Downton Abbey Season 6 is upon us! In this final season (whyyyyy!?), the show is taking place at full roaring speed in the 20’s. As such, the fashion from this season is sure to reflect a glamorous yet elegant flapper vibe.
Throughout its six year run, Downton Abbey has become known for its amazing, statement-making fashions. It’s one of the parts I look forward to the most when watching a new episode, along with the intriguing, drama-filled storylines of course. With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few of Lady Mary and Edith’s costumes from the first eppy of season 6. And since I’m all about making period drama fashion look up-to-date, I’ll show you how to recreate their costumes, allowing you to look like a modern day Downton Abbey diva.
Just so you know, this post is being split into two parts. This first one is focused on two of Lady Mary’s ladylike yet fun looks, while the second post will focus on Lady Edith’s. So keep your eyes peeled for Part II!
Also, for those who have to wait until January to get their Downton fix, don’t worry. This post has no spoilers, just pictures that in no way give away plot.
A Downton Abbey Fashion Statement
Set in 1925, season 6 picks up where we last left Crawley & Company in season 5, with a few months undoubtedly having gone by. As far as the fashion during this period goes, loose drop-waist dresses with higher hemlines reigned supreme. Long tunic blouses were also worn with slip-like skirts that were either pleated, slightly flared at the bottom or straight. Overall, the silhouette of the 1920’s was a tubular column style that resulted in a more boyish figure. Granted, there is much more to the style and trends of 1925, including cloche hats, wrapover coats, t-strap heels and Mary Jane ankle-strap shoes, but this is just a brief overview.
Looking at images from season 6, episode one, you can definitely see these trends being perfectly executed by the Downton ladies. The show’s costume department does an ah-mazing job with a meticulous attention to detail. Cloche hats off to them!
Now without further ado: The Outfits!
Lady Mary, Look One:
Let’s start off with one of the fancier looks from the episode. Lady Mary’s got an interesting curlicue sideburn thing going on. Definitely doesn’t get more 20’s than that. Her black dress with intricate beading is truly a flapper’s delight, and she tops it off ever so stylishly with an equally flapper-like long necklace and headband. Despite its basic black color, this look has fun written all over it!
Get the Look:
Depending on the occasion, you can take this look to full-on vintage glam or you can make it more up-to-date by selecting a loose-fitting embellished black top and pairing it with either black skinnies or a solid black skirt.
Now add a long black necklace to complete the look, and if you’re really wanting to go über retro, add on a beaded headband:
Lady Mary, Look Two:
Here, we have Lady Mary in a day look. It’s definitely less sparkly than the previous look, but it still just oozes sophistication. I love the rich burgundy color. It’s one of my favorite clothing color choices, and it’s perfect for fall fashion. Also, note the very 1920’s cloche-like hat. So chic!
Get the Look:
To get this look try pairing a loose fitting burgundy top with a flowy midi skirt. You can also opt for a flowy/drop-waist burgundy dress. I’ve selected some options to help you out:
Cloche-ing Optional (but adding one definitely makes this look exceptionally vintage chic)
And there you have it! So next time you’re looking for fashion inspiration look to Downton! It’s easy to be fashion-forward by looking to the past. Downton Abbey is undoubtedly a prime example of sumptuous period drama fashion. What’s your take on this period of fashion for the Downton ladies? Yay or nay?