This episode of "Downton Abbey" marks the halfway point of the season, and it really should just be called "There's Something About Mary" now, because she is winning everything in the show. Including all the fake fashion awards in my head.
How to Wear a Red Hat
In this episode, Lady Mary totally schools us in red hat-wearing. The key? Keep it in the jewel-tone family. If this was the InStyle feature which teaches you how to style weird colors like mustard (which is one of my favorite columns in that mag), I'd call the plum coat and red hat a "wild card pairing."
Lady Edith Blends In
I was really struck by how often Edith's wardrobe makes her blend into the background. First, she was totally camouflaged by the red velvet couch in the library, then she matched the fence while trying to spy on her daughter. Come on, writers, Lady Edith really needs her triumphant moment.
Rose's Blue Period
Last week I suggested that Rose's English rose complexion looked really good in jewel tones and that she should wear more, and lo, it happened. Here she is in a navy day dress with a whimsical pattern, and peacock-ian evening look.
If you watched the State of the Union address last week, perhaps you saw how the White House social media team trolled us all by tweeting out a picture of the President's (in)famous tan suit with the hashtag #YesWeTan. Well, it was all a joke, but Mrs. Crawley and Lord Merton both dressed like twinsies in the color for their really rather touching and adorable proposal scene. Aw, say yes, Mrs. C.
The "Dress Show"
"Aunt Rosamund's taking me to a dress show." --Lady Mary
"It's good to know you've got your priorities straight." --Lord Grantham
Honestly, could a "Downton Abbey" fashion recapper ask for anything more glorious than AN ACTUAL FASHION SHOW on the show? No. I can now die happy. That androgynous number on the far left (Mary's reaction: "Golly!") looks like something Miuccia would create.
The Boho Miss Lane Fox
In case you'd forgotten (I did, and had to consult the Downtonpedia), Miss Lane Fox was formerly engaged to Tony Gillingham, who then broke off the engagement to pursue Mary. Ouch. Anyway, her style looks rather boho. She's the Drew Barrymore of Downton.
I love how the writers are giving the older ladies on the show a chance to show the world that they can still be desirable and inspire love/lust in men. Cora has been looking extra elegant lately, and I just really love everything about this profile of her.
Sometimes your best accessory is an expressive face. Lady Mary takes, "Bitch, please" body language to a whole new level.