Michelle Dockery in Antonio Berardi at the 2014 Cartier Queen’s Cup Final

Posted on June 16, 2014

Our asses are still dragging a little bit, which means we may have to walk away from the Keurig and walk out the door for some Starbucks to get ourselves together. In the meantime, here’s another simple and easy look that we don’t have to think about too much.

Michele-Dockery-Antonio-Berardi-2014-CQCF-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“Downton Abbey” actress Michelle Dockery attends the 2014 Cartier Queen’s Cup Final at Guards Polo Club in Egham, England in an Antonio Berardi white dress paired with Mulberry pumps and a Cartier bag.

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To our way of thinking, she probably could’ve used a little more support to go along with that neckline, but saying such things tends to get us in trouble. Otherwise, this is a perfectly elegant and lady-like look. Love the bag. And she gives surprisingly good over-the-shoulder pose. That last shot is almost perfect. But we find ourselves wishing for a piece of statement jewelry somewhere.





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  • WendyD

    Given the amount of undergarments she must have to wear on ‘Downton’, I can forgive letting the girls free in real life on occasion.

    • Rhonda Shore

      The vee is just a bit too plunging though…otherwise she looks great, simple works best for Miss Mary.

      • FuhUgh

        Yes, why are so many necklines so plunging these days? Perhaps I’m just a prude (my mother was a southern belle – I’m a prude), but I would love this if it weren’t quite so low. Great deployment of leopard shoes!

      • Bad Idea Jeans

        Boob sling.
        Also, damn! she is SO SKINNY.

      • Kent Roby

        Most of these deep vees kill me, but she really does have exemplary decolletage.

    • DeTrop

      How do they keep ‘the girls’ so hidden on Downton? She looks so flat chested on the show – imo.

  • RussellH88

    No comment on leopard print shoes?

    I think she looks great here. She can pull off simple really well.

    • FuhUgh

      I love the shoes! They add some badly needed interest (other than half of her bazooms being exposed).

    • Janice Bartels

      The shoes are her statement jewelry!

    • kimmeister

      I love the shoes and think they go great with the bag; however, I don’t think the bag+shoes go with a white dress. Would have been excellent with a the same dress in black.

      • TinyDynamo

        Totally agree! I’m confused how a heavy leather bag & animal print bag were thought to work with a simple white summer dress. A black (or other dark color) dress would be a completely different story.

      • kbshee

        I keep looking to see if the bag isn’t a heavy leather bag so I can rid myself of bag/dress cognitive dissonance.

    • DuBey2

      LOVE the shoes. Leopard print is trending with white right now, and I love it. Keeps it interesting. Only for us brunettes or redheads, tho. You blondes just take your hands OFF our leopard print shoes!

  • imspinningaround

    The dress says June, the shoes and bag say November.

    • Wink

      Yes! Great individual pieces… but they don’t go together.

      • smayper

        I thought that too. Dark, heavy bag not working with perfect white dress.

  • Firecat

    The support was my first thought, too. But she would probably give the deadliest look of disdain if she read this now.

    • Introspective

      and our lady mary is oh so deliciously good at communicating a world’s worth of disdain in one look. so i say come on here michelle and read away, to help you prep for next season… and to join in on our conversations of course!

      by the way she is gorgeous here. even with the not so strong pairing of accessories with the dress.

    • maretha2

      I often think that Michelle Dockery is a good example of a very slender woman who still needs adequate support. Some women are able to forego foundation garments and it doesn’t throw off the lines of the garment. Michelle ends up looking a bit droopy. She’s so lovely and I want the best for her. And I don’t want to be on Lady Mary’s shit list …

  • your face

    Those shoes are a big no. Everything else looks great.

  • MoHub

    Do not apologize for the “support” comment. My first reaction was to the droopy boobs.

    • Julie Chase

      Mine too. I thought “If I saw her at a party I would totally covet her figure and skin, and then pull an Elaine Benes and buy her a bra for her birthday.”

    • deelup

      My first reaction was to the dart nipples.

      • J. Preposterice

        same. her boobs look as if they can handle bralessness, but not in this dress — they naturally sit just a little too low for the construction of the garment.

