Friday, March 2, 2012

Downton Abbey Style for Today

So, I've fallen-in-love with Downton Abbey's clothing. It makes me wish we could still wear 1910s clothing.....I guess period dramas have a way of doing that to me. I really like Lady Mary & Lady Sybil clothing. Lady Edith gets on my nerves {she gets better in the middle of season 2}. Cora, Countess of Grantham is simply lovely - I love her clothes too! Then of course, there are the gentlemen...Matthew, Branson, William, Bates.... Well, I better get back to talking about the clothing. *grin*

Now, I for one, love to capture the look of a era/movie/TV show/etc... through modern clothes. I can do it with costumes too. But right now in my life, modern clothes are what I'm interested in. If you were to ask me, 'how do I capture the look of something?' I would say, 'it is all about the details.' For example: Take a look at Lady Mary's board below. What are some key things we notice? Soft fabrics, chiffon, lace, stripes, hats, girly details, mix of textures, some structure, etc.... Then I try to find modern pieces that capture either the era/look/or character I'm trying to recreate. Also, if you really wanted to copy Lady Mary's look I would recommend you wear your hair up and some dainty earrings. It is the small things that really take the look to another level. Does this make sense?

Now just one disclaimer: I don't recommend this show for younger ladies. As there are some subjects for a more older audience. And one, or two scenes to skip in the first two episodes{I think} of season one, you will know when it is getting close. Now, I enjoy the show greatly and can't wait for season three!

{inspiration board for Lady Mary}
{inspiration board for the Ladies of Downton}
{inspiration board for the Downton Sisters}

Making Downton Abbey Style Your Own

Now that y'all have a basic idea on how to capture the feel of an era. And are inspired by pictures from the show. Let's talk about creating this look for yourself, that is also modern but still keeps the feel of the era. 

There are some key things to keep in mind when recreating your Downton Abbey look. 

~ Lace ~
source for pictures: #1 #2 #3
~ Chiffon ~
source for clothing: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
~ Tops ~
Here are a bunch of tops that would work for your Downton Abbey look. {When wearing lace tops, I like to wear a top with a similar neckline & color as the lace one underneath.} You can find the sources for all of these tops plus many more ideas for tops on my Downton Abbey Style for Today board
~ Skirts ~
source for clothing: {starting from the bottom left} #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7
~ Dresses ~
source for clothing: {starting from the bottom left} #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
~ Accessories ~
source for clothing: {starting from the bottom left} #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6

I hope y'all found this helpful to recreate your own Downton Abbey inspired outfit! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below in the comments. And be sure to check out my Downton Abbey Style for Today board on pinterest for even more inspiration!

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  1. Lovely! I've never watched they show, but I LOVE the costumes! I think I need some lace in my wardrobe now. :)

  2. Fantastic! I'm working on sewing a little more Downton Abbey into my wardrobe, this is a wonderful style inspiration post. Thank you!

  3. Beautiful! These are great ideas and looks to keep an eye out for. Edwardian has to be my favorite era. I'm so glad "feminine" is coming back.

    I hope we can visit sometime soon, girls! It's been too long.


  4. My mom, sis, and I have been watching Dowton Abbey and just LOVE it! I find it very interesting with the different scenes going from the servants quarters, and then the stationed people. Very interesting. And, of course, their costumes are beautiful! I'm totally looking forward to season three!
    If you go to, you can actually watch the episodes on their, and see a bunch of 'behind the scenes' videos with the actors and the director. Those are really interesting. In one, the director was saying that the part with Kumal Pamuke (or however you spell it) came from a true story! They found it in some lady's journal. Crazy, right?
    Anyhow, I loved this post. Really fun to see how you can dress like them in modern clothes!! :)

  5. I love Downton Abbey! Especially Lady Sybil and her clothing. Thanks for posting!

  6. I love this post so much. After Downton Abbey first came out last year, All I wanted to wear were pretty blouses and skirts. I think that watching it has asctually had a pretty major influence on how I dress today...much more femininely than I used to, with more blouses than t-shirts!

    Love, love, love, this post!


  7. I love Downton Abbey! Yes the ladies clothes are beautiful. But I also how love how pretty the maids are! There are usually dresses very plain with little caps and very little makeup, yet they are so lovely. Of course, I really couldn't get away with that: I need a little more makeup to look fresh faced these days. But I think it's an interesting thought for the younger women (of course, I agree the show isn't really for girls due to some mature subject matter.)

  8. My mom and I love the show and we can't wait for season three! I love the dress Mary was wearing in the top right on her board and the one Sybil is wearing on the left for the board for the Ladies of Downton and the dress she's wearing where their sitting on the steps in the board for the Downton Sisters.

    I have to say Daisy and Anna Smith/Bates are my favorite characters as are William, Bates and Matthew.

  9. How wonderful this was posted today. I am just watching the second season. I have been admiring their dresses and you have such good ideas for the perfect modern day Downton Abbey look.


  10. I never watched the show but I like the fashion from that era! So much lace and ladylike accents. :-)

  11. Delightful! The costumes of this show are uh-mazing. I love this post! :)

  12. Do you know if there are edited versions of Downton anywhere?

  13. @ Hannah Barta -- Hmm...I'm not sure if there is an edit version of Downton Abbey anywhere. I just the skip through the scenes when I feel them coming up {you can tell}.

  14. @ Ashley -- Thanks :) I have a Christian bookstore in my town which is also a movie rental for good family movies. Sometimes the owner-lady carries edited stuff. Maybe she'll have it sometime soon, or I can ask her :)

  15. I love the fashion on Downton Abbey. I've been making a list of different outfits I want to recreate, not for myself, but for a doll. I've already done Sybil's lavender dress. I plan on doing Mary's garden party dress and a couple of Edith's cute shirt and skirt combinations, particularly her black and white polka dot blouse with gray skirt from season 2. I also just spotted another cute outfit of Edith's on the Christmas special last week. You could tell she was dressing up for a guy. ;)


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