Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Michelle Dockery: Downton inspires my style

Michelle Dockery

Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery says the show has given her the confidence to wear colour.

The actress is best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the popular British period drama.

The beautiful gowns worn by the characters are a stand-out element of the TV show and the pretty brunette says the vibrant shades have inspired her to be more daring.

"My character wears a lot of bold jewel tones. I never thought a colour like red would suit me, but now I find myself wearing more of these colours off the show as well. I like giving a nod to Downton," she smiled to InStyle.

Just as the plotline evolves, so does the style of the characters.

Michelle is happy to embrace the changes and looks forward to trying new things.

"As the plot of the show moves into the 1920s, we're getting away from rigid corseted gowns and into less-structured dresses with above-the-knee hemlines," she explained.

When it comes to her personal style, the 31-year-old favours designs by Christopher Kane to get "a bit edgy from time to time".

Keeping it classy is always important to the British star.

"I'm quite into the French way - simple elegance with just a suggestion of sexiness, nothing vulgar," she said.

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