If you aren’t following me on social media, then you may not be aware of my obsession with Downton Abbey. From the lifestyle to the costumes to the mannerisms to even Mrs. Patmore’s decadent dishes of food (assisted by Daisy, of course) – I am obsessed with it all. Naturally, I try to incorporate some of Downton into my everyday life (yes I have the Downton Abbey cookbook), including donning a Downton Abbey inspired look whenever I can.
Milly coat (old, similar here and here), New Look sweater (sold out, also love this one and this one), J Brand jeans, Stuart Weitzman boots (similar here and here), Clare V bag, Calvin Klein gloves, Camel beret
I only began watching Downton Abbey earlier this year when I was bedridden for almost two weeks with a nasty flu. To pass the time, Tor suggested we finally start Downton Abbey (with my fellow former Miss USA Susie Castillo also urging for us to start), and thus we binged all six seasons in those two weeks. I have been obsessed ever since, including rewatching seasons 1-3 over and over again (I refuse to watch the season 3 Christmas special ever since the first time I saw it… true Downton Abbey viewers know why). If you follow me on Instagram and have seen my latest travel vlogs, you’ll see it’s pushed The White Queen and The Crown aside as my go-to tv show to watch on planes. What’s funny is we already had some sort of connection to Downton Abbey before we began watching – my husband costarred with Allen Leech (Branson) in The Tudors, and in 2014 we met some of the cast in Monaco at an event at the palace (but we had never seen the show!).
So what influenced my Downton Abbey inspired look? This look is inspired by one of Lady Edith Crawley’s outfits in season 6. In the final season, Edith had some of my favorite costumes, especially when she was a #BossBabe running and editing the newspaper in London. For one look, she paired camel and blue together and it looked so beautiful. So I decided to pair my old blue Milly coat with the perfect camel beret and gloves while out and about in New York last week. Walking through the streets of New York, I felt like I was really walking the streets of London.
There are so many reasons why I love Downton Abbey. While some of the quotes and storylines can be a bit cheesy or soap opera-y, it’s still a beautifully done show. It really captures what life was like in the Edwardian and Georgian eras. The show also focuses a lot on how women in the UK began to really fight for their rights and hold positions in the workforce only previously held by men. Even Violet is shocked when Edith tells everyone she’s volunteering on a nearby farm since she knows how to drive a tractor (pretty much unheard of for a woman to do back then). There’s also the changing styles. Downton Abbey takes place over a course of about 13 years, and you clearly see how the fashions change and evolve for the women (including Sybil’s “choice of frock” to be pants instead of a dress). With my Downton Abbey inspired look, I am evoking a modern way to dress like a lady.
“I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.” – Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
For those who love Downton Abbey as much as I do, there is a Downton Abbey exhibition happening in New York City that opens tomorrow! They will have a good amount of costumes on display! I am booking tickets for our next New York trip in January! If you go before then, please show me all your pictures!