Mad Style: Christmas Waltz

Posted on May 23, 2012

It feels like we start every week by saying there wasn’t too much to delve into, costume-wise – and then we go off for another 1500 words on the costumes. We’re always pleasantly surprised when we manage to eke out some thoughts, but honest and for true: we really went over this one with a fine-toothed comb and not a lot presented itself to us. Whenever an episode is dominated by men in suits, you can bet there’s not going to be as much to talk about as just one scene with Betty at a suburban Weight Watchers meeting. And when we weren’t treated to scenes of men in suits this episode, we were treated to scenes with men in matching Hare Krishna robes.

 

This is part of what makes Janie Bryant such a good costume designer. When faced with a scene like a Hare Krishna center or backstage at a Stones concert, she doesn’t just go straight for the cliche. She looks at the people in attendance and tries to figure out something about their lives and ensures that everything is as accurate to the period and the people as possible. Like the scene backstage at the concert, the extras in this scene are not dressed in over-the-top counter-culture hippy styles. Many of the people chanting here look quite conventional, which would be very true for the period (the Krishna movement was brand spanking new in late ’66) and which goes hand in hand with one of the show’s unspoken themes: the sixties (like people themselves) aren’t as easy to pin down as you’ve been told.
 

Roger and the inscrutable (though oft-mentioned) Scarlett trade banter. Actually, she just listens to his banter politely. Obviously, their outfits don’t quite match, but the blues and reds are having a conversation with each other; a conversation ended with the needle scratch of Joan’s “dead roses” dress, which is making its third appearance here and which tends to remind us of the rose motif that played out in her clothing in scenes dealing with her marriage. And let’s face it, whether mentioned or not, almost every Joan scene right now deals in some way with the fallout from her marriage.

 


Another instance of the costuming doing as much work telling the story as the script. You could show these pictures to anyone and they’d figure out the gist of this scene. Roger is upbeat, full of life, and irresponsible; Joan is stern, not willing to put up with his bullshit, and a little dead inside right now.
 

Megan definitely dresses to be noticed (as an actress would). She stands out like a bolt of lightning in the audience.
 


And stands like a column of bright color in opposition to Don’s very establishment grey suit. She is doing visually what the script said she was doing literally: “taking a stand against advertising.”

There’s been some talk – even before this episode – that some of the women’s costumes had a sort of Star Trek feel to them to go along with the science fiction motif this season. That’s true – and certainly very true here – but that’s because fashion of the time often utilized elements that looked a little out there and then shows like Star Trek brought these elements into the American living room. So yes, it’s hard to look at Megan’s dress and not see a little bit of Star Trek in it, but that’s because Star Trek largely dressed its female characters in styles specific to the late ’60s – lots of go-go boots, minis, and bouffants.
 

Ever the Catholic schoolgirl.
 


Like any woman who sleeps with Don gets compared to Betty, any new secretary introduced is going to inevitably get compared to Joan. She is the ur-secretary, just as Betty is the ur-wife. When Jane Siegel or Megan Calvet first showed up at Sterling Cooper, subtle comparisons were made to Joan in the costuming. This tradition continues here, with Scarlett projecting a Holloway-style sense of unflappable competence, while at the same time working an extremely feminine look. This isn’t quite a Joan dress, but it’s definitely a Joan color.
 

A grown woman yelling at a little girl. Janie Bryant has been having some fun with the late-sixties predilection toward infantilized clothes for young women this season. Megan has been dressed as a little girl when it suited the story more than once, and when Joan met Meredith the receptionist back in the season opener, the younger woman was dressed very naively while Joan was dressed in a very grownup-looking cocktail dress. This scene continues that dynamic. Joan’s dress is perfectly acceptable, but it’s certainly not something you’d see in a fashion magazine of the period. Maybe a few years before, but not now. It isn’t really something a young lady in her 20s would wear in 1966, but it’s very much of the period for women Joan’s age. It’s all about the generational differences this season. Meredith is to Joan what Ginsberg is to Don or Pete is to Roger; a bitter reminder of when they themselves were young, fresh, and hungry.

The print on Joan’s dress is one of those typical ’60s prints that’s part floral/part abstract shapes. These aren’t quite the roses that represented her marriage or the many bouquets of flowers she used to receive from men.  There’s a haziness and confusion inherent in the print, very much in line with Joan’s mental state. Not to get too poetic on your asses, but the flowers on her dress are melting and fading away.
 

Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks look delicious together, but Joan and Don simply don’t look like a married couple to us. We know too much about them to buy the little lie. She looks too formidable and confident standing next to him to be his wife. Don likes wives that look like arm candy.

Anyway, if they ever need an actor to portray a young William F. Buckley, they found their man with that car salesman. His outfit is meant to invoke (in his customers as much as in the viewers) a sense of moneyed sophistication with an old world bent to it. In other words: English people, as Americans viewed them at the time (and even now, to some extent).
 

A couple of middle-aged hotties, getting sloppy in a bar made just for them. They’re Marilyn and Sinatra, past their primes and feeling it.

This is clearly not a hip, trendy bar where the young and fabulous hang out. This is a sturdy hotel bar, done up in the faux-medieval style that manifested itself in thousands of bars, lounges and restaurants all the way through the seventies. A bar for grownups after work and before heading home. Joan wasn’t being particularly intuitive when she wondered if the man at the end of the bar was in insurance or law. That’s who’d be frequenting a bar like this: businessmen and the women who accompany them.
 

Another temper tantrum in child-like clothes. Megan’s public face is quite sophisticated and stylish, but privately, she tends to turn into a little girl, especially when she’s mad.
 

After sporting either fading flowers or dead flowers on her last couple of dresses, Joan’s in a vibrant green; full of life. We doubt one bouquet of roses solved all her problems or got her out of her funk, but it’s notable how bright she is and also that her dress has no floral pattern at all.  We could read that as a representation of her mental state: she’s feeling turmoil (the wild pattern) but she’s more optimistic than she was before (bright colors) because her marriage is firmly and irrevocably behind her (no flowers).
 


And finally, a bright line, demarcating the divide between the partners, all in establishment grey, black, and navy blue, and the staff, most of whom are in bright colors or patterns. Notice how every secretary is mimicking the way Joan’s standing. Every single one. She is to those women what Don is to every man in the office: a stylish, good-looking, insanely talented person they all look up to and want to be.

 

[Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]

    • Sweetvegan

      Why don’t I remember that scene with Scarlett in the red dress?

      • tresfabuleux

        It lasted all of about 5 seconds–she came in to let Joan know that there was a visitor waiting for her at reception

        • tresfabuleux

          Let me also state that I am enjoying Miss Scarlett a lot here, too. And T.Lo expressed much more eloquently what I felt during that episode and seeing her wardrobe choices in that she’s working off the Joan prototype.

          Her navy look with the scarf reminds me of the look Joan wore during the “higher or lower” scene LAST Christmas, and then her “visitor announcement look” called back to the color in that scene as well. Brilliant.

        • MissKimP

          She walked in the door, out of focus.  In her solid red dress and her dark hair, I was reminded of early Season 4 Megan.  Will Scarlett be “coming into focus” later this season, or next???

      • Melissa Brogan

         As tresfabuleux said, she came in to tell Joan that Meredith is too scared of Joan to be the one to tell her she has a guest in reception.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      Loved Roger’s vintage Aloha shirt. And OMG those CARS.

      But doesn’t Scarlett’s first dress (navy blue, sleeveless) look a little bare for NYC in December? Consider Lane in his big furry hat…

      • ballerinawithagun

        Perhaps Scarlett’s dress had a matching jacket that she had removed while working. 

      • ballerinawithagun

        Perhaps Scarlett’s dress had a matching jacket that she had removed while working. 

        • MsKitty

          That’s what I’m thinking. My mom had several two-piece outfits like that (complete with scarf, which would make it 3-piece I guess).

    • EEKstl

      Again, if you guys aren’t in negotiations to make Mad Style a coffee table book then there is something wrong with this picture.

      • bluefish

        Brilliant brilliant idea!  I am ready to pre-order!

      • michelle shields

        I’d buy it in a heartbeat!

    • 2ndhandchic

      I always admire Joan’s elaborate hairstyles. Would she have done them herself, or would she have them done at a salon?

      • ballerinawithagun

        My mother and most women of that age group, went to the salon once a week. They slept on satin pillowcases and clipped toilet paper around their hairstyles to keep them looking perfect! It was quite amusing! My mother also had several “wiglets” that you attached to your your updo to refresh it.  

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

          How fascinating! My great-aunt (a lovely, elegant woman who passed last year) once asked me if I “washed my hair myself” and I was mystified. Now I understand – she also wore her beautiful, white hair in updos – tho not as elaborate as Joan’s – and would mention going to the beauty parlor on a regular basis.

          • sweetlilvoice

            I love stories like this….it makes me wistful. 

          • makeityourself

            My now deceased mother-in-law asked me the same question. Her hair was a giant orange artichoke puffball that visited the salon once a week.

            I remember my mom’s bonnet dryer. We kids would sit with our wet heads next to the radiator and would take turns either wearing the bonnet (girls) or using the hose (boys) as a form of blow dryer.

            Speaking of blow dryers, that’s when it all changed. I remember our first one. It was called the Blue Max; it weighed about 10 pounds and maybe had 500 watts of power. By today’s standards it was awful, but back then it was revolutionary.

        • crash1212

           I totally remember my mom doing just what you described – she maintained a stylish ‘french twist’ – wiglets and all! Then Vidal Sassoon happened and she was the first one in the chair getting it all cut off! And never stepped foot in a salon again – except to maintain the cut. What a revolution!

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            I love that story. :)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543232387 Barbara Ross Koski

             Yep, I remember my mom sleeping on a pillow with a satin cover to help keep her hairdo looking fresh. She continued her habit of only washing her hair every two weeks and having it styled at the salon, until her death  a few years ago. My sisters and I could not fathom only washing our hair 2x a month! Still can’t imagine it!

            • sarahjane1912

              My mother didn’t wash her hair at all. Still doesn’t. Her hair is maintained — even after decades and decades [and she's well into her 70s!] — on a weekly basis by her hairdresser, even IF it’s nowhere near as elaborate as the sixties [long curled-under bob, coloured brunette!]. Bless.

            • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

              I’ve never been aware of anyone going two weeks without a wash, but we all certainly went a full week. 

              Here’s what I’ve never understood: We were able to go a whole week without our hair getting too oily or our scalp too itchy at a time when hair products were very heavy and full of chemicals. Now that those products are lighter and organic and our hair styles are simpler, why can’t I go more than three days at the most without needing to wash my hair?

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/JR2Y33CNRLLY2OGAYZKJDYZ2UI G

              You’re older (so am I) and the decline in hormones, espcially estrogen definitely affects volume and shine of our hair. I have fine hair and see a hairdresser maybe three times a year, for a good cut and a wash of color. Even when I let it go 6 months I have little gray at 60, same as my mother. She lived to almost 80 and still had dark hair over half her head. Overwashing hair strips it of natural oils, so it should washed when it needs actual cleaning – and always use a conditioner, one that matches your hair type.

            • baxterbaby

              I never used conditioner until my freshman year in college (1970).  The whole “wash every day” thing didn’t arrive until the later  60′s with the advent of more relaxed hairstyles.  Pixie cuts (Twiggy) had come and gone and long hair was worn simply (straight, center  part) until the early days of the shag.

              Everyone young was obsessed with shiny hair and we washed it until it shrieked, (anyone remember Love’s Lemon shampoo and conditioner?) not realizing we were setting ourselves up to have to wash it more often and use conditioner.  There wasn’t the mass of styling products there is today, so why were we washing it every day?!   My mother, who was a teenager in the 40′s could not understand this.  According to her, they washed their hair once a week and always hated it the first day as they “couldn’t do anything with it” (it wouldn’t hold a set;  young working class women didn’t go to the salon and there was almost nothing in the way of styling products).

            • FayeMac

              I remember being a teenager, mid 60′s, having to negotiate with my mother to let me wash my hair – I was abolutely forbidden to do so at “that time of the month”-
              the reason given escapes me now – but washing hair was an issue with her.

            • http://twitter.com/Elissa_Malcohn Elissa Malcohn

              Does anyone remember Pssssst! (early-mid 70s)?  It was touted as a hair wash in a can.

            • Sweetbetty

               I remember not being able to wash my hair at “that time of the month” and was never given a good reason why.  I remember going to work in the late 60s when I was 19 or 20 and working with a bunch of women 10 to 30 years older than me.  They all went to the beauty shop once a week to have their hair done and there was no hair washing in between.  The goal most of them aimed for was to get a standing appointment Friday night right after work.  Then they could go straight to the hairdresser and then out to dinner or whatever that evening looking their best.  I was much too poor at the time for weekly beauty shop visits but looked forward to the day that I could be a part of that set.  It never came, and now I practically have to be dragged to a beauty shop every three months or so to get my hair cut, I dislike going so much.

