I am three seasons into Mad Men and fully in love. It is the perfect show for summer binge watching -- episode after episode I can get lost in the drama, gawk at the shocking behavior, and drool over the costumes.
The show features some pretty amazing female characters. Peggy Olson is ambitious, plucky, naive; Betty Draper is charming, complicated, and cool. And then there's Joan Holloway. In a sea of women who seem unable or unwilling to say what they think or do what they want, Joan is a breath of fresh air. She knows what she wants, and she usually gets it. I get distracted when she's on screen -- I want her outrageous curves and her angelic face. I want to cut my hair in a long bob and wear long flirty lashes everyday. And most of all, I want a closet full of dresses that just won't quit:
Modcloth I Think I Can Dress ($50) -- possibly the perfect dress for fall. The plum color is rich and versatile, and the side ruching and v-neckline are so flattering.
Black Halo Saldana Cap Sleeve Dress ($345) -- Black Halo makes a killer dress. This fire engine red number is not for wallflowers.
Mango Decorative Seam Dress ($80) -- it can be hard to find a sheath dress with a real sleeve (so frustrating!), but you can see how it creates an incredibly flattering shape. Combine that with a bold lipstick pink color (looks good on SO many skin tones) and you have a dress that you'll reach for again and again.
ASOS Jacquard Wiggle Dress ($118) -- this dress could have come directly from Joan's closet; the shape is perfect and the pattern screams Swinging 60s. I'd keep the jewelry and shoes sleek and modern to prevent it from looking too costume-y.
Tory Burch Edith Scallop Dress ($200) -- just the right amount of sweet and sexy.
DvF Irene Silk Belted Dress ($172) -- I think every redhead needs this in her closet. Joan would buy it a size too small and rock some serious cleavage.
DvF Gracie Colorblock Dress ($199) -- Joan would have had a closet full of DvF dresses, and I love this sporty version of a classic wrap dress. The color-blocking makes it timeless -- this is from a current collection, but it could easily be a vintage 60s or 80s piece.
ASOS Curve Midi Wiggle Dress ($60) -- the color and texture of this dress are really spectacular.
Erin Fetherston Colette Fit and Flare ($355) -- a classic shirtdress in a sexy sheer fabric. That skirt will make such a satisfying swish.