Do you remember the AMC television show, Mad Men? It was set in the 1960s ad world of Madison Avenue in New York City. The show ran from 2007 – 2015. I reserved every Sunday night from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. so I could watch Mad Men. I loved every bit of it from the characters to the storylines, set pieces and best of all, the authentic costumes. To me, the fit-and-flare dresses, pencil skirts, and sheath silhouettes celebrated women’s figures in a tasteful way.
Mad Men immediately came to mind when I saw this gingham dress at Talbots. In fact, I could easily see two of the show’s main characters, Betty Draper or Peggy Olson, wearing a version of this dress. Its fit-and-flare shape and classic gingham pattern is as appealing today as it was in the early 1960s. This dress is updated with red piping around the collar and armholes. Although the skirt is full, it’s flattering because it doesn’t puff out as much as one from the ’60s might have. Also, the belt helps to rein things in. The black stripe near the hem is actually a crochet pattern that adds a nice feminine touch.
Talbots still has this dress in stock and it’s on sale!
Black and white with red is a classic combination so I broke out my red Clarks wedges and red handbag to add a little color to this outfit. I find myself wearing these shoes quite a bit in the summer. Here’s another look at them. The red is a subtle addition and does not draw attention away from the gingham. My purse is old but below are a few others that are similar.
To enhance the classic theme even more, I kept my jewelry simple with a multistrand pearl necklace, delicate pearl earrings and a pearl bracelet.
I’ve had all of these pearls in my jewelry box for years. Below are two really cute necklace and earrings sets. They are also inexpensive. Here is a similar pearl bracelet that is available on Amazon.
In these days when fashion trends tend to highlight distressed denim, athleisure, and utility looks (all of which I like), every now and then it’s fun to delve into the past with an ultra feminine look such as this dress. It is the perfect outfit for a picnic, brunch or a casual get together. To take it into Fall, add a cardigan and ballet flats and you’re ready for the cooler weather.
Do you have any retro looks? Please share. I’d love to hear about your fashion forays to the past!
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