              On the subject of Joan’s hair, I’ve always thought it looked too complicated for her to do herself so pictured her as one of those weekly beauty shop gals.  But then they showed her at home a few times with her hair more or less down then back up in its office do the next day.  Even though she’s wearing it softer now, it’s very difficult to get that carefully careless look on the top and back of your own head, nevermind not having any bobby pins or clips showing

            • lifetime_student

              Oh FayeMac, I thought I had the only mother who forbad hair washing during menstruation. She said it would cause cramps. I always put it down to one of her East Tennessee mountain superstitions. Some our worst arguments were over when and how often I should wash my hair. 

            • FayeMac

              Yes, would cause cramps – how funny – have never discussed this issue or even thought of it til now – nice to know I was not the only one

            • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

              I am stunned. That is the most bizarre thing I have heard. That would never work for me, I have to wash my hair daily.

            • Vera L-

              big ditto. My lovely Sicilian heritage means that I must wash my hair daily. Ditto for my uncles who are in their 60′s, otherwise it’s hello oil slick. 

              Old shampoos…gee, your hair smells terrific! 

            • Sweetbetty

              ” I have to wash my hair daily.”

              But back then washing your hair meant setting in on rollers and waiting for it to dry under a hair dryer.  If you had long hair this could take a long, long time.  You had to do it the night before; there was no washing your hair before heading out in the morning to work or whatever.  If you had been brought up that way it would seem natural to you.

            • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

              Oh, I’m sure it would. :)

          • mixedupfiles

             My mom is 82, and just made the leap last fall. Her stylist — for at least 40 years — had retired, and there’s just nobody left in her town who understands the weekly set. (To be fair, she and her stylist had relaxed it a bit from the styles above.)

            Now she has shortish, loose hair, and looks a decade or two younger.

            • http://profile.yahoo.com/JR2Y33CNRLLY2OGAYZKJDYZ2UI G

              A good hairdresser is worth his/her weight in gold. I had a sister who – for reasons known only to herself – tried out a new colorist THE DAY BEFORE SHE WAS IN A WEDDING! and ended up with her dark brown hair dyed burgundy. As in purple. She had 2 choices: wear a turban or re-dye the hair. Fortunately the family hairdresser was able to over-color the hair to a dark brown, enough so the purple only hinted through in direct sunlight. This woman has been our go-to hairstylist for 20+ years, including through her bouts of chemo and radiation therapy. Fortunately she is now fine, and her daughter works with her in the same home salon so there will be continuity should she decide to hang up her shears.

            • Sweetbetty

               A year or so ago I ran into one of the women I had worked with back in the late 60s and who had a standing hair appointment every Friday evening.  She still wears her hair very similar to what she did then, and still keeps it a rich auburn color, and I asked her if she still went to the same hairdresser.  She said no, that he had retired and she had a heckuva time finding a new one that knew how to tease hair.  Fortunately one of her grand-nieces had become a beautician a few years ago and she knew how to do her auntie’s hair.

              I remember that for our proms almost all the girls in the mid-60s had up-dos and we all did the wrapping the head with TP to try to keep the hairdo in place for as long as possible.  You could always tell when you saw the girls in the school halls for the next week who had gone to the prom and who hadn’t.

        • http://twitter.com/flaming_mo Maureen Cox

          My grandmother used to do the same thing with the weekly hair appointment for an elaborate chignon. In addition to the satin pillowcase, she used to wear a special night cap to bed that protected her ‘do.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

            My Mom STILL does that – gets her hair done into a little grey helmet once a week. Wears the satin bonnet at night. Doesn’t touch her hair all week. When I was a kid, and we’d go on vacation, the first thing she’d do is find a phone book to look up a beauty shop so she could get her hair done while we were there. 
            It freaks me out that she hasn’t washed her own hair in half a century.

            • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

               Thank you guys for sharing! This is so interesting! My grandma was very stylish in her day but she lived in Romania, so I don’t think weekly hair-setting appointments happened. I will have to ask though, just to make sure. I was recently surprised when my mother started watching Mad Men season 1 and said she recognized most of the fashions from her childhood. Apparently Communist bloc ladies did not let either their jobs, their politics or their poverty prevent them from wearing 30 pounds of undergarments and huge gathered skirts.

            • selena hobbs

              My mother (a hairdresser for over 40 years) still has a few weekly clients like this. These are the ladies who kept food on our table after my dad left and I love each and every one. Bless these ladies indeed!

            • Sweetbetty

               Selena, has your mother ever done one of her ladies’ hair after they passed away, for their viewing?  My mom wasn’t a beauty shop regular until later in her life but after she died suddenly from a heart attack the funeral director suggested to my step-father that he contact her regular hairdresser about doing her hair.  That issue had never occurred to me.  It turned out her hairdresser had done this before and it was no problem at all but I wondered how many other beauticians do that for their clients.

            • formerlyAnon

              My godmother was a hairdresser. She had a few of “her old ladies” who she still took care of for years after she retired – several whom she went to after they could no longer drive. But I PROMISE you she never did anyone’s hair after they died. The superstitions that woman had – especially around death & illness – could fill a book!

            • sweetlilvoice

              I’ve heard of this too. I think it’s a great compliment to the hairdresser!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691007136 Wendy Lundquist Harlow

            Both my grandmothers always had light chiffon scarves that they’d tie over their hair when they went outside to protect the style.

            • http://tekalynn.livejournal.com/ Teka Lynn

               Oh yes…the scarves, the hairnets to wear to bed, and always, ALWAYS, the shower cap, because Heaven forfend you get your hair wet in the shower.

              Also, those itty-bitty foldup plastic rain scarves. I had an older couple recently ask me where they could find one, and I had to confess that I haven’t seen them for sale in years. But my grandmother always made me wear one when it rained, God bless her.

            • sarahjane1912

              Oh wow … I remember those filmy pastel scarves! My grandmother used them mostly, and I used to steal them to pretend I was something magical out of a bottle ie I Dream Of Jeannie. *GRIN*

        • KayeBlue

          My grandmother still has the wiglets. We lovingly refer to them as her ‘head pets’. 

          • gokobuta

            Does anybody remember the Beverly Cleary book called Socks? Nana’s visit? Wiglet gold.

            • http://twitter.com/margs4 Margaret Grace

              The one narrated by the cat, right? I loved that one, especially because I desperately wanted to be a cat when I grew up. Still holding out for it.

        • Chickadeep

          OMG, wiglets! You’re right about those; I used to find them in thrift shops and yard sales as late as the ’80s, when the die-hard weekly salon types finally gave up the beauty parlor sets and related accoutrements. My sister and I used to buy them for a few cents and use them to make Barbie wigs!

          We’ve seen Joan at home/off-duty with her hair carefully contained in a scarf-like headwrap or headscarf; my money is on her having a regular salon appointment, plus extra visits for special occasions, and careful maintenance in between. She would have been a teen in the post-WWII years, when hairstyles were still transitioning from DIY wartime “make dos” to the more formal, salon-created New Look styles and beyond. Her style sweet spot was probably the mid-to-late ’50s, and as far as we know she has spent her adult life in white collar, image-conscious jobs, so she’s had a lot of practice at keeping her hair in presentable fashion (that is, styled) most of the time.

        • JackieOBlue

          My mom had a what she called a “fall” that was made out of real hair and she would have it washed and set at the salon.  Not sure how she put it on, but I know it was used more than once for Halloween.

          • NoNeinNyet

            Megan was sporting what looked like a fall in episode 2 when she and Don went out for the Heinz dinner.

        • oohsparkley!

          LOL – my mom too!  Lots of Aquanet too.

          • formerlyAnon

            My children think it’s hilarious that although I’ve used hairspray myself fewer than a dozen times in my life (a handful of occasions during the 80s that required that my bangs defy gravity), I have an unswerving brand loyalty to Aqua Net simply because it was known in my female relatives’ circles as “the hairspray that works.”

        • SerraMontara12

          I could have written that! wiglets, satin pillowcases, whoa, that was mom glamour.

      • Sobaika

        Probably at a salon regularly and then had her head wrapped up before going to bed. So much effort!

      • kmulkey

         I was a young working secretary during this period and most gals would go to the hairdresser once a week to get a “do” and wrapped their hair in toilet paper at night to keep it set.  We also wore wiglets to add fullness.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1040755132 Kristine Tolman

           I very much remember my mom wrapping her hair in toilet paper and her little curl wigs propped on a styrofoam head. A favorite family photo shows me in a my little page boy haircut gazing with adoring eyes at my mom in full beehive and wearing a fake fur collar coat. Even though I was very young during this time, this show is really bombarding me with some memories. I tried to convince my mom to watch it (she was also a young secretary and single mom of 2), but she won’t do it.

      • Richard Harper

        With her importance in the office and her good salary, she would have her hair done in a salon.  Her styles are lovely but a bit modernized; the casual looseness around her face and the updo would have been more structured and ‘set,’ although by 1966 that was definitely becoming more casual.  (I learned hairdressing in the 70′s in the midwest — about 10 years behind either coast, fashion-wise.)

      • Amy Fee Garner

        Her at-home-with-newborn hair was so tossed together that I’d imagine she went weekly to get her hair roller set and dried under the dryer.  My grandmother and mother had satin nightcaps (that fascinated me greatly as a child) they wore to keep their sets nice between beauty parlor visits.  I’m just thankful for wash & wear!

      • sarahjane1912

        I admire all the hairstyles, especially that of Joan.

        But her hair has certainly changed since the first season when, oh my word, she still had those beautiful soft folds around falling from her crown, but the back was just an exercise in styling mastery, with every curl in place. I often wondered how she managed to keep it so perfect after her afternoon hotel assignations with Roger!

        I especially noticed today that despite her style being ‘typical’ Joan, all I could think when I saw it was ‘bed hair’. It has a tousled just-rolled-out-of-bed feel to it which to my mind suggested that while she didn’t have sex in this episode, she still permeates it and is surrounded by it [the rapist ex-husband, the former lover, the product of the quick screw WITH the former lover and the won't-be lover].

      • bluefish

        I remember my mother with her at-home bonnet hair dryer — with the little vents for drying one’s nails as the hair was being dried.  And the pink foam curlers and Dippity Do!  Given how good Joan is at everything, I can imagine her tending to her own hair — with the occasional visit to the salon.  I would LOVE to spend some time on the show with these ladies at the salon.  We had one episode with Betty at the hairdress, I think, seasons ago. 

        • random_poster

          My mom had one of those dryers as well.  She rolled her hair after washing it once a week, and sat under that dryer with her knitting in hand.  I was helping her clean out some stuff about a year ago and found the dryer.  She wanted to throw it out because the air hose was broken.  Instead I took it home with me to keep, just because it takes me back to my childhood. 

      • http://julia-here.livejournal.com/ Julia

        The style she’s wearing in this episode is one I can do myself when my hair is shoulder length instead of the nape-length swing cut I’ve got going now (I was a hair model for someone who was taking Salon Sassoon classes in 1966-1968 and learned the cut). It’s a loose french braid, teased at the crown, turned under at the ends, the loops of braid pulled loose with a tail comb and then pinned in. It’s a cheap knock-off of a salon style and only people with thick, wavy hair could get away with it. If Joan goes modern (instead of doing a tight chignon, very much the next New York look for adult women who kept their hair long) she’s more likely to have a shag with a lightly teased crown than a pure early-Sassoon bob.

        • Glammie

          Wow, I’m amazed by just the sheer detaile knowledge re: hair in this thread.  I hadn’t gotten past it being a bit like La Liz’s style at that time.  

          I’d assume the story would have Joan getting her hair done, but it also makes sense that she’d know how to do it and maintain it.  Joan didn’t grow up with money, so she knows how to make do.

    • Sweetvegan

      Wow – didn’t notice the body language in that last scene until I saw your screencaps! Look at Peggy, the only one with her arms crossed. She’s the only one who sees through the partners’ BS.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        I hope she does. We REALLY need a good Peggy-Don scene. Now that Megan is gone I think we’ll get it. I hate that after everything they went through last season, they are practically strangers. :(

        • sarahjane1912

          True … apart from the blow-up at the cool-whip demonstration, there’s been so very little betwixt the pair. And while I ached for Peggy every time she asked for a raise or recognition [and Don slapped her down] you are so right, they were closer; she had that all-nighter with him, listening and being understanding, and I think that they respect each other [while each seeing the other's faults] but I want more of them together, scene-wise. *Crosses fingers for the future*

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCFNN4YIMD4YWHQJF3ODXPD3ZM Kelli Phillips

         I don’t really get that.  Not that I don’t think Peggy sees through a lot of bullshit, but every single person in the room responded dubiously to Lane’s confusing speech and Pete’s smarmy one (that shot of her above is a reaction to one of their speeches).  But also like everyone else, Peggy seemed immensely pleased by Don’s “go team!” at the end.  We’ve seen that Peggy doesn’t take Don’s nonsense, but she also hero-worships him as a mentor and a creative director.  In the first episode of the season she said she was worried that Don had lost his creative mojo, and she seemed to take the speech he gave here as a declaration that he was finally stepping back into the ring. 

    • Sweetvegan

      Wow – didn’t notice the body language in that last scene until I saw your screencaps! Look at Peggy, the only one with her arms crossed. She’s the only one who sees through the partners’ BS.

