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When you turn 30, you find you've run the gamut of all possible Halloween costumes. What you really want to do is stay inside with a glass of wine and watch old horror flicks. But when your girlfriend, who is younger, more creative, and working her way toward a potentially debilitating bout of alcoholism, insists you head out on All Hallows' Eve, you realize you'll save the fight for when she accidentally tapes over most of Season 3 of Mad Men.

And while I'm tempted to dress up as a ghost, I can't bring myself to cut holes into my pristine and high thread-count sheets. A quick tour of my closet reveals that the only thing I can possibly put together at this late a notice is a feeble attempt at dressing like a character out of Mad Men. I have the suit. All I need is the direction. Luckily, I have the resources at AXE to give me some help.

Diana Schmidtke, who, if you'll remember, helped me achieve "girl approved hair" last year, sent me a list on how to put together a "classic" look.

Tailoring--where would a Mad Man be without his suit? The secret behind Don Draper's pristine look: the art of tailoring. Find a sleek suit and make sure it's perfectly tailored to your frame. Your shirt has to be starched and crisp, and top it off with a skinny tie tied in a Four-in-Hand knot.

The devil is in the details--it's not just about looking put together, but actually being put together. Don't forget cuff links and a sharp tie clip to keep everything in place during a busy day at the office or on the town. Even sock garters are making a comeback. I recommend using them to keep socks upright; the last thing you want is to be constantly adjusting them during an important business meeting or walking to the office.

Shoes say a thousand words--you don't want people thinking you don't care about how you look. Put your best foot forward and polish your shoes until they shine, whether that's with an at-home kit or taking them to a cobbler.

Hair style--the centerpiece to any look is your hair style. Complete the classic look by making sure your hair is smooth and polished. Start with wet hair, take a finger tip amount of AXE Smooth & Sophisticated Look Shine Pomade and distribute evenly through hair. To create the severe part--the key to this look--take a comb and create a side part in a straight line from the front of the head to the crown. Finish by taking another fingertip amount of the shine pomade, and lightly go over the finished style to ensure it stays in place all day.

Putting this together was easier than I'd expected. The AXE Smooth & Sophisticated Look Shine Pomade did the trick, especially after using AXE's Freeze Itch Relief 2-In-1 Cooling Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner that they and the great folks at Edelman were nice enough to send me. After all, white flakes on the shoulders of a dark suit are never in style. In fact, I enjoyed this shampoo and conditioner so much that it's gone into constant rotation in my shower routine.

Halloween went very well, at least as much as I can remember. Even my girlfriend, who complains about my laziness and general malaise toward social interactions was excited that I looked so good. So much so that she insisted I use this look more often when we go out. (Sad though that she refers to me as "Don" in the bedroom.)
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A little late, I know, but Brooks Brothers can help you out. They are the "official" men's costume supplier for the show, and they're selling a limited edition "Mad Men" suit - check their website.

My first thought when I read about it was, "Oh, just in time for Halloween."

Chew on this: Is it easier for women or men to imitate the styles from the show?

said Kevin L. on November 12, 2009 1:38 PM.

I'm going with men on that one. Based on undergarments alone.

said Echowood on November 12, 2009 1:59 PM.

Them's some slick suits. Sharp looking dudes.

Interestingly, I recall seeing a picture from a baseball game back in the early 60's and the guys kind of dressed like that. Fedora hats, suits. Definitely not like that now. The tickets are more expensive and the people dress way more casual. They'd look like bums to the Mad Men guys.

said E on November 12, 2009 4:20 PM.

What, no picture? Tease..

said Cindy on November 12, 2009 5:41 PM.

A douche spray commercial? Is that what this boils down to?

Seriously, when I think "Axe" I think jersey boy douche bags. When I think "Girl approved hair", I think spiky-haired jersey-boy douche bags.

The more I read about "Axe" on this heah blog, the more I think it might be for jersey-boy douche bags. Since I am not a popped-collar cock-monkey, I begin to think this blog is not for me. Hmmm.

said LostInDaJungle on November 12, 2009 11:21 PM.

i smell what yer cookin LIDJ... this is a first for me. never before has reading a post on the internets made me feel like i needed a shower. until now.

said phatlard on November 13, 2009 12:06 PM.
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