  • Noah

    Support and a cuff/cocktail ring and this would have been perfect.

  • Kristen

    I don’t know. More support for sure. The bag seems too big. Love the head and the dress. The shoes are fun. Would love a bigger bracelet or something.

  • I watched her in Non-Stop over the weekend and I gotta say, that haircut is gorgeous. I’m loving that on her. 🙂

    I love the shoes but I am a sucker for animal print. 😉

  • The Versatile Chef

    If you’re going to have a heavy bag and shoe, you’ve gotta put something on the head/neck to balance. And, yes, I agree about the support.

  • crash1212

    That hair though. Perfection. I really love this…support or no.

  • nannypoo

    I like the shoes but they seem heavy for the dress. And she definitely needs boob support. Great haircut.

  • Jessica Freeman

    My first thought was, less boobage. Otherwise I love this.

  • Lori

    Honestly, I think the only reason this doesn’t come of as a bit of a disaster is that she’s so beautiful. She needed more support, the bag & the shoes are not for June and the dress would have been better if it was in a color.

  • DagnyReardon

    I’ll take that bag, thank you very much.

  • FibonacciSequins

    Another too-wide, too-low neckline. Don’t cut it quite so low so ladies can wear a bra, designers! Otherwise, attagirl. Love the bag.

  • cat772

    LOVE! She’s so beautiful and it’s so nice to see her in modern, simple clothes. And the shoes are BOSS.

  • MissusBee

    I am enjoying the ladylike, yet summery, yet rrrawwr with the leopard skin shoes vibe.

    I am not enjoying the bag, as (unusually for me) I like it far too much, and thus the Cartier-ness of it is a knife in my sensible heart.

    The support issue doesn’t bother me as a more ‘natural’ shape, if you can get away with it (she can) is kind of breezy and continental, which stops the outfit looking too stiff, and is in keeping with the ‘French’ style she has said she favors in interviews.

  • Sadie-Ann

    I think it needs a new neckline in general. I’m still not a fan of these super open and low ones, they look weird 90% of the time.

    Also, I wish the shoe was a peeptoe so it wouldn’t look so heavy.

  • sagecreek

    Meh. Not even Lady Mary can make leopard pumps look classy.

  • israel8491

    Leopard print anything needs to die in a fire. It will never be anything but hideous and tacky. Cute dress, though.

  • If her boobs were any higher they wouldn’t have fit in the dress. I think a higher cut so she could wear a more supportive bra would have been better.

    • demidaemon

      I agree. The more I look and think about it, the problem seems to be the cut of the neckline and not her support. It’s just not right for any woman with a significant bust. It’s going to make it look weird and overexposed. A FMO neckline.

  • Coleslaw McGraw

    I don’t LOVE the neckline but I love the smile and the hair and generally the dress (not everyone can wear white and not look like a cityhall bride) and I even like the shoes. I’d like to be her friend.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Everyone else seems to be bundled up. I’m afraid that slingshot neckline is too exposed.

  • Perfect hair, oof. But yeah, the lack of support is distracting.

  • myristica_fragrans

    she needs a pump with a skinnier heel, a stronger lip, some nails, and non-invisible jewelry.

    • You can’t really wear skinnier heels gracefully on grass though.

  • smayper

    Lady knows how to pose and yet look natural. Also, she looks utterly at home in that most rarefied of places — without looking uptight in that starchy British way. I’m kind of smiling to think about the gentry who will be judging her free range boobs — I still don’t like the look, but if it bugs some Dames and Dowagers, more power to her!

  • MilaXX

    I agree. This is a cute look and completely in her wheelhouse, but the girls need a bit of support, they look saggy. If this was a v neck, she could wear a bra

  • Karen Belgrad

    The dress has me nostalgic for Revenge-Season 1.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Not that a bra would have been a *bad* thing, but I think her girls are just fine where they are.

    The shoes and bag, on the other hand, not so much.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Woooo, Lady Mary showing some cleavage. I’m scandalized. She looks great.

  • tallgirl1204

    A half size bigger through the waist would have laid (lain?) more nicely.