    • janetjb

      Gorgeous Jaguars.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        I loved how Don “unveiled” Joan to the salesman by taking his coat off her shoulders.

        • sarahjane1912

          Yup, and the salesman lapped it up.

          But to my mind, they looked more like a boss and his mistress than some titular ‘married couple’. And — this is just a personal feeling — I really FELT that Joan had come out without her own coat, her handbag [you call them pocketbooks, right?] and the other accoutrements required to be ‘out and about’. I kept wondering how she was managing without all the bits’n’pieces ‘required’ to function outside the office, even though Don was there.

          And that feeling continued into the bar scene. Even after Don left [and threw cash on the bar to cover the bill]. I did wonder how Joan got home, if she was warm enough, had a key to her apartment, whether she picked up that guy across from her in the bar [!!] … I know: picky, picky, picky. ;-)

          • Sweetbetty

             Don put money on the bar for the bill and then tucked some bills under Joan’s hand saying with a wink and a smile something like, “Carfare, in case things don’t work out with the guy across the bar”.  I tend to think Joan left, alone, shortly after Don did, walked from the door of the bar to a cab, went to the office to get her things, then went home.

            • sarahjane1912

              *Smacks head* Of course he did. That’ll be the, erm … third/fourth [or something] time you’ve helped me out on a detail I’ve forgotten. :-)

            • Sweetbetty

               Glad to be of assistance; so many here have come to my rescue so many times :-)

    • janetjb

      Gorgeous Jaguars.

    • http://twitter.com/Coloradowomyn Kimberly S-W

      Thank you thank you thank you!  One of the best birthday gifts I’ll get today!! :)

      • Kathleen Tripodi

         Happy Birthday!

      • TxMom2011

        Happy Birthday!

      • TheDivineMissAnn

         Happy Birthday!

      • baxterbaby

        Happy Birthday!

    • carolynmo

      I want Megan’s dress! I yelled when I saw it. Spectacular!

      • siriuslover

        My mother had some stunning dresses. I think my sister has them now. One of them was so gorgeous. A bright orange with feathers around the collar. When I look at these mid-sixties fashions I can almost imagine my mom wearing some, though she was on the West Coast and not at all wealthy…or even middle class…still, though, people had style!

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Yes, people actually dressed up to go to the theater, even if it was a one-act, off, off Broadway play. 

        When I went to my first  Broadway play in the early ’70s, I got all gussied up and my husband wore a suit. It was shocking to see that the New Yorkers were wearing extremely casual clothes. I was equally disappointed by Londoners years later. Perhaps (and probably) it’s a sign of my growing up in the 50s, but I don’t think one should attend special occasions, such as a night out at the theater, dressed for the laundromat.

        • Lisa_Cop

          As someone who still dresses for theater and ballet, I thought Megan stood out like a sore thumb in that scene. This was off off broadway and everyone around Megan was dressed in a more subdued manner, as would be appropriate. With that jeweled collar and red dress, Megan was dressed as though she was going to a gala. Made me think she really is out of touch with her acting peers.

          • sarahjane1912

            I wonder … do you feel out of place now when you dress up for theatre/ballet? I know this is off-topic, but I too ‘dress’ for such occasions and I sometimes feel like I’ve gone too far, what with the plethora of casual clothes worn by the punters. Apart from ‘first nights’, of course. ;-)

            • Lisa_Cop

              No. I always sit in the orchestra section where casual dressing is at a minimum. But I never wear anything over the top; long gowns and jewels reserved strictly for galas. I feel I dress nicely but not too showy, just appropriate.

          • formerlyAnon

            I ‘bought’ her outfit because (while I don’t think it was the only reason she would have chosen it), I unconsciously assumed she was also dressing for Don – not so much the specific dress, but the “dressy” feel of it. He likes his women to be arm candy and on some level she knows that.

            • sarahjane1912

              Good point. And no doubt the theatre visit was accompanied by a dinner at some snazzy restaurant as well, in which case the dress would have been required attire for her as Don’s ‘date’. ;-)

      • baxterbaby

        We wore lots of silk shantung or dupioni dresses with heavily decorated necklines and hems and sleeves.

    • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

      I love you guys so much! The way you give an already fantastic show like “Mad Men” even more brilliant layers for us BKs to consider is so amazing.

    • susu11

      Very insightful post TLo! I’m always impressed with what you’re able to draw out about the characters even in the most seemingly unassuming wardrobe choices. I’m definitely curious to see if Scarlett is going to be playing a bigger role next season. Her outfits were definitely stylish and she seems like an ideal/competent secretary, just like Megan was back in Season 4. Her blue/green plaid dress in the last screen shot also calls back to the blues in Joan’s vibrant green dress.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Maybe she should take over the front desk. Half the job is being eye candy. Well, maybe not half. But it’s a big part of it. Megan sure made a splash out there.

        • CozyCat

          Roger will pay any price to keep her right where she is.

    • Elizabeth Waalen

      There is a

    • egl48

      Great article!!!!!

    • Judy_J

      Love that Joan is still wearing the pen necklace.  It’s been a constant from Day One.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

        And her pins.

    • MsKitty

      I’ve already said it a kazillion times, but I REALLY look forward to these posts every week.

      Something I just noticed in the stills, Chez Draper isn’t awash in holiday decorations. Interesting.

      • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

        Good catch!  That is interesting, isn’t it?

      • sarahjane1912

        Not awash with decorations, no, but I did notice that there was a bowl of them on the dining room table as they were ‘enjoying’ dinner. Baubles of some kind, I think, which I think was a tiny nod to the festive season but, as you say, the place wasn’t exactly screaming Christmas. I wonder if the children will be visiting soon? Maybe Megan will do the seasonal thang then?

        • CozyCat

          Oh how I hope they get one of those aluminum trees!

        • kcarb1025

          The weekend after the 7th would’ve been the second weekend in December, so they probably won’t get the kids until the 16th, which would be a more contemporary-for the period-time to decorate for christmas… especially since they have no children of their own. And personally, I don’t know any childfree couples who decorate for xmas even a little bit close to the way the ones with kids do.

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            IIRC, Tom and Lorenzo said that they do. :)

          • sarahjane1912

            *Makes ‘wrong answer’ buzzer noise* — We do. 

            Completely childless by choice and come Christmas, it looks like Santa has vomited on our villa; we’re talking an 8-foot decorated tree, garlanded stair banisters, sleigh bells hung from drawer handles, Christmas-scented pot pourri, poinsettia plants, beribboned chair legs, mince tarts, shortbread and more … Chortle.

            *Scratches head* I didn’t think Christmas was just for children. *Winks*

            • Sweetbetty

               I wanna come to your house for Christmas :-)  I assume you entertain a lot?  When my kids were young and even into early adulthood when they started having kids my house was decorated inside and out, floor to ceiling, and I live alone so did it all myself.  About five years ago we started gathering at my daughter’s house for Christmas day instead of here and my decorating cut back little by little to the point that this past year I never even got my tree put up.  I don’t get much company and I’m feeling the infirmities of age and decorating just doesn’t seem as important as it once did.

            • sarahjane1912

              I adore entertaining, yes. :-) And we operate an ‘open door’ policy during the festive season. *Winks*

              I’ve always been ‘into’ Christmas since it’s the one major holiday where we go ‘all out’. Things are changing — back in my home country — and Hallowe’en and other festivals we wouldn’t normally celebrate are getting more commercialised [and thus, more decorated] but we old-fashioned types see Christmas as the only festival which really requires an effort! 

              Moreover, when one is far away from home in an Muslim country [which nevertheless sells loads of decorations, real trees and more as a sop to the expat community] I find it comforting to go nuts at Christmas as much as possible. One can ‘spot the expat house’ by the sight of the wreath on the door, that’s for sure!

              I expect that as the years roll on I won’t make such an effort, but at the moment I can’t quite see that happening! That said, the one thing on which I DO draw the line is putting reindeer antlers on my dogs. Never never never. *Grins*

        • ybbed

          There were a bunch of stockings over the fireplace.

      • bluefish

        In those days, as I recall, most people didn’t go nutso with the holiday decor and it certainly didn’t begin the day after Thanksgiving either.  I’m sure there were countless exceptions, but my memory is that Christmas trees, stocking, wreaths etc. were put on view a week or so before the 25th –  Maybe two weeks — Now the season seems to hit in late November.

        • MsKitty

          I could live with late November at this point. Last couple of years I’ve seen houses already decorated with the fake snow and santas when taking the young’uns trick or treating. I was like, “really?!?” But that’s a rant for another day.

          • Sweetvegan

            I’ve had a Christmas tree set up in the corner of my living room continuously for 4.5 years now. It’s small.

        • formerlyAnon

           I was a child in the commuter suburbs of Connecticut at this period and Christmas decor was BIG – though heavily leaning toward the do-it-yourself project, instructions for which would be in the November & December issues of Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens and the BIBLE for my mom, Family Circle magazines. (I believe that fully half of our holiday “traditions” can be found in the 1965 and 1966 November & December issues of Family Circle Magazine.)

          We painted snowflakes on windows with Bon Ami cleaner, turned pipe cleaners, pine cones and styrofoam balls into ornaments, wreaths, & centerpieces, with gallons of Elmer’s glue & glitter and cans of spray paint. One of the more arty young moms on the block covered her front door with metallic wrapping paper and glued on a bow so it looked like a package. [VERY adventurous, it meant she didn't have a wreath on the door!]  Christmas cards (which were sent in much more voluminous quantity than today) were stapled on ribbons to frame doorways, lined up in rows on the mantel & bookshelves, and artfully arranged in large shallow bowls. 

          And I’m skipping all the school projects & the religious stuff. (I swear, I have made at least 5 dozen angels since I was 6, from macaroni & yarn & styrofoam & clothespins & cornhusks & pine cones & cardboard & old Christmas cards & from crocheted cotton string stiffened with Elmer’s glue & from beads strung on wire & probably a few more.)

          Granted, some of this suburban hoopla was no doubt to keep the kids occupied. But in our corner of the universe, the tree may not have gone up till a week before Christmas, but the wreaths went up soon after Thanksgiving and the crafts projects started after Halloween.

          Surely I’m not the only one who made a very “modern” creche scene from old magazines taped into cones & spray painted dull metallic gold, with styrofoam balls covered in [memory fails - I think it was sequins?] for the heads?  Let me tell you, it’s no joke when the concept precludes covering all the construction defects with drapey robes. [Mary got a robe, and Jesus got swaddling clothes, everyone else was abstract cones & balls.]

          • bluefish

            Wow — that sounds intense and fabulous and also intensely fabulous.  You must have loved it as a child — such great memories.  We lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland, between 1960 and 1965.  Christmas was great — with cocktail parties for the grown-ups too — but nothing like you describe.  It was tree, the creche scene, stocking, wreath at the door.  Lots of lovely food — and because it didn’t start weeks in advance, it all packed a wallop. 

            I will have to try your modern creche scene with old mags, etc … Sounds like something I would have enjoyed then and now.  This show is better than Proust and his little cookies for opening up the floodgates of memory, isn’t it?

            • formerlyAnon

              Yes. For me this show is what music from “their era” must be to dementia patients – stuff I haven’t thought about in years comes flooding in.

          • ybbed

            Somewhere in this episode, maybe at the office, there were what looked like the styrofoam cones covered with velveteen and some kind of jewels. I used to  make stuff like that with my mom.

          • makeityourself

            Glitter, pine cones, felt (lots of felt), yarn, styrofoam, old coffee cans, sequins, nylon net, more glitter, construction paper, plastic holly, jingle bells, pipe cleaners.

            I think between our lists we covered most of the Christmas Craft materials needed for a suburban American Christmas. We did not make the modern crèche scene that you describe, but there was some project that involved folding at an angle every page of a magazine then fanning it out standing on its pine into a Christmas tree? Maybe spray painting it too? Then throwing glitter on it? I haven’t thought of that in more than 40 years.

            • formerlyAnon

              Ooh, I think I remember that Christmas tree project! 

              Looking back I’m astonished at how much spray paint we used.

    • http://theargiehome.blogspot.com/ Gus Casals

      Am I the only one worried about so much Scarlett-naming? Last
      two times this happened we ended up with Jane Sterling and Megan Draper. As for
      the coral dress she’s wearing, that also calls back to Megan’s ‘engagement announcement’
      dress. Nice take in Joannie’s green dress, I had not seen it that way, but
      makes complete sense.

      And speaking of “a stylish,
      good-looking, insanely talented person they all look up to and want to be”,
      are you talking about yourselves and us amateur commenters and bloggers? You
      are role models already. 

      • http://twitter.com/AilatanMyopic Ailatan

         Yeah, I feel the same way. Also, both Roger and Don are bored so this could end up in either of them going for Scarlett.

        • Glammie

          Possibly Roger, but not Don.  He won’t stray for what he’s getting at home–he’ll stray in another direction.  

          • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

            I shudder to think what direction that might be…

      • ldancer

        One thing I noted about Scarlett was that in the first scene she’s in, we see her in a dress with bare arms and a rather plunging neckline for the office. The second time we see her, her dress is very high-necked and has long sleeves. I don’t know what purpose this serves except to make her very noticeable and break her out of the background.

