The sun glistens in the dew on a perfectly-manicured lawn. Two black and white Great Danes lumber across the path of young ladies out for a stroll. Dressed head-to-toe in flowing chiffon and beaded lace, they perfect the spring look with practical and pretty wide-brimmed hats to keep their alabaster skin from freckling. The grace, the beauty, the elegance of that time period cannot be compared. The essence of Downton Abbey ladies’ style lies in the design of the dress. With more than three changes of clothes a day, the ladies of this era must know the exact dress for every occasion. One definite change is that of the seasons. With spring and summer come the deliciously flowing and hand-sewn perfection of 1912-1916. Here are our favorite Downton Abbey-style dresses which will launch you effortlessly into spring and summer.
Spring evokes fresh greenery in many ways. The beginning of Downton’s season one would have dressed the ladies in this spring frock. Designed in a classic Titanic-style, the sage and cream fabrics are lengthened for a ladies’ warmth in the cool spring breezes and a sheer, lightly embroidered sleeve accents the era’s style with ease.
Colors are vibrant in the Spring. To claim the Downton Abbey-style dresses feel in your next spring engagement, try an understated jewel tone such as this mauve tea-length dress. Structured just enough for femininity and layered with soft silks and overlay, the dress moves with the grace of its wearer. Embroidered vines and blooms add a delicate flair that completes the flawless vintage impression:
As the styles change in the show, spring and summer gowns take on a more plunging neckline and monotone color scheme. Of many Downton Abbey-style dresses, this tea party gown is an excellent example of the slight change in waistline embellishment and neckline. Perfect for a summer day, the slightly higher hemline will allow fluid movement. With a light, airy fabric on the sleeves and skirt, you won’t wish you were wearing anything else on the hottest summer days:
With the change to summer, you may find something fantastic. This Titanic dress in ivory is perfection. With clean white threaded embroidery along the skirt, neckline, and sleeves, delicacy is achieved. Threaded embroidery at the bust elongates the waist. With a pleated front skirt and a sheer overlay, you’ll keep your cool whatever the sun may bring. Lovely for any occasion, even your own summer wedding, this little white number will dare others to try something with freedom and grace:
Trends are always changing. They move like the wind, full of vibrancy or violence for a short time and then die. When you watch Downton Abbey, you know those Downton Abbey-style dresses are classic. They can be brought back into the general public and convey a wearer’s creativity and whim. With spring and summer just around the corner, try something deliciously vintage today, we’re sure you’ll fall in love like we have.