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Thanks to Downton Abbey, everyone’s going crazy for Edwardian- and '20s-era style. And from art deco earrings to rhinestone headbands, the looks beloved by Mary, Edith and Cora are just as chic and wearable today as they were back then.
Downton Must-Have: The Bib Detail Dress
As the Edwardian age transitioned into the flapper era, the women of Downton wore dresses that combined slimmer silhouettes with old-fashioned crochets, eyelets and chiffons. ModCloth’s beautiful embroidered-bodice gown has the same combo—and is stunning enough for a spring wedding.
To buy: ModCloth ‘Amaranthine Entrance’ dress, $142.99 at modcloth.com
Downton Must-Have: The Deco Earring
Part of the new official Downton jewelry collection, these crystal drop earrings are totally Lady Mary.
To buy: Downton Abbey pear drop earrings, $35 at macys.com
Downton Must-Have: The Extra-Long Necklace
Jazz-age style called for a single strand of pearls or jet beads that fell almost to the waist. Extra points for a tassel or fan motif.
To buy: Loft long beaded tassel necklace, $34.50 at loft.com
Downton Must-Have: The Silky Pant
So far only Sybil has dared to wear pants at Downton, but we’re anticipating the appearance of more pairs of silky, palazzo-style trousers—a ‘20s staple—in upcoming episodes. This pair from UK company Dorothy Perkins celebrates Britain’s soft spot for blue flowers.
To buy: Dorothy Perkins blue floral palazzo trouser, $45 at dorothyperkins.com
Downton Must-Have: Elbow-Length Gloves
Short and frilled for day, long and satiny for evening—those were the glove rules during the era of house parties and hunts. For modern ladies in 2014, these beaded gloves fall somewhere in between.
To buy: ModCloth ‘Luxury You’ve Longed For’ gloves, $22.99 at modcloth.com
Downton Must-Have: The Glamorous Robe
Even if we can’t fill our days with tête-à-têtes over tea and consults with our kitchen staff, we can still end the day like Lady Cora—in a luxurious full-length robe trimmed in lace…
To buy: Oscar de la Renta ‘Lavish Lace’ long robe, $86 at nordstorm.com
Downton Must-Have: The Sailor Cardie
As the youngest Downton clotheshorse, Lady Rose MacClare is on top of the latest trends—especially the in-vogue sailor neckline, which she’s worn in multiple episodes.
To buy: ModCloth ‘Land Haute!’ cardigan, $59.99 at modcloth.com
Downton Must-Have: The Little Beaded Bag
Before the era of Birkins and hobos, petite kiss-lock purses were the ultimate in elegance. Their diminutive size allowed for only the essentials, including a powder compact—one of the few true cosmetics worn by ladies.
To buy: La Regale beaded pouch, on sale for $51.99 at macys.com
Downton Must-Have: The Signet Ring
Charm and Chain
While signet rings were worn by the men of Downton (we spied one on Edith’s soon-to-be-German suitor), we think these highly personal baubles look even better on a woman’s hand.
To buy: Sarah Chloe ‘Lana’ signet ring, $98 at charmandchain.com
Downton Must-Have: The Dancing Shoe
This gilded pair evoke the era—and look as appropriate with a pencil skirt as they do with a lacy dress.
To buy: Bait Footwear ‘Care to Dance?’ wedge, $64.99 at modcloth.com
Downton Must-Have: The Strolling Hat
Hats like this Kate Spade number served Sybil, Mary and Edith well through many well-orchestrated garden parties—and look just as lovely today on a walk through the (public) park.
To buy: Kate Spade straw hat, $98, available in February at neimanmarcus.com
Downton Must-Have: The Beaded Headband
Dazzling headbands were the ultimate Downton-era hair accessory. Wear this one straight across (like Lady Rose), or at the crown like Edith and Mary.
To buy: ASOS chiffon rhinestone headband, $22.22 at asos.com
Downton Must-Have: The Violet Perfume
The scent of choice in Edwardian England was violet, a sweet and surprisingly musky bloom that’s back in style (Tom Ford and Gucci both have new violet fragrances). This luxurious version is blended by London’s Penhaligon’s perfumers, established in 1870.
To buy: Penhaligons Violetta eau de toilette, $125 at penhaligons.com
Downton Must-Have: The Romantic Floral Arrangement
For a romantic, garden-procured bouquet like the ones shown on Downton, look no further than Brooklyn-based florist Saipua. If you can’t swing one of their ethereal arrangements, this collection of letterpress prints is the next best thing. Each depicts a season in flowers, and can be used as a calendar or framed on its own.
To buy: Saipua and Brown Parcel Press perennial calendar, $45 at shop.saipua.com
Downton Must-Have: Britain’s Best Truffles
For an aristocrat-approved confection, indulge in truffles from Charbonnel et Walker. The official chocolate manufacturer to Her Majesty the Queen, the British company still uses the same traditional techniques it did when it was founded in 1875 (a mere ten years before Matthew Crawley was born.) We think Mrs. Patmore would procure the classic milk and dark chocolate selections, while Edith might have special-ordered the Rose or Violet.
To buy: Charbonnel et Walker chocolate truffles, $26 at neimanmarcus.com
Downton Must-Have: The Gramophone
Mary was none too pleased when Rose brought down Matthew’s gramophone for dancing, but your guests won’t mind when you play Jazz standards from this retro-styled docking station.
To buy: Pottery Barn gramophone music station, on sale for $89.99 at potterybarn.com
Downton Must-Have: Cut Crystal
Bed Bath and Beyond
From decanters to dishes, heavy cut crystal was a staple in well-heeled homes. This pretty blue cake stand features a traditional starburst pattern and turns any dessert into a special occasion.
To buy: Godinger cake plate, $29.99 at bedbathandbeyond.com
Downton Must-Have: A New-Fangled Mixer
Sur La Table
When Downton’s prop stylists needed the perfect electronic mixer for the downstairs kitchen (Daisy is pro, Mrs. Patmore is decidedly con), they turned to American eBay for a retro model. This contemporary gadget has the same utilitarian, all-metal look, but is up to speed on current wiring.
To buy: Breville chrome 16-speed hand mixer, $79.95 at surlatable.com
Downton Must-Have: The Copper Molds
Sur La Table
Copper molds of all shapes and sizes are the workhorses—and wall decor—of Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen. These are sized to make little cakes rather than elaborate aspics.
To buy: de Buyer tinned copper cannele molds, $25-$30 at surlatable.com
Downton Must-Have: Tufted Seating
Downton’s rooms are full of beautifully upholstered furniture, including settees for polite conversation and armchairs for smoking. This lovely robin’s egg blue is soothing in any room, while the jacquard back evokes Downton’s papered walls.
To buy: World Market ‘Abigail’ loveseat, on sale for $467.49 at worldmarket.com