When it comes to getting inspiration for your look, you may be struggling to find some influence without falling down some deep dark internet holes. Sites like Pinterest are probably your best bet at collecting an aesthetic collective of ideas that fit your vintage tastes or your retro sensibilities. Though there are some very useful and enjoyable ways to help you along your path to defining either your everyday attire or redecorating a favourite room in your house by simply watching some television. Some of the most loved TV shows of the past years have been set in a particular time period that many find appealing, and thanks to the great efforts and skills of the costume designers and production teams, living breathing recreations of bygone eras come to life in front of our eyes. Whether you are looking for a real olden vintage style for a fancy, speakeasy den or if you are hoping to bring back the flair (or flares) of the ‘70s, there will be a show for you – here are some examples.

Downton Abbey

The most watched period drama of all time has a special place in its fans hearts, not just thanks to the tight knit characters, love triangles and tragedies that all occur in the early 19th century, but because of the authentic look and feel delivered to viewers, not just in Britain but all over the globe. Those who adore this point in time will be delighted at the mention of historical events that occurred here, but will no doubt be head over heels for the look portrayed by the show’s creators. The gentlemen here are suited classically with prominent cuffs and bowties, meanwhile the ladies steal the show with their elegant dresses, elbow length gloves and cascading jewellery. As if this wasn’t enough the building that they inhabit for 90% of the show provides a fantastic look at the way a house was dressed back in the day, from furniture, fireplaces and how to lay a table for guests this place can be a one stop shop for entertaining ideas.

Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

Staying within the same decades but moving over the ocean to America this hit HBO series shows off the less glamourous but still much romanticised prohibition days of the States. Following some shady characters viewers get to see men in olden suits and of course matching hats try to outsmart one another in Atlantic City at a time where drinking was outlawed. Folks trying to emulate the styles here will be looking for much of the signage, décor and accessories of this troublesome time. The speakeasy of course is something that is still used today despite its lack of necessity, exclusive clubs in big cities still use hidden rooms to cater to their most elite clientele. This of course is a fantastic theme for your own home bar, additionally using the inexpensive set design of Boardwalk to ramp up the authenticity of your lair, you can have yourself a spot Al Capone would call home in little time and without feeling hustled.