5 Easy Pieces — The Downton Abbey-Inspired Edition


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The latest season of Downton Abbey has us craving antique accessories.

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ve gathered our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.

With critically acclaimed series Downton Abbey as good as everyone says, we’ve got a sever case of Anglophilia. We’re fueling our obsession with the early 1900s by finding the best Edwardian-era accessories that will keep us living the dream all week long.

Chic cloche

This chic cloche is iconic of the flapper period. Photo: Etsy.com/shop/TheWaughdrobe

This very distinctive hat style began gaining popularity in the early 1900s. Made of white winter wool, this accessory will keep you warm all winter.

For more beautiful vintage-inspired hats and fascinators, visit Etsy seller The Waughdrobe.

Dramatic jackets

A drop shoulder was a big trend in the late 1800s. Photo: Woodlandfarmsantiques.com/

Spice up your wardrobe with this black silk jacket from the 1860s. It’s adorned with black lace on the neckline and lined in white China silk. Dramatic and classic all in one.

For this and other classic period pieces, visit Woodland Farm Antiques.

Crocheted handbag

Perfect Edwardian era accessory to add to a night out. Photo: Dorotheasclosetvintage.com

Used as a wedding purse during the Edwardian period, this drawstring bag now works as fun evening bag.

For more unique handbags, visit Dorothea’s Closet Vintage.

Baubles from the past

Pin this antique brooch to your winter coat. Photo: Stardustonline.co.uk

Antique brooches are a great way to liven up an outfit. This pin has a geometric style with a mother of pearl stone.

For more info on on this vintage accessory, visit online vintage boutique Stardust.

Step back in time

These silk and satin shoes have a restrained elegance. Photo: Vintagetextile.com

These sassy shoes from the 1910s are made of timeless materials like satin and silk. Details like the single button fastener and the Louis-style heels are true to the spirit of Downton Abbey—which is the whole point after-all.

To check out these shoes and others from the early 1900s, visit Vintage Textile.

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  • Anonymous

    I certainly hope so.

  • Funny… everybody’s talking about this show. Are we going to be seeing long dresses on the L train platform soon?