It’s here! The day has finally arrived! While you’ve probably been channeling your inner Joan since the series first began, today’s the day you can dress like an extra on the HBO series.
The collection is a collaboration between Banana Republic and Mad Men costumer Janie Bryant. Featuring work-perfect shells, skirts, dresses and cardigans, the collection provides a modern twist on a timeless look. One of the best things about the collection is that many of the pieces mix and match to create brand new outfits. The cardigans would look perfect layered on top of any of the blouses, skirts and dresses.
While every single piece in the collection could have a well-deserved place in my closet, there are a few pieces I’d be heartbroken without.
The Mad Men® Collection lace dress, $160
Perfect in PR-girl black, this little black dress is sassy yet office-appropriate. Hitting just above the knee and featuring a banded waist, the dress will create an hourglass figure while providing coverage for those with existing Joan-esque proportions.
Update: purchased. The lace is stretchy and soft and fits mostly true to size. If you’re busty, you may have to go a size up. Yes, I bought both colours.
The Mad Men® Collection animal print cardigan, $110 (shown: soft grey)
Nothing’s sassier than a touch of leopard. This long-sleeved, v-neck cardigan is the perfect topper for any outfit & will look great on top of jeans, a skirt or even that perfect lace dress from the collection I’m coveting.
Update: Didn’t purchase (yet). The cardi is not as soft as it looks & is actually pretty itchy. It’s a great shape & fits true to size, though.
The Mad Men® Collection tie neck top, $95
Silky and sexy, this tie-neck blouse is perfect for work or play. It comes in navy and berry, sure to suit any complexion. This is also the perfect transition piece from cooler end of summer weather to a chilly fall.
The Mad Men® Collection full circle skirt, $134
With a classic, feminine shape, this full circle skirt is sure to become a staple in your closet. Available in black & berry, the skirt cinches your waist while ensuring you’re comfortable. This piece will easily transition into fall with the addition of tights and a cardigan, but it will look great now with a lace shell tucked in.
Now that you’ve seen my picks, what are yours? Are there any pieces you’ll be running out to buy during lunch today?
PS. Word on the street is there’s a great discount for anyone picking up Mad Men clothing today…