In what could be deemed the most addictive PBS miniseries of all time—that would be Downton Abbey, of course—Lady Edith Crawley’s shimmering Jazz Age frocks and perfect finger waves have oft convinced us to emulate old-world glamour on any given night on the town. But in real life, talented British beauty Laura Carmichael has an off-camera fashion sense that’s decidedly 21st century. She leans towards forward-thinking designers like Thakoon, Erdem, and Christopher Kane—and always manages to put together looks that are polished but not too. (Take a page out of Carmichael’s book and style a ladylike dress with a leather moto.)     

We asked the hip starlet to select six pieces from Barneys.com that define her look — a style profile, if you will — and we’d highly recommend incorporating one of her wardrobe go-tos into your own closet. Whether you choose a cozy knit or the subversive substitute for the proverbial LBD, now’s the time to invest in some key pieces courtesy of Carmichael’s well-honed fashion lens.

ACNE STUDIOS
Fur-Collar Leather Mape Moto Jacket

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ACNE STUDIOS Fur-Collar Leather Mape Moto Jacket

“People get very weirded out seeing the Downton cast out of their costumes. Even more so when they’re in leather jackets! But I live in mine.”

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ULLA JOHNSON
Handmade Chunky-Knit “Kitty” Sweater

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ULLA JOHNSON Handmade Chunky-Knit “Kitty” Sweater

“I’m back filming Downton and it’s freezing here right now, so I’m living in big jumpers. This perfect pink is gonna lift my mood on the early starts.”

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ACNE STUDIOS
Jensen Chelsea Boots

ACNE STUDIOS Jensen Chelsea Boots
ACNE STUDIOS Jensen Chelsea Boots

“Despite owning a lovely pair of classic Chelsea boots, I can’t help but covet these chic, point-toe Acne ones. Plus, I like wearing something quite formal and masculine with ripped skinny jeans and a t-shirt. “

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THAKOON ADDITION
Twist-Back Jumpsuit

THAKOON ADDITION Twist-Back Jumpsuit
THAKOON ADDITION Twist-Back Jumpsuit

“When I’m looking at outfits for the red carpet, the most important thing for me is that it’s super comfortable and that I feel like myself in it. A jumpsuit is a great alternative to a little black dress. There’s a nonchalance to this look that doesn’t feel to far away from my go-to T-shirt and jeans. Super cool.”

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ERDEM
Appliquéd Lace Top

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ERDEM Appliquéd Lace Top

“I’m dreaming of wearing this in warmer times. I am crazy about this collection—The African Queen references and exotic motifs. Erdem has a way of taking quintessentially English and ladylike designs and creating something modern and sexy. Plus, I can’t wait for spring!”

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