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How to get the Downton Abbey look

Elle Canada
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How to get the Downton Abbey look

[caption id="attachment_7758" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Downton Abbey photography by Nick Briggs/ITV for MASTERPIECE."] [/caption] I have a confession to make, I'm obsessed. No, not with the artfully crafted plot of the period drama Downton Abbey (even though that's right on point), but with the romantic English elegance of the North Yorkshire women. The clothes, hair and backdrop are utterly desirable. The art of daily dressing in the Edwardian era took far longer than it does today, that's why I've set out to find the perfect pieces to  make this look work in the 21st century. Clothing: In the early 1900s women's fashion progressed from tight rigid corsets with thick dress overlays to less-constricted tea dresses and drop-waist cocktail attire with lace and beaded embellishments. Daytime dressing was light and airy with soft fabrics in pastel hues. Whether you're dressing for day or night, or prefer midi to shorter hemlines, getting the Downton Abbey look couldn't be easier these days as so many designers have drawn inspiration from this era. A floral dress like this Chloé number is perfect for a day out in the warm spring weather. [caption id="attachment_7768" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Chloé Floral-print silk-mousseline gown ($3,095), at net-a-porter.com."] [/caption]

For evening, a short intricately beaded dress makes for an instantly glamorous look. This vintage inspired cocktail dress is a great option.

[caption id="attachment_7774" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Biba sleeveless beaded dress ($285), at houseoffraser.co.uk."] [/caption] For those rainy and cool days, a classic trench coat, low heeled shoes and a cloche hat (see below) are a sure way to look chic. [caption id="attachment_7766" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="H&M coat ($34.95), at hm.com; Salvatore Ferragamo Vara shoes ($425), at davidsfootwear.com."] [/caption] Accessories: Hats were considered de rigueur for women in the WW1 era. Commonly adorned with flowers and bows, the cloche toppers were a staple of the time. From Ralph Lauren's Fall/Winter 2012-13 collection to mass-market stores like Topshop, everyone seems to be carrying their own version of the cloche hat. Try one in a vibrant hue for a more modern and feminine take on the old world trend. [caption id="attachment_7680" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Topshop Bow Front Cloche hat ($50), at topshop.com."] [/caption] Women also wore faceted jewels . You can check out some retro-inspired jewellery here. Want to get the Downton Abbey beauty look? Fragrance: The fragrant and floral violet was a widely used scent in the Edwardian era. Try Tom Ford's feminine and glamorous scent, Violet Blonde that has notes of violet and rose. [caption id="attachment_7675" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Tom Ford Violet Blonde Eau de Parfum spray (50mL for $100), at sephora.com."] [/caption]

Makeup: In the Edwardian era, women rarely wore much makeup, if any at all. Women with fair and almost translucent complexions were seen as most desired amongst the nobles. A more modern approach for women of all skin tones, is to apply as little makeup as possible. Keep your beauty regiment simple, let the hair and clothes do the talking.

[caption id="attachment_7793" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Clinique High Lengths Mascara ($18) at Clinique counters; Eminence Organic Skin Care Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25 in Caramel Latte ($48), at eminenceorganics.com; Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose Gold ($49) at Holt Renfrew and Murale; Yves Rocher Gloss in Pearly Copper ($5), at yvesrocher.ca."] [/caption] To get a milky peach complexion, much like the Crawleys, we recommend using a matte foundation as a base for a more natural look. Lightly dust some illuminating powder on your cheeks and temples for skin that appears to glow. For the eyes, choose a neutral eyeshadow and apply one coat of mascara - simple, right? Swipe on a sheer slick of peach lip gloss and you're ready to slip on your velvet cloche hat. Hair: It was believed that noble women wore their hair pinned up as if ready to be presented at any moment. There really aren't any rules to what you can and can't do with your updo. But to keep flyaways at bay, use a smoothing conditioner like Orofluido's Beauty Mask ($19 at orofluido.com), before blow drying and using a curling iron to coil your strands. Pin into place at the nape of your neck for a sleek and classic look. [caption id="attachment_7763" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Orofluido Beauty Mask ($19), at orofluido.com"] [/caption] Want to be inspired? Downton Abbey Season 2 has been out on DVD since Feb 7th. Get your hands on a copy for bonus features and interviews with Susannah Buxton, the costume designer for the show, and other cast members.
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