Friday, July 19, 2013

Mad Men Week: Season 6 Fashion File and Giveaway Winner

Season 6 of Mad Men found the characters in swinging 1968, making us knee deep into the mod fashions that we have come to associate with the decade.  After every episode, AMC does its own 'fashion file' delving into the fashions of the episode.  I thought it would be fun to break down the whole season with my personal favorites.


Megan has so many fabulous look this season, it was hard to narrow them down.  These are just a few of my personal favorites.  This look above was, by far, my most favorite outfit Megan wore this season.  I am a sucker for matching sets and I just adore the pattern on this jacket.  Definitely what I would wear to the movies too!

This was probably the sexiest Megan got this season, except perhaps when she dons a bikini in the opening episode.  I love the extremely short skirt and the reasons behind why she wears it.  Everyone noticed Megan that night, not just Don.

When Megan married Don, she become the center of fashion on the show and I love how this scene really emphasizes that.  Megan is younger than Betty, who still seems to be clinging to her late 50s early 60s looks.  Megan, on the other hand, is fashion forward with her mini skirt and psychedelic print dress.

One of the things I love about the Megan character is she isn't afraid to wear pants, even on NYE.  I love these sets, I'm hoping that MM will bring these back into vogue.


When the season opens, Betty is still working on getting back to her thinner state.  By the time we his midseason, Betty is back to her thin glamorous figure.  As you might have figured out from my last post, I really loved this outfit and I think the earrings really do make the dress.

I think what I really love about the Betty character is how she is able to reincorporate items from past outfits into the present (like the earrings above).  This outfit really reminds me of season 2/3 Betty, wearing cigarette pants, looking like the perfect 60s mom.  Plus, how adorable is her hair here?  I just love that Betty knows her look and is comfortable in just going with it, rather than whats super trendy at the moment.


For me, Peggy didn't really have a lot of standout outfits this season.  She kinda just stuck to regular safe Peggy.  However, the final shot we get of Peggy is in this -fabulous- pant suit.  I love that it is much more trendy than anything else Peggy wears, connotates her seemly new position of power in the office (and as a working, independent women), and foreshadows what's ahead in the fashion department for season 7.  For more thoughts on this look, see Entertainment Weekly's article.

The other outfit in which Peggy steps outside of her normal comfort zone is what I am calling the "Chanel No 5 Dress."  The sheer sleeves and super short hemline helps to place Peggy alongside the other sexy girls on the show -- think Megan season 5 with Zou Bisou Bisou.  Plus she is wearing Chanel No 5, sexy indeed.  



Like Peggy, Joan takes much longer to integrate into 60s fashion.  Even though she wears a lot of scarves, which is very 60s, Joan still wears her hair the same as when we first met her along with wearing many of the same cuts and lines.  What I like about this dress is while it still has a tailored cut, the big gold buttons and gold loops on the belt help to modernize the look, really planting Joan in the current time.

When Joan has her meeting with Avon, she wears this lovely suit.  Joan wears a lot of dresses and separates to the office, so it was a nice change to see her in this suit when she takes control of her new position in the office.  It's worth noting that the final shot of Joan in the finale has her wearing a suit as well.  Could this be a sign of what's to come for her character?  More suits = more power and control of her partnership.


I love the looks Janie Bryant puts together for Sally.  This one is my top pick for the season.  I love the tent shape, the mix of plaid and red, and the sweet bow at the neck.  I also really like the continuity we have with the Sally character: since receiving this necklace in season 4, Sally wears it constantly, denoting her adoration for her father and her removal after this scene outwardly showcases the rift in their relationship.  

The following a few of the minor characters from this season.  Sometimes I think the best dressed in this show are the extras and lesser characters.


I just love the neckline of this dress Sylvia wears on NYE.  Her double necklaces, however, drive me nuts.  Pick one or the other!  ;)


This nightie and peignoir set Trudy work got a fair amount of discussion time on one of my podcasts with Toby and I think I know why, other than its fabulous.  Trudy kinda dresses dowdy this season (something Pete even commented on in season 5) and this is really a knockout compared to her other looks this season.  


Arlene is married to a TV executive and is a tv star, of course she is going to look fabulous!  This is such an amazing dress!  Nuff said.


Like I mentioned, I really think the support cast of this series have awesome clothes too.  I loved all of Clara's looks this season, but this one was my favorite.  I love 60s poly dresses and this one is too cute! For more on how the secretaries get there looks, read this article.


While the ladies do get most of the attention, one guy on Mad Men takes the cake for the most fashion forward looks - Harry Crane.  From his striped ties, patterned blazers, and dark framed glasses, Harry's got it going on.  We see this the most when he, Roger, and Don are in California and he seems to blend in while Don and Roger stick out; although Roger did give it his best effort with the yachting look.


For my top five hits and misses this season, see my post on

To see the answer to a question I submitted to Janie Bryant to answer on a recent interview, see this article.  I ask what percentage of the costumes are actual vintage pieces and how much of it she creates herself.

Stylelist also has a great interview with Bryant about Season 6 costumes.

Some of the stars of MM wear vintage off the set.  Check out this video with Christina Hendricks.


I hope you enjoyed Mad Men week here on Livin' Vintage.  I had so much fun putting together the posts and sharing my thoughts with you.  

Thank you to all who visited and entered the giveaway.  Amanda is the winner!  Please email me at


Mick said...

The photo you have that so clearly divided Megan and Betty makes me think of Season 1. When Betty models for Coca-cola and she is much more formally dressed than the other models in casting, she makes a comment about "Your out of the business for a few years and things change." Well in this case Don is the business and he has changed. Did it seem like he was more controlling with Betty? (remember the swim suit bikini she bought at the Country Club auction and Don wouldn't let her wear it?) It is clear Megan has more freedom where as Betty is grounded in her firm upbringing, and ideal of "lady like".

Emily said...

Great point Rick! I definitely think Don has less control over Megan.

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