Just over a week ago the American retail giant, Banana Republic launched their Mad Men clothing collection, created by the show’s Emmy award winning costume designer, Janie Bryant. The capsule collection is available for one season only and is inspired by the hit television series based on 1960s New York. The retro style of the Mad Men cast has brought back the swinging era in a big way. The collection works to create that chic and timeless look, but balances it with a modern-twist, providing items that subtly accentuate the womanly form.

The two leading ladies of the show, Betty Francis and Joan Holloway (January Jones and Christina Hendricks) are depicted as empowered women with great style and charisma in the ‘men are breadwinners and women are homemakers’ period. The collection actively reflects elements of the pair’s choice of dress. The key items with a very ‘Betty’ vibe include the pussy-bow blouse and pleated skirt combination, topped off with a pair of cats-eye sunglasses to exude that icy cool demeanour. The outfit that sums up the ‘Joan’ look points in the direction of the grey woollen blazer and skirt suit and the cinched-in dogtooth dress. The hour-glass figure is celebrated by the cut of these quality pieces, which is something that the voluptuous red-head in question is never afraid to flaunt.

The ladylike pieces range from a selection of nipped-in dresses, bow blouses, tapered trousers, boxy bags and court shoes, pencil skirts and blazers. With lashings of lace, dogtooth, leather, satin, animal print and wool featured, the sixties feel is very much emphasised. Whether it’s an elegant outfit for an evening uptown or something smart for the office, this slick capsule collection has it covered.

The gems amongst the collection include the black shift dress which is a favourite with customers at one local branch of Banana Republic and the leopard-print structured tote, a delightful mix of feverishly on-trend glamour and everlasting versatility.

To re-create the look of the 60’s American Dream, head on down to Banana Republic.

Avneet Takhar

Banana Republic Mad Men Collection

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