My Perfect Joan Dress Must Have:
* the 1960s Mad Men sexy secretary look
* an hourglass shape with nipped in waist and pencil skirt to the knee
* no cleavage (Joan rarely shows hers and I am so tired of the constant surveillance required to make sure my boobs aren’t busting out of my latest retro frock)
* some form of sleeves to cover my super hot bingo wings
* a strong jewel tone reflecting Joan’s gorgeous colour palette
The Answer: Heart My Closet
I heart this website. This is not a sponsored post. They are just awesome. They make copies of vintage dresses, including the costumes worn on Mad Men. Everything’s made to order so you can create your own tailor-made fantasy Joan dress.
Although the exact replicas look incredible, I was after something that had Joan’s oomph but didn’t make people think I was on my way to a fancy dress party. That happen’s enough already. I wasn’t aiming to look like a copycat. I wanted to work Joan’s style my way.
You can either opt for standard US sizing or trust the seamstress with your vital statistics. I went for custom fit. I’ve never had a dress made before, even though I’ve wept on many a changing room floor and burst several seams, so this was a whole new fashion adventure.
The design I chose was actually based on a dress Jane is wearing the first time we see her.
It looks completely different on me as I’m approximately twice her circumference. Just in case people were still getting us mixed up, I changed the colour, sleeves and belt. To ensure the super-fitted Joan silhouette, I shaved two inches off my dimensions before handing them over. I’m very glad I did because if my dress had any more fabric it would make me look elephantine.
I am so thrilled with this dress. Despite it being custom made and international shipping, I only had to wait about a week for it to arrive. I love that it’s sexy without showing too much skin and the bright fuschia colour is the perfect antidote to all the drab weather we’ve been having.
I feel so confident in my new Joan dress, I believe I can fly.