I love Mad Men. Everything about that show is perfection. The styling, the storyline, the actors and the characters they play.
Last year, when Julia Bobbin did her Mad Men dress challenge, I watched enthusiastically from the sidelines. Not only did I not yet have a blog I had NO time to participate. You can imagine how excited I was when she announced she'd be hosting round 2 this year.
I immediately started considering my options. First, I looked through the gallery of the past participant makes for inspiration. Then I had to think about which character I was most drawn to. Obviously, Joan's wardrobe is hands down the most drool worthy. But I believe it's not just her wardrobe that is so gorgeous, it's the curves that she's pouring into those dresses that make even women drool. Those wiggle dresses are a thing of beauty but they are best represented when they are being filled and the gorgeous Christina Hendricks is the perfect specimen. I don't hate my body, but I have to be realistic...I am so far from a Joan. So, after a little bit of heartache, I decided it was best to take anything she wore and scratch it off my list of possibilities.
When it comes to vintage styling, I have always loved the sixties and Megan perfectly represents the best of '60's fashion. And when I started looking at her figure, I figured that even though she's probably about 20 lbs lighter than me, she has as close to my build than anyone else on the show. So, I got onto trusty google, and searched for anything and everything Megan. I found a couple of great pics and sites to refresh my wardrobe memory. After pouring over all the images I could find, I've narrowed it down to these outfits.
At the moment, this shift is at the top of my list. The military styling and color blocking is almost modern but combined with the cut of the dress it is the best kind of retro.
I also want to mention that I found all of these images on the blog Tom and Lorenzo. Every season they break down and analyze how the costumes of Mad Men effect and compliment the story line. Their blog posts are so incredibly fascinating and insightful. I never realized how much went into costume design until I read their articles. Apparently, these outfits aren't chosen just because they're purty...who'd a thunk it?
So, those are my thoughts. What are yours? Are you participating and if so, what are you planning??