Warning: Many spoilers ahead!
Last week we watched the marathon two hour premiere of Downton Abbey's third season, which included Lady Mary's wedding and the impending financial ruin of the family. We didn't think it could get more exciting, but episode two doesn't disappoint either--especially in the fashion department.
From yet another wedding to a pregnancy, check out how the Downton cast dressed for the drama.
Mrs. Matthew Crawley's Style:
So now that Lady Mary is married, she seems to have gone over to a more matronly style. Because everyone knows wives shouldn't be sexy. Gone are the sleeveless dresses of episode one, and she's opted for some flowy long-sleeved numbers in neutral colors instead. Is Lady Edith going to be the more sartorially sassy sister from now on?
Monochrome Pastels from Head to Toe:
From hat ribbon to hem, all the ladies--no matter their age--have embraced full-on dusty pastels. It's obviously spring, since they're able to picnic outside, although as we pointed out last week, they're not afraid to pull out the jewel tones either. But that's obviously for dinner only. Duh.
Fluttery Transparent Sleeves:
Both Lady Mary and her mother trotted out dresses with ethereal sleeves and square necklines this episode. While bare, it's a much different look than the sleeveless gowns they've been wearing to parties and dinner.
Branson Wears a Tux:
While much ado was made last episode about Branson's refusal to conform to Downton's thoroughly elitist way of dressing, he appears to have sacrificed some principles. Here he is in a tux--but perhaps it's still a big "Eff you" to that way of life, because he's not wearing white tie like the other gentlemen are. Those rebel Irish!
The mealy-mouthed Sir Anthony jilts Lady Edith at the altar, but before we get to her nervous breakdown, which involves throwing her veil over the balcony (can you really blame her?), let's discuss how lovely she looks. I think I like her dress better than Lady Mary's--it's shinier!
Costume designer Caroline McCall told Elle UK that she chose a Grecian style dress because it "suited her figure perfectly." The wedding tiara matched the motif on the train, an antique piece that was the starting point for the whole dress.
Poor Lady Edith. We have a feeling she's going to show them all how fabulous she is, though.
Lady Sybil's Maternity Wear:
It was mentioned in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the premiere episode, but Lady Sybil is knocked up. In this episode we get a first peek at her baby bump, and we totally approve of her maternity wear so far. Kate Middleton should take note. That dress is very Temperley, no?
Lady Mary's Alexander Wang Spring 2010 Bedtime Hair:
The girls' night time hair looks better than a lot of people's regular day hair. Here is Lady Mary doing Alex Wang's famous side braid in bed while arguing with Matthew about giving his fortune to save Downton. Please note that Wang would never use a pretty bow, though.