Upstairs Downstairs chic

This Christmas has been a memorable one for my family, for all the wrong reasons. After a rather too adventurous sledging outing, my poor dad has been hospitalised with multiple broken bones.

Thank goodness therefore, that in the evenings, after a day of toing and froing from the local hospital, the BBC kindly bestowed upon us the gift of a good period drama. And a super-stylish one at that.

The frivolous sparkles, silks and slinky nightwear of Upstairs Downstairs provided a welcome relief  from the stark, functionalism of the hospital ward.

The 1930s Edwardian style featured in Upstairs Downstairs has always been a favourite of mine, both in terms of the glorious Art Deco interiors and the beautiful clothes. Fortunately, references to this style are also in abundance in many high street and designer collections right now.

One of the most stunning outfits in the show was a gold sequinned number (see below), worn by the elegant Lady Agnes, played by killer cheekboned Keeley Hawes.

Lady Agnes, Upstairs Downstairs (image from BBC)

It reminded me of this equally gorgeous number that I spotted on Net-a-Porter this week. Obviously not for your average weekend night out, but too stunning not to feature.

Ashish dress (from Net-A-Porter)

On a more wearable (and affordable) note, Asos also have some gorgeous embellished numbers that remind of the kind of thing the more daring younger sister of Lady Agnes, Lady Persephone might wear. This dress has a flapper style about it and I like the way it has been dressed down with brogues to make it look more modern.

Asos embellished dress

If you just want to hint at the trend for all things Edwardian, the other option is wear an embellished tunic or blouse with skinny jeans. I like this one from Topshop, recently featured in The Guardian.

Beaded tunic from Topshop

One other thing I have to mention is the amazing tea ware on display in Upstairs Downstairs. In fact, I think I spotted some of the very cups that sit in my kitchen! It would make sense as they are actually from the Royal Doulton, Royal Albert 1930s collection.

Royal Albert 1930 Polka Dot Hostess Set


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