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Mad Men Style

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2012 by factorygirl82

I am very excited for the upcoming premiere of Season 5 of Mad Men. It’s pretty much like the expectation of Christmas for a kid.  I’ve watched every episode of every season thus far. I was seriously contemplating having a Mad Men party but I think I may just dress up and go somewhere for it. I love Mad Men because the stories and characters are fascinating. The clothing is amazing and spot on. But also because the Mad Men theme party is very doable and fairly easy. So I decided to write a blog on the style and to show case some great pieces I have at the physical shop and on our online store.

Mad Men parties are a lot of fun and pretty easy to do. Unlike a 1920s theme party. I get a lot of people that are doing the 1920s party not realizing that A) People were A LOT smaller then B) It’s almost a hundred years ago so that clothes, not that easy to come by and C) How expensive those authentic clothes are.  Now with Mad Men people were smaller then as well but if you can’t find a dress you can always accessorize!

Let’s start with the men.

Men’s vintage clothing in general is hard to come by in good shape. Men you have a tendency to get a suit and wear it for 30 years. Women we buy a dress wear it once and keep it for 30 years. But with Mad Men all you need is a good suit, preferably with skinny lapels and a skinny skinny tie. If you can’t find the suit an authentic skinny tie is pretty easy to come by and makes the outfit.  Of course everyone talks of the hats men wear on Mad Men they call them fedoras. They aren’t! Fedora’s have a wider brim what they wear on Mad Men is essentially a shorter brimmed fedora called a Trilby. These can be hard to find in normal guy sizes, heads were smaller. But you also must be aware of the fact that they didn’t wear the hats pushed down it perched. This was so you wouldn’t have a hat hair line when you took your hat off. I’m sure you notice the immaculate hair Don Draper has.

This is a early 1960s skinny tie I have in the shop right now. It’s super skinny and paired with a white/cream button down collared shirt, some nice slacks and maybe some Clark Kent glasses and you are good to go!

This is a great Mid 1960s Sport Coat I have at the shop and on our online don’t worry I’ll put the website where you can purchase at the bottom of this blog but I gotta get you to read it first! Again pair this with a skinny tie, slacks, and a trilby outfit done.

Now onto the ladies

I want all three of those dresses, but that’s besides the point. I know that Banana Republic is doing a “Mad Men” line. Don’t buy it. I can guarantee it’s over priced crap. Plus who wants to show up at a party with the same outfit as someone else? Again the beauty of these early 1960s theme parties is that you can find the clothes! They are great quality, gorgeous fabrics, and great shapes that suit a variety of body types. A key to vintage dress shopping especially if you are doing it online is to know your bust, natural waist (right below the rib cage, smallest part of you), and hip measurements. That way you can buy those bombshell wiggle dresses and  be able to breath.  Women use to have tiny waists and also wear girdles that suck you in. Spanx doesn’t compare to those girdles. I often will wear a waist cincher with my vintage dresses.

This is an Elizabeth Arden early 1960s Aqua Silk Shantung dress with matching jacket I have in the shop right now. This screams Joan Holloway. It is a more casual outfit for a Mad Men party. You pair this with kitten heels, a clutch, and beads.

This is a late 1950s early 1960s Gold and White Velvet Flocked Circle Skirt Dress. These are very desirable right now, they also have a tendency to TINY. If you are looking for something like this in a more normal size for today it’s best to give yourself some time to either hunt your local vintage stores or get it online.

Now if you can’t find a dress you like that fits the way you like you can always do a simple black cocktail dress and accessories! The beauty of accessories no size. Here are some example of items I’ve had that are 60s that you can pair with a black cocktail dress and look authentic.

This is a brown vinyl “patent” purse. This is from the early 1960s and it’s a good size because you can fit a cell phone in it. With a lot of vintage purses there isn’t room because it didn’t exist!

This is an early 60s cigarette case. Not this actual one but one exactly like it was used on an episode of Mad Men! The smoking accessories are very of the era. If you are the one throwing the party I recommend the old giant crystal ash trays. We have a few awesome ones at the shop.

This is  a pair of early 1960s black patent heels. They have a thin heel with a point toe. Again pair these with a black cocktail dress, some pearls and a black clutch. Good. To. Go.

Finally Gloves. Gloves can be a little tricky because again women were smaller and had smaller hands.  But if your hands are actually small they are great period piece. Also if you’re like me where my actual wrists and hands are small but I have long skinny fingers you can get away with wearing them. The finger part just wont go all the way down but if they are on your hand no one can tell.

