I’m finally up to date in the world of Downton Abbey. I’ve been ignoring it for a while but couldn’t miss someone raving about it seemingly every corner I turned. Even though I usually avoid period dramas like the plague, I knew I would have to watch Downton Abbey to see what all the fuss was about.
It was amazing. Such a well-written drama, witty dialogue and laugh out loud funny moments (mostly over Dame Maggie Smith’s lines which were delivered in her inimitable way). Julian Fellowes, the writer, is a very clever man.
It’s hard to choose a character, but if I could most choose one to be like, it would be Lady Mary Crawley. I adore the way she speaks, in a low, slow voice and it’s rare to see her flustered or over-excited. She is very calm and measured. All the women are elegant and gracious and inspire me to be more lady-like.
Amongst the backdrop of their very privileged (and endangered) lifestyle, I love that the women in the family cultivate simple pleasures such as needlepoint, reading and taking tea. Everyone speaks quite formally to one another, and if there is a cross word, it is either said straight, or in some cases couched in very witty and clever phrase.
The women dress very modestly but still fashionably. As the series progress, seeing the twenties fashions were a real treat and I’d happily wear those today. The women in the family always have their hair either in a chic updo, or styled into a faux bob. You realise just how long their hair is when they are dressing for bed at night time, but it is never down and loose in public (and by public I mean the rooms of the house where the men are, as well as outside the house).
Both men and women dress very formally and take the time to make themselves look attractive. It’s not all about comfort – no-one slouches around in track pants and ugg boots there. I’m not saying I want to go back to corsets, but we have gone quite far the other way which is a shame.
Their huge castle must be freezing, and the way they dress in this environment is quite impractical, but that’s the wonderful thing about Downton Abbey, ‘practical’ doesn’t ever seem to be in their vocabulary. They dress up in beautiful clothing, change for dinner every night and have a valet or a ladies maid to help them dress. You don’t have to do your own laundry and every little thing is done by someone else. All you have to do is enjoy your life (until the money runs out of course). Apart from the finance thing, doesn’t that sound glorious?
I believe watching this programme has had a positive effect on me. Having it as a mind influencer makes me feel more ladylike myself, more feminine and gracious. I do not want to swear or raise my voice. I am content to be serene and feminine and fill my life with good jobs and a life well lived.
Are you a Downton Abbey fan? What’s your favourite ‘takeaway’ from this series?