tuesday’s girl: dear abbey.
by victoria comment

2/14/12

well, whether you love period pieces, or simply loathe them, masterpiece’s beloved downton abbey is the talk of twitter. mostly we’re tweeting about o’brien’s very bad behavior, that poor mister bates, or whether lady mary and cousin matthew are gonna make it, or not! and if you missed it, paper magazine featured the characters on, and off-screen this week — some of them are most surprising out of costume! this tuesday’s girl, i see a trend in fashion that somewhat mirrors the amazing costumes our favorite characters parade around in, day after dire day, as the downton abbey plot thickens. oh dear! dear, dear abbey!

anthropologie’s sofya cropped jacket. that trouble making scoundrel thomas wears it well.

ah, the ingenue — is she, or isn’t she? you’re never quite sure what lady edith has up her polka-dotted sleeve, are you? emersonmade has dotted all her “i’s”; so has jcrew. perhaps if lady edith ever meets her match, she’d like to wear this little polka-dotted number from anthropologie.

then there’s the embellished. dowager violet and countess cora wear it with style, and i see ASOS has gone a little turn of the century with their Silk Shirt Dress with Lace Insert. and marni has their own modern take on this trend.

ahhh, the idle rich. how they fascinate…nothing much to do except gossip and dress for fancy garden parties. Anthropologie seems to sense the trend with their Field Biology Maxi Dress, and line of vintage-inspired hats — like the swept up cloche.

there appears to be a trend toward the peasant look too, or what i’m going to call “the help”. the adorable collection from designer yokoo’s new shop, xmotherx, features the Baïebaie Le Papillon Butterfly Collar above, and below on left, the travail apron. i’m seeing a resemblance to sweet, naive daisy and that nasty old o’brien. what will they do next!?

• images via PBS masterpiece; lingerie image ace hotel’s valentine teddy.

36 responses to “tuesday’s girl: dear abbey.”

  1. Fabulous post! The DVD, released last week, has all of Season 2 and the two-hour Christmas special. Hadn’t heard of any plans that the Christmas special would air here in the States, so bought the DVD. Can hardly wait for Season 3!

  2. Love your post and I too am addicted to the series – Your first section entitled “The Scandal” features a fabulous saucy undergarment and I wondered if you know where it’s from.
    I followed the link to the article with the stars and their onscreen and offscreen photos and loved the contrasts:-)

  3. thanks you guys! i had so much fun doing this – i could have gone on forever. i’m going to miss episodes, too, but looking forward to the finale, and next season!

  4. Am very late to the Downton Abbey party (watched the Christmas special and got hooked!) but like every one else I’m loving the show.

    What a great post, really enjoyed it :)

  5. Hats off to THE best post related to Downtown Abbey!

    Watch Gossip Girl? Aren’t Matthew and Mary REALLY Chuck and Blair – will either couple EVERY get together for real???!!

  6. Yay! I love Downton Abbey! I really dig that the fashions you chose to parallel the Downton looks run the gamut from just a hint of period to almost costumey. Gives us varying degrees to choose from. :-)

    Go Bates and Anna!

  7. I love period dramas and novels but for some reason, I just didn’t get into this, oh well. I do still enjoy the fashion and I’ve also noticed the trend of ‘the help’ too. Great pics and match-ups! Thanks for sharing.

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