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Margo from The Durrells is the style muse you didn’t know you needed

Serving retro, sun-soaked Greek island vibes

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I started watching the ITV show, The Durrells because my animal-loving English spouse has been telling me about the books of Gerald Durrell for years and I wanted to learn more about the iconic children’s book author. As soon as the ITV period drama started, though, I was completely entranced by the beautiful, sun-drenched Greek scenery and the flawless 1930’s costumes. The show follows an English widow and her four children as they pack up and move to the Greek Island of Corfu in 1935. The story is delightful, the characters are charming and Margo Durrell, the only daughter is the runaway star. She’s both feminist and naive in that way that 15-year-old girls are. She’s a little clueless sometimes but always extremely earnest and her style…oh. my. God.  Her style is perfection.

The Durrell’s don’t have much money, so costume designer Charlotte Holditch dresses Margo has a small handful of garments that she re-wears often, combining them to create swoon-worthy but attainable style. Because I love you, I’ve searched for all the pieces you need to channel your own 1930’s, Greek island living looks a-la Margo.

 

1. High waisted bikini + blue sunglasses + printed robe

 

Image description: Margo, a pale curly haired redheaded teenager, lays in the sun in a blue knit bikini and round blue sunglasses.
The Durrells on ITV. Image description: Margo, a pale curly haired redheaded teenager, lays in the sun in a blue knit bikini and round blue sunglasses.

I am obsessed with Margo’s sunbathing look and I think I’ve finally decided to actually experiment with swimwear after owning the same black bikini for years…. I have no idea where to get a knit bikini this cute, maybe you can ask your grandma if she’s feeling ambitious. Even better, give it a go yourself! I found a vintage bikini knitting pattern for you and everything. Her patterned robe is glorious, too and I have resolved never to don a swimsuit without an adorable coordinating robe again.

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2. Printed sundress + wide-brimmed hat + white lace-up shoes

 

I love the totally relaxed vibe of this. It would be a perfect outfit to go to the Farmer’s Market in, with the sensible shoes and straw hat. Plus, you could throw on a cardigan and switch the hat for a cloche for a perfect 1930’s inspired look for early fall. Also,  is it just me or is the fact that her shoes are a little beat-up and not perfectly white making the whole thing look better? When I see pristine white shoes, all I can think is “You must not get out much” and these are perfectly worn.

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3. High-waisted shorts + crop top + round sunglasses

 

Image description: Margo, a young teenage girl with red curly hair is seen wearingdark round sunglasses, a blue patterened crop with a pair of high-waisted denim shorts.
Image description: Margo, a young teenage girl with red curly hair is seen wearing dark round sunglasses, a blue patterned crop with a pair of high-waisted denim shorts.

This might be my favorite look from the whole show. I am mesmerized by that top. I don’t wear crop tops and this has me researching vintage patterns. Paired with high-waisted, wide-leg denim shorts and round sunnies she looks like she’s been pulled from the streets of Brooklyn or Shoreditch during a heatwave. Be still my heart.

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4. Peter Pan collar dress/top + printed scarf

 

Image description: Margo is seen from the shoulders up. She is wearing a bright multicolored striped shirt and is wearing a blue patterned scarf in her hair.
The Durrells on ITV. Image description: Margo is seen from the shoulders up. She is wearing a bright multicolored striped shirt and is wearing a blue patterned scarf in her hair.

I cannot get enough of Margo’s scarves, I am determined to bring back the silk scarf in hair look. Plus. the peter pan collar? When you are boldly print-mixing, it stops looking cutesy and is just so effortlessly cool. This is another look that can move seamlessly between seasons, with a change of colors you can take this into colder weather as well.

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Katherine Kaestner-Frenchman

Katherine Kaestner-Frenchman

Katherine serves as Managing Editor of The Tempest. A lifelong nomad and Third Culture Kid, Katie, as she's known to her friends, is passionate about storytelling, feminism, foreign affairs, and wine. Before joining The Tempest, she worked in marketing and communications in Germany, Palestine, India and the USA. When she's not working, she's throwing dinner parties, taking photos or putting her Art History degree to good use as she explores Europe.

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