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Style rewind: Fashion tips inspired by the 1960s

October 29, 2015

At Danny P., we’re all about bridging the gap between age-old crafting tradition and forward-thinking design. In line with that philosophy, we present our Style Rewind series. We take inspiration from the forefathers of menswear and show you how to remix bygone looks to suit up in modern times.

This time, we do it a little differently. First we will take a look at the Beatles, who basically owned this decade. Then we discuss the style of Don Draper, the fictional go-to creative mastermind of Mad Men -- a TV show that displayed the best men’s fashion of the 1960s.

 

Style rewind: Fashion tips inspired by the 1960s

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Dressing like the Beatles

It's been 53 years since the Beatles released their first single. Their impact on the music world is undisputed. However, whether they knew it or not back then, they also managed to set quite a few new trends in men's clothing.

Not all of them survived -- when was the last time you saw someone sporting a collarless suit, for example?

 

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Image source: http://goo.gl/fnlpR0

 

On the other hand, there are pieces of the band's attire that you can spot in the streets on a daily basis even in 2015. Let's take a look at them.

 

The Chelsea boots

Also known as, you guessed it, Beatles boots. Rumor has it that it was the band's manager who got the idea of matching these shoes with the rest of the outfit to create a uniform look for the musicians. Check out how visionary this decision was -- they look great even some 50+ years later.

 

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Image source: http://goo.gl/6e0TCj

 

John Lennon's glasses

Charlie Chaplin had his mustache. Elvis Presley had his suits. John Lennon had his glasses. Fashion-wise, what bigger achievement could there possibly be than to indirectly create a new product category?

The John Lennon glasses are still known by his name, and they still look great. You just need to be careful what you match them with.

 

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The slim-fit suits

One thing you notice when looking at photos of the Beatles is that they looked incredibly sharp almost all the time. In today's terms, their style could indeed be described as minimalist. Slim-fitting black or grey suits, crisp white shirts, skinny ties. That's the look most of us are aiming for today, isn't it?

 

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Image source: http://goo.gl/xj9hAI

 

The Don Draper look

You don't necessarily need to follow Mad Men to know who Don Draper is. Played by Jon Hamm, this semi-fictional character has become a trendsetter in both how men aspire to look and be perceived by others. Let's take a look at what makes his outfits so timeless.

 

Simplicity

Since the TV show follows the life at an ad agency, we mostly see Don Draper in his work clothes. And that's almost always a single-breasted suit, white shirt, straight tie of a single color, horizontal pocket square and other details. Take a look:

 

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Combinability

Even when not wearing a suit, Draper looks sharp as hell. And - if he was a real person - it wouldn't take him much time in the morning to create that look. He would put on the same white shirt and simply take a sweater instead of a suit jacket.

 

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Image source: https://goo.gl/UOqJYP

 

Versatility

Although the show is set in a creative environment, it's still the 1960s we're talking about, and it's a corporate world. You'll hardly spot an inappropriately dressed guy in Mad Men, no matter the situation they're in.

The versatility of their outfits might be the key to achieving that.

The suits Don Draper and the rest of the guys at Sterling Cooper wear are just fine for business meetings as well as after-work drinks in classy bars or dinner dates.

 

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Image source: http://goo.gl/b5cKnH

 

The lesson you can take from Mad Men? Build your wardrobe around timeless, simple pieces that are “compatible” with each other and can serve you in any situation you find yourself in. And don't forget to pay proper attention to accessories like, let's say, your wallet;)



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