It may be hard to believe, but a scarce four years ago, none of us had ever heard of Don Draper. Given that, it seems amazing how much Mad Men, the AMC series about roguish 1960s ad agency Sterling Cooper, has come to influence fashion trends of the last few seasons. We’re seeing it more in the Betty-ish cut of high jewel necklines and the curve-hugging silhouettes that are so reminiscent of one very sassy redhead.
The ladylike retro looks we are seeing pulled off so well at Cannes are demure, ladylike and sexy. Both Lea Seydoux and Mia Wasikowska looked sweetly sassy in full-circle-style skirts, while Kirsten Dunst turned heads in a ‘60’s-style cerulean blue gown.
If you like the style of the ‘50’s, ‘60’s, and ‘70s, but don’t want to look like you’re headed to a costume party, update the cut or color slightly so as to look trendy, not time-warped.
This Turquoise Office Dress by Phoebe Couture is reminiscent of ‘70’s style in its detailing; the minimal crocheted lace panels on the chest, whimsically large pockets, and choice of fabric all hark back to the days of daisy chains and bell-bottoms, but the cut and style are definitely modern.
This Silk Spring Dress by Ali Taghavi uses a similar cut for the collar and bodice as Dunst’s dress, but keeps it casual with a shorter length and modernizes it with this season’s hottest color, blush.
These Empire Waist Career Dresses by Adrianna Papell feature a very Joan Holloway cut that hugs the silhouette and accentuates one’s curves. Perfect for work, cocktails, or outdoor summer event, this is a beautiful addition to one’s wardrobe that hints at retro origins without being a statement in of itself.
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