Week 9 :: of Hunter and articulating the Abbey

I am obsessed with Downton Abbey.


I don’t know why it took me so long.  After all, I’m a BBC America junkie, not to mention a devout Whovian and all-around worshiper at the foot of the mighty Moffat.  I think it took me a while to jump on the D.A. bandwagon because I had mistakenly confused it with the 70s version of Upstairs, Downstairs, which I believe has the same premise as D. A. and is probably just as awesome, but I’m just anti-70s TV because of the painful production values and thus refused to give either show a chance because of this prejudice.

Thank Buddha one of my co-workers managed to twist my arm and got me to tune in to one episode, because now I’m totally hooked, primarily for the soapy storylines but also for the gorgeous clothes meticulous attention to detail.

Anyhow, today’s Challenge Week submission made me fangirl squee since it afforded me the opportunity to play dress-up without having to wait for Halloween.  Because I don’t know about you, my friends, but when I think dress-up, I don’t go weddings or fairies; I go full-bore period piece ensembles, the more British, the better.

Of course, this still being my workplace and all, I needed to be subtle and referential rather than overtly derivative.  And the person responsible for this submission – my lovely student, Hunter – did say I could use it more for inspiration than replication.  So after a fair amount of Google image searching, trying to identify the elements of Edwardian dress, I came up with my modern-day approximation of the era’s style.

Challenge Week Wednesday

Initially, I had another cute little number all picked out – sequined collar blouse and pinstriped pencil skirt – but then, two things happened: April suddenly turned brrrr, cold! and KS#2’s packages came in the mail.  Tired of freezing my tuchus off the last couple of days and discovering this gorj F21 top among KS#2’s eBay purchases, I quickly revamped my planned outfit.

I like how this look slyly references the Edwardian period by incorporating pieces that are modern separately but that exude a period vibe when put together.  The blazer’s wide pinstripe, oversized cuffs and dramatic neckline would look very much at home on the set of Beetlejuice but take on a more Abbey feel when paired with the lace top.  The maxi skirt could easily masquerade as boho chic, but the bias cut, along with the sedate grey, make it apropos to the spirit of the look.


I threw in a pair of knee high boots for warmth rather than style because, really, the length of the skirt can hide a multitude of anachronistic gaffes.  Plus I felt like walking with purpose; no lady-like mincing for me today.

The entire ensemble may not be editorial or flashy, but boy, is it comfy.  And it makes me long for Halloween, when I can ramp up the drama quotient and go Edwardian steampunk.  Now that is gonna be a fun day to photograph!


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21 borrowed from KS#2
Blazer – Marshall’s eons ago
Skirt – Mossimo @ Target
Boots – Cathy Jean
Necklace – so old, I don’t even remember buying it, let alone where

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10 thoughts on “Week 9 :: of Hunter and articulating the Abbey

  1. I was even later to the DA party, not watching it until this past fall. Why did we wait so long! Silly us!
    Well played on adding this to 52 Pick-me-up. I was so ridiculously busy, I never did get around to coming up with an outfit. New designer at work who is very demanding. No more internet socializing for me during the day, boohoo. (Cue world’s smallest violin).

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, but aren’t you living the life we all secretly want to live? Demanding new designer – sounds very Project Runway to me. And I’m a HUGE PR fan! Did you tell the designer to “make it work”? LOLOLOL!

      Yes, I still heart DA but my BFF spoiled season 3 for me so now it’s not even on my radar until I can find it in me to watch the end of season 3 knowing how it will end. (Cue my small violin here).

  2. […] remember the picture on the right from Challenge Week.  I concocted that outfit for Hunter’s Edwardian challenge and I remember it being a nippy 70 degrees or so that day, which warranted a blazer and boots.  […]

  3. […] are too low so I have to sew more on.  The second because KS#2 had bought one which I’d worn here and I fell in love with it and wanted one in my size so I could actually wear it by itself.  The […]

  4. jenortega says:

    I really need to get back to Downtown Abbey. Think I’ll order it on Amazon now. This was a super fun inspiration pic and outfit. It looked comfy, too, which I always think is a plus. Even though it wasn’t a part of the outfit, I love the pic of you in your scarf. The pink is just such a surprise!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Well, I think reciprocal kudos are in order, mon photographe, for the improvement in leaps and bounds of your picture taking skills! You made me look so svelte today! Mwah!!! And how funny that the afterthought pink scarf was what you liked best. Funny how some things work that way, eh?

  5. Selah says:

    I’ve had Masterpiece Classic & Masterpiece Mystery set up to record since I got my first DVR 5 years ago. So, I was watching Downton Abbey from the very beginning. The best thing was when I got my husband hooked on it! For my birthday last year he told me to pick anything I wanted to watch and he would watch it with me – no complaints, no snark. I picked the first episode of DA. When it was over he said, “There’s more of this, right? Let’s keep watching.”
    This outfit definitely reminds me of one of Lady Mary’s riding outfits!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I know, right?! The show is phenomenal! I’m waiting for a long, uninterrupted chunk of time so I can marathon Season 3. And ’tis high compliment indeed to hear from a longtime fan that my outfit is reminiscent of Lady Mary – she is my favorite Crawley! ;p

      • Selah says:

        The Dowager Countess is my favorite – although I wouldn’t want to dress like her! Seriously though, Maggie Smith is AMAZING! There is a scene in Season 3 (no spoilers) where we watch her walk across a room, from behind, and it elicited a major emotional response from me – she’s THAT good.

        • mtsedwards says:

          Blargh! No spoilers indeed! Now I MUST watch Season 3! And how could I forget the Dowager? You’re right – I retract my previous statement. Or, I qualify it – Mary is my fave Crawley sister but hands down, Maggie Smith rocks my universe!

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