The Durrells, you can’t help but love this show. It’s fun, it’s full of sunshine, it’s set in the 1930s and the clothes are fabulous! Season 3 is in full swing in the UK and, like I did for season 1 and season 2, I wanted to do a post focusing on my favourite costumes of the different characters. So, for this season, it’s all about the only female child of the family, Margo Durrell, beautifully played by Daisy Waterstone.
Margo is 15 when season 1 starts in 1935 and 17 by season 3. She’s a typical teenage girl who loves nothing more than lying in the sun, wearing the latest fashions and swooning over boys. Her wardrobe is young, fun and easy to wear. She has three brothers she has to keep up with, so it needs to loose and casual, but also up with the latest trends.
Her mismatch two piece above is typical of this sort of outfit and you can just imagine her running around the house, lazing down on the beach or splashing about in the sea. Her daps, plimsoles, trainers, sneakers, whatever you want to call them, are grubby but she doesn’t care.
Can we just take a minute to appreciate Louisa’s trousers once again? I talked about them a lot in the season 2 post because I desperately want to make my own own pair. I’m so glad I now finally have a really decent image of them to work from and I can see exactly how the front closure works.
Anyway, back to Margo! As I mentioned above, she’s a big sun-worshipper and therefore has an amazing array of swimsuits and bikinis. They are, of course, knitted pieces to remain era authentic. The two above are just amazing and I love the pattern detail on the bikini top. I do wonder if these are original pieces or ones that have been knitted from their original patterns. Either way, I want both of them!
This multi-coloured playsuit is probably my most favourite of all Daisy’s pieces. It’s sooooo 1930s! The colours, the different directions of the stripe, the puff sleeves, the Peter Pan collar, shirtwaist design and the cute front pockets are all classic of the time. I’m not sure I’ll be making my own version of this though, I think it’s much more suited to someone not in their 40s. However, I have just bought some wonderful striped fabric that I plan to use for my 1930s beach pyjamas and I want to use some of the detailing in this playsuit when I make them.
Margo also loves her separates – a girl after my own heart – and has a great collection of cute blouses and stylish jumpers. I love that they dress her in knitwear so much, especially in the season 3. Knitwear was such a big thing during the 1930s and a girl of her age probably would’ve loved the freedom of wearing a simple jumper and trousers or skirt. The stripy one pictured above looks like an original to me. She also has a peach one that looks original and an ice blue one with a front tie that looks more like it’s a newly made piece.
But don’t think Margo can’t do elegant and demure because, when she feels like toying with a man’s heart, she knows how to glam it up. The dress above is just beautiful with its autumnal colours and subtle flounce. This is definitely an original, reproducing a dress in such an authentic fabric would be hard. Goodness knows where you’d find such a lightweight fabric like this from the 30s that hadn’t been used or, worse still, disintegrated. Besides, I know that costume designer, Charlotte Holdich, tries to be as authentic as possible, so obviously uses as many original pieces as possible.
My favourite of Margo’s dresses, though, has to be the beautiful bubble print dress above and below. The fabric design is outstanding and I had to get a close up shot of it, so you could see it in its full glory. I love mix of duck egg blue, chocolate brown and white. Again, it’s so 1930s and the dress mirrors the style of the playsuit with puff sleeves, Peter Pan collar and shirtwaist design. This clearly is becoming Margo’s go to look, so it’ll be interesting to see if any other pieces appear with this style.
Although I love just about every garment Margo wears, some of it is definitely too young for me and I end up steering towards Louisa’s wardrobe again. But I think the contrast between their styles is an important aspect to feature on the show. It shows the difference in fashion of the time for the young woman compared to the older one. It also shows that you can wear 1930s clothing no matter what age you are, even in your mid-40s!
Season 3 of The Durrells can be seen on ITV, 8pm on Sundays. To catch up on the episodes you may have missed visit the ITV Hub.