  • bluefish

    Fine with the boobage but then I like a bit of natural sag on a gal–tend to prefer it to the burgeoning babyheads. Pretty dress and she’s lovely. Not convinced about the the dress-heavy shoe and handbag combo though. Animal print shoes rarely scream summer time to me. LOVE the haircut.

  • James

    The dress itself seems to be aiding the visual of sagging girls, which bothers me more than anything.

  • Danielle

    Not a fan of the bag but holler at the leopard shoes.

    • Shawn EH

      Yeah, they’re pretty statement-y all by themselves!

  • KendraMR

    Yeah, the girls do need some support; but it’s doesn’t ruin the look.

  • Mona_Visa

    Lovely. And yes, I applaud the wild shoes! At least they are something, and not the boring things so many people wear.

  • Gatto Nero

    The dress is lovely, but the animal print shoe and dark brown bag with such a summery look is a needle scratch.

    • conniemd

      As is the brown bag. I just don’t see brown and white going to gether.

  • lalahartma

    Yes, support.

  • AnneElliot

    GREAT hair!! I covet.

    Also, I am 100 % behind the support comment. It’s distracting and not that flattering. Dress color is a little pale for her skin. And I agree with other posters, bag and shoes are a little too fall for the dress and the event. But I can’t hate on her, it’s Lady Mary!

  • KT

    Super chic, I love it. That last shot is killing me. Had she been wearing her shades at the time, it might have done me in. The shoes feel mildly off to me, but I’m not complaining. Nice to see Lady Mary giving her ladymaids some fresh air.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I don’t think the shoes or the bag go with that dress. Too heavy and dark for me. And I am right with you on the boobular support. Droopy ain’t no way to see the Queen.

  • another_laura

    I think it’s the neckline that is making her look droopy. It’s too deep and too wide at the bottom. More “support” and we would be commenting on how she was trying too hard to look sexy. That neckline makes this a ‘can’t win’ dress. And a lovely lovely necklace wouldn’t have hurt, darling!

  • Ashleigh

    I’m so bummed there’s no “with shades” look, but beggars can’t be…and, who cares what people say about your “support” comments?!

  • She probably perceived the shoes as statement enough.

  • LadyVimes

    I think statement jewelry would fight with the statement shoes. But you’re right about hitching the girls up. She needs some sort of support. Lovely otherwise though, Lady Mary.

  • Lisalady161

    One lovely, not too large watch would have made this whole look sing.

  • Corsetmaker

    She could’ve done with a bra, but I’ve seen her look droopier. You get plunge bras with a U shaped front for just this sort of neckline, so no excuse. She looks nice though.

  • venusvelvet

    She’s a breath of fresh air as always. She and Maggie G seem determined to go the au naturel path, though support in a dress that low-cut would be tricky.

  • EEKstl

    She looks easy, breezy, and lovely – and if anyone can get away with limited support, it’s her. I am not, however, a fan of heavy leopard pumps with a white summer frock. Save them for October.

  • melanie0866

    LOVE that bag.

    Why does she never look as good as she does as Lady Mary?

  • trisker

    Kill for that bag

  • This is such a lovely look. A look I can replicate with ease. Now, off to look for a sleeveless white dress.

  • Kimberlini

    If the girls had more support, they’d be clamoring out of that neckline which would destroy the classy Brit country party look.

    • smh4748

      I agree. The no-bra trend really bothers me most of the time, but I don’t think she’s looking too bad here. A little more support might not have killed things, but I don’t think things are egregious as is.

      Really, this is quite a pretty look for her. I think she’s someone who looks so much better when she keeps things simple–in my view, she doesn’t pull off tricky particularly well, though that doesn’t always stop her from trying.

  • Leigh David

    Dear heart, if the flower box is pulling focus maybe you should reconsider the white.

  • Agree…droopy neckline …. LUV bag n shoe tones / contrast!

  • MissDelaware

    I like the return of real boobs … I’ve been ranting for years about the horrible foam bras everyone is wearing that makes all women look like they have fake ones. Tom Ford was interesting on the topic in his Fresh Air interview when A Single Man came out …

    • Alloy Jane

      I hate those foam bras, they don’t breath at all and when you’re flat, they are always non-negotiably padded. Was Tom Ford thoughtful interesting or offensive interesting? I’m curious, but I don’t want to read/watch something that’ll send me off into a rage fit.

