I know I’m not the first to admire the style of Joan Halloway, the all-knowing, all capable Office Manager of Mad Men, and I’m sure I won’t be the last, but the recent interview with Christina Hendricks in Esquire reminded me all over again the level of class that she brings to this character both on-screen and off.
She is always appropriately dressed for the office, in well tailored – but not well revealing sheaths – accessorized with one statement piece and impeccably coiffed. This is a woman who knows what fits her body, and dresses accordingly. No stringy hair, no dirty flip flops, no inappropriate lingerie on display, no unhemmed pants…all common occurences in many a workplace today. It might be old-fashioned but I like it, and like it even more in that many of the outfits are timelessly relevant. And of course, anything that was relevant in the early 60’s will continue to be relevant in Vienna!
Notable Quotables from Joan:
“Go home, take a paper bag, cut some eyeholes out of it. Put it over your head, get undressed and look at yourself in the mirror. Really evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses are. And be honest.”
–Season 1, Episode 1: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
“Your decolletage is distracting.”
— Season 2, Episode 5, “The New Girl”