Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lessons on Beauty From Downton Abbey

The final episode of Downton Abbey has aired in the US, and like millions of others, I am mourning the end of this beautiful show.  It has been such a fabulous feast for the eyes, 
that I almost didn't care about the story lines.  
Well, almost.

One of the things I loved most about the series was the fabulous clothing that both women and men wore,
and the way they wore them.  

Especially the way 
they wore them.

In this stunning ensemble,
Edith gives us 

Lesson number one:

Stand Up Straight,
Own Your Look.

In other words,
be utterly aware of 
how you look,
top to bottom, 
front and back,
and flip yourself a tiny smile
 when you catch a glimpse of  yourself in the mirror.

Edith wore her clothes beautifully, moving through the scenes looking as though she was utterly comfortable with her layered outfits, jewelry, and of course those gloves.  
She probably wears tattered jeans at home, 
but she wore these dressy clothes like they were her skin.
And she looked absolutely stunning.

Beauty lesson number two:

If you aren't slender 
as a reed

and who is, these days?

Stand Up Straight
Wear Clothes That Are
Slightly and Properly Fitted.

If you put the Dowager into the outfit that Edith has on above, she would look 
like a tent with feet.  

Loose and shapeless tops don't slenderize.  Nope.  What they actually do is add bulk
to your profile and you look even
bigger than you are.

The Dowager's jacket is loaded 
with couture details 
which can also add bulk,
but she gets away with it because
from top to bottom,
she is dressed 
all in the same color palette.

Oldest trick in the book to create
a slender, vertical line.

Lesson number three:

Stand up and sit up straight, 
lift your head up and away from your shoulders,
and smile from your heart.

No one can resist a smile that reaches your eyes.

Bidding a fond farewell to Downton Abbey;
I am much enriched with the history you portrayed so beautifully.

Now if I could just get my hands on a few of those outfits...

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