Inspired Style: “The Aviator” in Honor of National Aviation Day

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Whether you take to the skies for business trips or vacations, flying is something all of us do on a regular basis that we might take for granted – something that was a near miracle when it was first achieved in 1903 by the Wright brothers.

Today you get the chance to celebrate aviation in all its innovation and glory with National Aviation Day, designated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 to honor the August 19th birthday of Orville Wright of the Wright brothers. FDR issued the directive to observe the holiday with activities that promote interest in aviation.

So on that note, today’s Inspired Style post is on The Aviator by Martin Scorsese. A biopic of aviation great Howard Hughes, the movie chronicles Hughes’ life as a gifted aerospace engineer, inventor, pilot, filmmaker, and business tycoon as well as his multiple Hollywood paramours and gradually worsening obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The Aviator is filled with well-recognized actresses like Katherine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Jean Hawlow, set against the glitzy atmosphere of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

The women drip in diamonds, furs, and designer gowns, while Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) romances them in classic ‘40s dress shirts and pants. Howard Hughes may have been wealthy, but the clothing he wears in the movie is a good representation of how many men dressed in the era – pulled together, sleek, and gentlemanly.

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Men’s fashion trends changed throughout the ‘40s as the War came and went, but a few things persisted.

Namely:

  • Pleated pants that were loosely cut, worn much higher on the waist than they are today
  • Double-breasted jackets and peaked lapels
  • Single-breasted suits with notched lapels
  • Sweater vests and waistcoats
  • Ties and bowties
  • Oxfords
  • Hair that was short on the sides and longer on top, usually slicked back using pomade

What’s your favorite look or accessory from this era?

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(Images, Top to Bottom): Unscattered, Neogaf, The Ace Black Blog, Fame Images, Netflix Life.

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Infographic: How to Shave and Groom Like Mad Men’s Don Draper

If you’re like us, you’re still suffering from a bit of Mad Men withdrawal. The series played a not-so-small role in the resurgence of the well-kept male: Don Draper’s slicked-back hair, freshly shaven face, and impeccable executive suits sent many of us to our barbers and tailors.

The series concluded in May after seven seasons, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to act on the style cues laid out so sportingly on the show. Specifically, let’s turn our attention to Don Draper’s grooming habits. Throughout the series, we got glimpses into the products he used to look so dashing, from the mention of Brylcreem in Season 1 to his preferred razor – the Gillette Black Handle Super Speed – in Season 2.

The following infographic lays out all the major grooming tools Draper was spotted with in Mad Men, as well as similar modern-day products you can purchase. What’s great is that several of the original products that date back to the Mad Men era (1960s) are still available today.

We’re curious – do you own any of the products mentioned in this infographic?

Scroll below the infographic for a Mad Men shopping list. Also, for more Mad Men style, see our post on our favorite Don Draper outfits from each season of Mad Men.

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You can also find more infographics at Visualistan

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SHOP: 1. Jade East Cologne, 2. Edwin Jagger DE86 Double Edge Razor with Ebony Handle, 3. Remington Smart Edge Shaver, 4. Kent AP12 Large Opaque Silvertip Badger Brush, 5. Murray’s Superior Hair Dressing Pomade 3 oz, 6. Kent Hand Made Sawcut OT Hair Comb.

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Inspired Style: Don Draper’s 7 Best Outfits from 7 Seasons of Mad Men

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After seven seasons, the cultural phenomenon that is Mad Men has finally come to an end. Set primarily in the ‘60s, the show was a weekly reminder of the Golden Era of dressing. Each character assimilated iconic period pieces into wardrobes that broadcasted their personalities as much as their ranks within the advertising firm.

Since season one, we’ve been taken with Don Draper’s impeccably tailored suits and low-key accessories. No matter how many duplicities and adulterous entanglements Draper got himself into, he always looked like a class act. Don Draper’s style – and that of Mad Men itself – has had a massive influence on runways and on men looking for style inspiration.

So to commemorate the end of this stylish TV series, we’ve chosen our favorite Don Draper looks from each season and broken them down for you.

The ad exec’s formula for great style? Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant summed it up for Men’s Fitness: Don’t be a slob, get a tailor, embrace color and skinny ties, and pay attention to the details – hats, pocket squares, watches, and ties allow men to show individuality. Tie it all together with some swagger.

There are certainly characters who are far more adventurous dressers than Draper, but what he does so well is he wears what looks good on him – a cue we can all take.

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Season 1, Episode 2 – Ladies Room

An iconic scene from Mad Men. There are so many suits on the show it’s easy to get lost in the sea of them, but if you pay attention to the fabrics, colors, and patterns of Don Draper’s suits, you’ll see he’s quietly manifesting his artistic side. Rather than being nearly all blue or gray like Pete Campbell’s in the beginning of the series, Draper’s suits always have an interesting texture (such as tweed), color, or pattern (here, he’s in pinstripes).

Draper is a businessman but he’s also a creative, a balance reflected in his outfits.

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Season 2, Episode 7 – The Gold Violin

Draper’s skinny tie and skinny lapels are carryovers from the ‘50s, a decade which had an immense influence on early ‘60s dressing. Again, Draper takes the suit away from stark black and white with a blazer made of multicolor thread and a subtly striped brown tie.

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Season 3, Episode 5 – The Fog

Mad Men is set in an era when men wore hats. On the special occasion of welcoming his third child home, Draper is dressed to the nines in a suit and felt fedora with a tapered crown.

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Season 4, Episode 3 – The Good News

It’s the end of 1964, and Don Draper is getting ready for a holiday trip to Acapulco. In the midst of shuffling from work to Los Angeles to visit Anna – the wife of the man whose identity he stole –  he goes into vacation dressing mode, topping his suit with a thick gray coat and even toting around a straw briefcase.

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Season 5, Episode 8 – Lady Lazarus

Draper livens up an otherwise run-of-the-mill dark gray suit with a striped oxblood tie and his signature neat white pocket square.

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Season 6, Episode 9 – The Better Half

It’s midsummer and scorching hot. Draper stays ever the professional with a tailored suit, albeit with a summery taupe blazer and neutral brown tie with contrasting azure blue stripes. It’s got a slightly groovier factor that we see increasingly on all characters as the show approaches 1970.

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Draper’s ties get wider and more colorful during Mad Men’s last season. Colors like brown and blue – staples of the ‘70s – surface often. Lapels and pants follow the widening trend, and the mod influence is obvious.

Did we leave out any Don Draper outfits? Let us know what your favorite Draper outfit is in the comments!

(Images): GQ

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Inspired Style (Earth Day Edition): Paul McCartney

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When you’ve been a rock star for more than half a decade, you become an arbiter of style. Paul McCartney has been dressing sharply since the Beatles first debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show wearing matching collarless gray suits, ties, and stacked short boots that later became known as Beatle boots.

These days, the influential singer makes ample use of Savile Row tailors, often sporting a tailored jacket, trousers, a tailored black or white shirt, and no tie. Put succinctly, it’s rock star dashing – whether he’s wearing oxfords or trainers.

McCartney is today’s Inspired Style man because when he’s not performing onstage or collaborating with the likes of Kanye West and Rihanna, he’s devoting himself to charity work for the environment and animals. McCartney and his entire family are vegetarian, and McCartney supports PETA, the Humane Society of the United States, and Save the Arctic. He’s performed at several charity concerts and champions Meatless Mondays (interested folks can visit his Meatless Mondays website here).

Crowned with a shaggy mop of side-swept hair, Mr. McCartney is proof positive that you can look swank while doing good.

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(Images, Top to Bottom):  Paul McCartney black and white 2010” by Oli Gill – originally posted to Flickr as [1]. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons, US Magazine, Style.it, Fox News.

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