That’s not an authentic 1960 daytime hairstyle on Vegas co-star Sarah Jones.
I have a theory about why the background artists on Vegas look more authentically in-period (1960) in some cases than the show’s stars. I suspect that the extras are being recruited from the ranks of Southern California’s vintage-and-retro “lifestyle” subcultures. They’re bringing their own vintage wardrobe (including hats and furs on many of the women), hair and makeup with them to the set in Santa Clarita.
Because the Vegas wardrobe and grooming departments are still half-assing it with the leads—they’re going for “plausible” rather than for “authentic.” Okay, points here for some backcombing and hairspray, but the hair should be pinned up; all the long loose hair on the show’s women should either be up in a period “do” or hidden under a wig. Star Carrie-Anne Moss still doesn’t look right; they need to set her hair on rollers and spray it into submission after the comb-out, and she should be wearing little “dressmaker suits” with short jackets during the day for work.
Even though it’s “the West” and less rigidly formal than the New York City of the early 60s, there were still established standards of adult dress and grooming that were adhered to when grownups went out in public. If you want a sensation of that on Vegas, you have to look past the stars.
(photo via Vegas (CBS) Episode 3 “All That Glitters” (1) #240836)