        I was surprised to see bare arms. I thought those didn’t become acceptable for some time? But what do I know. I started working office gigs in the late 90′s and left that world in 2002. It’s a big day for me if I wear pants to work.

    • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

      I just noticed Joan’s little Christmas tree pin on the green dress.  And if all the secretaries are standing like Joan, look at the body language of the creatives!

      • charlotte

         Look at it with Betty’s eyes, and you see half a Bugle.

      • http://twitter.com/Toongrrl1990 Toongrrl

        They show their individuality

    • Blondella

      There seems to be a lot of red, green, and gold in this episode too, presumably representing Christmas.  It isn’t obvious – red with gold and then green with gold – but it is there.  There seems to be a lot of blue too, but I don’t know if that is just the screencaps that you chose or what it would represent.

      • Amy Fee Garner

        My parents celebrated their first Christmas together in 1966, and as such had to get ornaments, decorations, etc brand new then.  Up until the early 1980s, our Christmas decor was exactly these colors, including those blues and greens, and golds — these seem to have been THE holiday colors in the mid-late 60s.  

        • Spicytomato1

          Yes! Those colors, and the textures of satin and velvet. I still have a few of my mom’s old ornaments from that era, they are my favorites.

          • Amy Fee Garner

            Right!!  Satin and flocked velvet all over the place.  I loathed them when I was a teenager because they looked so dated, but I’d hop in a time machine to have them back now.  They aged into elegance.

            • Spicytomato1

              I hated them back then, too, they seemed to be stuffy and boring to me. I begged my mom for something more fun like an elf or snowman to hang on the tree. Finally she relented, and it was all downhill from there! You are right, they definitely aged into elegance. Like so much of the era, really. I’d kill for some of her furnishings from back in the day, too. Not to mention her clothes!

            • Munchkn

               My parents had a Eames chair although I didn’t realize it till years later.  When we went through their belongings after my mom died,  I don’t think any of us kids got that chair.  I wish I had.

    • Scimommy

      I’m sitting here waiting for someone to mention the purple. Wasn’t purple a turmoil color for Joan? Wasn’t this a very appropriate turmoil moment to break out another purple dress – with melting roses, no less?

      • susu11

        I noticed that too. I remember Tlo saying purple is the color of Joan’s heart, and right now she’s very disillusioned and confused about love. It was a great contrast to the bright green dress she wears at the end. Actually the whole transition of Joan’s dresses- The sober brown roses, The blue/melting purple flowers, and the life-affirming leafy green is genius. Her state of mind regarding her love life coming full circle.

    • Melissa Brogan

       I loved Scarlett’s fab blue dress with the printed scarf/tie and brooch. Gorgeous girl. Hope she’s not the latest fling for one of the office men.

      • Vlasta Bubinka

        I like that dress too. It does remind me of a Megan dress from season4, the blue she wore with the diagonal stripe at the dropped waist, and I think at the neck and possibly sleeves? She was shown so briefly in it, but there’s a similar vibe with the stripe accent to this dress. Pretty sure it was in the Suitcase… you can kinda see it when she and Peggy are at the bathroom mirrors.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        That’s what she was implying with her “fishing” comment to Roger- she’s onto him.
        I don’t think our Joanie will allow anymore shenanigans in the office.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      The other thing going on in the 1960s was the metallic eyeshadow. we haven’t seem a lot of it in MM because of the mostly daytime shots, but it also added to the space/Star Trek fashions of the time.
      The details of the dirty, ratty looking Lakshmi & Kinsey were so thorough and clued us in the desperateness of their existence. I do think if we see Paul again, he will be a super-successful writer in LA and even more insufferable. He was made for the place.
      It seems that Roger’s tie under the Hawaiian shirt does weakly call out to Joan’s Dead Roses dress, just as he was offering his half-assed monetary support. She really set him straight, didn’t she?

      • Amy Fee Garner

        I see all the metallics as fashion’s callback to the Space Age.  Remember we were a mission or two away from putting a man on the moon!!

      • mixedupfiles

         I agree that Paul will be a success in California. Lakshmi said he can really close a deal.

      • formerlyAnon

        “I do think if we see Paul again, he will be a super-successful writer in LA and even more insufferable.” 
        This rings true for me.

    • sweetlilvoice

      That last scene blows my mind! Who else would have noticed all the secretaries are standing the same way? Genius, gentleman as always. Loved Joan in green, it is our color.

    • tallgirl1204

      So with nothing to say, you gave me a delicious five minutes of Joanie!  Thank you so much!  I find myself at my own job thinking about the messages people send with their clothes– (business casual isn’t the word for it here– casual-casual?  just-got-back-from-the-beach casual?)– at any rate, interesting to note the differences between management/worker bees, as well as how people dress like the managers they admire or want to be. 

      • Spicytomato1

        It is interesting, isn’t it? In this day and age it seems almost anything goes. Thankfully some people do still seem to adhere to the adage “dress for success” or I think today’s offices would be in real trouble, fashion-wise. Camisoles and thigh-baring minis? Bare toes on men? *Shudders*

        • sweetlilvoice

          I agree! I dress better than 95% of my coworkers. I dress for the job I want, not the job I have. Men run around in shorts, sandals…women look like they might be cleaning the house. It annoys me.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

          I agree as well – I’ve always dressed professionally at the office and I’m amazed that, more often than not, the disparaging remarks this brings (“well, YOU sure look fancy,” etc.).

          • warontara

            I feel your pain! I often get asked about my plans after work, as if I have to be going on a date since I decided to wear a dress. 

            • Sweetbetty

               At the other end of the scale is the woman I used to work with who came in to the office wearing black satin pants (she normally dressed very casually, not jeans but just a step up, so this was tres dressy for her) and a black velvet top embellished with rhinestones.  It was definitely not office wear for anyone.  Everyone who commented on how nice she looked got snapped at with, “Are you saying I don’t normally look nice?”, or some variation of that.  She and I were somewhat of confidantes and she complained to me in private about how whenever she wore something dressy to work because she was going to a banquet or some other dressy occasion after work she got complemented but never on a day to day basis.  I nodded and listened but inside I was rolling my eyes, wondering what it would take to make her happy.

      • HeatherD9

         Once again I find myself vigorously nodding along with a comment.  I completely agree w you, Spicytomato1 & Sweetlilvoice!  A few small observations:

        1)It’s hard to dress for the job you want when surrounded by male managers of the short-sleeve work shirt tribe (a la Harry)
        2)Beach casual is even more the case when you work in a seaside town– esp. a California college town / tourist destination
        3)College students are an eclectic group….  I mentioned to a colleague that because of the pjs, hello kitty tees & sweatshirts, many of our students look like they just rolled out of bed. She said it could be worse — apparently the majority at her campus “Dress like a reality tv star ready to hop into bed, tumble & tweet about it between commercials”!

        ***Sigh****  Who would have thought a blouse & skirt or dress & jacket (that have seen an iron at some point) would set you aside as a “dressed up” professional?

        Thank goodness for TLo & my fellow bitter kittens!

        H:D

        • sweetlilvoice

          I live in a college town myself so I know what you mean! 

    • friedacarmen

      A comment and a question directed directly at Tom and Lorenzo:

      1) Besides Star Trek, the other, bigger (i.e. more ubiquitous throughout society) that there were outer spacey motifs in clothing at this time was that the Space Program was at its Zenith. Remember that the moon landing is coming up in 1969 and that the U.S. and Russia are in a race to get there first, and are sending up mission after mission.  The public was fascinated with space (which is of course why Star Trek existed).

      2) I’ve noticed that after beginning to wear very sophisticated, beautiful, expensive dresses last season, Peggy is now back in FULL Catholic schoolgirl drag almost all the time. Do you think this is telling us something about her current position at the firm?  I do.

      • friedacarmen

        I meant to say the other bigger REASON.

      • sarahjane1912

        Only that Peggy has been working like a beaver on various bits’n’bobs but had very little ‘face time’ with potential clients. After she was bumped from Heinz, well, she’s had to work behind the scenes so to speak, ergo she dons the ‘Peggy uniform’ and keeps her dress-to-impress gear for her next opportunity.

        • sweetlilvoice

          The phrase working like a beaver on various bits’n’bobs is so great. I have to thank you for using it. I’ll try to work into a conversation today.

    • P M

      I just noticed something that may be insignificant, but may not be insignificant: Scarlett’s dress, in cut and colour, *just slightly* resembles Joan’s.

      And she’s placed behind her?

      Back-stabbing foreshadowing? Promotion looming ahead for Scar? Hm….

      • friedacarmen

        She also seems rather like a mini-Joan in her competence and crisp manner.  Does seem like foreshadowing…..

      • sweetlilvoice

        Don’t forget, Scarlett’s dress when she’s sitting down at the desk looks a lot like an early dress of Joan’s. I think it’s pink. It has a dramatic long scarf pinned to the collar and is very sexy.

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          I think Joan’s had a few dresses– red, black, the blue from the election party– that have long scarves trailing down the back. In addition to making me think of Megan’s dress from last season, this reminds me of Clara’s deep V neck dress that got her in hot water with Pete because she thought Roger was flirting with her when he was using it as a chance to see Pete’s calendar.  Visually, Scarlett seems to be an interesting blend of Clara (mostly toiling in the background), Joan (secretary turned office manager), and Megan (secretary turned wife).

          • sweetlilvoice

            I knew I had seen that blue dress recently, thanks for the reminder. I’ve re-watched Season 1, JFK+Nixon episode-Paul says ‘I bet you can’t sit down in that dress’ to Joan and then they dance a slow cha cha. Sigh.

      • Sweetbetty

         I felt the same way when I looked at that picture.  Scarlett ready to step into Joan’s place when Joan has to step into Lane’s place.

    • cmb92191

      I didn’t even notice that all the ladies were standing that way until you pointed it out.   Interesting!  That being said, I do like Dawn’s outfit.

    • JMEL

      Joan’s green dress reminds me of a garden in which all the dead flowers have been pulled.  It is ready for regrowth. 

    • Beardslee

      I don’t watch thttp://www.guardian.co.uk/fashion/2012/may/22/red-carpet-glamour-gap-canneshis show but I like reading these posts because the clothes are so nice.  I wish more people, mostly men, dressed more formally than they do (and by formally I mean something other than an oversized T shirt and horrible, too long shorts).  I think going out in public would be easier on the eye.
      I like these posts becauuse I like seeing men wearing suits, which is as good a segueway as any into posting this article that I thought my fellow readers would like:

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      Plaid pants and a sweater.. how very season 1 Betty…

      • sweetlilvoice

        I always loved that outfit of Betty’s, the plaid pants she is wearing when she wrecks the car because her hands go numb.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

          Loved those pants. I think those were the same pants she wore when she and Don broke the news of their split to Sally and Bobby, too.

          • sweetlilvoice

            Excellent catch!

      • Lisa_Cop

        It immediately struck me that Megan’s green sweater in this episode was the same one she wore last week when showing Sally how to fake cry.

    • bluefish

      Excellent point about what makes Jane Bryant so essential to the success of this show — your comments re her clothing choice in the Hare Krishna scene are spot on.  So many movies and shows get this period wrong because they go overboard and put actors and extras in costumes.

      I loved Harry’s coat in the early scenes — and am SO glad you omitted the sub-par Mother Lakshmi plot point entirely.  I had the feeling that the terrific Don and Joan scene — Don Juan? — got thrown in there because for the rest this past week was a stinker.

      Interesting comments too about the evolution and sometimes devolution in Joan’s choice of prints — Happy to see her in that vibrant gorgeous green at the end — and the little Christmas tree pin is a classic.   Her hairstyle is getting looser and looser.  At some point, we may see that hair down — trimmed but down.

      Sally would be roughly my age now and I certainly remember a lot of brocades, metallics, and abstract-ethnic prints during this time period among the adult ladies.  Lots of interesting necklines too –  And great casual wear — Megan looks great in pants.

      And the matter of the bar selection — perfect for Don and Joan.  A comfortable retreat into the past for the two of them.  Once you get to be a certain age, you start to long for those places that made you feel young and vibrant back in the day.  They offer comfort and security — and that makes it so much easier sometimes to feel relaxed and have a good time.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        I love Harry’s coat too.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI yahoo-FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI

        Joan and Don are about 35, 40 years old respectively.  A bit over the hill and so young.  Scary, they have 25 more years in the workforce.  This is said by a nearly 62 year-old who still wants to believe she’s got it.

        • bluefish

          I do believe you’ve got it and have it!  Some folk never really lose it — it just changes.  Don and Joan will always have that kind of charisma — and their unique sense of style.   And 62 is definitely young!

    • Frank_821

      The last comment about the secretaries looking to Joan speaks also about the change in times. Joan was always a formidable woman but I imagine the women in the office in 1966 would look to her (and Peggy) more as a role model than they did back in 1960. Here’s Peggy a seemingly successful copywriter and Joan who pretty much keeps comapny together and going. It underscores her likely disdain for Meredith who really does not measure up to Joan’s standards

    • annrr

      Who got Joan the flowers? One post said Don the card says ALi Kahn, is that an inside joke with Joan and Don I am not getting?

