Joan wore lots of blues and greens this episode, first attending the partners’ meeting in a neon floral dress with gold jewelry. This is a departure for Joan; she rarely wears anything this bright. The choice begins to make sense, though, when she wears this look to go on a date with an Avon exec that slowly turns into a business meeting. She’s used to getting attention from her looks, but now she realizes that some people are after her brains.
In her apartment, Joan takes in the news of the Chicago riots in a pair of blue pajamas while folding laundry for Kevin. Boys are getting beaten on TV, while Joan ponders her own little boy. I think this pushes Joan into independent woman mode, leading her to reschedule the meeting without Pete’s knowledge. She shows up to meet with Avon in a blue suit and gold accessories, basically her version of a power suit.
When Pete finds out he gets played, he demands a meeting to scold Joan, but she appears resilient in a black dress with a green bow front. Black has a negative connotation, but the green references the money Joan is about to pull in for SC & Partners.
Peggy plays a secondary role this episode as Joan’s sidekick. She starts out in a yellow top and skirt with an orange scarf around her neck. Matching separates and a neck scarf is a very Joan look–we could have assumed they’d be in cahoots based solely from Peggy’s outfit.
To meet with Avon, Peggy wears a black and white suit, the same colors Don wears in his meetings throughout this episode. Despite Peggy leaning on Ted for support and advice, she’ll always be Don’s protegée at heart. To rescue Joan from Pete’s berating, Peggy is in blue separates in a wave-like print. She plays it surprisingly smart for someone who likes to stick to the rules in most scenarios.