Downton Abbey Hats on Parade

Downton Abbey Hats on Parade MemeOne thing which makes me a 21st century Victorian lady is my obsession with hats! I rarely leave the house without a hat upon my head. In fact, on the rare occasion when I depart my home hatless, I feel rather odd. Like something is missing. You see, hats give me a shot of confidence and make me feel pulled together. Polished. Ready to face the world. Hats are my secret style weapon. Indeed, a truly great hat can take an already pretty ensemble and transform it into one that is marvelous and memorable.

Nothing proves this more, in my mind, than the costumes of Downton Abbey! While the gowns as a whole are quite lovely and the jewels rather sublime, the hats are the cherry on top that grab my attention, episode after episode.

Therefore, in celebration of the final season, I present to thee a selection of my favorite Downton Abbey Hats on Parade!

Lady Cora Crawley

Lady Cora Crawley / Source: Pinterest

Classic in black and cream, this hat brings to mind the horse racing scene of My Fair Lady. “Every duke and earl and peer is here. Everyone who should be here is here. What a smashing, positively dashing spectacle. The ascot opening day.” Continue reading

Why I Relate to Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess

Highclere CastleSteep a pot of tea, bake some tasty scones, and drape a strand of pearls round your neck—or ring Carson to have it done for you—because Downton Abbey is returning to PBS!

Yes, indeed, the sixth and, alas, final season of Downton Abbey premieres on Sunday, January 3rd. Unleash the diamond encrusted confetti of pomp, circumstance, and British drama!

Despite my obvious enthusiasm, if I’m to be completely honest, I must admit that Downton and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship. Half the characters I love, the rest I don’t simply dislike, but detest. Some episodes I enjoy for their dry humor or poignancy, while others left me vowing to quit the show forever.

But there is one thing which has, without fail, kept me tuning in to the Downton Abbey universe. Her name is Lady Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by the marvelous Dame Maggie Smith.

Dowager Countess 8I adore the Dowager Countess! Her quick wit, her sharp humor, her impeccable style. When I’m an octogenarian, I want to possess elements of Lady Violet. And actually, there are some ways in which I relate to the Dowager Countess now.

*rings bell* Carson, please fetch us a list of reasons why on a silver platter.

Why I Relate to Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess

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