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How to dress like Don Draper

While today the suit in ad agencies is reserved for the... well "suits" (aka account executives), yet this wasn't always the case. If you watched the show Mad Men, you would notice how elegant creatives were a few decades ago.

This is not to say there is anything wrong with being dressed in jeans and a colorful shirt, but in my opinion there are times when a good suit can do good. For example when you're presenting to a major bank executive or meeting your new pharma client. Some of the business people don't get that informal dressing doesn't meant informal work. And, we're all about perception, right?

So how to dress sharp like Don Draper? The key to Draper’s style is a well cut suit (then again, his dashing good looks don’t hurt either). But while we can’t all look like Draper, you can dress like him.

Brooks Brothers and Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant collaborated on a limited edition suit that sold out in a snap, but you can just look for the following details when you’re shopping for (or custom tailoring) your next suit:

Slim Cut Silhouette: Just say no to shapeless suits. The trim silhouette makes you look slimmer and taller, no matter what your personal architecture.

Medium Gray Sharkskin: If you have only one suit in your wardrobe, make it a gray one. A gray suit goes everywhere, and it works even when a black suit is too somber. That extra sheen is from the sharkskin fabric, a popular material in the 1960s and 1980s.

Diagonal Pockets: The slight diagonal of the pockets adds to the slimming effect of the suit.
Narrow Lapels: Notice the trimmer than usual notched lapels on this jacket.

Side Vents: Instead of a single vent at the center back, this jacket features two side vents–all the better for the fitted silhouette of the suit.

Sleeve Length: The perfect sleeve length for a jacket shows about a half inch of shirt sleeve.

Thanks Omiru for the tip.

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Guest

and what about the ladies? :)

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Guest

WEVA

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Guest

Nice Suit...

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AmOgodzzz
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Also, the shirt's got an angle cut french cuff.

If you don't have Brooks Brothers money, you can find suits of similar cuts at Topman (if you live in NYC or London). H&M has pretty decent stuff too.

Single windsor knot on the tie.

And of course, remember never to wear pleated pants.

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TRICKY
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Hiperion
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Oh!
Can I dress like Draper???
I LOVE CAPITALISM!!!

(mode irony off)

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