When I started watching Downton Abbey some years back, the last person I thought I’d make a style file on was Edith Crawley. My choice at the time was Sybil, with her innovative wear of pants and her rebellious behavior. And then, of course, there was Mary, the character the show focuses most on; or Rose, the young and pretty girl who likes to act out and do her own thing. But what I didn’t realize until the show’s finale was just how much potential Edith had. Out of the sisters (and probably out of the whole household), she’s the unhappiest one throughout the 6 seasons. Every amorous relationship seems more damned than the previous one, but she fights through as a strong, independent woman. She doesn’t need a maid to help her dress, she doesn’t need a driver to go places, she doesn’t need a man to run her magazine or be a mom or move to London. Admittedly, most of her life interests are led by her current love interests, but she still manages to keep viewers on her side and vouch for her. As the show reaches the year 1925, she finally gets what she always wanted (I’m not giving any spoilers!), which is also reflected in the way she dresses. Edith is no longer the ugly duckling. She is a stylish magazine owner with a taste for beautiful headwear, sparkly golden dresses and bold red. Way to go, Edith.
Get the look: Edith Crawley
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