If anyone knows the art of dude beauty and men's grooming, it's Don Draper. Though many things have changed throughout Mad Men's seven-season run, Don's always-dapper appearance remains a constant in the midst of the often-unpredicatable plotlines. In honor of the last season premiering tonight (Sunday, April 5), Photo Editor Alex Reside rounded up the best retro-inspired men's grooming products and put together a comprehensive guide on how to channel your inner Don.
During a brief stint of unemployment in 2010 I developed a strange routine. I’d wake up, run a weak 2-3 laps around my park, shower, apply for jobs and watch about five hours of Mad Men per day. I caught up on four seasons of Mad Men in under a month. Luckily, I eventually got a job and ran out of episodes. However, my month of viewing left me wanting to be Don Draper. Now, before you point out how terrible of a person he is, I totally agree, but being Don Draper isn’t just symbolic of the alcoholism and infidelity. More than anything, Don Draper is about confidence and swagger. While we all may not look quite as good in a suit as Jon Hamm does, that doesn’t mean that we can’t put your best faces forward and learn some Mad Men-style grooming tricks that worked in the '60s and '70s and still work today.
Let’s put you into Don’s shoes. You have a shady past and are a self-made man that is one of the biggest names in advertising. However, you still wake up from a night of mid-week casual drinking like the rest of us: feeling rough. So, you hit the showers and look in the mirror to shave your signature chiseled jaw. Here is what you need:
Now, I’m not going to lie to you and try to compare this razor to something like the Gillette Flex-Ball, which is super easy to shave with. This is a bit of a challenge, but the reward is a lot of control and a very close shave. There is a steep learning curve to this razor, but once you get the hang of it, you'll save so much money on razor blades, that you might be able to afford that 1966 Jaguar E-Type you've always wanted. A typical pack of 100 double edge blades is only about $20.