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Upstairs, Downstairs: 2 Ways to Channel Downton Abbey For Halloween

Thanks to the upstairs/downstairs drama and romance — and, of course, Maggie Smith — we're officially hooked on Downton Abbey. What better way to show you're a fan than to dress the part for Halloween? Not only are the looks fairly easy to re-create, there's also more than one way to channel the period-piece costumes. Should you opt for the downstairs variety, look to our favorite housemaid, Anna Smith. All you need to transform a basic black dress into the maid's uniform is a detachable collar, black tights, and lace trim to line a plain white apron, and fasten a headpiece for your hair. Bonus points for a couples' costume that enlists your significant other as Mr. Bates with a bowler hat and a three-piece suit he can pick up from Goodwill or your local thrift store.


Shop clockwise from top left: ASOS Midi Dress With Long Sleeve ($48), Karl by Karl Lagerfeld Pointed Collar ($96), DKNY Opaque Control Top Tights ($15), Bib Economy White Apron ($3), J. Jill Oxford Heels ($60, originally $149), White Ribbon and Lace Trim ($2 per yard)

Should you choose to channel the more glamorous Crawley sister, keep clicking.

Mary Crawley and her sisters make dressing for dinner — gloves and all — look entirely glamorous. If you've ever wanted to channel the costume drama of the early 1900s, now's your chance. Look for a full-length gown with delicate embellishment (you never know what's lurking at your local thrift store), and then finish with satin elbow-length gloves, a jeweled headband, and a pendant necklace. Have fun with the details; an antique-feeling pair of earrings or an eye-catching brooch can make the costume. There's also ample opportunity for your friends or boyfriend to get in on the action. Have your guy play along in a tuxedo and top hat as Matthew Crawley, or have your girlfriends complete the Crawley clan as Lady Edith and Lady Sybil.

Shop clockwise from top left: Ulta Capelli New York Metallic Bead Elastic Headwrap ($10), Temperley London Sefarina Embellished Silk Gown ($816, originally $2,720), Merona Erin Patent Mary Jane ($25), Long White Gloves ($5), Drop Pearl Pendant Necklace ($50)

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