Bridgerton-ish Regency-era Trends that Waltzed into the Runway & your Wardrobe

Our lives have turned upside-down since the pandemic has hit in, and one of the many things we seem to miss is dressing up for some specific occasions. Wearing gowns, or even your favorite pair of jeans has become some sort of a luxury nowadays. Netflix’s brand-new historical drama, Bridgerton is rather fashion-focused and it flawlessly brings back the Regency era’s (1811-1820) trends filled with delicacy.

No wonder the mini-series’ sweeping success worldwide, as it unravels a dramatic love story to be remembered, but besides, merely looking at the early 19th Century-ensembles itself enthralls the beholder. Bridgerton stole the show due to a factor so relevant in many’s lives right now: “escapism”, it is called (and it not only is relevant when it comes to the storyline, but also, fashion-wise as well). The flamboyant, neat dresses of the show are entirely fantastical, yet they do not carry so much significance when it comes to living in the 21th Century – especially in a period when loungewear seems to be at the helm of fashion picks. However, as we all seek something to venture us outside the uncertainty of modern life, finding oneself amid Regency-styled setting and costumes, is something that can loosen the mood and inspire many.

The show is most likely a 19th-Century interpretation of Gossip Girl where rumor endlessly circulates, there is always a scandal to turn upside-down the characters’ lives, social life is a central aspect, and last but not least, fashion is a primary characteristic of the series. The show evokes 1813’s elites’ social life in London: it concentrates on the young ladies’ “coming out”, who are trying to lure the attention of bachelors amid grand balls and distinctive social events.

Since courting is one of the prominent focuses in the show, being easy on the eye and fashionable is an indispensable element of the show. Ellen Mirojnick, the costume desiger created 7,500 looks for the eight-episode series:

“ice-cream pastels, acid-bright florals, acres of ruffles, rhinestone-encrusted puff sleeves, and wigs that could rival Marie Antoinette’s.”

The costumes that embody the Regency-era displayed on the show are undeniably worthy of grandoise balls and soirées:

  • Pastels, bold hues, florals, ruffles, puff sleeves, embroidery, corsetry, empire-waist dresses, lavish, scrumptious textiles (silk, most prominently), exquisite jewels of precious stones/pearls held sway back in the Regency period.
  • The looks were sumptuous, flowy, alluring, delicate, undeniably poetic & Romantic.
  • With their characteristic high waistline, the Regency-era costumes were flamboyant and looked as if those wearing them would have just stepped out of a Midsummer Night’s Dream scene – full of lightness, grace, pure beauty from head to toe.
  • They were characterized by simplicity in terms of design.
  • Brilliantly embroidered and embellished gowns were a hit.
  • The dresses didn’t reveal much: floaty, empire-lined dresses were the go-to silhouette of the time.
  • Accessories were all glitz and glamour and often impractical (much to the dislike of Bridgerton‘s Eloise), such as feathered hair clips, longer-than-expected gloves or even heavy, yet precious jewelry.

The aforesaid early 19th Century-inspired dresses not only conquered the screens of every binge-watcher, but also, many pieces that were created on the basis of Regency-fashion, tend to grace the runways and fill every women’s wardrobes till the very present day.

We have rounded up some of the most stylish 19th Century-lookalike garments to be found on online luxury fashion retailer sites, Net-a-Porter and Mytheresa – some dreamy looks that have already hit the runway. Maybe you’ll want to awaken your inner princess and treat her with some Bridgerton-ish pieces – and what better time, then now, amid the season of jaw-dropping promotions?

For your next promeade or a future night out, find some Regency-era inspired, spectacular pieces from the fashion houses of Erdem, Oscar de la Renta, Emilia Wickstead, Marchesa, Self-Portrait, Dolce & Gabbana, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and LoveShackFancy – all available online via Net-a-Porter and Mytheresa. *

You can buy it on Net-a-Porter, by clicking here.

You can buy it on Net-a-Porter, by clicking here.

You can buy it on Net-a-Porter, by clicking here.

You can buy it on Net-a-Porter, by clicking here.

You can buy if on Net-a-Porter, by clicking here.

You can buy if on Net-a-Porter, by clicking here.

You can buy it on Mytheresa, by clicking here.

You can buy it on Mytheresa, by clicking here.

You can buy it on Mytheresa, by clicking here.

* Please note that this is not sponsored content.

Source: Vogue.

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