Monday, 18 March 2013

Vintage Style Icon: January Jones

She's on the cover of April's Glamour Magazine in a monochrome two piece by Mr Louis Vuitton looking ever so retro and seriously sexy. The Mad Men star rocketed to fame as well as the best dressed lists when she took on the character of Betty Draper. Granted, Miss Jones took her time to find her fashion feet, but it wasn't long before she brought a hint of Betty Draper to the red carpet and became a modern day screen siren.

This 2011 Golden Globes red carpet moment made us all stop and stare, but those Veronica Lake style waves and red lipstick are what makes this 21st century dress really stand out a mile.

January's Style evolution definitely takes inspiration from her work on Mad Men, plus her role in X-Men: First Class was based in the 1960s. But it might never have happened as apparently Betty Draper wasn't meant to exist:

"There was no Betty in the pilot when I auditioned…I read for Peggy two times—it was between me and Elizabeth Moss who eventually got the part. At the end of the scene, there was a casual mention that Don was married. Matt went home that night and wrote two scenes that featured Betty. I auditioned a couple of days later, and he made me a verbal promise that the character would grow. I took the part on faith.”

Thank goodness for that eh?! We couldn't help but have a little look at a few of Betty's fashion moments while we were on the subject. Plus, you can see exactly where Jones is getting her red carpet ideas.

But it's back to reality with more red carpet glamour from our style icon actress in a cobalt blue wiggle dress. More in the style of her co star's character Joan, the shape is still very elegant and reminiscent of a late 1950s silhouette.  

Now this is as though Betty has been papped on her way to dinner with Don. It's 2009 and January is starting to prove to the fashion world that she's got what it takes to make some very very good wardrobe decisions! 

In city shorts on a cold Paris day, the 1960s are alive and well in the form of this bouffant and contrast shirt. She switches her 50s red lip for a nude pink and winged eyeliner to further channel the swinging 60s. And completely ahead of time might I add. A fashion forecast. 

So. Want some vintage glamour in your Spring wardrobe? Lucky for you this season is championing this exact style and it all begins with the dress. So here are 4 of our faves

Pretty in pink at Ted Baker
Maxi glamour at Topshop
Authentic 50s florals at Rokit
60s shift at Orla Kiely

Gina x


  1. Absolutely love this post! Betty Draper is a complete still icon! Thank you, you just made my day! xx

  2. Sorry...Betty Draper AND January Jones are complete style icons! Don't them both!