Mad Men Style: Pete Campbell
Spiteful, immature, cold, impulsive, slimey, self-centered — whatever you want to call Pete Campbell, he’s probably not your favorite character. Although he might not exactly have the greatest intentions on the show, he certainly dresses with intention. Pete’s got the whole prep-school brat down pat: blue suits; striped, skinny ties; suspenders; navys and greens. Pete keeps a youthful appearance by playing with plaids and prints on his suit jackets and shirts, as well as emulating Don’s style by throwing a few grey and brown suits into the mix.
In search of a modern take on Pete’s attire? We’ve asked men’s style bloggers Sean of *fruitpunch, Tim of Stay Classic, and Kiyoshi of The Silentist to share their best Campbell style and answer a few questions:
Click through the pictures for more on each man’s style.
What do you love about vintage style?
Sean: “I love vintage style because I love clothing with a story — preferably not a prefabricated one. My passion is for garments with integrity and purpose that stand the test of time. I love vintage style for its continued relevance to the way we dress today and the inspiring ways that older silhouettes and fabrications inform current designers and trends.”
Tim: “I am interested in vintage style because before the ’70s, people basically wore suits and nice dresses most of the time. You didn’t need an excuse to ‘get dressed up’ to go out, you just did it. The whole time period seemed more elegant and thoughtful.”
What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?
Sean: “My favorite cocktail is red wine. ;)”
Tim: “I am a fan of gin and whisky-based drinks. Your basic gin and tonic is fine with me, and I appreciate an Old Fashioned or scotch/bourbon/rye on the rocks.”
Find a gin and tonic recipe and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!
What do you think is our most Pete-worthy hat?
Tim: “The Stitch Hats Dougie Stingy Brim Porkpie.”
Sean: “The Dobbs Main Street Wool Felt Woodmere.”
Fedoras.com Team: The Cov-Ver Wool Felt Center Dent Fedora.
A special thanks to Tim, Sean, and Kiyoshi for sharing their photos and chatting with us!