1 The Empire line dress
The definitive look of the Regency era — the setting for hit Netflix drama Bridgerton — the empire line dress, adorned with embroidery and other embellishments, had a fitted bodice that ends under the bust, creating a pretty, feminine silhouette.
British brand Rixo is giving the look a modern twist. Cut to a midi-length, this red floral-print dress features an empire line with diamante detailing at the bust for added elegance. It’s great with heels (if we’re ever back in them) and trainers for a more wearable, everyday look.
2 Puff sleeves
From whimsical designs in the series to billowy dresses on the SS21 catwalks, it’s no surprise that eBay data has shown the search for puff-sleeve dresses has risen by 26 per cent. Whether you’re hoping to attend a socially distanced wedding when restrictions ease or feeling the need to get dressed up at home, this eye-catching dress from Needle & Thread is that feelgood fashion we’re all craving. Its tulle skirt, voluminous sleeves and harlequin rose print are a recipe for romance.
3 Statement jewellery
With endless glamorous balls to attend, the ladies had no shortage of stunning jewels to highlight their décolleté. While we may not have any glam gatherings right now, we can bring some joy to a video call with a touch of sparkle, whether it’s Daphne’s dainty pearls or the Featheringtons’ shoulder dusters. This pair of teardrop earrings by jewellery brand Soru, sits perfectly between the two, embellished with clear crystals and mini pearls.
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4 Corsets comeback
With all that lacing and waist squeezing, it’s no wonder corsets have evolved since the Regency era, with brands selling wearable styles that, dare we say it, might be comfortable. Designers such as Dolce & Gabbana create sensational bustier tops, but if you’re looking to keep things covered up, this Under Sculpt corset from Spanx will give a seamless hourglass figure. The best part is it’s fuss-free zip fastening, no fiddly hooks here.
5 (Pale) blue is the colour
As we watched the series, it became clear that Daphne’s signature colour was a pretty, pastel blue. No wonder, it’s the shade of the season and is perfect for separates, such as this Self Portrait cardigan. The diamante buttons add glamour and the cropped length works well over dresses.
6 Regal slippers
Thanks to the floor-sweeping gowns, we only caught a glimpse of the low-heeled, silk slippers adorning the ladies’ feet. Try these Pretty Ballerinas’ slippers with slim rubber soles. If your toes could smile they would, thanks to the faux fur and pompom finish.
7 Elaborate headbands
Online fashion search platform Lyst has credited Bridgerton with a 49 per cent rise in searches for pearl and feather headbands. While a fascinator may not be much use right now, embellished headbands are a key part of our virtual dress code. The fun accessories, such as this pearl one by Jennifer Behr, will put a smile on your face. For something a little more subtle, try some hairgrips. This pack of three from Oasis can be worn together or alone.
8 Bags of style
Too busy fanning themselves or dancing with suitors, the ladies of Bridgerton seemed to have no need for handbags. But if they did, we’re sure they would be just as extravagant as their ensembles. Crafted from satin and adorned with diamante, this Lulu Guinness mini bag is rich, elegant and the perfect size to keep your essentials safe.