We're all particularly enamored with the wardrobe, the work of costumer designer Charlotte Holdich, who uses a blend of new-made pieces and true vintage to give the show a particularly authentic look. Oh, the original 1930s chiffony sundresses I've lusted after....and the leghorn straw hats, and the wide-legged trousers, and the relaxed-looking blouses with gathered yokes and slightly puffed sleeves.
Yes please, this coming Summer I'll have me some of that.
As much as I would love to make a whole Durrells-inspired wardrobe, I find less and less time to sew lately, especially basic wardrobe pieces, which you think would be easy and quick but I still can't put together a "simple" '30s style blouse in one day. So I've been lurking the internet for off-the-rack pieces. I even went *actual shopping* recently...in actual stores...which was a mix of therapeutic and horrifying, unfortunately weight more to the latter.
But I have found some things ready-made to buy. Other items are still on the make-it-myself list. Here is what I've come up with for my Durrells Summer Wardrobe:
Louisa Durrell wears a lot of fairly loose-fitting pastel-colored linen or cotton collared blouses with short cuffed or puffed sleeves. These can be pretty hard to find off-the-rack, but sometimes you get lucky with J Crew Factory store, Old Navy, Unique Vintage, Modcloth. Emmy Design, Freddies of Pinewood, House of Foxy, and Vecona Vintage have some good repro options as well. The key is the fibre - linen or cotton, or rayon for fancier get-togethers.
|Wearing History "Smooth Sailing" Sporting Togs pattern - has the trousers, the blouse with the puff sleeves, and an option for shorts too.|
|The Greta blouse from Vecona Vintage|
My favorite outfits the Durrells women wear of course involve trousers - high waists and wide legs - but they also wear a lot of lovely '30s skirts too.
Lucky for us modern lovers of vintage, high waisted pants are getting easier to find now. My favorite brands are Emmy Design, Vecona Vintage, and Vivien of Holloway, but I've also found great options from eShakti, Unique Vintage, and even Forever 21 with a surprising selection of linen and cotton beach pajama and paper-bag waist bottoms this season.
|Emmy Design "Seaside Palazzo" pants - these come in a bunch of colors and even prints and have very '30s seaming on the yoke.|
|The House of Foxy makes great '30s separates.|
Broad-brimmed straw hats, '30s brimmed cloches, and Panama hats take center stage in the show, but none of the hats feel out-of-reach for a DIY project.
|A casual cloche with a clever use of extra straw braid and petersham ribbon to decorate the crown.|