Jackie Kennedy

Happy 80th to Jackie and Mad Men’s Casting Call for that 60’s look

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Pictured: Jackie’s 60’s style, she is gone but her memory lingers on in TV shows like Mad Men’s vintage costumes.

A brief glance at Huff Post style and Elle online reminded me that today is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s 80th birthday. I found myself grinning and wondering what she would be wearing today. I’m sure she would still be shopping at her usual haunts in NY and looking for the latest styles. I have heard stories about how if “Jackie” liked something she would buy 20 of the same item in different colors. She did this with shoes, scarves and other accessories. Later gossip has it that she would take the “extras” and send an assistant off to a high-end consignment store to sell her cast-offs. She was certainly no recessionista, but I like to think that she supported other recessionistas by letting them buy her designer clothes for less. Her style was elegant and tres chic. I loved her triple strand of pearls, her pill box hats and her boucle suits. Her signature style looks as fresh today as it did then. How do I know this? Well just take a look around. Case in point, the wardrobe on the popular TV show Mad Men. The wonderful dresses worn by the actresses on the show could’ve stepped right out of a Jacques Lowe photo of Jackie.If you like Mad Men, I’ve got some good news. They are doing a little contest with Banana Republic and the winner will get to appear on the TV show. Here’s the low down. Stop by a Banana Republic store and receive your casting call entry code. Then, take a picture of yourself in a Mad Men style outfit. Think Jackie if you are a women. For men, I’m thinking Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk is the one to channel. Then, go to this website and enter. The winner will receive a $1,000 Banana Republic gift card & a walk- on role in AMC’s Mad Men. Click here to get on the 60’s style road. Below is a sample Banana Republic outfit similar to one worn on the show.


Pictured: Sample BR style board for a Mad Men look

The Madman contest also lets you create your own avatar (thanks for that Target Addict). Here’s my avatar in my best Jackie look complete with 3 strand pearls.

Pictured: The Recessionista’s Madmen avatar

My own suggestions for the look, a classic vintage Cassini look:

Happy Birthday Dear Jackie! Thanks for so much more than 1,000 days.

Pictured: Oleg Cassini’s memoir of Jackie’s style, bearing his autograph on the cover.



Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Target-Addict

    July 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    More on “Mad Men”: on their site they have an app. to “Mad Men Yourself” and create a swinging sixties avatar. Check it out; it's pretty cute!

  2. MH

    July 30, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Thanks so much for sending that & news of the contest! It fit in nicely with my Jackie post.
    Much appreciated. How did your avatar turn out?

  3. designer store

    July 30, 2009 at 6:25 am

    nice post….

    thanks for sharing..

  4. July26Twins

    July 31, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Just discovered your blog and will be visiting often. Love it! Great and love your perspective. Best wishes, July26Twins

  5. meraldia

    August 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Omg, I adore her style!

  6. meraldia

    August 1, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Omg, I love Jackie's style!

  7. FashionConsciou$

    August 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Great post – love Jackie & Mad Men 🙂

  8. Sher

    August 6, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Great post! Everytime I see Mad Men I think of Jackie during that time.

  9. Fabulous Finds Gal

    August 8, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Who doesn't love Jackie's style. Great post. Congrads on being in the top 20 on IFB for this post.