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Why Elisabeth Moss Needed a Break from Her 'Mad Men' Wardrobe

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Though we’re obsessed with the costumes on Mad Men, we’ve heard those corsets and pencil skirts can be quite uncomfortable. Which is why actress Elisabeth Moss was excited to find out that the wardrobe for her new miniseries, Top of the Lake, was just the opposite of her usual ’60s look.

“It was honestly so awesome for me to be able to put on jeans and a T-shirt and a hoodie and boots,” Moss told PEOPLE at a recent Sundance Channel TCA event in Pasadena, Calif.

In Top of the Lake, Moss plays Robin Griffin, a New Zealand detective searching for a missing girl. “She’s super bad-ass,” Moss said of her character. “It was a dream to run and jump on lakes and shoot guns.”

However, even Robin had her feminine moments. “I had to wear panty hose in a couple of scenes, and I was just grumbling the entire time,” Moss joked. “I was like, ‘I don’t want to put a skirt on.'”

After a few rough-and-tumble months, though, Moss admitted she was happy to return to her ’60s world — even the costumes. “Mad Men is my family — the cast and crew. So for me, Top of the Lake was sort of this massive adventure,” she explained. “It was like I went backpacking for six months, and then I got to come home.” Tell us: Would you rather wear ’60s styles or jeans and a hoodie? 

–Jennifer Cress, reporting by Patrick Gomez