Make Me Mod! Top 10 'Mad Men' Essentials

March 22nd, 2012

Bust through that glass ceiling feet first, girls!

Bust through that glass ceiling feet first, girls! Show off those gorgeous stems with a pair of leg-loving go-go boots.

Bust through that glass ceiling feet first, girls!

Bust through that glass ceiling feet first, girls! Show off those gorgeous stems with a pair of leg-loving go-go boots.

Display your brand loyalty

Display your brand loyalty with this handy Lucky Strike cigarette lighter, great for keeping your business partners, or rivals, at arm’s length. Let’s just say it was a gift from a friend during Season 1.

Brighten that boring conference room with this amazing purple lava lamp.

Brighten that boring conference room with this amazing purple lava lamp. Warning: Its sensual glow might make you feel as though you’re in a cozy bar and not at work, but isn’t that where you’d rather be anyway?

The perfect '60s throwback

This colorful plastic bangle would look amazing in Sterling Cooper’s new space-age office. Its simple shape and popping color make it the perfect ’60s throwback.

This polka-dotted mini-dress is tons of fun, but still serious enough to get you hired.

Hemlines are up and hosiery is out: this polka-dotted mini-dress is tons of fun, but still serious enough to get you hired. With its red and navy spots and subtle bust-detailing, this baby means business. Watch your co-workers’ heads spin.

Dust off your turntable and drop the needle on “My Generation.”

These days, water-cooler conversation is all about what music you’re listening to. In 1966, the truly hip kids dropped those square Beatles for more rebellious bands like The Who. Dust off your turntable and drop the needle on “My Generation.”

Really want to impress your boss? Ditch your iPhone and show her you remember how to talk to clients the old-fashioned way, without a smiley face at the end of every sentence. This cherry-red Ericofon adds a splash of color to a bland desktop (no, not the one on your computer), and conveniently includes a dial right on the receiver.

Really want to impress your boss? Ditch your iPhone and show her you remember how to talk to clients the old-fashioned way, without a smiley face at the end of every sentence. This cherry-red Ericofon adds a splash of color to a bland desktop (no, not the one on your computer), and conveniently includes a dial right on the receiver.

watch

Colleagues think you’re a slobbish slacker? Show them that you’re sensible and chic with this black Girard Perregaux wristwatch. You’ll be classic, elegant, and always punctual.

pink

Sick of being pigeonholed as a prudish Peggy? Say goodbye to that neutral workspace and turn up the fun with this Chromcraft chair! Designed after the famous chairs by Charles and Ray Eames, this fiberglass seat has been updated with a hot-pink color that’s sure to get even the most timid wallflower noticed.

The sleek white typewriter comes in a bright teal case that’s stylish enough to catch Don Draper’s eye.

Finally, the ultimate in office cool is this vintage Smith-Corona Cougar (yes, that’s its real name). The sleek white typewriter comes in a bright teal case that’s stylish enough to catch Don Draper’s eye.

With the return of “Mad Men” to AMC this Sunday, Sterling Cooper’s attractive staff will raise the bar for contemporary cubicle-dwellers for the fifth season in a row. Along with the show’s cast, we’ll be thrown into the turbulence of 1966, when neon-colored plastic and the ubiquitous Twiggy kicked Mid-Century Modern to the curb. No doubt the characters will weather radically shifting social norms, a polarizing foreign war, and all kinds of inappropriate office politics with the grace of dapper, blueblood New Yorkers, martinis always in hand.

We don’t necessarily recommend boozing on the job, but here are 10 Mod essentials, circa 1966-ish, to smarten up your workday and make you feel worthy of Roger Sterling’s approval.

5 comments so far

  1. Marian Kirby Says:

    The Beatles were never square and although skirts were short, you were still expected to wear nylons which were held with garter snaps.

  2. Laura Says:

    The recommendation for lighter should have been a Zippo.

  3. Vincent Anton Says:

    The Madison AVE culture tolerate “hot-pants” Fridays at the workplace yet, to go along with the Nancy Sinatra go-go boots?

  4. sqrall Says:

    This is a wonderful collection. You have to love this era and to see THE WHO included made my day! Great article Hunter

  5. FineLines Says:

    Having lived through that era I’d have to say that hosiery was not out but pantyhose was the latest thing and in, in, in. Pantyhose was the coolest – matching either your shoes or your dress (or skirt).
    Hot pants weren’t in until about 1970. And, yes, I wore them to my office job at that time.
    The portable typewriter more likely was in someone’s bedroom or dorm room – not in any office. My folks gave me one for my senior year in HS.
    Agree that the Beatles were popular with teeny-boppers and did have some older fan base but I lost interest after age 13. The Rolling Stones and The Who were definitely my g-g-g-generation!
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Hunter.
    DD@Phila


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