Becoming the Icon: Dress Like Don Draper

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If you shed a tear when Mad Men departed from our screens in 2015, you’re not alone. Aside from its well-earned place the ‘bingeable series’ hall of fame, the show did leave us with a style icon never to be forgotten: Don Draper. Portrayed by ultimate alpha male John Hamm, the Don Draper character breathed fresh life into the menswear game, reinventing what it is to be slick. Sure, much of this was thanks to the scotch-in-hand-during-work-hours disposition, but there are other ways to channel your inner Draper – ones that won’t get you in trouble with the boss. In fact, if you rock up to your nine-to-five looking as sharp as Don, it’ll likely get you some serious brownie points.

Don Draper workwear style

As the show was largely shot on the advertising agency set, each episode sent a shiver through audience’s spines in the form of serious work wardrobe envy. After all, that not-a-hair-out-of-place ‘do commanded clothing equally as slick. Perfectly matched suit and tie combos were the order of the day for Draper, in classic cuts that embodied the 60s era like no other. To bring the look up to date, go for well-fitting styles suited to your build, in evergreen shades like grey and charcoal. The focus here is classic and sophisticated – your polka-dot, hipster bow tie won’t score you any points.

In the Draper suit stakes, you’ll notice a subtle focus on mixed threads. The unassuming styles don’t exactly hit the big time for originality, but the carefully selected combination of threads gives depth to a classic shade, letting the garment do the work for you. Accentuate your masculinity with a crisp white shirt and well-matched tie – a true talent of the Draper styling team. Again, nothing that’d knock the socks off of GQ bosses; just simple, well put together men’s suiting.

It’s all in the details

The diversity of suit styling available today is enough to overwhelm even the discerning gentleman. To nail the Draper aesthetic at your next meeting, focus on these key details:

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Exude the ‘Mad Men’ confidence

Part of what made Don Draper the envy of all men was his attitude. Sheer confidence from within, and a level of self-assurance that could leave the weak snivelling into their lunchbox. Now, we’re not encouraging you to waltz into your boss’ office on Monday morning and demand a raise, but taking a little time to brush up on your confidence – to match your well-curated office wear – will help you carry the Mad Men look with ease.

At Kent and Lime, we want men’s fashion to make them feel like they can take on the world – and if anyone’s style can do that, it’s Don Draper’s. If you need to polish up your workwear look, prepare for an interview or simply inject life into your suit collection, get in touch with our team of stylists for a consultation. We’ll get to know you, send you one of our KITs with a selection of garments based on what you’ve told us, and leave you to decide what you love and what you don’t. Simple!

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