There is a storm brewing in season 3 of Downton Abbey. The wind has swept in a hoity toity American (Shirley MacLaine) onto the grounds of the Crawley mansion, and with her comes suitcases full of sarcasm and avant-garde fashions.
Besides ruffling the Dowager Countess’ (Maggie Smith) feathers, the introduction to Grandmama Levinson and her flashy clothes serves another purpose — it marks the beginning of the Roaring ’20s. And for our aristocrats, a new decade means a whole new wardrobe. “The fashions for women [have] started to loosen a little,” explained Michelle Dockery, who plays bride-to-be Lady Mary, in a PBS.com video. “The waists have dropped, the ankles are showing a little, and there’s more of a freedom in the structure of the costumes.”
Now that the formal, binding corsets are out, the easy nature of flapper dresses and more liberal styles are in. ”It’s more glamorous than last season,” costume designer Caroline McCall told EW.
If only we could take a time machine back to 1920 and relish in the glamour ourselves. Alas, we’ll just have to settle for a trip to the mall to purchase these modern-day looks inspired by Downton’s resident fashionistas.
GET THE LOOK: Lady Mary Crawley’s (Michelle Dockery) Deep-Red, Oxblood Dresses
1.) Jessica Simpson Draped Sleeve Blouson Dress in Tomato 2.) Highs and Merlots Studded Burgundy Dress from LuLu’s 3.) Only Hearts Women’s Lola Lace Drop Waist Shift in Claret
1.) Adrianna Papell Embellished Chiffon Shift Dress 2.) Romeo & Juliet Couture Beaded Stripe Tank Dress 3.) JS Collections Beaded Chiffon Blouson Dress
GET THE LOOK: Lady Sybil Branson’s (Jessica Brown Findlay) Embellished Black Dress
GET THE LOOK: Cora Crawley’s (Elizabeth McGovern) Embroidered Dress
1.) Maxi Dress with Embroidery from ASOS 2.) JWLA Rebecca Floral-Embroidered Dress 3.) Tea for Two Embroidered Dress by Nanette Lepore
GET THE LOOK: Lady Edith’s (Laura Carmichael) Delicate Collar Necklace
1.) Sparkling Triangle Chain Necklace from Forever 21 2.) Rectangular Glam Strand Collar Necklace by Chloe + Isabel 3.) Pink Victoria Strand from Bauble Bar
GET THE LOOK: Martha Levinson’s (Shirley MacLaine) Fur-Trimmed Coat
1.) Merona Single Breasted Coat with Fur Collar from Target (no longer available online but check your local Target store!) 2.) Window Box Seats Coat from ModCloth 3.) Dahlia Double Breasted Coat with Fur Collar from ASOS
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