      • cmb92191

        Don gave Joan the flowers.  Remember how Joan was talking about her mother?  This proves that Don was actually listening to her.   The Ali Khan reference is an actual person though.  Mr. Khan was a playboy back in the day who was Rita Hayworth’s ex.  Apparently the story goes that Mr. Khan gave Rita Hayworth flowers ALL the time.   (Granted this was all before my time, and this is what a quick internet search says)

      • dress_up_doll

        The flowers were actually from Don. Ali Khan was one of Rita Hayworth’s lovers who was known to send her flowers everyday.

      • Melissa Brogan

         Don explicitly mentions Ali Khan during the bar scene. He was making a joke that he thought Khan was wooing Joan by how she got flowers every day… then he follows up by sending her flowers the next morning “as Ali Khan” with the message about her mother in reference to her line, “My mother raised me to be admired.”

      • friedacarmen

        Joan asked Don why he never asked came on to her, and he answered that he was intimidated by her because when he first started at SCDP, she got so many flowers delivered to her that he thought she was dating Ali Khan (a famous playboy). That, in conjunction with her “My mother raised me to be admired” line, led Don to send the flowers with the card, which referenced two parts of their conversation and brought them together as a joke and also a tribute to Joan at the same time.

      • Munchkn

         Ali Khan was not only Rita Hayworth’s ex-husband,  but Rita was herself a redhead.  Who on MM has vibrant red hair and is gorgeous?  Joanie, of course!

      • oohsparkley!

        Thanks for asking this annrr – I was wondering too.  And thanks to the many who answered.

    • P M

      Perhaps this is reading too much into it, but I liked Lakshmi’s costuming: there’s something ‘off’ about her Krishna Consciousness, in my mind. She sticks out as the black sheep, and that shawl is just a disguise, it seems. 

    • http://textsfromtrudycampbell.tumblr.com/ TextsfromTrudy

      My favorite scenes with Joan have always been when she expresses her standards of professional behavior and decorum. So it’s especially fun to see her rage out when specifically this issue is being dealt with! She never looks more beautiful when she comes slightly undone and has to put in just the minimum effort to make herself up again. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

      I love the effect of Roger offering to help Joan with the baby when he himself is dressed like an overgrown child.

    • charlotte

      I found it a bit irritating that Paul was almost the only one who went all the way Hare Krishna style-wise. As you said, the movement was new at the time, but some more extras dressed like him would have made more sense to me.

      • AZU403

        Yes, there should have been a couple more hare Krishnas in full regalia. Presumably the people in civilian clothes are just visitors, not having been actually adopted into the group (like religious postulants).

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

          I felt like this was intentional because it represents just how desperate Paul is to be accepted and belong somewhere. Paul has always been the type of character who is searching for something to set him apart from the masses, yet also prove his worth and identify him with some higher state of being — be it ideology, elevated cultural taste, or some manner of dress. Early on, he was the only one at SC to walk around with a pipe and sport a full beard, invoking a few jokes comparing his appearance to Castro. I couldn’t help but remember Joan’s cool tongue-lashing, when Paul dated Sheila. As always, she was spot-on in summing him up. Also, his pretentious party in that Jersey apartment of his. To me, it makes sense that he’d be one of the first to jump right into full-blown Krishna regalia.

          • margaret meyers

            Paul’s been a beatnik, Paul’s been a Freedom Rider, Paul’s been a corporate shill.  He grabbed at them all just as tightly as he’s grabbing at his cult.  Paul IS desperate.  Next he’ll be a flower child or an organic farmer or a nudist in a commune.

            • CozyCat

              In the 70s he’ll be a scriptwriter with a polyester leisure suit and big side burns going to EST meetings.

            • Glammie

              So true.  I knew a freelance copywriter, though not desperate, really did do that sort of thing.  

            • formerlyAnon

              Yup. I was thinking of EST as his next “thing.”

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

              Let’s just hope he doesn’t end up with the Manson Family if he does make his way out to California.

      • KayeBlue

        It’s *so* Paul, though. Remember when he had a paisley scarf at his Montclair party in 1962? And his “It’s mohair!” sweater in ‘My Old Kentucky Home’? Paul’s always got to let everyone know he’s different from them by being extra fashionable (or in this case, unfashionable). 

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        The others are at the airport begging for money.

    • Scarlet39

      Although I understand why JB is dressing Joan the way she is, and that ideas about what was “appropriate” for a certain age group were very prevelant,  I can’t help but wish that we could see her in more current (for 1966, of course) clothing. 

      • Maggie_Mae

        The “current” styles might not fit Joan.  She is anything but a Fashion Victim.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

      Roger’s shirt killed me. And I hope y’all cover Fan Bingbing’s latest bout of Cannes fabuloscity. She’s quickly becoming one of my personal style icons. Bitch know how to werk.

    • http://twitter.com/mirrormirrorxx Paola Thomas

      Megan wears bright fierce red to the play dissing advertising, a huge danger sign for their marriage.  And then when Don comes home late she’s wearing green – the colour of Don’s affections.  He still loves her and is thinking of her, but this is a subdued green, a knocked back green, an ugly green.

      And then the next day, who turns up wearing bright, optimistic, attractive green?  Our Joanie of course.  By rights Joan with her colouring should be wearing green all the time but she very very rarely does, so I’m sure this means something. Of the three women who have a piece of Don’s heart,  he is thinking most affectionately of Joan at that moment (poor Peggy is also wearing a very subdued, very dull, very downtrodden green).

      • Lisa_Cop

        That was the exact same green sweater she wore last week teaching Sally to fake cry.

    • nycfan

      I noticed the reappearance of the dead roses dress and wondered if, in part, seeing it so often is a reflection of Joan’s financial situation as much as the shambles of her marriage.  On the one hand, she is probably making more than the allowance of Captain Dr. Rapey, but OTOH, I assume he is no longer sending along any support.

      Which

      • nycfan

        Which raises another point about the show and the fact that Greg is suing her for divorce in NY — which means that he must be claiming infidelity or some other “cause” b/c NY did not have no-fault divorce (hence Betty’s trip to Las Vegas to divorce Don, though she had plenty of cause, I assume she was more avoiding the waiting period).  Does he suspect that Kevin (that’s the baby’s name, right?) is not his child? Or is he just assuming/declaring the worst of Joan?

        • sweetlilvoice

          I believe this was discussed in the other Mad Men post. In 1966, no fault divorces were first created so it could be the case here. There are so many comments though that I don’t want to hunt for the info. I’m sure someone can fill us in. 

          • nycfan

            New York did not institute no-fault divorce until 2010.  Other states started in the ’60s, but New York held out forever.

            • sweetlilvoice

              I found some info from Monday’s MM post.

              http://www.brandeslaw.com/grounds_for_divorce/history.htm

              The 1966 New York Divorce Reform Law: 

              When the legislature in 1966 created additional grounds for divorce it
              selected from among the most popular American grounds for divorce and also
              considered the statute (Domestic Relations Law, 200) and case law which had
              evolved in New York regarding legal separation. It was logical to accept
              abandonment as a ground for divorce since “desertion” existed as a
              ground in every other state but North Carolina. 

              In addition to the “fault” grounds for divorce, the legislative
              scheme was to add two “no-fault” grounds based upon separation or
              living apart. The legislative compromise was to accept the “no-fault”
              theory of separation as a ground for divorce but to add requirements which
              would vouch for its authenticity.
               

        • Melissa Brogan

           I don’t know what was on the books in 1966 for NY, but the wikipedia page on it seems to indicate this as a likely means to divorce for Greg:
          “Conversion of a written and acknowledged separation agreement after living separate and apart for more than one year”

          Adultery was too hard for Betty to prove–and too hard for Greg to prove, too. You couldn’t just accuse your spouse of it and get the divorce. You had to have a corroborating third party!

          • Sweetbetty

             But in the case of a member of the military being stationed overseas would that “living separate and apart for more than one year” still come into play?  WE know that Joan told him not to come back but he’d have to prove that in court.  Come to think of it, what grounds would Joan have been able to use to file for divorce from Greg?  At the time the country was at war and he could be seen as simply doing his patriotic duty when he volunteered to go back to ‘Nam.

      • Sweetbetty

         I’m not exactly sure about this but the military pays a service person an allowance for dependents and if the service person is stationed away from the dependents I believe the military sends the benefit directly to the dependent(s).  If this is the case, Greg would have no control over Joan getting the benefits for her and Kevin.  Once they are divorced, I assume the military would not consider her his dependent but Kevin still would be until he became of age.  Now, all this is my supposition so all you who have had experience with military benefits of that era, set us straight.

        • formerlyAnon

          Yes, we need era-specific knowledge. I know this has been the case in recent decades, but military rules for dependents changed a lot after the transition to an all-volunteer force.

    • greenwich_matron

      Scarlett looks like a stewardess and Roger is the passenger on his way to two weeks in paradise. I think Joan was dead on with her “next lucky girl” comment.

      Why was he drunk and dressed like that? 

      • MsKitty

        Roger was “celebrating” the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

          Loved that comment he made to Don as he came out of the men’s room: “Are you done dropping your bombs?”

          • sweetlilvoice

            Toilet humor, MM style!

        • Lisa_Cop

          Thus the Hawaiin style shirt.

      • Akh621

        The episode is set on 12/7/66 and Roger is out drinking and memorializing our fallen

        • sarahjane1912

          And it was a silver jubilee drinking session at that. 

    • dress_up_doll

      I loved this episode. When I heard that Christmas was the backdrop I got a bit excited because I recalled the holiday episode from a few seasons back. This episode was definitely more somber and dark in mood and tone.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Thanks for the candy boys!

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

      I wish more modern scifi and fantasy took cues from contemporary fashion. I still don’t know why someone hasn’t tapped Gareth Pugh to be a costume designer yet ala Gaultier in The Fifth Element. And comic book artists might find some new ways to make women sexy without turning them into objects. /grump.
      Great entry as a whole though! Love reading Mad Style each week.

      • nycfan

        Ah, The Fifth Element, what a rush of Gualtier madness, though the “bandage” that the chosen one wore much of the movie wasn’t much different than the fan-boy comic get-ups. :)  As a geek, I have enjoyed the many Sci Fi references, especially the “hit television show Star Trek”.  It sounds like Harry’s script is not all that different from “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” ep of Star Trek with the black/white faced dudes …

        • sweetlilvoice

          That is a great episode with Frank Gorshin. Loved it.

        • http://twitter.com/flaming_mo Maureen Cox

          Yeah, I loved the similarity of Paul’s script to “Let That…” Funny how the criticisms of the script by Harry and Peggy were very similar to ones made by some critics and fans, particularly in regards to the heavy-handedness of the episode’s message.

          • asympt

             Widely regarded by fans as one of the worst, clunkiest episodes.  And yet Paul’s version is an order of magnitude more so!

            • nycfan

               I dunno, we didn’t hear any of it read, maybe it was merely equally bad — did it have the classic Captain Kirk initiate auto-destruct rather than give in to the checkerboard complected baddies?; now that Paul thinks that the Star Trek show-runner read his Negron Problem (seriously, Paul) script, I wouldn’t be surprised if that little white lie ends up with Paul suing them for using his script when the episode finally airs.

      • LuLusLemons

        Don’t even get me started on superhero comic artists. But if you want to look at sca who draw clothes well, check out Darwyn Cooke; he did a few Catwoman gns that are very mm. If you are willing to look at manga, check out Paradise Kiss, it is about fashion and drawn by someone who studied design.

        • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

          Oh yeah, I’ve been sitting on some Catwoman by Darwyn Cooke TPBs – thanks for reminding me to actually get around to reading them! He’s a lovely artist. I’ll look into Paradise Kiss.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI yahoo-FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI

          Thanks for the referrals to the comics with good fashion drawing.  I’m in awe of comics illustrators, they are the best.

    • wydeville1

      funny thing…… in the scene with the announcment of raises (one of the laast pics) meredith is hiding way in the back, as far away from joan as possible,lol. i would be scared of joan after that blow up too.

    • wydeville1

      metallics were also huge at the turn of this century with new millenium and all. metallics will always be in style around a time where important futuristic like changes happen.

    • wydeville1

      joans was wearing the dead roses dress while shooting down another problematic love situation with roger, involving her family, ect,. just like tlo pointed out before, she wears it while in a past love, heart breaking situation.

      • A Reeves

        I loved Joan in that dress–it tells me she will not be getting back with Roger, (though the excellent dialogue does that too, obviously) and it tells me she is putting her pay cheque toards other things than her wardrobe now. Also, tying all the scenes together when she is in that dress will be a fun thing to do when I get my dvds of the season.

    • siriuslover

      Great post.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLKS47RHXPOFWQZYB4MMW43VPE RS

      In the background of the shot with Peggy in the office, there’s a secretary with a teacup in a grey dress with buckles across the chest and I want that dress so badly! It’s gorgeous. 

