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.
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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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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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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Update the ol' button-up-and-pencil-skirt outfit with a shorter hem, oversized cat-eyes, and a plum lip stain.
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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!