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Downton to Mad Men Transition Guide

Downton Abbey is long over and Mad Men has yet to begin. Here’s how to feed your cravings.

Downton to Mad Men

Downton Abbey

If you’re having trouble bidding adieu to the Crawleys (haven’t we done enough of that?) and life on a British estate in the early 1920s:

DRINK

Afternoon tea at The Saint Paul Hotel with your grandmama. Pinkies up! stpaulhotel.com

WORK

No gardener? No problem? Maintain your estate (Minnesota-style) and hire the neighbor kid to trim your hedges.

WEAR

A custom tux from Hammer-Made or a gown from dugo. One must look presentable at dinner. hammermade.com, dressupgoout.com

VICE

Light up a cigar from Stogies on Grand. stogiesongrand.com

KIDS

Call Twin Cities Nanny & Sitters to see if they have anyone who meets the standards of Anna Bates. tcnanny.com

Mad Men

If you’re in transition, drop the British duds and hoity-toity personality and start prepping for the debauchery and glam styles of Mad Men:

DRINK

A beer at Brit’s. Keep the British accent of the Crawleys; add the alcohol of Draper. britspub.com

WORK

Shed your leisurely aristocratic ways and get ready for long hours in the office by doing volunteer work. unitedwaytwincities.org

WEAR

Curls in your hair—a soft wave channeling Lady Mary or a ‘60s-inspired bob a la Megan Draper—courtesy of The Wow Bar. Guys, you’re on your own. thewowbar.com

VICE

Channel surf. It’s time to catch up on reality shows.

KIDS

Take them to the Then Now Wow exhibit at the Minnesota History Center to see Minnesota artifacts that span the Downton and Mad Men eras. minnesotahistorycenter.org

Madison Avenue

If you can’t wait for April 7 and the madness of Madison Avenue in the ’60s:

DRINK

A dirty martini at Jax. jaxcafe.com

WORK

Who needs Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce when we have Olson, Fallon, Martin, and Lynch?

WEAR

A skinny tie from Pierrepont Hicks or a feminine frock from Anne M. Cramer. pierreponthicks.com, annemcramer.com

VICE

So many to choose from. The nearly windowless Nye’s Polonaise Room seems like a good, dark place to pick your poison. nyespolonaise.com

KIDS

Make hot dogs and turn on the TV, Betty-style. The kids will be fine until Dad gets home.

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