Shop It Out: Downton Abbey
The week in between Christmas and New Year's tends to be slow news-wise, but there's one prominent story I did notice over winter break: my friends, family and most of those I follow on Twitter all hopelessly hooked on Downton Abbey.
My own obsession with the British PBS Masterpiece Classics series began back in September, when it snagged a total of four Emmys. And with its fantastic cast (Dame Maggie Smith, anyone?), hierarchical upstairs-downstairs dynamic and intriguing love triangles, Downton's downright addicting.
The show's second series has already wrapped up in the UK, but will begin airing stateside this Sunday at 9 pm on PBS. And to celebrate the return of the Grantham fam, we rounded up a selection of pieces inspired by the beautiful Edwardian (and, later, Jazz Age) ensembles they favor.
The ultimate flapper frock for anyone who dreams of joining the Grantham/Crawley clan.
Gold leaf on deep blue velvet? That's about as regal as it gets.
We think even spunky feminist sister Lady Sybil, who favors harem pants over traditional skirts, would approve of this draped number.
This bow-tied stole has Violet Crawley's name written all over it. She is the Dowager Countess of Grantham after all.
For the lovely ladies of Downton, there's no such thing as too many ruffles.
This gorgeous tasseled piece could make an entire outfit.
Since a tan was considered a major faux pas in early-1900s England, wide-brimmed hats were a must.
A versatile and affordable Edwardian-inspired topper.
Peter Pan collars and pleats feature heavily in the upstairs cast's closets.
Even if you haven't spent months at finishing school, this skirt will help you fake that graceful gait.
Meet the new gloves of your life.
From the world's most celebrated purveyor of mesh bags, a delicate bronze option for nights out on the town.
What's the use of spending hours on an ornate 'do if you're not going to decorate it too?
This embellished tank would look great layered over a bias-cut silk slipdress.