Downton Abbey has taken over the world & has undoubtedly become the latest period phenomenon. (I would of course argue whether it will ever beat the impact of Mr Darcy coming out of the lake but that’s personal taste)
Following on from the Regency period we move to the late Edwardian era, turn of the century moving to the 1920’s which is such a spectacular time for sartorial inspiration! So today I’m taking a few prime examples from our ‘Upstairs’ characters in Downtown Abbey…
Firstly we have Lord Robert Crawley played by Hugh Bonneville. Always maintaining his powerful, Lord of the Manor demeanour in a statement charcoal 3 piece suit.
The 3 button jacket with a high 6 button waistcoat is the key to creating the retro-style, especially when wearing the trousers higher on the stomach as well. The little finishing touches such as the double pocket-watch chain and tie pin just complete the look beautifully. This is a very classic look that is still very popular today, and can so easily be refreshed and modernised by converting the 3 button jacket to a 2 button, and maybe consider a 5 button waistcoat instead?
Lord Grantham’s valet John Bates played by Brendan Coyle also sports the mid-brown tweed 3 piece but it’s nice to see a lapel on the waistcoat too! A very smart overcoat with contrasting collar – lots of lapels and collars going on but the whole thing ties together so neatly! They really did know how to put together an outfit…
And finally Magazine man Michael Gregson played by Charles Edwards – finally we see a double breasted ensemble! Classic businessman, the pinstripe double breasted 6 button jacket is an absolute classic with peaked lapels and well oiled hair. Sticking with the pinstripe theme on the right he’s also showing the single breasted option, keeping with the aforementioned style guidelines. You’ll notice that all of our gents have been keen to accessorise with details such as the pocket square – varying to match either the shirt or the tie; or a pocket watch chain. I think these are the details that make the old-fashioned outfits outshine our modern-day attitude.
Too often I think we put on a suit for necessity or as a uniform which forces us to lose the pride or excitement in creating our outfits – but there is still a place for old-time style in modern day society!