"Mad Men" -- The Light Grey Suit

Say what you will about the show (which may not get another season), but there's no denying how cool these men look in a light grey suit, dark tie, and straight folded pocket square. Both men wear three button coats and plain front trousers with some important differences.

I'll take one of each, thank you.
Roger Sterling (John Slattery) appears to be wearing a Brooks Brothers or J. Press style sack suit with no darts, minimal construction/shoulder padding, and the lapels rolled to the middle button rather than the top. His waistcoat is the traditional show six, button five style that has recently experienced a surprising comeback. Note how the lapels and waistcoat edges have 1/4"-3/8" top stitching. He wears a spread collar shirt with French cuffs and what appears to be a pindot tie.

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is surprisingly conservative here compared to his superior (and elder). His lapels roll to the top, there is no top stitching, and there are darts in the front. You can also see that his coat has firmer construction and more shoulder padding. I am not certain why his right sleeve is so wrinkled. His shirt is virtually the same as Sterling's, but the tie is a variable stripe pattern that was somewhat in fashion during the early '60s. This three button suit is an interesting departure for Don -- most of the time he wears two button suits.


  1. Is Draper's suit a black and white glen plaid?

  2. It may be, but it reads as light grey worsted to me. I couldn't find a higher resolution image of this scene, unfortunately.

  3. Draper actually wears quite a few three-button jackets, both his office suits and the odd jackets, like the houdstooth one he wears to go to Disneyland.

    The wrinkling...could it be because he moved his arm? There's not that much construction in a suit's sleeve, it depends on the weight of the fabric.

  4. For the angle his arm is bent it seems like an awful lot, especially considering suiting fabrics were generally heavier back then.

    I admit I don't watch the show that much, but the clothing certainly catches my eye. Thanks. :)


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