1920s Wedding Style Inspiration- Downton Abbey

Rachel Simpson

Posted on February 26 2019

1920s wedding inspiration

With the release of the much anticipated Downton Abbey movie due this September, we take a look back at three of the series’ exquisite wedding looks. It is precisely this 1920s style which inspired the very first Rachel Simpson collection- including signature t-bar sandals and stylish mary-jane shoes. The collection has retained this elegant vintage look at its core, and here we show you how to style two of our favourite vintage inspired gold shoes- Ginger and Chloe, and the Rachel Simpson classic, Gardenia.

Lady Rose

Undoubtedly one of our favourite all time gowns was Lady Rose’s stunning 1920s wedding dress, when she married dashing aristocrat Atticus Aldridge. This one hundred year old beaded silk tulle gown was discovered stored in a box in London by Downton’s costume designer Anna MaryScott Robbins, having never been worn. Now there’s a discovery we wish we’d made!

This true 1920s wedding look is exactly what inspired our signature Ginger gold t-bar shoe- a personal favourite of Rachel’s. It has a true 1920s look, with gorgeous little cut outs both front and back, and a classically vintage t-bar shape. It’s also an incredibly comfortable wedding shoe, not least because the front is made of one single piece of leather. We like to think this would’ve been Lady Rose’s choice had she been a Rachel Simpson bride. We've accessorised this look with our Mimosa hair comb in gold, which you can wear on the side of the head for a classic twenties vibe, or neatly tucked into the top of a low chignon.

Downton Abbey Lady Rose wedding dress

Rachel Simpson Ginger gold leather t-bar wedding shoes
Dress: BHLDN

Flowers: Love My Dress

Lady Edith

The wedding may not have gone to plan (the poor girl was jilted at the alter by Sir Anthony Strallan), but that doesn’t stop us swooning over Lady Edith’s incredible sleek long sleeved satin gown. Strikingly understated, this characteristically drop waisted 1920s wedding dress was accessorised to perfection with a tiara of silver leaves and classic gold mary-jane shoes. 

Downton Abbey Lady Edith wedding dress

You can recreate Lady Edith’s look with our gorgeous Chole gold block heel shoes. Not only are they the perfect choice for a classic vintage look, they're also incredibly comfortable- largely due to their low block heel and mary-jane strap. The metallic gold leather is really soft too, so the shoes just get more and more comfortable as they shape to your foot. Oh, and did we mention they look great with a pair of cropped jeans too for cute classic Chanel vibe! We completed the look with our statement Amalia Crown- hand made in twisted gold wire with delicate gold leaves, sparkling diamante and elegant pearls.

Rachel Simpson Chloe gold leather mary-jane block heeled wedding shoes

Dress: Jenny Packham

Lady Mary

Last but by no means least, Lady Mary Crawley did things a little differently when she married dashing Henry Talbot at her stylish wedding. Following her first big society wedding, for the second time round, Downton costumer designer Anna Mary Scott Robbins dressed Lady Mary in a demure silk suit with an original 1920s silhouette. The outfit was accessoried with a statement brimmed hat and classic twenties ivory leather mary-jane shoes.

Downton Abbey Lady Mary wedding dress

 We actually used an original pair of twenties shoes to create the shape of our classic t-bar shoe, Gardenia. The result is a truly vintage toe, which is a perfect shape for weddings- not too pointed, not too round- just soft and timelessly elegant. It's also rather comfortable, as is the low block heel so you can wear them confidently down the aisle before dancing all night.

Lady Mary Wedding Downton Abbey

The photos below are from a photoshoot we did a few years ago, when Gardenia was first launched. The shoot had a really twenties vibe, perfect inspiration for the Downton look.

Rachel Simpson Gardenia ivory t-bar shoes

For even more vintage inspired styles, click here to take a look at our curated collection.

Downton Abbey Photos: PBS


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