AW12 20's look trend.
Downton abbey is back for another series and i love it. It is set in the 1920's and has everyone hooked on the cue drop waists, cloche hats, intricate embroidery and amazing jewels. My favourite had to be Lady Mary's wedding dress which apparently cost £4000 to make. It’s a silver lace tabard fabric that goes into a train at the back, and underneath is a silk dress with silk sleeves. The detail at the back was lace going into a V at the back with tiny buttons and it’s completely edged with tiny rice pearls and Swarovski crystal. She looked stunning.
The 20s-esque shape is easy to master if you want to cast yourself as a modern-day Downton girl.
Saying goodbye to corsetry and structure, women of the era turned to less exaggerated silhouettes with shorter dresses that skimmed the hips and flattened the chest. The look was a sleek and slender silhouette, quite flat and boyish. Drop waists were the main trend of the 1920's which created a more extended frame. Also ankles on show became alot more fashionable.
Try to keep your look dramatically retro rather than fancy dress.Some retailers like River Island and Marks & Spencer have taken the Gucci black, gold and cream fringed dresses in a tribal direction.
Look for exaggerated fringing that looks more festival high summer than deco dance floor.
To go classic 20s, think flirty glamour with swinging tasselled trims, shimmering lavish beading, or sequins in Art Deco formations.
With accessories, the Downton girls like dainty pieces and lots of them. I would recommend avoiding the cliched look of long gloves and hair feathers, and to go for a simple thin headband, sparkly hair clips with long beaded necklaces.
Key pieces to add to your wardrobe:
- Dropped waist, sheer or sequined dresses
- Velvet evening coat, trimmed with faux fur
- Long beaded necklaces
- Embroidered, pearl or beaded clutch bag
- Mary Jane shoes
- Anything lace
- Cloche Hats
Lady mary's style is based on french 1920s fashion, with lace and elabroate jewels. She always ensures she looks glamourous and elegant, whether she is attending a formal dinner or taking a stroll in the gardens. Below i have taken her Casual outdoor look and shown you how to get her sofisticated look.
The Clouche hat is key to this look and comes from House of fraser. It is currently in the sale for £31 so get it quick! The coat is from Coggles.com and costs £470. Or you may like this modern version from Topshop at £98.