We make no apologies for our obsession with Downton Abbey, the amazing British import that is loved by critics and viewers alike. We freaked out a little bit when a bootleg trailer for the third season leaked online last week–Mary and Matthew drama! Mr. Bates and Anna! The Dowager Countess’s zingers!
The second season of the hit show ended up garnering an amazing 16 Emmy nominations, including Best Costumes–though we can’t exactly say we were surprised. No one can deny that Lady Mary gets to rock some pretty enviable dresses, and between the stars of the show appearing on the Love‘s latest covers and designers like Ralph Lauren and Ruffian finding their fall inspiration at Downton, we’re all thinking of adding a little of that Edwardian English countryside vibe to our own wardrobes.
Of course, we’d never think to add authentic Edwardian garments into rotation, but a recent article in The Guardian noting Downton’s influence on the fashion set cited a vintage boutique owner who told the paper that she was seeing more sales from that time period. We had to know if we needed to rush out and buy a cloche hat for ourselves before the third season premieres on PBS’s Masterpiece on January 6, 2013 (why so far away?!), so we reached out to some vintage dealers to see if they had also seen an uptick in sales of Edwardian-style clothing.