      I have my great-grandmother’s Christmas tree brooch that I pull out every year and it’s just like Joan’s. Love it.

      Also interesting that most (all?) of the Christmas decor in the Draper’s place looks like it was provided by Sally and Bobby – snowman, candles, etc. Not very festive for their first holiday together.

      • TheDivineMissAnn

         That dress caught my eye too!

      • Sweetbetty

         OK, first, your comment about the secretary in the background…..in the first shot of Peggy and Harry together there is a dark-haired guy in a suit sitting in the background behind them.  Does anyone know who he is?

        Second, on child-like Christmas decorations…I noticed a lot of cut folded paper snowflakes around the office and all I could think of is that I hope they put the twit receptionist to work making them since she doesn’t seem to do much other productive work.

    • Meghan Moore

      I don’t know if I was just paying more attention as it went along, but it seemed like Kinsey’s yellow turtleneck got holier and dirtier the more we learned how unhappy he was and how NOT saved by the Hare Krishna movement he was.

    • KayeBlue

      C’mon, T&L! I felt that red with embellishment was significant all through this episode. Megan’s dressed like a MasterCard and trying to talk to Don about consumerism. Lakshmi/Janet’s ridiculous red robe. Roger’s Fiji shirt. The people who to be ‘different’ are trying too hard for it- their clothes say “Look at me! Look how suave, how magnetic I am!”, while their actions show how desperate they really are.
      I am loathe to criticize Jane Bryant, but I thought Peggy’s plaid dress went too far. That’s actually a Catholic school uniform. Can’t imagine Stan and Michael (probably Don and Roger, too) wouldn’t have a field day teasing Peggy about that outfit. The actor who plays Paul Kinsey deserves an award for wearing that awful beige turtleneck on-screen. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/evie.michael Evie Michael

         Great points!

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        C’mon yourself. Were we supposed to predict your interpretation of the color red and include it in our thoughts?

        We did notice all the red in this episode. And all the green. We didn’t feel it was all that notable because it’s December. People wear a lot of red and green in December.

        • KayeBlue

          Ok. It was my interpretation that Lakshmi/Janet’s outfit (she isn’t going to be concerned with Christmas, as is my understanding), Megan’s fancy dress, and Roger’s Fiji shirt weren’t Christmas-related. I’m just enjoying adding my thoughts to your style commentary, which I very much look forward to reading each week. 

          Now, I must go attempt to Photoshop a MasterCard logo onto Megan’s dress. 

          • asympt

             That would be quite anachronistic–MasterCharge barely existed in 1966, and it didn’t become “MasterCard” until more than a decade later.  And its original colors were less bright, more 60s/70s orangey/earthy.

          • Glammie

            I took Lakshmi’s red robes as a bit of a nod to her being a “scarlet woman”–former drug addict and prostitute who’s still using sex to get men to do what she wants.

      • KayeBlue

        Since I received the reply “Come on T Lo! You didn’t write the exact thoughts I had in my head!”, I would like to specify that I’m responding to ” We really went over this [episode] with a fine-toothed comb and not a lot presented itself to us”. I meant “C’mon!” as encouraging and affectionate, not mean-spirited, but mea culpa since I know tone doesn’t read well online. I’ve been an avid reader of this blog, and especially Mad Style, since 2009. I finally created a Discus account to mention the red with embellishments since the authors didn’t feel it was significant.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI yahoo-FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI

          To KayeBlue–TLo are the most insightful of bloggers, but they can’t cover every single point every time and speak to every single reader 100 percent.  Not humanly possible.  This blog is for people like you with unique points of view.  
          It’s good to be the first person to add a new thought to the discussion.  

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCFNN4YIMD4YWHQJF3ODXPD3ZM Kelli Phillips

            I hardly think her original comment was asking TLo to “cover every single point every time and speak to every single reader 100 percent.”  I’m mystified about why her comment got such a strong reaction from TLo or anyone else.  Is it simply the “c’mon,” which indeed reads to me as affectionate and lighthearted? Because her comment is simply adding an additional interpretation of the color symbolism–which is what everybody else does here anyway–and it doesn’t disparage TLo in any way.

            • Sweetbetty

               “c’mon” can be said in many different ways to invoke many different feelings.  It can be affectionate and lighthearted or it can be angry and demanding or it can be other shades of emotion that is difficult to pick up on because, as the OP said, tone doesn’t read well online.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCFNN4YIMD4YWHQJF3ODXPD3ZM Kelli Phillips

              I disagree.  I’ve never seen anybody spell it “c’mon” to indicate anger or impatience; the nonstandard spelling is intrinsically breezy and jokey.  But hell, even if everybody disagrees that “c’mon” is inherently lighthearted–or even if she had said “Oh, come ON, Tlo!”–it’s kinda beside the point: She doesn’t follow it with any accusations or anger or demands that they read her mind; she simply offers her own take on something the article hadn’t brought up (and begins it with “I felt,” not “This is definitely what it means!”).  It’s no different from about 20 other comments on this article.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZLU6YVO4BRTELTTH3GRAAMWZQ Dot

        I have to say that I thought the same about Megan’s theater outfit. Talking about the emptiness of consumerism, while wearing that gorgeously embellished red dress and standing in that lavishly decorated modern apartment — hilarious.

        • Sweetbetty

           While watching that play I had a flashback to the first acting class we saw Megan go to where all the students were lying on the floor in the dark, looking like they were playing dead.  Is it possible that all the people in that class were auditioning for that play?

          • 3hares

            Not at all–Megan was doing an exercise in her acting class.

    • KayeBlue

      I liked it, too. I can’t imagine how she wasn’t freezing to death in early December in NYC, though- every other character in the office is in three-quarter or long sleeves. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EICGS3ZJZ2P5NYMR5ND55IACUQ Tara

      I thought Joan’s green dress related more to her thoughts on Don.  Megan was wearing green when she threw her tantrum that was instigated by Don’s behavior.  I seem to remember green being generally connected with Don in other T&L posts.  Am I wrong?

    • KayeBlue

      It’s *so* Paul, though. Remember when he had a paisley scarf at his Montclair party in 1962? And his “It’s mohair!” sweater in ‘My Old Kentucky Home’? Paul’s always got to let everyone know he’s different from them by being extra fashionable (or in this case, unfashionable). 

    • DebB_Rocker

      I don’t have access to watch this show, but these style analyses are SO interesting. I love reading these!! I don’t even have to watch the show to have so much fun reading your interpretation of the costuming. And yes, Janie Bryant does such a great job and works so hard not only finding period costumes, but psychologically fitting them into the story. She earns her paycheck!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/M476USE6GD6VEE4RO6JA22VRLI Kriesa

        Try your public library for dvds of prior seasons; that’s how I started watching Mad Men.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      It doesn’t matter that Joan’s style isn’t that fashion forward; it’s clear that every single woman in the office would kill to look the way she does in her own style. They all fade around her.

      Notice that all the male staffers imitate Don’s pose, with the exception of Ginsberg and Peggy, both taking a stand, and conspicuously close to each other doing so, which reinforces the idea of their similarities as characters.

      • Melissa Brogan

         Didn’t notice Michael before you mentioned it. He’s going against the grain by not imitating Don, but curiously his pose is awfully similar to Bert Cooper’s.

        Lane’s doing the same hands-clasped in front thing, but his is more of a worried, ooh-I’m-in-trouble-now, look.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRNFWXFV5XXESSL5Q4YADG6WWQ Bridget

      In your last screencap of Joan and the receptionist, it looks like Joan is literally aiming her buxom at the receptionist as though they were weapons.  It’s funny, because as I was watching it the whole scene looked like that – that they were her first line of defense.

      • sweetlilvoice

        Indeed they are! They are her best offensive too, she only uses them when she has to! For example, when she brought the baby into the office and wore that sexy dress which showed some cleavage. She looked so delicate and sexy when she cried. Her undergarments should be given their own award for working so hard!

      • http://twitter.com/Toongrrl1990 Toongrrl

        Mommy is pissed off at you baby and is throwing a plane at you

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129137319 Paula Pertile

      Megan really matches the apartment in that spaghetti tantrum scene. At least that corner of it, with the green wall and wood panelling. (Something I noticed thanks to TLo’s tutelage.)

      Those gold pants on the jag guy are so awful. Really? GOLD PANTS? 

      So creepy that all the gals are standing the same way in that one scene. You guys are good.

      Thanks again!

    • Spicytomato1

      Very interesting point about how conservative many in the Krishna congregation looked. Makes me wonder how long it took the counterculture hippie styles to take hold in the mainstream. 

      It is fascinating to see where and how trends begin. Most recently I can recall Carolyn Bessette Kennedy pretty much singlehandedly bringing bootcut and flared jeans back after a decade-long (or longer?) hiatus (and it took years after she wore them before everyone embraced them again). And I remember seeing bike messengers and other hipster types wearing skinny jeans long before the soccer moms started wearing them again.

    • AutumnInNY

      “Ever the Catholic schoolgirl” is right. This reminds me very much of the uniform cut/jumper and peter pan collar blouse I remember seeing in photos of my Godmother at Hallahan back in the ’60′s.
      You’d think with her cool boyfriend and photo editor friend Joyce, Peggy might be dressing just a bit hipper by now. 

      But to her credit, this is where the brilliant Janie Bryant shines. She’s exactly in step with each character’s personality and style evolution. Peggy takes small steps with her wardrobe and it’s very convincing for the character. Even tho she’s young, I wouldn’t expect to see Peggy in some bright Pucci Mod ensemble. What she wears is true to Peggy, right here and now.  Bravo Janie!

      • Andrea Rossillon

         But dressing in Catholic school gear is so EASY–it’s never inappropriate, it’s usually comfortable to wear, and you usually look anywhere from OK to really good.

        I am guilty of this myself.

        • Maggie_Mae

          Peggy dresses better for client meetings.  But when she is just working in the shared offices of The Creatives, she’s not out to impress anybody.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558631967 Ivona Foster

            That’s the impression I got as well. That’s her “being in the grind” look, when she doesn’t have to impress and look professional- professional.

          • CozyCat

            The effort would be wasted on Stan and Michael. 

            But at some point she’s going to have to rethink the school girl clothes.  We’ve seen throughout the series that the few woman who’ve worked their way up the ranks (e.g., Dr. Faye) have adopted an upscale style.  And she’s been (wrongfully) dismissed by Bert as a “little girl.” –those clothes can’t help.  My guess is that if we see the school girl clothes disappear, it will coincide with a sense of disatisfaction with her professional growth and her departure from SCDP for greener pastures will soon follow.

    • http://twitter.com/jessicapippin Jessica Pippin

      I love Harry’s coat. Also, Joan’s pins are adorable. 

    • bluefish

      I just noticed in the secretaries’ photo — aka Joan’s Army — that Dawn is looking much more pulled together and prosperous.  Looks like the job is agreeing with her.   Like what I see of her grey check skirt, white blouse, and Icelandic looking sweater.  Go Dawn!  Looking more elegant by far than the vast majority of the other ladies.

    • margaret meyers

      I think one of the reason we are getting a Star Trek vibe off of some of the wardrobe is that those darn double knits came in at this time.  They were cheap and durable, you could dye them a million colors, but they could only be cut and worn in certain ways.  They were thick fabrics (and hot to wear),they had a lot of body, they didn’t drape or fall softly, they couldn’t do the things softer things natural fibers could do.  That thickness mad them great for uniforms, so the clothes made from them end up looking like they were made for airline stewardesses,Prep-school escapees or Trekies. 
      I really loved all the Poor Boy sweaters we saw last week — very Audrey Hepburn!

    • MissKimP

      Off topic, but during the “crashing airplane” scene in the reception area, did anyone else notice the “666″ on the side of the building right outside the window??!  Has it always been there?   (Too lazy to re-watch all MMs to find out….)

      • baxterbaby

        There was a long convo about this on Gawker around the time SCDP was formed and were in the new offices.  All kinds of sinister meaning was attached to it.  What it really show is how terrific the designers of MM are. 

        The location of the fictional SCDP offices would have had a view of the famous 666 Fifth Avenue building (between 52nd and 53rd).  It had that huge 666 on the top and was home to the equally famous “Top of the Sixes” restaurant.  The buiding has changed ownership several times and the 666 sign was replaced early in this century with a Citicorp logo.

        • MissKimP

          Thanks, baxterbaby, for this info.  “What it really shows is how terrific the designers of MM are.””–exactly what I thought when I noticed the 666!

    • suzinrva

      Who is the tiny gal behind Stan and Ken – Another copy writer? And when will we hear more from Dawn? 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W7A5N4G7FDTV5U2KOHBVSB55XI Basket

         Judging by how she is standing, she is one of Joan’s girls.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lindsay.lyon.94 Lindsay Lyon

          What does that make Ginsberg?

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/W7A5N4G7FDTV5U2KOHBVSB55XI Basket

             A martian.

