Dress du Jour, 'Downton Abbey' Edition: Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary Sparkles in Green

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Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary

Sunday night's green ensemble, as seen on PBS' 'Downton Abbey,' left us salivating. As usual, Lady Mary can do no wrong.

The Dress: A lovely green, beaded slim dress, designed by costumer designer Caroline McCall, who works with her team to bring the show's to-die-for wardrobes to the small screen.

The Wearer: Lady Mary Crawley, played by Michelle Dockery.

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The Event: Dinner at Downton -- it's always a dressy affair.

Why We Dig: Lady Mary looks perfectly -- for lack of a better word -- ladylike in this green number. The top half of the dress is light brown with a dark green panel embellished with floral beading draped over its center. The intricate design is complemented by a dainty black beaded necklace and an upswept hairdo to keep the focus on the beadwork. The bottom half of the dress is also beaded, though it is a bit more simple, keeping the attention up top. Here, Mary is the epitome of elegance.

Offscreen, we love Dockery's style as well. Living about one hundred years after her character (the series began with the sinking of the Titanic in 1912), Dockery is elegant in her own right. A recent example: Dockery stunned in a black-and-white J. Mendel gown with a plunging neckline and high slit at the 2014 SAG Awards. The look, complete with bold red lips and sideswept bangs, was sexy while still remaining elegant and classy.

Mary or Michelle? Now, that's the eternal question. For the time being, we're seeing green. But that could easily change. It is awards season after all.