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C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fitting In At Downton

Brora Velvet Skirt Suit
Lined in Liberty cotton.
 I've just finished viewing season three of Downton Abbey and this was by far my most favourite season for clothes.
Now that we've entered the 1920's the corsetry has disappeared, the waistlines have dropped and the whole effect is one of modern swing.
Of course the fabrics are still exquisite: velvets, silks in both chiffon and charmeuse and of course British tweeds.
What should we pack up to fit in at Downton?  Well it's Brora to the rescue!
Phew, Lady Mary approves.

Brora Velvet Dress
 I've had to order that devastatingly gorgeous black velvet dress from the sale, Downton made me do it.
Brora Velvet Tunic
 If the weather is too warm for velvet at dinner we can always turn to some jewel-toned silks, mixed in with black for evening, of course.
Paisley Silk Top

Star Silk Blouse
 A beautiful silk frock would do the trick, and it's easy dressing, always a consideration if we're sharing a maid.
Leaf and Dash Silk Dress
I own this dress and it is beautiful.
It's just gone to a further reduction on sale.

I wear mine with my pearls.

I would add in a pair of dance shoes.
There may not be dancing but we might skip into the drawing room for a brandy.
 Pastels are often worn at Downton, especially during the day.

Brora Tweed Kick Pleat Skirt
 I own this skirt and it meshes nicely with my Brora cashmere which I've collected over the last few seasons.
These colours would be quite pretty on Lady Edith.

Downton might get a bit drafty, you won't turn down a warm stole I'm sure.
Flowers in the Wind Stole.
 A silk blouse is always appropriate at Downton, paired with a tweed skirt and another wool stole in matching tones.
Yes Carson tea would be lovely.

Brora Silk Shirt in Mallard
 If, like Lady Mary, you enjoy some outdoor sporting activities I'm sure you know that tweed is your best friend.

My Brora tweed vest, fully lined in soft wool.
Similar one on sale here.

With a Brora silk blouse.

A full tweed skirt is practical for striding along and for warmth.
Tweed Panelled Skirt
 What will you wear when you retire to your bedroom?
Mohair Lace Scarf
A lace shawl would be just the thing to pop on while eating breakfast in bed.
Cashmere Dressing Gown
Or perhaps a cashmere dressing gown, pale and pretty, just the warmth needed while we wait for Anna to come and do our hair.

Have I missed anything in my packing-up?
How did you enjoy the most recent season of Downton Abbey?
xoDani

36 comments:

  1. What a great post! I don't own a single Downtonesque garment but I'll still coming skipping in right behind you for that brandy, especially if I can slop it in piping hot coffee with sugar and dollop loads of whipped cream on top.

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    1. I want what Tabs is having. Oh and don't forget hat, gloves, bag, jewels, tights.

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  2. I loved the third season right up to the last 10 minutes or so. My question is, will they attempt another season? And how do you feel about mourning black?

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  3. I haven't watched Downton but I can certainly appreciate your lovely Brora wardrobe. You always pair things up beautifully with your keen eye for color and texture. I'm all in favor of collecting beautiful things from a favorite label.

    I will be in London next week and although free time is very limited I will definitely be stopping by Brora and you know I'll be thinking of you when I visit.

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  4. I love the Downton fashions and am totally smitten with the hats!
    You are certainly prepared to walk in on the set Dani.
    I have very little that would work but I could find something to wear downstairs in the kitchen :-)

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    1. Me too Hostess, I'd be in the kitchen with Daisy, my Medusa hair tamed under a cap.

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  5. Hi Dani, I agree that this season's fashions on Downton are exquisite. I am enjoying this season - season 2 I found very annoying, mostly because of the clumsy storyline of Lord Grantham and the housemaid. I'm always a bit behind because I PVR on Sunday and watch it with my husband on Friday night.

    Your Brora picks are also exquisite - you'd fit right in (perhaps with allowances for skirt length)!

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    1. Patricia hasn't it been marvellous for the clothes. I didn't care for that storyline either, very clumsy I so agree. This season I haven't had much tolerance for Bates in prison but that's probably because I don't like the outfits!

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    2. Hahaha-- those "outfits" are pretty wretched! Stop!!

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  6. Very clever! I don't watch Downton, but I do appreciate your love of Brora. And yes, I'll be seeing you in the drawing room later for that brandy.I hope the black dress is as beautiful as it looks on the website.

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    1. Sulky soon you'll find out as I'll be swilling back the brandy while wearing that black dress. Good thing we have Carson to keep us in line!

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  7. Hi Dani-I've not watched any Downton episodes. When it first premiered, I thought DH would be bored by such, but lately he has expressed interest. I may invest in the boxed sets and view this summer(sigh) when there are no football/basketball games to lose sleep over. All your Brora things are so lovely. You have such a gift for mixing color and texture. Have a gorgeous day.