    • Chickadeep

      A weird little detail that rang particularly true for me—and it was just a quick glimpse—was Dawn’s Fair Isle cardigan being worn like a little cape. I swear to God, every single Elementary school teacher I ever had in my LIFE (well, the female ones at least, and that was the majority) did that back in the late ’60s, early ’70s, with some of the older ones sporting that look as late as the ’80s. Librarians, too. You can still find little sweater clips with short chains meant to go with that look in the junk jewelry bins at Goodwill and in old jewelry boxes at yard sales. It was definitely a thing, meant to evoke studiousness and propriety and respectability. Wonder if this was a deliberate choice on Janie Bryant’s part?

      • A Reeves

        I noticed that too. Grandma had some–and did you see those glasses on a chain? Grandma had those too until she got her bifocals.

      • judybrowni

         I think that might be because buildings were heated — or air conditioned — in a way that couldn’t be controlled (and usually to suit men in suits.)
        Wearing the sweater might be too warm, no sweater too cold. Over the shoulder like a cape, is the compromise.

    • judybrowni

      If memory serves, TLo cited purple as Joan’s color for negative emotions: like receiving divorce papers, and feeling over the hill at a bar.

      Also: Roger may be wearing red, a Christmas color, but he’s also wearing a Hawaiian shirt on Pearl Harbor day (get it? Roger’s bad joke.)

      I’d have to fault Joanie Bryant on Scarlet’s sleeveless office dress: not in December, in New York. More likely in Megan’s cocktail dress, but still.

      I also thought Peggy’s schoolgirl look was a bridge too far: sure, I was wearing that as a high school student in 1966, but an advertising professional?

      • PrunellaV

        To me, it looked like Peggy wanted to be comfortable that day. I know I fall back on my aging hippie looks when I don’t want to call attention to myself or when I have a lot of work to do and don’t want to think about my clothes. Peggy can look quite stylish when she needs to. Catholic Schoolgirl is her everyday fallback style.

        • A Reeves

          Catholic Schoolgirl is her everyday fallback style.”

          Exactly. Something’s going to happen with Peggy by the end of the season–but, for now, she’s in stasis. She’s not growing.

    • Catherine Smith

      What’s with the schmutz on Paul’s ratty turtleneck?

    • HeatherD9

      Fabulous as always TLo,

      I’m not sure if it was a good idea or not — butI found myself listening to Amy Winehouse whilst reading your style review.  So I had “Rehab” for the krishna scene,  “You know I’m No Good” for Harry & Roger, “Mr Jones” for the Jag dealer & “Just Friends” for Don & Joan.  A little fun in a way.  Made me wonder if y’all have a particular soundtrack when composing your critiques.

      Thanks again for an amazing post & some seriously gorgeous photos (that dress! that car! the hat acting!) to start my day :)

      H:D

    • MilaXX

      Even more noticeable about the partner’s dress. Everyone had on a gray suit, but Pete aka Don 2.0 is wearing blue like Don.
      Dawn blends in so well I had to search her out to find her.
      Megan is all talk. She seems to detest Don’s advertising world, and I get the impression she wants to play the struggling actress, but at the same time she clearly loves having money and dressing to the nine. Wearing that red dress to that play seems almost contradictory.

      • http://twitter.com/mediapileup Beth Anderson

         Yes! Arguing with Don about advertising and “consumerism” in that dress with that jewelry was ridiculous. I’m losing the positive feelings I had about her from her portrayal in earlier episodes this season. Now she just seems like the dilettante wife that Joan and Peggy were sneering over a few episodes ago.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI yahoo-FBVC5LBEOWEHBYYCH3A2IZGZHI

        This episode we saw Megan as the consumer of theater, in the audience, dressed to be noticed.  I wonder if there is significance to her being so conspicuously on the sidelines, not in the role of an actress.  Does not bode well for her career on stage. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENBX3563Q4ZNCVRGSJVFIB7OAA Thom

      There’s still something “floral” about Joan’s last dress, even if it has no flowers: I see them like young buds all over, getting ready to bloom again in a few months…?

      And thank you to the commenters, discussing hairstyles of the time: it makes me think most of “Mystery Date”, when Joan had her hair half-down, ending in DIY curls: maybe that’s an added dimension to Janie’s costuming?

    • tallgirl1204

      So, in that screencap of Peggy’s catholic schoolgirl look?  The middle picture?  The gray jumper with the black sleeves/trim to the left of her?  Could I have that dress, please, please please? 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBZQXGWCTBDTAZMEM4S2EJUNUQ Katie

      “a bitter reminder of when they themselves were young, fresh, and hungry.” – I doubt that Meredith is anything like Joan when she was young. Scarlett is much more a Joan in training. I think Joan just is exasperated by the incompetence and even more so by the way Meredith refuses to acknowledge or take responsibility for her incompetence. It’s a different aspect of the dynamics between older and younger folks and I so feel Joan on that.

      The bar that Don and Joan go to is a real bar in Los Angeles called the Prince. It oozes atmosphere and it’s owned by Koreans so you can get pretty good Korean food there.

      I don’t know who is behind Peggy in the Catholic schoolgirl scene, but I want her outfit.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Good call, Katie. As you must know, The Prince is located in Koreatown, or mid-Wilshire, an area which was once very upscale and cosmopolitan…and the home of Young and Rubicam Advertising! So it is very apropos that Don and Joan’s scenes were shot there.

        I believe other large agencies were also in the area at that time. As a young teenager in the late ’50s, I had the privilege of being given a private tour of the L.A. Y&R offices. 

    • nycfan

       ^Except that law was not effective until Sept 1, 1967.  In 1966, I believe the only claim available was still adultery.  In any event, Joan and Greg have only recently separated and would not be able to file for divorce until they had satisfied the separation requirement (and I guaranty that he is not conceding abandonment).

    • Susan Crawford

      The Hare Krishna scene was really interesting. Most people, in 1966, had yet to embrace full-on hippie drag, or the Carnaby Street look – it was, as T and Lo point out, a really transitional period.

      In this scene, there were hints of colors that became emblematic of the late sixties and on into the seventies: the mustard tones; the shades of green; the bolder touches of blue. The patterns, too were starting to show a more abstract and stylized look. And men were not all long-haired, or mop-topped, but in this scene, you could see the edges of longer hair creeping in.

      Roger showing up on Pearl Harbor day in a vibrant red Hawaiian print shirt – just fabulous. As long as he lives, Roger will never let go of his feelings on the subject of WWII, and since he knows that his outspokenness and passion about it is an annoyance and sometimes a downright embarassment to his colleagues, it seems he takes even greater pleasure in flaunting it. Gotta love Roger!

      Interesting, too, that Roger’s shirt referenced names of some of the South Pacific islands where bloody and lengthy battles were fought.

      I liked that Joan was wearing her faded-roses dress when Roger reiterated his offer to help with the baby. The transition to the blue floral/abstract print sheath for the process server scene kept that sense of somberness and darkness that Joan is dealing with this season. And in contrast to Meredith’s little pale salmon pink jumper and starchy shirt, Joan was a hell of a formidable woman!

      (I must say, I loved Meredith’s plaintive little shriek when the Mowhawk plane model crashed on her desk: “You’re not allowed to DO that!” Honey, this is JOAN – get used to it, because NOBODY puts Joanie-baby in the corner! It is Joan’s world, and the rest of you gals just follow along as best you can.)

      Don and Megan at “America Hurrah” – Don’s expression is simply priceless. In addition to the self-consciously avant garde staging, it was clear that his appreciation for this play’s “message” was nonexistent. Megan’s dress? I have to say I fell in lust with it instantly. One of the BEST dresses she’s worn in a season full of great outfits.

      This was not a great episode for the guys, except for Roger’s statement shirt, red-and-white neck scarf, and the Jaguar salesman’s uniform (because I believe it was a uniform). It was mostly a study in shades of grey. (Maybe fifty shades of grey?)

      Scarlett’s scarlet dress was a nice touch, if a bit obvious, and Peggy’s ongoing relationship with the Catholic school uniform look was on view in her rather drab plaid jumper that echoed the creative staff’s equally drab, if less formal suits, jackets and sweaters. This was definitely an episode that made the sartorial lines between upper management, creative staff, and secretarial staff VERY clear, which echoed the announcement about foregoing the bonuses for the higher-ups so that the worker bees could get a little extra.

      Megan’s plate-tossing scene showed her in a somber mood as well – dark, inky green, pants with a dull taupe-based stripe. No brightly colored sweater, no great accessories – just a kind of pissed-off set of colors.

      Last but not least – Joan’s green dress. Roger acts as the delivery boy for a bouquet of gorgeous roses, and against the vivid, clear green of her dress, Joan suddenly looked as though it might, after all, be possible to send out a few new tendrils. Her little half-smile spoke volumes – it won’t happen overnight, but our Joan has plenty of va-va in her voom.

      The Hare Krishna seductress, Mother Lakshmi, in her blood-red sari-cloth, her rear end waving in the air, and her post-coital wad of Kleenex – ewwwww. Was this perhaps one of the all time ickiest moments on MM or what? Let’s hope she is not going to have any kind of recurring story arc, because if she does, I’m going to have to watch the show from under the shower.

      As always Messrs. T and Lo, you have outdone yourself. Many thanks!!

      Joan’s green dress was a very hopeful

    • ZnSD

      My mother had lots of those Christmas pins the women are wearing. Interesting to see them used so subtly – I didn’t see them really when watching the episode but the still photos feature them fairly well. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691007136 Wendy Lundquist Harlow

      That last set of screencaps is quite interesting from a body language point of view. Each group is clearly separated and has its own posture:

      The partners: stiff, columnar, each clearly delineated. Straight line, no one taking the forefront, a set of dark pillars. Cold colors.

      The creatives: more relaxed, clustered together. No one really standing forward of anyone else. Warm, muted colors.

      The support staff: an arrowhead behind Joan. All with hands clasped demurely before them. Exotic birds or brightly-colored gems. I did a double-take at the one African-American lady – she could double for Lieutenant Uhura. An she’s the only one – that I could see – not wearing a bright color. Maybe she would have stood out too much then?

    • FashionShowAtLunch

      THAT SHIRT.

      Honestly all the costuming in this episode pales in comparison to THAT SHIRT.

      Holy shit, you guys.  Although the marvelousness that is THE SHIRT is enhanced by the fact that the person wearing it is a ridiculous human being.  I’m not sure I would like quite as outlandishly wonderful if I wore it. Man is pulling it off with drunken aplomb.

    • denkimofu

      I was waiting to hear what you thought about Lane’s hat

    • A Reeves

      I watched this episode twice before reading Mad Style and hadn’t thought much. After reading Mad Style, I feel like I could write the next two episodes. I’d likely be wrong, but now there’s lots to think about!

      I totally missed the illustration of Joanie’s emotional journey by her clothes. I feel a bit foolish, actually, for missing it, so thank you. As well, I kinda sorta missed Scarlett altogether–well, I noticed, but I as far too caught up in the shenanigans of the scenes in front of me. Another duh moment. Hoever, after you pointed out Scarlett and Rogers clothing “speaking” to one another, I anticipate some interesting developments there.

      Frankly, though, I have no idea why we were presented with the whole Harry/Paul story line at all. This season not only broadcast its themes loudly as you have said, it seems full of rabbit trails.

      Thanks for the analysis. It’s a highlight of my week.

    • Glammie

      Whenever I saw Joan’s bar scene dress, the song “Red Roses for a Blue Lady” would pop into my head.  Looking it up, I see that a popular recording of it was made in 1965 by Vic Dana and also Wayne Newton–just the sort of thing that would have been played in that hotel bar–an older crooner song given new life.  Also the green print, while busy, didn’t seem that confused to me–more like new seeds of life.  

      The one thing I kind of miss in this season that is in my actual memories of the 60s is dirt.  My parents owned and SF Victorian that they rented to the young–and everything and everyone always looked a bit more disheveled than what we’re seeing in the beginnings of the Hippie culture here.  Laxshmi, in particular, looked like she’d had too many baths.  That was part of that deliberate contrast.  I did appreciate the hair on the Hari Krishna instrumentalist.  

      That said, my father had a free-lance copywriter who really did wonder into every latest fad–Synanon, Est, Lifespring–Paul’s emergence as a Hari Krishna was nicely fitting and got across that sense about how some people kind of just started falling through holes at that point.  

    • HeatherD9

      Oh My!

      Why did it take me so long to make the connection?  Didn’t Joanie say that she was getting married in December because “Red & Green are my colours”? 

      Last year she wore that great red dress with a bow in the back as per Roger’s request because it “Makes you look like a present”…  Never mind her Valentine dress.  Her “Yes-dear-let’s-be-happy” entertaining clothes for Greg had red roses (thanks again TLo, I never would have made the connection otherwise).  This time our girl is in GREEN – no present for Roger, no roses for Greg- the exact opposite of a year ago & the exact opposite on the colour wheel. 

      Go forth Joanie & knock us out in your fabulous green!

      H:D

      P.S.  The office sure looks different w.out all the Lucky Strike Christmas decorations, no?

      • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

         “no present for Roger, no roses for Greg” – Great observation!

