Don wears only two outfits during this episode, though he does quite a lot of getting into and out of them. In the opening scene, Don is wearing a grey suit, maroon and grey tie, and his now signature beige overcoat. He is wearing this same outfit when he meets Sylvia at the hotel and demeans her in a series of scenes that give Fifty Shades of Grey a run for its money and he also wears it when he makes Ted Chaough pretty much OD on scotch. The writers are really hammering home the idea that beneath his stony façade, Don is truly capable of some horrible things.
After Sylvia breaks up with Don, in one of the more intense scenes of this season, Don’s wardrobe takes a turn for the darker. He is in a black suit and blue striped tie in the office. Throughout the episode the color blue serves as a reminder of loss or suffering; here, on Don’s tie, it’s a note of his loss of Sylvia, who, as it turns out, he was falling in love with a little bit, not the other way around as he was worried about.
I think the loss of Sylvia will bring Don to a new low, let’s see what happens next week.