Mad Men Style: Betty Francis
The frosty Betty Francis has had an emotional journey on the show, but she hasn’t waivered from her Grace Kelly-inspired style. This blonde beauty chooses feminine shapes, iconic prints, and classic hair and makeup to complete her timeless, ladylike look. And although her life isn’t always glamorous, she sure can pull off a pair of pearls, a party dress, and a perfectly-lined pout like nobody’s business.
Need some real life Betty inspiration? We’ve enlisted fashion bloggers Fleur of Diary of a Vintage Girl, Joanne of Stitch and Witter, Leea of Vintage Follies, and Julie Bobbin of JuliaBobbin to show off their classic Betty attire and answer a few questions:
Click through the pictures for more on each lady’s look.
What do you love about vintage style?
Joanne: “What’s not to like? Vintage style allows you to not just assemble a totally unique look, but you also get to enjoy amazing tailoring and couture details that many high street clothes simply don’t feature anymore. The joy of vintage styling is that you can dial it up or down as you need to — a jaunty ’50s silk scarf with a breton top and boyfriend jeans can look timeless but modern, while a full on wiggle dress turns vintage glamour up to the max. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on!”
Julie: “I love how vintage styles celebrate the feminine form and accentuate a woman’s shape. The style makes you feel beautiful, polished, sexy, and confident, but without showing too much flesh. It’s subtle but powerful and makes you feel like a woman.”
What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?
Joanne: “It had to be a Long Island Iced Tea. Knock me up one of these Highballs, and make it a big one bartender!”
Leea: “I do love a glass of good Cabernet Sauvignon!”
Julie: “A Long Island Iced Tea! It’s sweet, sour, refreshing, and from the home of Mad Men — New York!”
Find recipes for the Long Island Iced Tea and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!
What do you think is our most Betty-worthy hat?
Joanne: “The Daisy Straw Garbo Hat is my pick for Betty circa Season 1. It’s fresh and bright like most of her at-home wardrobe in that season.”
Leea: “I don’t see Betty wearing hats on many occasions, except perhaps to a Sunday church or day at the beach with the kids. I find Betty quite conservative in her outfit choices, so I would go with something classic. This Iris Toyo Straw Garbo Hat would be perfect for a day out at the beach.”
Julie: “The Betmar Opal Wool Cloche.”
A special thanks to Fleur, Joanne, Leea, and Julie for chatting with us!