Let’s talk booze now. My favorite Mad Men cocktail is the old fashioned. I started drinking these because of Don Draper and it’s pretty much my drink of choice. Whiskey Sours are also good but I recommend downloading a recipe where you make the sour, sour mix is gross. Really almost anything with Whiskey is good. Martinis, Tom Collins, but if you do a Martini it has to be real so that means GIN people.

Well those are just some of my tips for a Mad Men party. Feel free to contact me if you would like more advice about I’m sure I left somethings out. I can’t wait for this new season.

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Hats! Hats! Hats!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 20, 2011 by factorygirl82

I love hats. Especially vintage hats. I have a vast collection. I actually had to narrow down my collection a bit because there were so many I wasn’t wearing. If a really cool hat comes into the store it is always hard for me to resist. I’m talking about real pieces of art hats. Not baseball caps, not the Britney fedora, and not the newsboy hat. I’m talking milliners. I decided to write a blog on my love of hats because I just got an abundance of them at the shop. I bought some very cool late 1940s and 1950s womens hats and then some fabulous early 1960s mens hats. If you don’t wear hats don’t be shy read on to find out how to rock a vintage hat! You’ll feel fabulous trust me.

My favorite style of hat for women is the late 1930s early 1940s. This is a picture from the movie “His Girl Friday” She’s got some amazing hats. I want them all. I like that back in the day you never left the house without hat. That hats were not only functional but beautiful!

A lot of people today don’t think they can wear hats, news flash…. You can! You just aren’t use to seeing yourself in a hat and you think that all hats sit way down on your head. They do not. It was in the 1920s that hat’s for women sat all the way down on the head. This style became popular again in the 1960s as well.  Most vintage hats perch. Women generally wore their hair fluffy and curly. The last thing you would want when you took your hat off was hat hair. Hence hat pins! Ingrid Bergman is wearing a female version of the fedora in Casablanca. If you notice it’s perching. So if you go into a vintage store, remember that your head is actually not as big as you think. The hat just perches!

That’s Twiggy in a 1960s cloche. This is the kind of hat that sits down on your ears and gives you hat hair. Now in the 1920s hat hair wasn’t so much an issue because hair was very flat and short. You either had the straight Louise Brooks bob or the flat finger wave both styles look great with a cloche. Longer hair can be tricky with the cloche because that’s wear hat hair occurs and a true cloche looks strange perched.

The first hat I ever bought was a Jackie O style pillbox. I think I was about 11 and it was in Michigan. This was the beginning of the great hat collection. The pillbox is a great style. It’s becoming popular again due to Mad Men. The thing that I like about the pillbox is it looks super cute on the crown of the head but also looks great pushed forward like how the British Royals wear the fascinators. Pushed forward toward the side it also can be a faux 1930s or 1940s hat.

This is a 1930s but as I said above the pillbox can be worn forward to mimic this style.

This is one of my favorite style of hats the large floppy hat! It’s a bit impractical but something about it just makes you feel like a movie star. This style can perch or be worn like a cloche. It’s great for the sun and is the popular style for the Kentucky Derby.  What I love about the floppy hat is like Marilyn it can be worn very glamorous or like Bridget Bardot it’s great for the beach!

Now onto Men’s hats. I looooove a guy in a hat. Men you need to wear hats more. And again I’m not talking about a baseball hat. I’m talking a fedora! A porkpie! A trilby! Trilby is the short brimmed fedora and I just learned this so it is my new favorite term. Even the cowboy hat if worn like James Dean.

I grew up in a house hold where if we were going to a fancy dinner my dad would put on his suit, leather trench coat, and fedora. His best friend did the same thing. It’s called style guys. Get some. I think if you ask most girls a guy in a good suit and a fitted hat makes them swoon. I know it does for me.

Now like with women’s hats men’s hats do not sit all the way down. They perch! But men don’t get the luxury of hat pins so it needs to feel a bit secure but not smooshed down. The fedora and the trilby perch. The porkpie can perch or be worn a little pulled down. The motorcycle a la Brando is worn down.

An example of the Trilby. Worn slightly perched. Don Draper. Swoon worthy.

The motorcycle cap worn lower. Still swoon worthy!

So that’s my ode to hats and how to wear them. Here’s a photograph of me in a hat I won for wearing a fabulous hat at a high tea, then this hat also won me free booze for a royal wedding event!