Warning: Many spoilers ahead!
Finally, after the last few depressing weeks, the ladies of Downton Abbey are dressing up again. I am really glad I took a break from fashion week craziness to kick back with a cup of tea and watch this episode, because the clothes were killer. And a new character, the saucy cousin Rose, made me want to run out and get a perm.
Click through to see the non-stop 20s sartorial perfection.
Lady Edith's Working Girl Outfits: Against everyone's better judgment, Lady Edith is now a journalist, and travels several times during this episode to London to see her flirtatious editor. (Who happens to be married to a "madwoman." Will Edith ever be lucky in love?) LE's choice of smart hats with perfectly coordinated coats and dresses shows her new confidence, and that aqua number? I was so happy to see her take a break from her usual palette of rust and peach.
The Lilac Christening: How amazing is this lilac trifecta of Downton ladies? Answer: very.
Baby Sybil is the cutest thing ever! And look how impeccable her skin looks next to that lace.
In this episode we were introduced to the gorgeous cousin Rose, who has the best hair and the worst judgment. Seriously, Rose. Sneaking out to the clubs with a married man? But she provides a much needed shot of whimsy in the costume department. With Lady Edith being all professional now, and Lady Mary just an old married woman who doesn't have to care, (and I can't even talk about Sybil. Still too raw.), the show needed some pizzazz.
Here's Rose's hair again. We predict a return of corkscrew curls. OK, maybe not, but it's really working for us, at least on Sunday nights.
Sailor Tops: This look is so strong that it transcends generations. From flashy Rose to the sometimes dowdy Mrs. Crawley, this just goes to show that sailor bows are the sheath dress of the 20s.
Cricket: Does cricket have a dress code like Wimbledon? Wearing vanilla from head to toe doesn't seem practical for a lawn sport, but it's visually quite stunning. The men look very old school Lacoste.