      • MissDelaware

        He was really interesting. I was kind of shocked myself, and Terry Gross normally makes me throw things at the radio she annoys me so much, but that was a great interview. (Also, all my men-who-like-boobs friends and relations, also come down on the side of non-foam bras.)

        • Alloy Jane

          Yeah, straight males tend to hate the foam bra look. Mostly because they enjoy when things jiggle. A guy I dated gave me a five-minute rant on them once. I don’t even know how the subject came up but he was all, “I hate those bras! They. Are. A. LIIIIE.” Totally cracked me up.

  • marlie

    She posted pictures to her Instagram of this outfit, but with a chic Navy jacket. I LOVED the whole look that way, I like it here, too, but it does need maybe one stand-out piece of jewelry. Also, she *could* use a little most bust support, but she’s small-chested enough that she can get by.

  • StrandedFashionista

    I like the look, but I think the shoes and bag are a little heavy for a polo match look.

  • Therese Bohn

    I want the shoes! And I’m not really a super shoe girl.

  • ktr33

    sort of like a Duchess Kate with the teeniest hint of edge. Not edgy, but if Kate went nuts, this is what she’d wear, I guess. It’s lovely.

  • Cousin_Rose

    You need to supplement the Keurig with a Nespresso!

  • Alloy Jane

    Hate the bag, hate the shoes, love the dress. I just don’t get the obsession with shoving breasts where they don’t belong. Her boobs aren’t droopy, they’re natural. Shoving small boobs where they don’t belong is just as torturous as smooshing big boobs into baby heads.

  • quiltrx

    She *always* seems to need more support. I’m about to decide she has “low boobs” (said in a Seinfeldian tone) and get over it.
    LOVE that bag, and this may be the first time I’ve ever really liked animal-print shoes.

    • livesarah

      I think her boobs do sit low. They certainly don’t look saggy or under supported, and it’s not the first time TLo have mentioned a need for support with her. I just put it down to being underly familiar with different varieties of boobs!

      • Don’t do that. A whole bunch of ladies agreed in the comments section that she needed a bra. You can disagree with that without making condescending remarks.

        • livesarah

          I didn’t mean to sound condescending, unless I’ve inadvertently done so to Americans in general. It’s very common on here and not just you guys. I put the remarks in the same basket as the people who have forgotten what normal white teeth look like, as opposed to fluorescent tombstones, only that has nothing to do with garment/fit so not something you guys have ever commented on. Anyway, no offence meant at all (I’ve probably just dug a deeper whole by slandering a whole culture!).

  • poodle66

    Gosh, she is just so beautiful. Se reminds me of Babe Paley, a style icon back in the 50s, 60s. I love her simple clean lines. Also, her English rose complexion is gorgeous! I have to admit, as someone who struggles with eyebrow game (and I have similar coloring to hers), I envy hers. My brows are so dry between the bridge of my nose and it’s throwing off my look. I moisturize but they just seem to recede and fall out anyhow. Ugh. Taking Vitamin E. Has anyone else struggled with this?

  • Columbinia

    She does have her moments.

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  • B. Garcia

    Sydney Biddle Barrows realness. (Though more support and less Botox would serve her well.)

  • Kelly

    Yep, definitely needs more support. Otherwise, great.

  • enuma

    Can’t comment on the outfit. Too distracted by her fabulous hair. And I had previously hated her non-Downton hair, which I felt looked thin and limp. She’s finally found a cut that works for her, and it looks amazing.

  • bingo

    while she’s not wearing them, I think her sunglasses would really compliment the look

  • gefeylich

    MY GIRLFRIEND. You’re back. And yeah, she could have used more uplift, but she still looks as cool and fabulous as ever. God, I love her. Even the leopard shoes work, which doesn’t seem possible.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Too plunging and I wish there was jewelry to balance out the shoes…

  • judybrowni

    Purse too heavy for the dress. That is all.