Downton Abbey Fashion Recap: More Mourning and Lots of Rouge

Warning: Many spoilers ahead! Well, Downton Abbey was a total downer again yesterday. That said, we managed to find some sartorial bright spots, mainly thanks to the house staff downstairs. Click through for all the fashion moments from last night's Downton episode.
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Warning: Many spoilers ahead! Well, Downton Abbey was a total downer again yesterday. That said, we managed to find some sartorial bright spots, mainly thanks to the house staff downstairs. Click through for all the fashion moments from last night's Downton episode.
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Warning: Many spoilers ahead!

Well, Downton Abbey was a total downer again yesterday. While we're really sad about Lady Sybil, we wish the ladies of the family would ditch the black mourning outfits and get back to some real life clothes.

Luckily, the house staff downstairs--including a surprising look from Mrs. Patmore--provided some interesting sartorial and beauty moments.

Click through for all the fashion moments from last night's Downton episode.

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Mrs. Patmore Frolics in Kate Middleton's Coat:

Mrs. Patmore sneaks out (bless her heart) to help the former prostitute Ethel cook a lunch that doesn't taste like crap. The coat she wore really looked familiar to us. Yes, it's a more somber color than Kate's, but Mrs. Patmore isn't flashy.

Also funny--when Carson said, "If Mrs. Patmore wants to spend her time frolicking with prostitutes..." Her response: "Do I look like a frolicker??"

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Black Luncheon Hats:

The rules for meal dressing at the Abbey really confuse me. Here are all the Crawley/Grantham clan having lunch over at Mrs. Crawley's house. So it's OK to leave your hat on at the table?

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Ivy Is Wearing Rouge!

Mrs. Patmore to Ivy: "Ivy, have you been painting your face? Rouge??"

Ivy remains defiant, claiming all the girls are doing it. Well, she may as well just join Ethel turning tricks out on the street as far as Mrs. P. is concerned.

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Daisy's Off-Duty Beret:

If Daisy was a modern character, she'd obviously shop at Urban Outfitters. We love her dusty rose colored beret. Alfred is a fool to keep chasing that rouge-wearing hussy, Ivy.

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Lady Mary Holds Baby Sybil:

I held my breath for this entire scene. What if baby Sybil had spit up all over Lady Mary's gorgeous black beaded frock?

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Anna or Ralph Lauren's Spring Runway?

In a weird meta moment, we thought that Anna's elaborate knot looked a lot like the knots the models had on the runway for Ralph Lauren's spring 2013 show. (You'll recall that Ralph Lauren is a new PBS Masterpiece sponsor, and also channeled Downton Abbey looks in his fall 2012 show.)

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Jimmy is NOT a Disgrace to his Livery, OK?

After catching Jimmy and Daisy dancing the foxtrot downstairs, Carson scolds Jimmy that he's a disgrace to his livery. But we beg to differ. That man is a credit to his livery. Just look at him!