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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.


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.