The Search for 'Downton Abbey' Inspired Fashions

White Fabric, with Black Embroidery

This look is in style right now, so luckily can be found on a variety of dresses and blouses.

Cora in a white ensemble that features black embroidery


An embroidered blouse from White House | Black Market, $98:

From White House | Black Market


This dress isn't embroidered, but it looks great. Available at Piperlime, $121.99:

Shelly Ruffle Front Print Maxi Dress


Or, go for the reverse look with this jersey dress with soutache embroidery. Available at Macy's, $119.50:

The soutache embroidery gives this dress a bit of old-fashioned flair


Understated Color, with Lots of Feminine Touches

Chiffon and lace come together in this pale green dress. There are similar options with lace from Dillard's.

Mary in a jade gown featuring chiffon and lace


This Willow & Clay dress of pewter chiffon, with beaded latticework around the neck, has a similar feel with a modern flair. Available at Dillard's, $59.40:

Willow & Clay beaded dress


For a more casual look that's still long and ladylike, this knit maxi dress has touches of lace in the front and back. Available at Dillard's, $46.80:

Delicate lace in the back gives this maxi dress an old-fashioned element


The Women in White

The pre-war days in Downton Abbey include some almost all-white ensembles for the ladies. Add a straw hat, and the look is complete.

A flowered print, stripes, and plain white


This is more pink than white, but it's definitely old-fashioned. Plus, it's machine washable. Available at Talbots, $139:

Rose-Print Dress


This shirtdress with a bumble-bee print is cotton and silk. Available at Anthropologie, $148:

Honeyed Life Shirtdress


This macrame dress almost looks handmade. Available at Piperlime, $148:

Hostess Maxi in Gingerbread


Embroidered, Black and Sheer

There are plenty of evening dresses that are similar to this style. But what about something more casual? Scroll down for a dress that can go either way.

Mary in a detailed black dress with a sheer look


With a different belt, this Chelsea & Violet embroidered dress can have a Downton Abbey feel (you have to zoom in to see the embroidery). Available at Dillard's, $148:

Chelsea & Violet dress withe delicate embroidery


Do you have other suggestions? Let me know, and I'll add them to the list!

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