I shared a photo on Instagram of a Lady Mary Crawley-inspired outfit the other day and I thought it might be fun to do a fashion post connected to my obsession with BBC costume dramas. It’s a real obsession–Christy and I devoted a whole podcast to shows about dresses. And the Downton Abbey season finale is on tomorrow, so the timing seemed perfect.
I’m convinced I was born in the wrong era because every time I binge-watch a BBC series, I daydream of strolling around in floor-length gowns and fantastic buttoned boots. I asked Daniel if I could just start dressing like Dorcas Lane from Larkrise to Candleford. He said he didn’t mind, but I haven’t seen much in the way of Victorian/Edwardian at Target recently, and since my experiment would be rather pricey, I think I’ll have to content myself with what’s already in my wardrobe. So get ready for my best attempt at BBC costume drama fashion from what’s in my closet!
These days I get all my clothes from Twice, the online consignment site, or Stitch Fix, the personal styling service that I love forever.
Blouse: Free People from Twice, Skirt: Kensie from Twice, Necklace: Vintage, gifted, Shoes: DSW
I don’t own many skirts (I think I have three?), but I’ve been looking for a flattering pencil skirt for ages and finally found this one. I plan to wear it for every fancy occasion ever.
I love Free People, but I can’t afford their clothes, so I was really excited to find this blouse super cheap from Twice.
The high neck and lace makes me think of early seasons of Downton. Lady Violet approves of high-necked blouses. And I would definitely want Lady Violet’s approval because I love her/am terrified of her.
Blouse: Tulle, Sweater: Stitch Fix
I can see one of the Grantham ladies wearing this shirt/sweater combo. But I think it might also work for Anne of Green Gables.
I keep almost getting rid of these shoes because I NEVER wear them, but every time I try I think about how much they remind me of Downton Abbey and then I’m paralyzed by my Downton love and convince myself that I’ll wear them more often. Which I don’t.
Lace sleeves are very Downton. They just are.
These ruffles are so Larkrise, amirite?! And I wear these boots pretty much every day because they remind me of Laura Ingalls Wilder who, although not in any BBC costume dramas, is just the best.
Coat: Tulle from Twice
Lady Mary would totally wear this green coat, right?
Now I’m ready to finish season 5 so that I can move on with my life and stop thinking: “This would all be a lot easier if I had a ladies maid and a cook.” Happy watching!
(And what do you think of Season 5 so far? I binge-watched most of it last week and I think I like it better than last season. Except why all the drama for Anna and Bates? Can’t they just have a happy story arch for once?! OK, rant over.)
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