Steal Their Style: Downton Abbey

January 18, 2012

Daily Digest

Steal Their Style: Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey has more than just a Mini Series Golden Globe and an Emmy to be proud of; the British period drama also deserves an unofficial gong for its inspirational sense of style.

It’s not just Anglophiles and history lovers who’ve fallen for Downton’s decadently romantic dresses and slick three piece suits, even Hollywood’s more offbeat stars like Katy Perry have become love struck by the show. Katy could barely contain her excitement over the programmes’ recent award success and tweeted her approval from her seat at the ceremony “Yes Downton Abbey! Right on, imo.”

Mad Men was the first to inspire a trip to the Vintage shop to pick up some hourglass encouraging 50s style clobber, but now we’re taking inspiration from post-Edwardian England and have been propelled even further back in fashion history to the opulent 1920s. The show’s silent stars are the incredibly talented costume designers Susannah Buxton and Rosalind Ebbutt.

Vintage is no easy feat (as anyone who’s taken an uneducated trip to a real vintage store will know!), and a huge amount of research, experience and attention to detail goes into every costume. Some of the authentic pieces are almost 100 years old and thus aren’t worn with the same wanton abandon (to channel my inner DA damsel) as a fresh-out-of-the-factory high street piece.

But, luckily for us the high street does, as always, provide a carefree means of adding a dash of 1920’s glamour to our wardrobe. From dropped waist dresses to feathers, pearls, fur capes and Victorian style boots (Penneys has some), Autumn/Winter saw a huge surge in high society dress codes.

To take the look through to Spring/Summer, look out for hand-stitched details, beading, lace and fringed shawls. See the Gucci and Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2012 (pictured) runways for a high fashion insight into the trend.

For some serious authenticity,  add vintage inspired accessories like a cameo “mourning” pin, drop earrings or mini clutch bags with embellished detailing.

Make-up is kept simple: no eye makeup (except for mascara), lots of SPF and an illuminating foundation such as Chanel or Armani. Hair is set in period–esque curls often interspersed with ribbons, pearls, hairbands and jewels.

Here are some of our favourite Downton Abbey-esque picks:

Andersen and Lauth Beaded Dress €415 (available at Arnotts)

LK Bennett Beaded Rose Clutch €230

Emerald Ring Accessorize £20/€26.90

Drop Earrings Accessorize £6/€7.90


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2 Responses to “Steal Their Style: Downton Abbey”

  1. mis jo-jo Says:

    This dress from Irish Designer Jennifer Rothwelll looks like it would fit the bill….. very Downtown Abbey – and also very on trend in creamy hues .. most dressses at Golden Globes were cremy pink colours..

  2. Nora Says:

    love the style and the drama of this programme, a great watch!

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