Saturday, February 15, 2014

How to Dress Downton Abbey Style - 1930's Tutorial


Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentines! 
This year, Jamie and I were asked to sing a few love songs for a Valentines Banquet...we decided to go all out and dress up in 1930's outfits and sing Big Band tunes. 

With a Downton Abbey craze sweeping the nation (me included), we thought it would be fun to give everyone an inside look at how we put our outfits together.
So, here's our take on Lady Mary and Matthew in the World of Downton Abbey.

WOMEN'S 1930's OUTFIT - TUTORIAL & LINKS

DRESS: Perhaps the Most important is the dress After much searching, I found this Grey Chiffon, Evening Gown for $40 online. It laces up the back for a great fit! Loved it!  Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

LONG BLACK GLOVES: The ones I found were extra long black satin gloves. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

BLACK BOA: The Black Feather Boa added a special touch to the look. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

HEAD BAND: I bought a double black headband and added rhinestones to it. However, this link is for a headband with the rhinestones already attached. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

BLACK BEAD NECKLACE: Since the dress already had beading on the waste and sleeve I kept my necklace to a choker style. Probably more true to 1930's form would have been wearing them in a long string instead of a choker. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

HAIR: I rolled my hair up in HOT ROLLERS and let them cool all the way before unrolling them. (I don't think I could survive without my Hair Setter...love it). Once you unroll your hair DON'T separate the curls with your fingers but leave them in big curls. Place the headband on your head and secure with bobby pins. Start in the front and take each individual curl and wind it back up and pin it to the side of your head. (the 1930's look covers the ears, and is close to the face on the sides). Pull up each back curl and pin to top and back of head. 

MAKEUP: I decided on a more dramatic look for this outfit. Whatever you decide, RED LIPSTICK is a must! 

TIPS & TRICKS: Pin your boa to your gloves. Since I was going to be singing and moving around a lot, I didn't want to have to worry about my boa sliding off. I wrapped it around me and pinned it to the top side of my gloves

MEN's 1930's OUTFIT - TUTORIAL & LINKS

FEDORA: This Black Polyester/Wool Fedora "topped off" the Outfit. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

BLACK SUSPENDERS: These black suspenders were a classic touch. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

BLACK SKINNY TIE: The skinny tie pulls the outfit together. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

WHITE SHIRT: A white, long sleeve, button down shirt is a must. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

BLACK DRESS PANTS: The black dress pants always look classy. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

BLACK DRESS SHOES: Some kind of black dress shoe is a must. Click HERE to BUY THIS ITEM

I hope you have as much fun as we did creating and wearing these outfits!




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23 comments:

  1. You look fabulous! Found you at Mod Mix Monday, great blog! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

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  2. Super cute pic! I really need to check out the show, I here such good things about it. You look beautiful. Please join us on Friday at Bacon Time for our weekly linky.

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  3. WOW you guys look amazing and very Downton-esque!

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  4. I'm a from the beginning Downton Abbey fan~~~Love, Love, Love the series!!! You did a marvelous job on your costumes!!! And you sang Big Band tunes also~~~WONDERFUL

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  5. Sarah, how absolutely adorable! I love, love your outfit! It's amazing how much the style of clothing has changed from the first season until this season. Can't wait to see what happens next season! Thanks for the great ideas!

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  6. A Downton fan here too. Awesome looks! Thankyou for the inspiration...x
    http://thesecondbestthingsinlife.blogspot.com.au

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful costumes on The Inspiration Board at homework. I featured you today! Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

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  8. Oh How fun! Such a big Downton fan :)

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  9. I want to wear this to walmart! I just loooveee Downton Abbey!

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  10. Love these costumes, and I just love Downton Abbey! Great job!

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  11. Great post! Time for a Downton Abbey Party.

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  12. I can't tell you how much I love that show, being in Italy we are behind 2 seasons, but that's ok, better late than never. You both look fantastic. stopping by from thursday blog hop Thanks Rosemary @ anitalianinmykitchen.com

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  13. Fun post...thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!!

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  14. Love Downton Abbey, great attire, love it!

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  15. So fun! You both look amazing! Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  16. I absolutely love Downton Abbey! How fun are your outfits! Your hair is to die for. Very convincing! Thanks for sharing. Kari

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  17. :) So pretty! And guys tend to have an easy time dressing for different time periods because their styles don't change nearly as much!

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  18. Great idea. This is such a hot idea for parties right now.
    Sherry

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  19. Just wanted to let you know that your post is being featured on Fridays Unfolded this week!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  20. I love this idea for a party! I just recently had a Downtown Abbey themed party and featured some of the pieces from the Heritage Lace Collection

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