Prepare Your Corsets, Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ Is Inspiring A 2021 Twist On Regency Era Dressing

Say hello to 'Regencycore'

While we typically look to the runways to dictate our evolving fashion picks each year, the past several months’ sartorial rotations have been unusually swayed by the ongoing pandemic—seeing a skew from the traditional in favour of loungewear and athleisure, as our time spent at home warranted comfort over glamour

As we, partially, head back into a normal sense of dressing, our fashion is being skewed once again—but this time not due to the pandemic, but rather Netflix’s latest viral sensation, Bridgerton

Since its release on Christmas Day, the worldwide phenomenon has accumulated more than 63 million views around the world (and counting), making it no surprise that the romantic-drama has formally entered the zeitgeist. 

Based on the romance novel series by Julia Quinn and produced by ShondaLand—the powerhouse production company created by Shona Rhimes and force behind Grey’s Anatomy—the story follows the Bridgerton family as eldest daughter Daphne makes her debut into Regency London society in hopes of finding a “suitable match.”

And while the opulent scenery, orchestral renditions of Ariana Grande hits and of course, the Duke of Hastings (played by Regé-Jean Page), were enough to have us hooked, the Regency-era drama has caused a new spike in popularity for the fashion from the era, which Lyst has aptly titled “Regencycore.”

The fashion search engine has reported that since the show’s premiere, online searches for corsets—an essential garment in the show—have surged 123 per cent. Pearl and feather headbands have seen a 49 per cent increase, and empire-waist dresses, the defining silhouette of the era, have risen 93 per cent in popularity.

Bridgerton fashion
(Credit: Netflix)
Bridgerton fashion
(Credit: Netflix)

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. 

Speaking 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.”

So, whether you’re more of a Bridgerton or a Featherington, below we look to the pieces that can help add a little Regency grandiose to your everyday life. 

dion lee

Dion Lee Crocheted Coset, $690; at Farfetch


Rodarte Ruffled Red Heart Floral Silk Dress, $1,575; at Rodarte


Emilia Wickstead Polka-Dot-Satin-Jacquard Gloves, $776.42; at Net-A-Porter

christie nicolaides

Christie Nicolaides Ana Hair Clip, $289; at Christie Nicolaides


STAUD Alix Faille Maxi Dress, $775; at MyTheresa

jimmy choo

Jimmy Choo Samantha 35 Pearl-Embellished Mules, $2,350; at MatchesFashion

love shack fancy

LOVESHACKFANCY Winslow Asymmetric Ruffled Dress, $345.99; at Net-A-Porter


Miu Miu Organza Top, $1,750; at Miu Miu

amelia bun cover

Shrimps Amelia Bun Cover, $150; at Shrimps

the sleeper

The Sleeper Marquise Linen Dress, $203; at The Sleeper


Tennis Deluxe Mixed Choke, $299; at Myer


Khaite Cortez Satin Blouse, $698; at The Outnet

frederick dress

Shrimps Frederick Dress, $390; at Shrimps


Elizabeth Cole Reagan 24-karat Gold Plated, Pearl & Swarovski Crystal Earrings, $215; at The Outnet

DÔEN Orelia Tiered Embroidered Tulle Maxi Dress, $458.33; at Net-A-Porter

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