Forget Bravo. The first housewives made headlines in 1959, when LIFE magazine began documenting the first ladies of the Space Race. Intrigued? Us too. Between the history and the OMG-worthy fashion, we can’t stop watching ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club.

The original Astronaut Wives posed around rocket, The TV Astronaut Wives in same pose

As the conservative style of the 1950s gave way to the looser designs of the swinging 1960s, so did the wives’ fashion. America took note as they pushed aside more structured, ladylike silhouettes for boxy shapes, standout patterns, and even… pants! With all eyes on them, it was important to stay as trendy as possible.

Created by former Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman, the ensembles on this show are as original as they are chic. Daman spent hours scouring Etsy and 1stdibs for original pieces. Further inspiration came in the form of old issues of Vogue, Better Homes and Gardens, and Betty Crocker cookbooks.

Love the look but don’t have time to hunt down vintage treasures? Our Retro Style Inspired by The Astronaut Wives Club Boutique opens Thursday, August 20at 11AM ET.

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 20, 2015

The hit AMC period drama, Mad Men, has caused quite the stir in the fashion world – for obvious reasons. From the clothing and accessories to the hair and makeup, every little detail looks like it was plucked right out of the 1960s. So whether you’re channeling your inner Betty Draper or you have a love for anything retro-inspired, here’s how to work the look (cat-eye shades and all).

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Our Fashion Inspired By: Mad Men Boutique opens Sunday, April 7 at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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Check out how we celebrated our Mad Men Boutique in the office.

April 7, 2013