Downton Abbey 1920s style

Downton Abbey is back on our screens this Sunday, so we thought we’d have a look at 1920s tyle. This series sees Lady Mary and co in 1924. But what is Downton Abbey 1920s style, and how can we adapt it for today.

Let’s be honest, the 1920s can look very much like a fancy dress outfit if done wrong. Flapper dress, headband and beads – the staple uniform of the Charleston girl dancers from the era, does not define 1920s style. Well, it shouldn’t really.

Downtown Abbey 1920s style is very different. Of course it involves some luxurious gowns, and long beads and necklaces are the only way to go when channeling 1920s and even 1930s looks.

But if you want to bring some Downton Abbey 1920s style to your wardrobe without looking like an extra from the Great Gatsby keep it simple.

Despite the flapper days, and the roaring ’20s, and the Boardwalk Empire and Great Gatsby glam, much of the 1920s style really wasn’t that exciting. Coats were heavy and mid-length, not fitted, with that classic straight up and down cut. Fabrics were dark, think greys and browns, with some plaid in there too.

The whole 1920s silhouette is not overly flattering unless you are stick thin like the Downton Abbey girls. But loose dresses do flatter and are in keeping with the style. If your evening gown is long, flowing, fitted at the waist, and has some sparkling detail it’s probably more of a nod to the 30s, but we won’t tell. Sequins are good. Art Deco patterns on dresses, skirts, and bags work well.

Downton Abbey 1920s style oneClockwise, from top left: Sequin dress, £175, French Connection, sequin skirt, £29.99, H&M, brogues, £27.99, New Look, evening gown, £170, Pearce II Fionda @ Debenhams, clutch bag, £14.99, New Look, pendant, £9.99, New Look, cloche hat, £12.99, H&M

Skirts in the 1920s had crept up but generally sat mid-calf and were straight up and down. A modern midi-pencil is the best way to achieve a 1920s look in a skirt.

Hats were cloche shaped – a classic 1920s style if ever there was one. Shoes, much-loved these days, probably weren’t AS important back in the 1920s. Evening shoes would have a buckle perhaps, and a low heel. Day wear shoes would be much less fancy – more masculine. Try brogues and a pencil skirt, for a 1920s style for the day.

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Clockwise, from top left: Chiffon dress, £29.99, H&M, earrings, £6, JOY, cloche hat, £12.50, BHS, overcoat, £24.99, H&M, Lindy Hop embellished shoes, £70, Red or Dead @ Schuh, sequin skirt, £40, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams


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Downton Abbey style

Britain’s favourite period drama returns this Sunday, so it’s time for some Downton Abbey style to get you in the mood. Have a little look at this trailer first.

Sunday nights are much better spent in the company of Lady Mary, The Dowager and co, don’t you agree? Never mind the drama, the clothes are beautiful. This series is set in 1922, six months after the tragic death of Matthew Crawley. Lady Mary is still in mourning, so expect a lot of black. But Lady Edith is enjoying the new-found freedoms the ‘Roaring Twenties’ brought – so expect shorter hemlines, more flapper styles, and less, well, stiffness.

Getting the Downton Abbey style is easier than you may think. Think sequins and beading, dresses that move with you, slinky evening gowns, elegant clutch bags, Art Deco shapes and patterns, and statement jewellery, with geometric lines.

Get the Lady Mary mourning look with black – layer textures and fabrics for a modern take – and add a splash of gold so it’s not too funereal!

Downton Abbey style one

WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Lace dress, £45, BHS, gold drop earrings, £7.99, H&M, black pouch clutch bag, £30, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams, fringed top, £24.99, gold heel detail shoes, £29.99, both H&M

Those flappers loved a masked ball in the Roaring Twenties – add a bit of mystery to your Downton Abbey style party outfit with a mask! Update the look easily, with a playsuit instead of a dress.

Downton Abbey style 3WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Lace dress, £45, BHS, beaded clutch bag, £55, Jenny Packham @ Debenhams, lace top playsuit, £70, Warehouse @ Debenhams, beaded mask, £7.99, H&M, pearl and rhinestone drop earrings, £6, Allusions @ BHS

Slinky evening gowns look great in lace. Don’t stop at outerwear though – keep your undies slinky and vintage-inspired with a lovely chemise.

Downton Abbey style 5WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from left): Lace fitted maxi dress, £34.99, New Look, cluster pearl and faceted stone necklace £35, Allusions @ BHS, chain drop earrings, £14.99, Claire’s Accessories, Art Deco style fabric necklace, £12.50, Wallis @ BHS (from November), lace detail chemise, £18, BHS

You’ve got to get out of mourning some time – choose nudes and flesh tones for this look – they were massively popular in the Art Deco period.

Downton Abbey Style twoWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Three-quarter sleeve beaded jacket, £59.99, New Look, multi-row drop collar necklace, £15, Allusions @ BHS, nude beaded dress, £200, Debut @ Debenhams, mirror detail shoes, £tbc, beaded scallop edge top, £19.99, both New Look

Choose burgundys, reds, and navy blues if you want to mix up the colour palette in a Downton Abbey style. Perfect for the Christmas special!

Downton Abbey style 4WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from left) deep red dip-dye sequin dress, £225, No1 Jenny Packham @ Debenhams, navy three-quarter sleeve top, £29.99, New Look, black detailed bodice dress, £39.99, glitter t-bar shoes, £55, Schuh, beaded deco collar, £19.99, New Look

Beautifully detailed chiffon kimonos, lace chemises, and statement jewels give a very Downton Abbey style boudoir look!

Dowton Abbey Style 6WHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left): Kimono, £49.99, H&M, teal lace detail chemise, £16, BHS, At Deco statement necklace, £30, Dorothy Perkins @ BHS, star detail drop necklace, £29.95, White Stuff

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions