Vintage trends are huge right now thanks to Downton Abbey, and to celebrate the release of Downton Abbey Season 3 on DVD, fashion stylist Donny Galella shows us 10 ways to incorporate that period drama style into your wardrobe.
1. Embrace lace
Lace has proven to stand the test of fashion time and continues to remain stylish, elegant and chic. Whether you go for a lace dress, top or skirt, there is a lace option for every age, body shape and budget. This season one of the hottest lace looks is black lace with a nude underlay, it’s sexy yet elegant.
Hats really do top off your outfit and add that perfect finishing touch. Not only does a cute cloche style hat look fabulous but it will also keep your head warm in the cooler months. Be sure to choose a warm fabric such as felt or wool for the cooler months. If you’re heading to the horse races during the autumn or winter carnival then a hat is an absolute must. You can find hats in stores like Forever New, large department stores or get one a milliner.
3. Be wise and accessorise
Add a strand or two of long beads or pearls to your outfit, a statement necklace is a great way to give your outfit some extra sparkle. Stores like Lovissa, Colette, Diva and Equip have a massive range of super affordable accessories.
Nothing oozes glamour more than a pair of gloves. The Crawley sisters often wore long satin gloves. For a modern twist go for a short or mid length pair of leather gloves. Celebs like Adele and Kim Kardashian have all been snapped sportingleather gloves. Plus they’ll keep your digits warm in winter.
The Crawley sisters pretty much always wore their hair up in softly curled hairstyles. Women of the era with shorter hair often wore their hair in flapperstyle finger wave bobs. Full eye brows were also very on trend and it is something that is making a strong come back today. Super model Cara Delevingne is certainly leading the way when it comes to full brows.
6. Shimmer and sparkle
The Crawley sisters often wore shinny shimmery fabrics, outfits with embellishment, embroidery and dresses with exquisite beaded necklines. Not only does this look amazing but it’s a great way to accentuate your best assets. For women who are self conscious about their lower body, a beaded neckline will ensure all the focus remains up north. You don’t have to limit this trend to just clothes, so many stores have sparkly shoes, bags and belts.
7. Art Deco influences
The Crawley sisters sometimes wore outfits that were Art Deco inspired. My tip is go retro chic with an elegant shift dress, with an Art Deco symmetrical pattern or lace detail and pair it with a long beaded necklace.
8. Get skirted
The Crawley sisters often wore long skirts. Today we are seeing a rise in the ‘midi’ skirt length, a length that sits mid mid calf. This longer skirt is extra demure and is great for ladies who may be self conscious about their legs. My biggest tip here is always pair a midi skirt with nude pair of heels to help elongate the length of our legs.
Heels were traditionally mid height and the T bar strap or Mary Jane were the shoes styles of choice. Patent was also a popular finish and has made a sharp come back over the past couple of years. For a modern twist, go for a platform style T-bar in a patent finish. Check out Wittner, Novo and Betts for affordable options.
10. Fake it
Luxe fur trims were extremely popular in the early 1930’s. Forget real fur and simply buy a super affordable faux fur removable collar (or source one from a vintage shop) and add this to your favourite jacket or coat. It will instantly add a dramaticglamour to your wardrobe and not to mention keep your neck warm.
What’s your favourite Downton Abbey fashion trend?