February is almost over and March is roaring in. I have many wonderful things to look forward to in March. One in particular is watching the next season of Mad Men. It debuts on March 25, which is also my birthday so it is a double happy day.
While season 4 left us with many personal changes for Don, Betty, Joan and the rest of the Mad Men gang, it also marked a pivotal change in fashion. The early ’60s with their heavily ’50s influenced full skirts and shirtwaist dresses has come to an end. The mid to late ’60s style is much more Jackie O. Kennedy with brighter colors, simple sheath dresses, knits, smaller hats, and pants! The casualwear revolution is beginning to take hold in everyday life, including acceptable office wear (gasp!)
We don’t know what exactly the Mad Men costume team has planned for season 5, but based on the fashion history of the mid 60’s we should have some good clues.
Here are my Mad Men Season 5 fashion predictions:
Brighter colors such as pinks, lime green, canary yellow, and sea blue are all set to add some new life to the Mad Men team. Outfits that match in color dresses, shoes, hats, and bags, were the rule of the day. Betty and the new Mrs. Draper will probably lead the pack with this updated housewife look.
Besides brighter colors, an influx of patterns may spring up for the summer months. Floral, tropical prints, stripes and dainty mini prints will increase in popularity as the decade progresses. Again, the housewives will probably be the leaders of this fashion fad.
For the office girls, like Peggy, we will still see many curves and cap sleeve dresses or two piece suit sets with an array of vintage accessories. Scarves could be a big hit, as well as bold bangles and necklaces. The large buttons on this Shabby Apple dress make this both office conservative and early 60’s mod enough for an up-and-coming girl like Peggy. I predict she will be one to watch this season for the best fashion forward wears.
Dresses wont be the only Mad Men fashion hot spot. Pants will be in. Already seen in season 4 with Joan, cigarette pants matched with cute tops will be seen in and out of the office. Megan wears the cutest casual clothes, so I expect her to continue the trend.
Cardigan sweaters have not gone of out fashion yet. On the contrary, they will play an even bigger role with women this season. Classy and functional, they are the icing on the cake that can pull an entire outfit together. Plain, beaded, or trimmed with simple lines, the cardigan is here to stay.
For these and more great Mad Men inspired clothing, visit the 1960s Mad Men shopping page. Many new spring styles have just been added so that you can update your Mad Men wardrobe just in time for the season opener!
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