    • butter nut

      the thing that struck me about joan’s green dress at the end was that now she is the rose.  the dress was a long green “stem-like” column, crowned at the top by her brilliant red hair.  all season she’s worn the roses of her past marriage.  now, after getting the roses from don, she is the rose, blossoming anew.  now who’s getting too poetic… :P

      also, at the krishna center, you can see that they tied lakshmi & harry together with red & then in the photo below you see other men touched with red.  might mean that they were also touched by mother lakshmi.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        “the thing that struck me about joan’s green dress at the end was that now she is the rose. the dress was a long green “stem-like” column, crowned at the top by her brilliant red hair. ”

        Ooooh, nicely done.

    • reebism

      Reading the hairstyling comments, I have to ask — how much time would a hairdo like Joan’s take? How did low-maintenance women wear their hair then? Were there any?  Even Peggy’s flip takes more time than I would want to spend in the morning…

      • judybrowni

        Peggy would have had to sleep in rollers, then comb out in the morning, tease and hair spray.

        Joan’s do looks salon-built, many women went once a week, and then slept on satin pillowcases, wore toilet paper wrapper around it, or silken sleep caps to preserve the do.

        My guess is that Joan would go more than once a week, to keep her upsweep, upswept.

    • chitowndg

      I keep thinking that Peggy has many new outfits and, although the style is still the “Catholic school girl”, that the fabrics and tailoring are more expensive.  Anyone else agree?

      • formerlyAnon

         Absolutely. Her clothes are still not where they’ll need to be for her to make her next leap ahead, but she is investing more in them than she used to do. I suspect that fewer of them are home sewn, as well.

    • baxterbaby

      I was also struck by how well the Hare Krishnas and their acolytes were portrayed.  It was amazing how by 1968 the accepted “look” would have taken form.  By then people knew how to dress to fit in with this kind of scene whether they embraced it or not and the styles were widely available in NYC at least (East Indian influenced tunics and tops, jeans and cords of the hippie variety as opposed to the 1950′s look, patterns and cuts that are now considered embelmatic of that time). 

    • http://twitter.com/duxrock Just Ducky

      I love the way Roger can rock a pair of glasses . . . on the show and in real life. The “ear hanger” is a classic ;-)

    • VanessaDK

      Car salesman looked like a Capitol hill page.

    • Lilyana_F

      Awww, let me just say you guys are the best, like, you enhance my experience of watching Mad Men immensly, dare I say *they should pay you for it, seriously* *shhhhh* :) Anyway, the best gay uncles EVER

      • Lilyana_F

         Forgot to say – THANK YOU for putting the effort :)

    • Megan Patterson

      Is it just me or have all the car salesmen (well the luxury ones) been British?

    • http://twitter.com/Elissa_Malcohn Elissa Malcohn

      Noticed in passing:
      – Separation of Don/Pete from Roger/Lane/Bert at the end, not only vis a vis distance and suit color but also ties.  Don’s and Pete’s ties are striped (differing mainly in color).  I couldn’t catch the pattern on Bert’s bowtie, but I believe Roger’s and Lane’s ties are both diamond-patterned.  (As an aside, the car salesman’s wide, paisley tie reflects the changing times.)  Pete had worn an even louder blue when he stepped into Don’s blue-themed office to tell him about Jaguar.
      – Also in the last scene: Stan really stands out for me.  He’s in the center of the group, he’s the only man without a tie, and he’s the one who speaks to Lane at the end.
      – Harry’s plaid calling to Peggy’s.

    • katenonymous

      I think my mother had that Christmas tree pin that Joan wore with the green dress–and I’d love to have that green dress, by the way.

    • JMansm

      I’m glad y’all didn’t discuss Mother Lakshmi’s clothes. That hot mess train wreck is not worth our effort. 

    • Qitkat

      Roger’s red shirt makes me giggle. So out of place, so Roger.

      On another MM topic, thanks to the BK’s who mentioned the cast interview on Inside the Actor’s Studio. Loved it.

    • Linderella

      I would wear the car salesman’s pants even today.  I’d toss out everything else, but the pants are timeless. (Or is that timely?)

    • Praja07

      “So yes, it’s hard to look at Megan’s dress and not see a little bit of Star Trek in it, but that’s because Star Trek largely dressed its female characters in styles specific to the late ’60s – lots of go-go boots, minis, and bouffants.”

      Great point. Ironically, you could inversely make a similar point with Mad Men’s influence on today’s styles. Especially after Banana Republic did their whole ‘Mad Men’ clothing campaign, you see lots of people in updated styles that mimic clothing from the earlier seasons. Scarves, dresses, cropped pants, etc…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BCFNN4YIMD4YWHQJF3ODXPD3ZM Kelli Phillips

      The Mad Style post is great as usual, but I have a question: Why is Megan’s outfit in the fight scene “child-like”?  I thought it was just an ordinary sweater and pants, in a style a lot of adults still wear today.  I mean, yeah, a kid could wear a similar outfit, but there’s nothing about it that reads as childish to me.  I noticed the sweater only because I think it’s the same one she wore last week when she was teaching Sally about acting.

      If nothing else, I think it’s interesting that she’s been dressing a lot less fabulously since she quit SCDP.  I mean, it makes sense in that a casual pants-sweater combo is what you *would* wear at home if you had nowhere else to be, but the fact that we’ve seen her wear so many of them recently is also kind of sad; I hope she’s not on her way to dullsville, you know?  I wish she’d either get some success as an actress or go back to advertising–anything but a housewife, since I really liked her as a talented, hard-working modern woman.  Oh, well, at least she still doesn’t put up with any of Don’s shit.

      • aquamarine17

        well, i think she has just started back at acting. it hasn’t been too long and the lack of acting jobs doesn’t seem unusual so far. i wonder if her dresses are brighter colors than her other clothes.  it just occurred to me, too, that it is winter, so we couldn’t see her in like, say, a beach get-up which we did see her in for Fire Island. I thought the pants with the green sweater were a little unusual as a choice. Both pieces seemed like they should be matched with other items.

      • 3hares

        I think T&Lo have pointed out that even when she’s dressing down, presumably to fit in with her starving artist friends, she’s wearing high-end stuff. Like the leather-accented sweater or her sueded coat. She’s kind of going for a designer peasantwear type thing!

      • AuntFiona

        Megan’s outfit was “child-like” for the times. Think of what Betty wears/wore around the house: usually a dress, but if pants, always accessorized, and Bobby-Brookes-mix-and-matched (emphasis on “matched”). You’re right that adult women today do dress the way Megan did in that scene, but that wasn’t the case in the ’60s.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EUVLIAIHME6TXGSNSTKYW77724 Shannon

      I also hope Megan will not keep presenting herself in dull colors. Reflecting on my own parents’ marriage and also what may become my marriage, as my spouse moves ahead and gains deserved accolades as I am situationally stuck, the balance of power is a crucial part of how I assess myself; is this also true for Megan?  As far as I can tell, her only model of success is her (flawed)  father’s situation.

    • Dutch1960

      I got a big message out of this episode. Star Trek is the theme, and Megan in that Star Trek-ish dress in the theatre. Someone gets it at the end of the season, right? Megan is the REDSHIRT. Apparently so is Roger.

    • nycfan

      Congrats, TLO, for having your great work recognized over at Slate:

      http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/fashion/2012/05/mad_men_style_joan_s_costumes_in_the_spotlight_in_the_christmas_waltz_.html

      Coffee Table Book to come?? :)

      • sarahjane1912

        That’s how I found Tom & Lorenzo: via Slate. :-)

        I do like how links to TLo commentaries pepper various blogs/reviews. I came across one a little while back whose recommendation came with the caveat: “Warning, it is an internet rabbit hole”. Guffaw! So true. ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/Athenabast Athena Bast

      I missed this episode and upon seeing Roger in the jacket… O.O

    • http://twitter.com/yeahandalso Andrew Cole

      OMG you used a pic of me in the Hare Krisna scenes!!!!   I feel so honored!!!    (I’m rocking the gold turtleneck)

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Nice!

    • http://twitter.com/yeahandalso Andrew Cole

      Megan was a hipster before it was cool

    • http://twitter.com/yeahandalso Andrew Cole

      I agree, to me her outfit in that scene is very Laura Petrie, to a T

      • aquamarine17

        Yes, I can see that, the Laura Petrie. But to me, and I’m not a matchy matchy type, I still find the colors to be odd. Like the striped pants would have looked great with something black or white on top and the green sweater with maybe light green or yellows. But true, it could be a hipster look, hipster in the Beat sense.

        Women were on the verge of bluejeans. I know how happy I was as a hippy girl to be wearing the jeans a little less than a year later. You just wore them with everything and they looked so good.

    • HeatherD9

      “Megan is the REDSHIRT”

      HAHAHA! I nearly fell off my chair on that one.

      It’s funny how many bitter kittens remember their parents wearing certain styles etc.  My folks were seldom that stylish.  However, I do remember hanging out on our “futuristic”  Danish modern living room furniture w my dad watching Trek re-runs.  He noticed the redshirt phenomenon as well.  In fact, all our Christmas gingerbread men had red shirts for several years.  That said I think Megan is safe. Technically, she’s a REDSKIRT like Uhura.  The “Skirts” always return from away missions… 
      They may have to be heroically rescued from time to time — but they always make it back by the end credits. 
      Not so sure about Roger!

      Whhooops!  I think I may have geeked out a bit too much there… 
      **Sigh** Secret”s out now — I’m a second generation sci-fi fan.  :)

      H:D

      • barbarasingleterry

        We 2nd generation fans have to stick together.  A little secret, my grandparents loved Star Trek too….

    • http://twitter.com/nkk Nikki

      I fucking love you guys… I mean, adoration does no justice. 

    • Jane_Lane

      All these stories of people’s moms and grandmas who never washed their hair are so strange to me, my mom was too young to have participated in the weekly coiffing, she was a teenager in the 70s, but  I don’t think my grandmother did any of that at all. There are a few pictures of her with kind of elaborate hair dos, but I think she pretty much always wore her hair short. Even in her senior picture (taken in the early 50s) seems to have pretty short hair, at least no longer than shoulder length. She worked as a secretary except when she was overseas with my grandfather and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her with anything approaching a bouffant or helmet hair. And she washes her own hair and she does it almost every day.

    • KittenKisses

      I am a lil disppointed at no pic of Lane in his adorkable furry hat. Especially because one of England’s men of the sixties, Sir Bobby Charlton, has worn a giant fur cossack hat for years and I’mcertain the hat was reference to him.

    • margaret meyers

      I’m getting a bad feeling about Lane.  We’ve all felt that someone was goiing to die this season, and we’ve had references to suicide and death.  What if it’s poor, isolated, Bunny-denied, unhappy, scared, father and wife-beaten, check-forging Lane who kills himself?

    • http://twitter.com/ebuddle Ellen Buddle

      I felt sorry for Ken this episode when Peggy so brutally kicked him to the kerb. He’s really presented as the last honourable man in advertising and this episode hammered that home once again. And Peggy full on broke the pact – clearly never even offering to try and take him with her when she left (though whether he’d want to just after SCDP landed such a big account is another question). I’m becoming more and more interested in Ken as a character – his ambivalence about his own career in advertising and his need to find a real creative outlet that satisfies him. He’s extremely unshowy about his own talents as an account man and seems to genuinely enjoy the company of women on a normal, human level. Then again, he’s clearly never going to be someone who will take a stand either on his own or on anyone else’s behalf. Professionally he just gets walked all over, by Pete, by Roger and now by Peggy, and then channels his frustration into his writing. The fact that, story-wise, he’s also always on the outskirts of the action is, I’m sure, intended as a reflection of this but nonetheless I’d really like to see more of the character and of his personal life in the next season.

      Also, is it weird that the more tantrums Megan throws, the more I’m starting to like her? There’s something perverse about the fact that we have to see the chinks in people’s armour to really be able to identify with them, but there we are.

    • plogthesmith

      In my opinion the Lane story line was pretty contrived. Very hard to swallow that he’d go so far as to forge his partner and friend’s signature..not to mention embezzle money from his own firm…when he could have easily just borrowed it. Don would have almost certainly given it to him, also Roger. Also Bert Cooper. It makes no sense at all that he’d put himself in such jeopardy over such a relatively small sum. It seems to me the writers have gotten just plain lazy. Over all I’m pretty disappointed with the season, especially when they had so much time since the previous

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1552741835 Xesca Romero

      The Hare Krishna group are not homogeneous, in my opinion, because they are just different people who are trying to find something to fill their existences, just like people sharing any other religious discipline. I don’t think it has changed over the years because, as human beings, we search for answers.

      About Don and Joan. I always thought that, as well as Don and Peggy are the male and female equals in the professional sphere, Don and Joan are the seducer and seductress of the show. They dress to kill, so their appearance together will always collide. They are too sexy for each other. “You scared the shit out of me” says Don to Joan. Maybe because her sex-appeal overpowers Don’s?

      And finally, about Megan. I think that she dresses in a naif way when she argues with Don as a contrast with Betty. Maybe she is trying to say “I’m yelling to you, but I’m not Betty”

    • KSuKim

      Roger and Scarlett were in red, white, and blue, befitting the patriotic message he was delivering about Pearl Harbor Day.