To be like Granny (in her youth): Downton Abbey Steam Punk Vintage Attire

Credit: (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

Everyone has a past, including Granny. She may not condone the changing times, but you know deep down, she accepts it with a smirk. Always and forever keeping it classy, wearing black , but once upon a time she did it showing off her back.

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Today’s look features Granny (the Dowager Countess and my favorite of all the characters), so witty and crass. When it comes to telling it how it is – she’s mastered the art. It is a blast from the past, rather than the future – this is how Granny would have dressed (after all, Lord Grantham didn’t come from a stork).

This is a 1980s sexy black corset dress with open back (click to purchase). It has an awesome cutout, tie up in the upper back, and overall beautiful construction from front to back. You’ll notice in the front, the seams and v-shape a make for a flattering cut for panzas. She has on bebe chains strung with vintage brass brooches reminiscent of a steam punk aesthetic, a brass glove holder holding vintage suede gloves, vintage fur, and to top it off, a hat from the local hat shop, Hats Unlimited in La Jolla (go-to place for Opening day).

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Hats at this house are like mandatory dress code for the Crawley fam.

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Credit: (C) Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE

So fem with a glorious gadget hint in the back. This dress looks simple, but has a lot of elements to it. The top has eye rings where the satin can be tied up (or tied away) and the butt is scrunched – accentuating the back. Granny is prim and proper and I’m on to her- Keep it classy in San Diego or at Downton Abbey. Lessons from granny to tanchis everywhere.

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