Don Draper’s Plaid Sport Coat: How Do You Feel?

Last night on Mad Men, Don Draper’s new wife Megan proved that she is in his life to make big changes. Some of them terrible. Like this crazy plaid sport coat. Is this the worst thing to happen to Don Draper since the government almost found out his real name was Dick Whitman and he had to expose his secrets to Pete Campbell? Or am I overreacting?

While Megan’s influence on Don’s psyche appears to have some positive benefits (aside from last episode where he maybe killed a woman in his dreams and shoved her body under his bed). Don has gone from finger banging women in hallways to throwing shade at the dudes who cheat on their wives.

But his new wife’s effect on Don’s style is less than awesome. Their new apartment in the city is covered in all manner of brown carpeting. And last night she made a grave offense. She made Don change out of his uniform of a neatly fitted grey suit. And not into something a little more naked. Into this plaid monstrosity above.

Don sensibly prepared for an evening in the suburbs in his usual attire of a grey suit and thin black tie (plus lots of scotch). But Megan would have none of it. She not only forced him to socialize with Pete Campbell in the dreaded hills of Westchester, but put him in a late sixties adaptation of the hair shirt: a garish plaid jacket.

Mad Men‘s clothing designer Janie Bryant says it is out of his comfort zone. It is also out of my comfort zone.

Luckily for us all, Don quickly disrobed and fixed Trudy Campbell’s sink in a t-shirt at the part, with all the wives gawking as Pete and Kenny Cosgrove stood by futile. But he put it back on for the trip back to the city, and watching a drunken Don grope Megan in the car was a lot less sexy when everything in the front seat was plaid as far as the eye could see.  Or am I wrong?

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    • Rob

      You’re so totally wrong. Although I admit Kenny’s take on plaid was more pleasing to the eye, Don’s was more aggressive and brought out a confidence that only Draper could pull off. Plus, I loved the damned thing. And hell, I have enough confidence to pull it off. Tell Janie B I need it sent to me STAT!

      • Jon

        ^^ Damn straight. That jacket was awesome.

    • porkchop

      I was much more concerned about Trudy’s dress than Don’s jacket. Trudy! You were so chic for 4 seasons, but your hostess dress was so dated. Don and Pete are right: the suburbs are deadly!

      • LCT

        That was my thought too–first the weird muumuus, and now this? Eew, Trudy. The Campbells really are Don/Betty 2.0.

        Also not as impressed by Megan this week. Was it just me, or did her party dress not fit correctly at all?

    • Cate

      While I really, really hate that awful jacket, it is true that it’s practically the seventies and we should all be grateful that this is the first time we have seen anything plaid.

    • Zach

      Wrong. It’s an awesome jacket and would love one. Something I noted was that she asked him to put something else on because they are going into “the country”. A bland business suit, what he was about to wear, is not for country-going, it’s for the office. They’re going to a dinner party not a liquid lunch. Back then, there were different outfits for different occasions, something I try to hold onto.