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Monday, March 2nd 2009

Retro. Modern.


Much digital ink has been spilled over the Mad Men phenomenon and its influence on fashion, with legions of women rejoicing over the return of the sophisticated, ultra-flattering silhouettes (see curve-hugging sheaths, pencil skirts, and polished blouses) favored by Joan, Betty, and their sexism-stomaching cohorts.

The epitome of that understated sexiness Hitchcock heroines all but wrote the book on, designers are doing a fresh take on the ladylike look for spring, updating it with tailoring and details that place it firmly in the twenty-first century. And here's a styling tip that makes this retro-feminine style feel unmistakably au courant: pair a demure dress with a big bag, bare legs, and ankle socks (so old-school Marc) to show you’re not taking it too literally.

But lest there be any doubt this is about Ladylike for 2009, look no further than this fact: now we can have Joan’s style and Don’s job. Isn’t progress grand? Check out our new Style File and LookBook for more inspired ways to work retro-modern style.


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