'Downton Abbey' Fashion Recap: The Tear-Jerking Season 5 Finale

Edith shines, Rose blushes, Mary flirts, Mrs. Hughes #wins.
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Edith shines, Rose blushes, Mary flirts, Mrs. Hughes #wins.
Now *this* is some good chemistry. Photo: PBS

Now *this* is some good chemistry. Photo: PBS

Spoilers.

Well, after nine measly episodes, we have reached the end of another season of "Downton Abbey." I'm not ashamed to admit I cried my eyes out through most of the 90-minute finale. Dead Sybil tribute! Best marriage proposal ever! Tom leaving! Rose's evil father-in-law realizing she is a gem! Lord Grantham accepting that Edith has a child! It was all just too much for me. And the clothes were fabulous, as per usual. There were some sartorial surprises, too.

So, come with me for one final walk down the grand halls of Downton Abbey, until next season:

Mary Goes Full Flapper

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Screengrabs: PBS

While she's subtly embraced the aesthetic in the past, Mary has never looked so full-on flapper as she did in this episode. 

Edith Wears Some Whimsy

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Screengrabs: PBS

Meanwhile, Edith has never looked better. She's given up some of her drab, sad clothes and droopy hats for green sparkles and whimsical prints...and a coral hair flower. She even flirted with someone! 

Rose is Rosy

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Screengrabs: PBS

If Rose lived in current times, I think she would wear Lilly Pulitzer. In the finale, however, she opted for florals and lots of rosy mauve. As befits a properly married lady, I suppose. 

Edith's SJP Moment 

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Screengrabs: PBS

The hair on this show is so intriguing to me. This is what Lady Edith looks like with her hair down. So Sarah Jessica Parker circa "Sex and the City," no? I gave you a daytime comparison so you can see the magic this show's hair designers create every episode. 

Grey Ladies

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Screengrabs: PBS

This friendship and their respective romantic story lines were my favorite part of season five. I'm still holding out hope that Lord Merton's douche-bro sons come around and accept Isobel. 

Mary Wore No Color... 

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Screengrabs: PBS

Mary definitely has a penchant for minimalism, but she took it next level this episode, with lots of monochromatic beige and grey. 

...Except for the Occasional Graphic Stripe 

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Screengrabs: PBS

But she punctuated her daywear with a stripe here and there. Unrelated, I like this new potential romantic storyline for her. Henry Talbot is equally as haughty and sarcastic as she is. 

The Princess's New (Old) Clothes

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Screengrabs: PBS

The Dowager Countess gave the Russian princess a few of her old gowns, because it was the least she could do for trying to run off with the prince all those years ago. 

Caroling

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Screengrab: PBS

I had the same reaction hearing Mary sing Christmas carols as I did to Lady Gaga singing "The Sound of Music" on the Oscars, which was: Huh, who knew? Anyway, here are the Granthams in their Christmas finery. 

Lady Edith Crushes in her Christmas Gown 

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Screengrabs: PBS

Lady Edith deserves special kudos for this gown. It's holiday appropriate and very sexy. Check out that back! 

Carson <3's Mrs. Hughes 

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*SOB* Here's hoping Mrs. Hughes gets to wear some sort of wedding finery to marry Carson next season. Also, "Of course I'll marry you, you old booby" may be the best line ever uttered on this show.