When you think of a suit from the hit TV show, Mad Men, many images come to mind. Skinny ties. Handkerchiefs folded into a square and neatly presented in the breast pocket. Trim white shirts. Slim fit jackets with narrow lapels that taper at the waist. The fashion of the 60s featured straight lines, neutral colors, and a lot of class. The suits gave made businessmen appear serious and undeniably dapper.
Naturally, the best dressed man on Mad Men is Don Draper, the show's enigmatic, oft-troubled lead character. He swaggers around in suits that are charcoal, black, and occassionally brown, but perhaps his best attire is saved for his Madison Ave. office. He can do no wrong in a slim-fitted grey suit and a skinny tie. What's important is to notice that the suits on the show are rarely, if ever, a solid color. Rather, the matching jacket and trousers are made up of criss-crossing threads of various shades of one color. This effect makes the suit seem like it is made of one color yet it is also stitched with a pattern.
Most of Don's single-breasted jackets are perfect for the professional, man-on-the-go look. Sterling Cooper, on the other hand, can be seen wearing more extravagant suits. The double-breasted jacket that he wears evokes a kind of regal quality. The jackets with two-buttons, often worn around business matters and with Don pretty much on any occasion, represent the best of the classic American suit.
No suit is complete without the details. Cufflinks add a lot to the male characters' overall appearance. It's a subtle detail, but an important one. And who can forget the fedora? It's hard to imagine Don going outside without a fedora that matches his suit. Put all of these pieces together and what you have is a fabulous suit. No wonder fashion trendsetters are now hearkening back to that classy era.