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Kristin Booker • August 12, 2011

Shop Til’ You Drop: The Mad Men Collection Has Arrived At Banana Republic

The show Mad Men on AMC has been nothing short of a phenomenon, with countless award nominations and worldwide fame for its core group of actors. While we have to wait (somewhat painfully) for the show to come back on the air in 2012, we can dress like them now. Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is now over: the Mad Men for Banana Republic collection is in stores NOW!

I had a chance to attend the online preview of the collection before the collection went nationwide and I have to tell you that I am MAD for this collection. Ladies, the issues of trying to find something to fit your body type are over. Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and Banana Republic Creative Director Simon Kneen have collaborated on a collection that works for ALL women of ALL body types with serious 1960’s-inspired style and silhouettes. Whether you’re long and lean like Betty, petite and pear-shaped like Peggy or hourglass shaped like Joan, there’s a gorgeous retro glam look ready and waiting for you.

We’re talking dresses, cardigans, scarves, blouses, skirts, pants, suiting separates and outerwear designed to add a dash of classic style to your wardrobe.  Many of the items are in photo gallery below, including the leopard-print trench coat that sent all of us into a frenzy at the event. THAT is a top item of the season, ladies!

As for me, this event was a great reminder that there are ways to look beautiful as a hourglass-shaped girl. Rather than hiding my curves, my new fashion icon is Joan Holloway, which inspired me to grab this gorgeous lace-tipped black cocktail dress built to honor both our va-va-va-voom figures..

And then I had to get in on the leopard-print trench coat, this gorgeous tie neck blouse and a fabulous nylon-wool blend skirt with shoes from the collection that I am still dreaming about. I’ll talk them in a minute.

For the gents who want to dress like Don Draper, there are gentlemen’s separates and suiting pieces that are simply to die for. Don’t hesitate to get in there and get the look. After all, years after Don was at his peak, ZZ Top would remind us that “every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.”

Do NOT forget the accessories, people. Pearl and gemstone jewelry and beautiful scarves, oh my. OH, and can we talk about the SHOES?!? There was a pair of leopard-printed pony hair platform pumps that simply sent me into a tail spin. WANT. NEED.

So, feel free to grab a little Mad Men style for your fall wardrobe. Check out the photo gallery that highlights just a few pieces from the collection and then head to your local stores or online to get this while the getting’s good, because once it’s gone, you’ll be MAD you didn’t get yourself a piece or two or three!

Mad Men for Banana Republic collection, in stores nationwide and online now


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