All is right in my TV world. Game of Thrones is back. And so is Mad Men.
I’m not planning to play Game of Thrones dress-ups any time soon but Mad Men? That’s another fashion story.
The Madison Avenue, New York styles of the 1960s have endured, re-surfacing almost each season in some shape or form.
We may not wear the corsetry underneath but we’ll happily add a bit of shape and structure to a frock to mimic those silhouettes.
For autumn-winter 2014, Brisbane-based designer Sacha Drake has released an amazing dress – the Hendricks – that very much carries with it the style hallmarks of the Mad Men character, Joan Holloway, played by actor Christina Hendricks.
I’ve shown you two different looks with this dress to show its versatility. I’m wearing the black but it’s also available in navy and shiraz.
You could work the first look for work or an autumn day at the races and then take off the jacket for a night out or cocktail event.
These are the things I think about when making the decision to invest in a wardrobe piece like this when mostly my wardrobe requires me to have the smart casual section sorted.
As you know – if you’re a long-time SY reader – I do prefer clothes that flow rather than fit. Mostly this is because I have a short waist. There is not much of a distance between my natural waist and my hips, so anything cut to sit on my waist flares out over my hips in a not-so-flattering way.
This dress, however, with its high empire waist design has the effect of lengthening my waist, making it a flattering, fitted design for my shape.
The fabric is also fabulous as it’s got weight to it but it has a stretch so, yes, you can sit down without it limiting your ability to breathe. And that’s a very good thing! It’s also fully lined so works for wearing with hosiery.
The reason that Sacha gets the shape right is that she cuts each of her designs on a size 14 as well as the industry-standard 8. She is a size 14 herself and wants to know that her designs work on all women in her size range.
I’m wearing a size 16. The size 14 did fit but was tight across my bust and didn’t skim my hips as easily as the 16. I never worry about the number and I suggest you don’t either. Try on sizes above and below your normal and go with the garment that best works for you. Not what the tag says.
This dress would work equally as well with a pair of black or nude pumps but when there is an option to pop your outfit with some colour, I say why not?
These fuchsia suede pumps offer an outfit statement that’s easily achieved. The height is not too high but high enough to suit the styling of the frock.
Misano is a Perth-based company that designs shoes for distribution in shoe stores throughout Australia.
Do you love Mad Men? Love a 1960s styling influence?
* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration