The following is a guest post from our friends at Lucky.
Romola Garai plays Bel Rowley in BBC America’s drama The Hour and while it’s easier to compare the show—and the wardrobes—to that other ’50s era drama, Mad Men, don’t be fooled.
I’m wild about Mad Men, but I’ve decided that The Hour—Bel, in particular—is my sartorial match. The Hour is more Network than Mad Men and Bel is more Diana Christensen (played by Faye Dunaway in the classic 1970s film) than Joan Holloway or even Peggy Olson.
You see, Bel’s the boss—the lead producer of an-hour long news program. While her look is certainly femine, she wears clothes with a sense of authority, whether it’s a form fitting knit sweater dress in brick—made sensible with a skinny black leather belt and graphic brooch—or a men’s white shirt. But what really makes Bel’s look is her hair: worn to collarbone with just the slightest curl.
I’ve got a pretty healthy obsession with suiting—and everything Mid-Century Modern—so the idea of wearing inherently sexy, vintage-inspired pieces with just enough authority is incredibly appealing. Click on the break to see styles inspired by Bel and The Hour below.
The cornflower blue color of this sweater is so comforting.
KNITTED COLLAR TOP, $88, TOPSHOP,TOPSHOP.COM
Try a tousled, swingy bob with these easy-to-use hot rollers.
HS10 INSTANT HEAT COMPACT HOT ROLLERS, $12.77, CONAIR, AMAZON.COM
These art deco studs could be a hand-me-down from Bel’s mom.
ART DECO TRUDY EARRINGS, $10, FRED FLARE, FREDFLARE.COM
J.Crew fashioned this neat little dress after one of the designer’s vintage suits.
GALLERIST DRESS, $198, J.CREW,JCREW.COM
Delicate gold necklaces give a prim look a bit of softness.
DOUBLE HAMMERED DROP NECKLACE, $29, URBAN OUTFITTERS,URBANOUTFITTERS.COM
A wiggle skirt made preppy in plaid.
CHECK PENCIL SKIRT, $54.89, ASOS,ASOS.COM