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    1. David, what's this?!! You must watch it! If you would like my boxed sets I will send them to you, I know you will love the series so much. Say the word my dear!
      Thanks for the kind words, you are a sweetie.

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  8. I just finished watching Season 3 as well. Such civilized days, when people dressed for dinner at home. You'd have fit very well into that period I think. Would you all allow me into the drawing room in flannel PJs for a brandy? Lovely Brora things, and I have a feeling that the black velvet dress will be gorgeous on you.

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    1. Kathy I'll let you in for brandy don't worry. If we have an archbishop visiting we'll just plead "convalescing relatives", that works in our family!

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  9. Love the Brora items, and am about to commence watching DA from the beginning. I always wonder how much it costs to have Brora ship to the US. I am very tempted by their cashmere!

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    1. Jill it's worth the price as you will never have to re-buy those clothes. They charge about $25 to ship to Canada, but the VAT (20%) is taken out of their online prices once it reverts to international shipping, you pay the lower price plus North American shipping.
      Only warning, once you try the cashmere you'll never go back!

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  10. Hi Dani, I had such fun reading this post. My husband and I are huge fans of Downton Abbey, and you already know that I am adore fashions from the 1920s. I loved all the silk dresses and jewels. Looking forward to see how you style the black velvet dress!

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    1. Louise you have such a great eye for fashion. I know you love the 1920's and you really get the proportions right too, I'm so happy you liked the post.
      I can't wait to get my hand on that dress, the Brora velvet is gorgeous, the fabric composition with the silk is just perfect.

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  11. I am down to last episode so have purposefully not read any comments above! I love the clothes! There was the most delicious lavender in episode 8 worn by Lady Grantham, a am swooning over the clothes and their construction and I think you are set to go and just the perfect body type for that time!

    My silk blouse from Brora is now another £5 off - at £28, is time to bite!

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    1. WMM I've ordered that blouse too in the green. What a steal, it's a beautiful piece.

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  12. Oh what a wonderful selection Dani... I see you have yourself some beautiful items. I love the velvet Bolero and the velvet tunic/dress. I also love this tweed gilet and I am trying to get one! The silk shirts colors and patterns are wonderful and so are the stole. I would love a cashmere dressing gown, but I would have it in a bright color as pale color really doesn't suit me... I have found a lovely website that helps you to determine your best color palette, let me know if you are interested!
    Love
    Steph

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    1. Steph I know we are both big fans of Brora, I bet in our closet scrutiny all of the Brora will stay!

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  13. Well done Dani and this post just brought a smile to my face this morning.I think you would have fit in perfectly for the period. As you know I love your choices from Brora. So pretty and I see you as Mary and I'll be down in the basement as Mrs. Patmore.

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  14. Oh Dani I just went on the Brora facebook and they featured YOU! That's my girl!

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    1. I just went to Brora's Facebook page and saw they had linked to this post! Congrats!

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  15. Oh Dani - good for you! How wonderful that they featured you! How fun! It was awesome to see you there!

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    1. Thanks so much. That's fun isn't it! Marsha did you know that Mrs. Patmore is my favourite character? If I was a Downton character I would be Anna. Oh you're right though I want Lady Mary's clothes!

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    2. Mrs. Patmore's larder, Mr. Carson's silver polishing time, Lady Mary's wardrobe and Anna's always perfectly coiffed hair - that sounds like a matched set Dani. More kudos on the FB link!

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    3. I want to be Mr. Carson, but dress like Lady Grantham! I love ELizabeth so much!

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    4. ELizabeth McGovern that is - typing too fast and perhaps not being clear enough!

      YOu know, I know I sound like a broken record here, but I still can't get over teh difference in quality of the brora cashmere versus JC. Just no comparison! Next year I plan to get the basic black and retire my JC forever. I am sorry to say that I could never go back to JC cashmere after having such good quality. It has ruined me! :-)

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  16. Congratulations on the Brora link Dani! At least they recognize a blogger who helps them to sell their clothes with her witty posts when they see one!
    I don't watch DA and honestly I am not sure I would like it (I am sure my husband wouldn't). In fact I am not attracted to Brora clothes at all, as you probably know, they are too English for me! But you wear them beautifully and I am happy that they noticed!

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  17. What a gorgeous collection of well made clothes. I love nice velvet. The silk Leaf and Dash dress is so pretty. I am pearl girl myself. I haven't watched Downton Abbey yet. I am afraid I would have to watch the whole series first, and then I would never get any work done!

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  18. Dani, your Brora collection is just so lovely! It makes me wish even more that I lived in a colder climate so that I could invest in my own pieces. I have also finished watching all of Season 3, and the clothing/hats were definitely my favorite part this time around. Congratulations on the Brora FB link...how fun! :)

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  19. Dani, You could do a cameo appearance as the long lost cousin on Season 4. I no longer want a Chanel, I want a Carson.

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