For the most part, the Swingin’ 60s has steered clear of the mens’ wardrobes. The biggest influence has been the introduction of very subtle patterns in their suits, espeically their ties. Then again, the ties are the only place for men to really play with fashion; it’s not as if there can be a huge change in the hemlines of their pants (Don Draper in manpris? Never!).

 

I know this is the story of Don Draper, but when it comes to fashion, Pete’s taking the lead. He’s clearly accepted his wife’s guiding hand in the closet.

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It’s hard to get too excited over ties, but the stripes and (albeit, muted) colors are a definite move away from the 50s. The striped ties also made it easier to notice continuity errors.

 

Case in point: Pete rides to work in a tie with thick stripes that slope to the right, but gets to his desk in a tie with thin stripes that slope to the left.

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The first tie makes a reappearance later in the episode, when Pete asks for Roger’s desk.

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Of course, everything happens on Mad Men for a reason, so it’s entirely possible that this was actually intentional. My theory? Pete’s dabbling in time travel. It’s the most reasonable explanation, really.

 

This may be one of my favorite outfits of the episode, purely because of how brilliant the tie is.

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The uneven color blocking looks so totally modern, I’d be shocked if it doesn’t end up in the suiting department of Bloomingdale’s before the end of the spring. And the pale bluish-grey suit is the perfect backdrop for it. I’d like to think that, despite the aforementioned postpartum haze, Trudy’s still laying out Pete’s clothes for him.

 

More conservative is Ken Cosgrove.

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It’s to be expected though, since he styles himself after the old guard. For all his fantasies about becoming a writer, the guy’s about as establishment as you can get.

 

Even Lane’s playing around with colors and patterns.

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I love how Lane mixes and matches separates. His vest never seems to have come with his suit, but it always matches.  It’s quite possible that, of all people, Lane Pryce might be the most stylish dresser of the lot.

 

Case in point: the contrasting patterns of his vest and tie. Try to ignore the fact that he’s flirting with some mobster’s girlfriend.

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Perfect. Chuck Bass himself would tip his scarf to you for this kind of pattern mixing. Lane Pryce, you are a gem. You should be holding weekly style seminars in the conference room for the more staid among the group.

 

 What? Don’t look at me like that, Roger. I wasn’t talking about you.

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After all, that tie is very exciting. Sure, it’s not a checkered vest with a yellow patterned tie, but for you, a tie with a beige design is a big step.

 

For Don’s big bash, Roger steps up his game ever so slightly in this muted plaid sport coat.

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Again, not quite at the level of Pete or Lane, but  honestly, I’m just happy whenever Roger shows up to a party not wearing blackface.

 

Oh, Burt, you wonderful, ancient lunatic. Never change.

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Not that there’s reason to worry – Burt’s look hasn’t changed since the show began, and I’m guessing he’s not going to drop the Colonel Sanders costume any time in the near future.

 

Speaking of someone who doesn’t change, even a new, young wife can’t break Don too far out of his comfort zone. Case in point: his wardrobe is so unchanged, the first photo of him in this recap is from his birthday party. Otherwise, he stuck with the dark suits and ties for the office and you’ve already seen those before.

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The tie is similar to Pete’s colorblocked one, but the stripes aren’t as asymmetrically spaced as on Pete’s, which is what gives his the real edge. Don’s looking sharp – and really, when doesn’t he? – but he’s not stepping too far from his comfort zone, fashion-wise.

 

Honestly, I included this image because it amuses me endlessly.

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Caroline gave Don a plant for his birthday, which is kind of amazing in and of itself. I’m guessing she grabbed it off of a side table in her apartment before leaving for work that morning.

 

What’s striking about Don’s wardrobe is how little influence Megan has on it. Unlike, say, his new apartment, which is pretty solidly Megan-ified. 

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Every piece of furniture needs to be mine like, yesterday. In fact, do you think they’d let me move into the Mad Men sound stage?

 

Was I the only person who was thrilled to see that Stan and his ridiculously tight polos were back?

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Because they’re back and tight as ever. You have to love a guy who puts style over proper blood circulation.

 

I love that Stan not only wears color, but that he plays with it.

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Also, how briliant was the dancing beans ad? I was so hoping that we’d get to see the beans in action.

 

Stan at the party in yet another polo.  You have to give the guy credit for consistency. No matter the occasion, Stan has a polo that’s perfect for it.

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 Not the most flattering shirt ever, but Stan gets a pass because he’s just so very entertaining.

 

Uh-oh. I said “entertaining” and Harry appeared to talk about the latest gossip from the west coast.

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Remember when he was just the quiet guy in the short-sleeve button downs? I guess he was just waiting for his inner d-bag to bloom.  A collarless turtleneck, Harry? Really?

 

Back in the office, Harry returns to his Dwight Schrute-approved short sleeves.

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Love the green pants on both of them. As my grandmother would say, Stan’s got a nice little figure on him, which is a classier way of saying “Check out Stan’s hindquarters.”