Period Dressing

Mastering the Look: Downton Abbey

  • 22nd January 2013

As the second season of Downton Abbey unfurls this side of the pond, if you are longing to be an extra in the fictional Yorkshire country estate and don the most amazing period costumes, you may be slightly in luck. Designers from across the spectrum know that today, Downton is one of the most widely watched television shows in the world. They’re paying attention and helping you master the look. . .

This Milly top (seen below) pays homage to the style of the period piece and the black lace commonly worn by the Crawley ladies.

milly top

Milly Silk Georgette & Lace Top, Net-a-Porter.com, $295.00
Black Leather Fringe Skirt, Chanluu.com $295.00

The leather Chan Luu skirt adds a modern edge. These shoes are Lulu Guiness from seasons past, but you can achieve a similar flair with Max Kirbardin Veronica Suede Flower-Trimmed Sandals.

Mimicking Lady Mary’s drop-waist chiffon wedding gown, this REDValentino dress will transform you into the perfect socialite of the post-Edwardian period. Pair it with Valentino Couture Lace d’Orsay peep-toe pumps and Sparkling Art Deco Earrings, to complete the look.

REDValentino Dress
Valentino Couture Laced'Orsay
Sparkling Art Deco Earrings

Embroidered Dress, REDValentino, $795.00
Couture Bow Lace D’Orsay, Neimanmarcus.com, $895.00
Sparkling Art Deco earrings, Forever21, $6.80

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