For brides out there wanting to create some Downtown Abbey drama here are a few of my own tips for getting it right.
* The early twenties era started out proper and ladylike and by mid-twenties went 'jazz age' with flapper style skirts going above the knee.
*Go for accessories that polish off your look like long ropes of pearls you can tie, knotted or fringed shawls and cloche or picture hats.
* The 1920s was the era of a dropped waist that sat either on the hips or fell into no waistline at all found in the shift and chemise styles.
*If you're going for authenticity and your hair is long (like Lady Mary and Sybil), wear it in a styled chignon. A hairdresser will know how to add those dramatic rolls and Marcelling (deep waves). If your hair is short try to get it going into a Bob. Great hairstyling lays the just the right groundwork so you can add a great headpiece or veil.
*The costuming on Downton Abbey is top drawer so look for exquisite workmanship. For me the standard 1920s silhouette isn't complimentary to most women unless they're built like Audrey Hepburn or the actresses who play the Crawley sisters. It was however an era known for incredible detailing on clothing such as intricate smocking and hand embroidery, lace insets, pleats, draping, etc.
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