintage lingerie include:

We hope you enjoyed these Mad Men inspired power panties and that they fulfill all your figure enhancing needs.

Mad Men Countdown: Betty Draper’s Fashion, Past and Future

17 Jul

As Faran Krentcil so eloquently put it on AMC’s Mad Men Fashion File blog (check it out if you haven’t seen it!), the past season of Mad Men was all about unraveling, from Betty’s marriage and Peggy’s morals to Don’s very identity. About the heartbreaking scene above, with Don, Betty, and the kids, Krentcil writes:

“As Don and Betty announce their divorce to the children, the words and feelings are fractured but the aesthetic is that of the perfect American family: Sally’s Peter Pan collar, Betty’s sweater set, Don’s perfectly pushed-up sleeves exposing the starched white shirt underneath his sweater. They look like a Norman Rockwell painting, which only makes the news of the family’s breakup feel even more churning.”

Krentcil perfectly describes the power that fashion brings to Mad Men. However, she didn’t mention the way fashion communicates an unraveling of gender roles in this picture. Take a look at the photo–Betty and Bobby, seated side by side, are both wearing plaid, while Don and Sally wear a similar look of dark sweater with a white collar. The effect is eery.

Here, Mad Men fashion genius Janie Bryant is playing with the concept of unisex clothing and its connection to the break down of gender roles in the ’60s. The idea of unisex fashion trends–clothes which could be worn by both men and women i.e, denims, etc.–emerged for the first time in the ’60s. In this scene, where divorce shatters the “man and wife” gender roles that had defined this family,  Bryant underscores the unraveling social identities through the character’s wardrobes, suggesting that Bobby and Sally will grow up in a different world than their parents–one where Sally can be more than a housewife and Bobby can be more than a breadwinner.

But, back to Betty–again, her look is an intriguing mix of masculine and feminine. Obviously, wearing slacks in the ’60s meant a more casual look–and a more masculine one. Plaid was also a unisex trend–another part of her look that makes Betty as masculine as we’ve ever seen her. Yet, the capri cut of her trousers makes them definitively feminine. If you’re looking for a good capri trouser for this summer, check out this pair–$59 at Bally hoo Vintage Clothing:

Or this pair, also at Bally Hoo, for $35:

Both trousers feature the stovepipe leg, still popular today, which first emerged in Betty’s day. The high waist and side zipper are other features that make these slacks distinctively ’60s.

But enough about the what’s happened in Betty’s past–what about her future? The finale cliffhanger I’m losing sleep over is whether or not Betty will marry Henry. In the final episode of the last season they were seen on a plane together, flying somewhere. Perhaps to a secluded wedding/honeymoon location? If Betty marries again, I wonder if she would wear white. Since a bride needs to wear something blue, perhaps she would choose that color. We know she looks stunning in it:

If you’re looking for a similar style, check out this vintage Hawaiian gown by designer Elsie Krasses, from Waikiki, available on Etsy for $205. I can picture Betty landing in Hawaii and wearing this for a formal evening on the islands or maybe even a wedding right next to the surf. It shares similar features with Betty’s dress above, including the rich aqua blue hue, a fitted shelf bust, and a long slim skirt with walking slit in the back. Whereas Betty’s dress is accented with a spray of silver flowers, this gown is accented with gold hibiscus, lily, and plumeria flowers that float across the bodice and then concentrate in a large border print near the  hem line.

$205 on Etsy.com

If Betty does decide to wear white, I’d love to see her in something like this vintage dress from 1960s California Couture label Lilli Diamond, available on Etsy for $300:

Does this look familiar to you? It should! It’s not unlike the corset-bra bodice trend taking over bridal fashion right now, as seen in Carrie Underwood’s “Augustine” wedding gown from Monique Lhuillier.

I love the crisp white cocktail length shirt, paired with the delicate sheer bodice decorated with the floral rhinestone/sequins applique.  The icing on the cake is the sash waistline–so flirty and swingy. Just as Monique Lhuillier, Pnina Tornai, and other bridal gown designers working today have discovered, the appeal of this look is that it’s a little bit bombshell, a little bit ballerina–just like Betty Draper.

But Betty hasn’t always dressed this way. Remember her adorable polka dot party frock from her “Trip Around the World” Dinner Party? Here, she was much more ballerina:
We loved the delicate spaghetti straps and the whimsical, playful look of the polka dots combined with the traditional, formal, full skirt of the ’50s. It was a very feminine but girly–almost childlike–look. Very appropriate for a more naive Betty.

Now, times are a-changing. We’ve moved farther into the decade and Betty is a different, more empowered woman. I think this season we’ll see her embrace the more grown-up, statuesque, body-hugging silhouettes of the mid-’60s, like in this Red Beaded Evening Gown by Mandalay Creations, available on Etsy.com for $340:

A gorgeous mermaid pattern on the gown is created by an opaque red beading that outlines pearlescent semi-transparent rose sequins. The silhouette is pure hour glass perfection, fitted in the bust, waist, and hip to hug every curve. It’s easy to imagine a more empowered Betty turning heads in this dress.

Check back for one more Mad Men fashion post–we’ll be taking a look at Peggy’s fashion in the upcoming days before the season premier! If you missed it, check out our post on Power Girdles and Joan-inspired fashion here.

Mad Men Countdown: Power Girdles and Joan Holloway-inspired fashion trends

9 Jul

The smoking. The drinking. The power girdles. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the third season of Mad Men to premier on July 25th!

Congrats are in order to the show, which received 17 Emmy nominations yesterday. In the two weeks left before the new season begins, I intend to add a couple of posts focusing on Mad Men fashion trends inspired by the show’s incredible female characters, Betty, Peggy, and Joan, who I’ll start with here.

Janie Bryant is the genius behind Joan Holloway’s killer curves and Mad Men’s costume design in general, and many are hailing her as “the new Patricia Fields” of Sex And The City fame.  I appreciate Bryant’s attention to small details, like Joan’s gold pen necklace, which she wears frequently (btw, this is a not unlike Field’s styling of Carrie Bradshaw’s signature “Carrie” necklace). This consistentcy in wardrobe and accessories is great, because it’s like real life, right? It makes the character real. Nicknamed “Red,” Joan’s appeared several times in the dress below, so much so that it’s become her signature piece:

Joan Holloway in her signature red dress and gold pen necklace

You can actually get a replica of Joan’s signature accessory on Amazon for only $20, sold by 1928 Jewelry Company.

It’s somewhat similiar, but I don’t know–the fact that it’s a replica that’s “vintage inspired,” and not actually a vintage item takes a bit of the fun out of it for me. And so, here is our dilemma: If you’re looking for a Joan Holloway-inspired look, there are two ways to go about accomplishing this. The first is to hunt for actual vintage pieces. Perhaps as you can tell, this is my preferred method. This is because while the second method–searching for modern clothing that’s “vintage inspired”–produces some great finds, the question is, can I afford them.

No matter what method you prefer, here are a few guidelines for your Mad Men Joan-inspired look:

  • For the 1960s sexy secretary pencil skirt, look for knee length or a bit below knee length skirts
  • To make sure you spilleth over, à la Joan, look for silhouettes that emphasize an hourglass shape, hugging your curves and narrowing your waist
  • Along those lines, cloth-covered belts are spot-on 1960s
  • Consider building your look starting with the underwear of the day, which is Bryant’s recommendation. One power girdle that’s on the less-severe side is a Long-line bras by Miss Mary of Sweden

I like to begin my hunt for Joan inspired vintage items online at Etsy where I found this red-hot number for $75:

Vintage 1960's Exquisite 3 Three Piece Suit Wiggle Dress Top and Jacket and Pencil Skirt for $75

Don’t you love the detailing on the shoulders and waist?

If you’re interested in wearing Joan’s actual wardrobe, I stumbled across some killer replicas made by Etsy seller shebycindy, who will take your measurements and produce a customized copy of one of several recognizable dresses worn by Joan. Take this one, which will cost you $98:

Definitely perfect for Halloween, or, let's be honest, I'd wear it any time

If you’re looking for modern pieces that are vintage/Joan-Holloway-inspired, Victoria Beckham makes gorgeous dresses that are very modern yet seem to have Joan’s name written all over them, just like this one:

What Joan Holloway would wear in 2010, designed by Victoria Beckham

If only I could afford Victoria Beckham’s dresses!  A more realistic option, perhaps, is this Lela Rose dress, on sale for 70% off right now on Shopbop.com, making it a great deal at $268.50:

Lela Rose's modern day Joan Holloway dress

It features an updated knee length a that’s a little shorter, and the coral color is a bit of a modern update on Joan’s signature red. But, the pintuck sleeves and especially the front darts, which create dramatic knife pleats, is all Joan, all the time. That is tailoring that’s made to show off an hourglass figure. My favorite detail is the exposed zipper in the back–a modern yet retro detail that draws attention to a woman’s assets…definitely something Joan would approve of: