1920's Fashion.Beauty How I would want my hair: With the final series of Downton Abbey behind us, many of us are considering what we are now going to do between 9pm and 10pm on a Sunday evening. Not only have we enjoyed the breath-taking countryside, the intrigue of what goes on upstairs and downstairs but also to ogle at the elaborate costumes that most of us can only dream about. I for one am feeling a trifle bereft having watching every episode of every series.

Downton Abbey has long been revered for its show-stopping costumes and this series does not disappoint. With elaborate accessories and hues of mystical romance, it is providing enough fringe, pearl and lace detail to satisfy even the most hardened of style critics. So, banish those corsets (so passé, darling) and bring on the flapper silhouette.

Out on the streets, sales of long silk gloves, pearls and empire waisted dresses have soared since Downton Abbey aired. The popularity of Downton Abbey and its beautiful costumes has inspired a whole new demand for 1900s fashion accessories like hats and shrugs too.

British hunting parties and opulent candlelit dinners of bygone eras have inspired a return of the county and glamorous looks.

So how can we bring a little Downton into our daily lives without having to have our maid’s available to dress us?

 

  1. Wear a long string of pearls.
  2. Invest in a long pair of gloves and wear with a short sleeve dress for added glamour.
  3. A lacey number with sheer sleeves will flatter and feminise.
  4. How about a bow at the neck of your blouse for that prim ‘Lady Edith’ look?
  5. Dress in clothes with embellishment and detail.
  6. Don’t forget a dropped waist dress to be in tune with this series.
  7. Find a cloche style hat to keep you warm this winter.
  8. Add hair accessories to your locks to add sparkle even for the daytime.
  9. Buy that wax or heritage inspired jacket you have been meaning to get.
  10. Find a simple striped blouse. Oh, maybe not – I am sure we would all rather look more Lady Mary than Daisy.

 

The choice is yours.

Remember, in the words of the Dowager Countess of Grantham (played by Maggie Smith) – “I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.”

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Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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Schiaparelli fashions, 1929   (by thefoxling, via Flickr): When the days are becoming shorter and summer seems a long way off, what better way to stay cosy at night than to snuggle up in a pair of pyjamas.

The word pyjama stems from the Hindi word paejama, meaning “leg covering”, and men first started wearing them around 1870, after the returning colonials brought them back from the East.

In the 1890s, pyjamas, in wool and silk were starting to replace the night-shirt for gentlemen and, by the Thirties, they had become a key part of a man’s wardrobe. Pyjamas could be worn at home as elegant evening attire in materials such as silk and cotton.

Until the beginning of this century it had not been thought proper for women to wear pyjamas, as they preferred the more feminine nightdress.

Thank goodness for Coco Chanel, I say! She introduced lounging pyjamas in the Twenties, to be worn in the evening, and the beachwear versions, to be worn on holiday (French Riviera, of course, darling), convincing women that pyjamas could be a stylish alternative to nighties.

Between the wars, pyjamas grew in popularity with both sexes, and for women came in a more tailored style, with a tunic top and narrow legs.

Men now almost exclusively wore pyjamas, in cotton twill, calico and flannelette and decorated with pale stripes – still the most popular style today.

As we know, Pyjamas (or PJs as we love to call them) are a necessity in cold countries, especially at this time of year in the UK. There’s lots of things to consider when choosing the right ones for you. For example, are you a silk, cotton, jersey or a flannelette wearer? Do you prefer long ones or are you a shorts or baby doll girl? What’s your favourite colour? Remember, your pyjamas have to be in your best colour too! Effortless and easy, choosing the right PJs will ensure you head to bed in style.

The minute you put them on you start to feel relaxed and they are so comfortable. Some of my friends put them on as soon as they get home from work. Or what about that Saturday or Sunday when you stay in them until lunchtime or later – bliss! I do love a cosy duvet day – don’t you?

Written by Shan Williams, Personal Stylist.

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