The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies.
Today’s post includes a couple spoilers in the most sweeping sense of the word – i.e., a certain character has a happy ending and a reference to the closing scene that relates more to the show’s theme(s) than its plot.
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Last night’s Mad Men series finale was surprising and – for me at least – quite satisfying.
I’ve been working my way through the entire series again, and while the finale had its fair share of odd moments, it was a fantastic companion to the pilot and the series as a whole.
I’m sure that I’ll still be thinking about – and referencing – Mad Men years from now, but today I’m limiting myself to two observations about the finale.
All I really wanted from the finale was for Peggy to have a happy ending. And she did. So I’m happy too.
It’s really as simple as that!
Some will say that Peggy’s ending was a little too tidy, but Mad Men sold me exactly what I wanted to buy – primarily because a couple of the show’s most lovable actors pulled off their scenes together beautifully. Image from AMC.
And now I can’t wait to rewatch Waldorf Stories.
(2) The World of Coke
Speaking of selling things, reimagining Coca-Cola’s “Hilltop” sing-along as Don Draper’s most lasting contribution as an ad man was brilliant.
The ending also gave us a remarkably unflattering portrait of modern life – because we all know that if you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.
Or, to quote one of the most successful taglines, in the history of advertising:
What the world wants today –
Is the real thing.
Ouch. Image from AMC.
My vocabulary was certainly different, but I remember feeling that the Hilltop song – and the happy, shiny people singing it – were comically earnest even when I first encountered the ad as a kid in the early 1980s. Were these 70s people for real? And are they really singing about Coke?
But the song is as catchy and appealing as it is sickly sweet – and therefore a perfect fit for Don Draper as a man of his times. Om.
Mad Men Style – All About Peggy
Here’s the part where we get to the fashion, and I’m devoting today’s post to Peggy. I’m gonna miss that gal – but we can still love her style!
Her character’s growth from mousy secretary to ad agency rockstar has been incredible – and made all the more believable thanks to her wardrobe evolution.
And Peggy’s influence is everywhere! Here are six perfect dresses for a contemporary Peggy.
(1) Modern Floral Peggy
(2) Mustard Floral Peggy
Because what would Peggy wear if she couldn’t wear mustard? Versace Collection Abstract Print Sleeveless Neoprene Dress ($795 from Nordstrom)
(3) Mod Pink Peggy
If Peggy had worn this dress on the show, it would have fit right in. St. John Collection Milano-Kit Colorblock Dress ($995 from Neiman Marcus)
(4) Modern Wrap Peggy
This colorblocked wrap dress is a sleek mix of professional navy with pretty shades of blue – because the boys at McCann Erickson need to be schooled by a girlboss STAT. Diane von Furstenberg Mary Bell Colorblock Wrap Dress ($468 from Neiman Marcus)
(5) Old School Peggy
(6) Funky Paisley Peggy
Finally, here’s the perfect desk-to-dinner dress for a date night with Stan. (And may there be many date nights with Stan!) Etro Paisley and Floral Combo-Print Tunic Dress ($1,660 from Neiman Marcus)
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