Don Draper Style Lesson

Don Draper may be a fictional character on AMC’s hit Mad Men but his appeal has gone beyond just being a complex fictional character on TV. His appeal has, in fact, earned him the top spot for 2009’s Most Influential Man on

Part of what makes Don Draper so “influential” is his style (and the hair, of course). First and foremost, it’s the suit and Draper’s got suits in pretty much every dark neutral color- from gray and charcoal to black. During this fashion period, men’s suits were slim in cut with skinny lapels which in turn need to be paired with skinny ties.

If you’ve got the loot, you can spring for one of the Don Draper Signature Style Suits created by Brooks Brothers and Mad Men’s designer Janie Bryant, or you could check out our budget friendly options below:

Suit, Necktie

The Suit: Alfani RED Grey Sharkskin Slim Fit Jacket ($169), Alfani Red Grey Sharkskin Pant ($84.99) from Macy’s

The Tie: Skinny Ties, in different textures, and colors. Price ranges from $12 to $14

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