Saturday, 5 January 2013

Casual Cospaly: The Day I Tried to Dress Like a Crawley

...or more like a servant on their day off.

Before Downton Abbey came on Netflix I was unsure what all the fuss was about (although I was aware of the very pretty clothes). I have always liked those type of period dramas, things like Upstairs Downstairs, and I know I am pretty easily sold on anything set from 1850 to 1960 simply for the clothes alone. Yet somehow I had managed to miss Downton.

I have now seen the light! For me Downton is a sort of Eastenders in the 1910s-1920s with its social drama, scandal and cliffhangers and I have rapidly become one of the Downton obsessed fans we all know and 'love' to listen to...

My favourite character from her portrayal but also her dress sense is the wonderful Lady Cora Crawley. She always seems to have a mix of prim and proper with the ability to bend society rules to do what she feels is morally right.

That, and she has a fantastic collection of hats:

Not that the other ladies don't wear fantastic hats too, or the men:

I'm not sure why, but more than anything the hats are what drive me wild with envy (as you can probably tell)... I think this may be because I cannot wear drop waist styles so the dresses do little for my figure.

Anywho, after the Christmas special this year I was inspired to take a turn about town and attempted to dress in a way inspired by a bit of the post-Edwardian style featured particularly in Season 1 and 2.

My dress is a vintage Laura Ashley from that period in the 1980s where they made amazing sailor dresses however so many of them are drop waisted, I felt lucky to find one that had a defined waist and an amazingly detailed lace collar. Its a new favourite of mine. My hat is vintage but I'm not sure when from but it has a little label in the back that says 'Miss Caroline of California' which I like for some reason.

Then for the journey outside I wore some lace up boots that remind me very much of that turn of the century era. Eventually I'd love to find the perfect vintage coat to wear with an outfit like this but as of yet I haven't spotted one - let me know if you have any recommendations of places to look for one :)

Dress - Vintage Laura Ashley
Hat - Vintage Miss Caroline
Coat - Vintage Monsoon
Boots - M&S

Anywho, what a show! If you've not seen it yet I highly recommend checking it out.


  1. I'm a huge fan of Downton and I think you wear this look SO well. I adore your beautiful dress and the hat is stunning! Love this post xx

    1. Thank you, it means a lot when a fan of something says nice things like that :)

  2. Quite lovely. I like how Laura Ashley has that wonderful Victorian/Edwardian feel to her clothing.

    The Fictionista

    1. I agree, but I'm a complete sucker for some Victoriana. I thing its tough to find a good balance between dress shapes and patterns though, LA tends to be a little but gaudy sometimes (not that I don't live that too I'm just not sure how wearable it is).

  3. I too started watching Downton on Netflix recently and now I'm totally hooked. I couldn't agree more about the hats they are AMAZING!
    Love the outfit. I always find vintage Laura Ashley fit's curvy figures really well.


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