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.