Over the past year, the pandemic has meant that the world has had to remain indoors for the foreseeable future. For some, staying home has meant curling up on the couch in loungewear and binge-watching Netflix period dramas, but for others it has meant forfeiting major life events for the sake of safety, like a wedding.
But now, brides-to-be have made the best of both worlds, turning to Bridgerton for some down-the-aisle inspiration.
The list determined that there was an increase in searches for bridal corsets by a staggering 291 percent, while empire-waist wedding dresses and embellished headpieces skyrocketed up to 133 percent and 156 percent.
“Following a year of uncertainty and cancelled plans, we predict a significant shift towards party wear and maximalism as brides, grooms, and guests will be making the most of being able to finally celebrate big life moments in person,” said Lyst’s content lead, Morgane Le Caer, as per an official statement.
“With show-stopping dresses, bold suits, statement accessories and high heels once again making their way into everyone’s wish lists, it’s becoming clear that if 2020 was the year of the Zoom wedding, 2021 will be the year that's bringing the (after) party back.”
While the Regency-era series has spurred a plethora of bridal inspiration, it has also inspired those who aren't betrothed. Thanks to the fashion trend, aptly named Regencycore, viewers have clearly been infatuated with the period drama attire for quite some time, meaning it was only time before it seeped into wedding ensembles.
The fashion search engine has reported that online searches for corsets—an essential garment in the show—have surged 123 per cent, while pearl and feather headbands have seen a 49 per cent rise, and empire-waist dresses, the defining silhouette of the era, have risen 93 per cent in popularity.
Bridgerton's costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick, expertly reimagined the dress code of Regency London while adding a modern twist to its characters, all with hidden meanings spread out across the eight-episode series.
In an interview with Harpers Bazaar U.S., Mirojnick said she was hoping to overlay the look of the Regency era “with a bit of a modern sensibility, make it aspirational, intriguing, and with somewhat of a layer that would actually be very imaginative."
While we stock up on empire waistline and corsets, sadly, a Bridgerton-inspired wedding doesn't come with its own Duke of Hastings.