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Countdown to Downton - Costume Inspiration

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We’re counting down to our sneak previews of “Downton Abbey — The Final Season: Hour One” at Fayetteville Public Library on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. and Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.!

Planning to join us? Send the series out in style and go for a chance to take home a costume contest prize! While costumes from all periods will, of course, be welcome, to celebrate the period of “Season 6,” set in 1925, check out our DIY costume tip round up below:



Drop it like it’s hot (your waistline, that is).

  • Drop-waisted blouses or sweaters
  • Mid-calf Pleated Skirts
  • Day Dresses
Can’t find a drop-waist style? Embellish a long sheath dress with a scarf to create the illusion, or wear a long, boxy top or sweater untucked over a skirt.


Meant to Bead

  • Beaded Slip Dresses With Drop Waists 
Hike those hems: knee-length dresses were more common by 1925.

Take Charge

Chanel-Inspired Classics
  • LBDs
  • Day Suits
  • Statement Outerwear

Menswear-Inspired Styles


Golfing/Sporting Attire

  • Newsboy Caps or Cloche Hats
  • Tweed Knickers
  • Boldly patterned socks

Go International

  • Kimono-inspired Fashions


  • Egyptian Inspiration

Losing Our Heads

  • Cloche Hats


  • Forehead Headbands and Headresses
  • Feathered Fascinators

Accessories Are Necessities

  • Long, bead necklaces
  • Drop Earrings
  • Bangle Bracelets
  • Feather Boas
  • Fringed Shawls
  • Gloves
  • Feather Fans 
  • Beaded or Mesh Purses
  • T-Strap Shoes
  • Mary Janes
  • Oxfords
  • Nude or Pastel Stockings, Black Stockings with Daywear

All Dolled Up

1920s Makeup Tutorial


1920s Hairstyles

  • Nervous Bobs/Faux Bobs

  • Mary Pickford Curls



In-Vest in Yourself

  • Dress Shirts with Vests or Suspenders
  • Flat Front, High Waisted, Solid Pants Without Pleats
  • Colors: Browns, greys, navy blues
  • Patterns: Plaid, stripes, herringbone
  • Fabrics: Rough wool, thick tweeds


Dress for Success

  • Suits in Solid Colors or Stripes 
  • Three Piece Suits
  • Dinner Suits
  • Tuxedo Jackets

Be a Sport

  • Sweater Vests with Button Down Shirts or Chunky Cable Knit Sweaters
  • Golf Pants With Argyle Socks

Show Your Lighter Side

  • White or Ivory Summer Suits with Vibrant Pastel Collared Shirts
  • Seersucker Suits


From Head ...

  • Golf Caps
  • Godfather Style Hat
  • Bowler Hat
  • Fedora
  • Straw Boater Hats
  • Straw Panama Hats
  • Patterned Neck or Bow Ties
  • Slicked Back Hair
  • Hard Side Parts
  • Pocket Watches
  • Pocket Watches With Chains

To Toe …

  • Two-tone shoes
  • Wingtips
  • Capped-toe Shoes or Boots
  • Spats


“Downton Abbey — The Final Season: Hour One” Screenings

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Fayetteville Public Library
401 W. Mountain Street

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at 2 p.m.

Historic Arkansas Museum
200 E. 3rd Street, Little Rock