3 Style Lessons from Mad Men’s Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss); How to Get The Look!

I am so excited about Mad Men returning tonight!  I’ve previously blogged about the show’s style—see, Style Lessons from Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks (Joan); How to Get the LookPeggyMadMenTriSee Trudy Campbell’s profile here.  However, as we approach tonight’s season premiere, I decided to blog about Peggy’s style evolution over the course of the show.  (I can’t believe it’s the final season.)  Last season we saw Peggy assume Don Draper’s former position as creative director.  In many ways, her evolving fashion represents the changes in her character—a woman who was once an (sometimes) unsure secretary is now ambitious and successful.  Peggy defies her mother’s (and society’s) expectations of her. 

3 Style Lessons from Peggy Olson:

  1. Be confident:  The most important change in Peggy’s appearance is the way she carries herself.  I love how her style evolution was subtle—it happened over the course of six seasons.  She didn’t change overnight from her homely schoolgirl look to a sophisticated career woman.  When I see Elisabeth Moss smile (especially in that second picture), I am reminded of how far Peggy has come.  You can buy nice clothes and makeup but it’s nothing without confidence.  If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anybody else?  My most important accessory is my smile.
  2. Match prints with solids:  I always recommend solids over prints especially if you’re on a high dose of medications like Prednisone.  In fact, I usually avoid prints.  However, if you are going to wear prints, they look best when paired with something solid.  The first outfit Peggy is wearing is very busy—the all over checkered print does her no favors.  Hint:  If a dress can double as a picnic blanket, it’s not a good dress.  In the second picture, she’s absolutely stunning.  I love how the top of the dress is printed but the skirt is a solid.  And the pink and green complement each other well.  Similarly, in the third photo, blue and orange are complementary colors.  Again, Peggy pairs a print with a solid.  The second and third outfits highlight her curves successfully.
  3. Bump up the hair:  The character of Peggy Olson is not on Prednisone, a drug used by millions of women with cancer and autoimmune diseases.  But I am.  Prednisone has a tendency to widen the face creating a bloated look.  And it’s sadly not the only drug that has that effect.  One way to make the face look less wide is to wear your hair half up, half down with a bump at the crown.  I use these affordable Goody Spindle Claw Clips from Target to create my Prednisone bump.  I pull hair from the front back with the clip—you can only see the clip from the back.

Where to Get Peggy’s Look


I love vintage clothes!  A great place to buy clothes inspired by 1940s, 50s, and 60s styles is www.pinupgirlclothing.com.  There you’ll find this outfit, which is a Peggy-esqe look.  Notice the dainty lace print on top and solid skirt.

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Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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