Fashion: Mad Men

By Susan Edmunds

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There's something about Mad Men that has really captured the 21st-century imagination - and it's not just Don Draper's terrible chauvinism.

Amid some of the androgyny on the modern catwalks, it's refreshing to see women's fashion that works with their bodies, rather than fighting against them.

You don't have to look like you've walked straight off the set to inject a bit of a 1960s feel into your wardrobe. There are lots of options to help you get a touch of Joan Harris into your everyday 2012 fashion.

One of my favourite things about the Mad Men look is the re-emergence of the shift dress. It's a really flattering style for almost all body types, and is easy to dress up or down.

Subtly sexy, you can pair a good shift dress with boots, heels, a blazer or a cardigan to fit any occasion.

For those of us for whom the bottom-half spells trouble, the nipped-in waists and full skirts of the Mad Men-inspired dresses are a real godsend.

Not only does a full skirt hide a large bottom or big thighs, because most fall to just below the knee, they highlight the slimmest part of the leg.

One of the most important things to watch out for, though, when channelling this look, is to keep it modern.

It might sound like a contradiction, but if you interpret the style too literally, you can run the risk of looking like you've raided your grandmother's wardrobe.

If the shape of a garment is straight out of the 1960s, look for a modern print. Or team a tailored cardigan or blouse with skinny jeans and platforms.

I know it's quite popular at the moment but I think a full floral dress teamed with a pearl necklace and up-do is very ageing.

Look to Mad Men for tips on embracing your femininity and having fun with your outfits.

But don't take any career or dating tips - some things should not ever be allowed back in fashion.

- Hamilton News

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