Masters Of Sex Nails Retro Style

Photo: Courtesy of Showtime.
When it comes to TV, we can't get enough of period pieces, complicated characters, and love triangles. Plus, wherever Lizzy Caplan goes, we follow. This is why the return of Masters of Sex is a highlight of our summer — one of the few things that will have us running for the great indoors.
The show, based on the provocative true story, is about Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) who become sex-research partners in the '50s. The first season is rife with sexual tension between the two, so we can't wait to see how the relationship evolves when the series returns July 13, Sunday 10/9c on Showtime.
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And, to get us in the mood for the series' second season, we're looking back at some of the best sartorial moments from Virginia Johnson and Dr. Masters' wife, Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald), and adding a few modern twists to their ensembles. Ahead, see how you can channel these retro babes with updated ballet flats, rich jewel tones, flouncy taffeta, and swooping coifs — it's the secret to getting down with these looks today.
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Photo: Courtesy of Showtime.
Virginia Johnson and Libby Masters drink up, lady-style. The stark contrast between Johnson's vixen oxblood gown and Masters' demure housewife-inspired dress should clue you into how different these women are. Swooped coifs, fancy frocks, and opulent jewels — click ahead to see how it's done.
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Yes, you can do a knee-length taffeta cocktail that truly doesn't scream "high-school prom." Twist soft, romantic curls in your hair for vintage flair.
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Libby and Dr. William Masters get elegant. Pure and virginal Libby is blissfully unaware with a smile while her withdrawn husband seems to have something else on his mind. Now, click ahead to see what matches up with a champagne gown — if you don't have a dapper doctor date that is.
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Steal a style tip from dudes and throw a menswear-inspired cocoon coat over a floor-grazing gown to keep things from appearing too chichi.
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Photo: Courtesy of Showtime.
A real head-turning stunner in the office, no one does overdyed jewel tones (deep jungle greens and saucy red wines) better than the captivating Virginia Johnson. Practice that power pose and steal her look for yourself, ahead.
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A burgundy leather pencil skirt offers modern-day va-va-voom while being work-appropriate.
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Photo: Courtesy of Showtime.
Virginia Johnson's attire of a bowed-collared shirt and rouge lip, two of the bolder trends of that time, is both fittingly fierce and femme for a workplace. See how to modernize this classic look by considering contemporary accessories with major retro flare next.
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Photo: Courtesy of Showtime.
Innocent Libby shimmies on in her best mustard hues, practicing lady-like dance moves. Libby's perfected the mood here, and we're ready to join in. Yellow on yellow on yellow is not a tough look to follow, if you know the right moves.
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Experiment with various textures and proportions to add depth and movement to a one-color ensemble. Make way for pleats on the dance floor!
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