'Downton Abbey' Obsessed? How to Live Like the Crawleys...Without Their Cash

Can't get enough of 'Downton Abbey'? Here's how to dress, smell and live like a Crawley

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

 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

 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

 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

 The Silky Pant

Dorothy Perkins

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

 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

 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

 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

 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

 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

 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

 The Strolling Hat

Neiman Marcus

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

 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 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

 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

 Britain’s Best Truffles

Neiman Marcus

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

 The Gramophone

Pottery Barn

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

 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

 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

 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

 Tufted Seating

World Market

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 



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