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Regencycore: A guide to the Bridgerton fashion trend that’s back. Again

How to dress in this year’s most gloriously over-the-top new looks

As the hotly anticipated third season of Bridgerton returns to our screens, it seems the world has gone Regency mad, with Bridgerton fashion on track to become one of this year’s biggest trends yet again. From the British designers turning to the 1800s for inspiration to the key pieces to buy now, here’s everything you need to know about the Regencycore trend that’s currently sweeping the fashion world.

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It’s official: Regencycore is back with a bang. And while a television show set more than 200 years ago might seem an unlikely starting point for one of the hottest recurring fashion trends, Bridgerton isn’t your average period drama. BBC loyals would recoil with horror at the amount of cleavage, sparkle and sex on show in the mammoth Netflix hit, and puritans have complained that the costumes are all wrong. But fans of the show can’t get enough of the gilded glitz and glamour, with the first instalment of Bridgerton’s third season reportedly pulling in a staggering 45 million viewers in the first four days alone.

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Realism was never the aim for Bridgerton. While the show’s original costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, who curated the wardrobes for season one, certainly used real Regency dress as a starting off point, she then let her imagination run wild – hence the mix of empire waistlines and puffed cap sleeves with riotous colours and outlandish embellishments. Unlike many other period dramas, which tend to borrow costumes from rental agencies, Mirojnick and her team of 230 made every outfit specifically for the show. That amounted to more than 7,500 costumes in total for the first season alone.

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For season three, the costume department has been headed up by John Glaser, who was responsible for reimagining new lead Penelope Featherington’s wardrobe (played by Nicola Coughlan). He was the one who spearheaded her transformation from a citrus-frock-wearing frump – known for her penchant for feathered headpieces and overly ornate jewellery – to a desirable young woman. While preparing an estimated 40 gowns for the new season, Glaser focused on creating a new feminine silhouette for Penelope, one that flattered her figure rather than hiding it. Cue daring plunging necklines and richer-hued gowns embellished with gold. 

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The show’s costumes have led to an explosion of Regencycore, which essentially just refers to anything ornate. The term was first coined by Lyst at the end of 2021, after they noted that searches for corsets were up by 123%. In the run up to the launch of season three over the last few months, Google searches for Regencycore have surged by 8,000%, while specific searches for puff sleeves are up by 92.3% and corsets by 194%.

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A raft of cool new collaborations inspired by the show have emerged, too. Shondaland and Netflix have collaborated with emerging artists, including Sabrena Khadija and Sara Boccaccini Meadows, to create a Bridgerton-inspired collection featuring Varsity jackets, sweatshirts and bejewelled brooches. Meanwhile, global beauty brand Kiko Milano has debuted a new limited-edition beauty collection inspired by the latest series. Then there are the top designers who have featured in the show itself, like the Erdem corset that made an appearance in the first season. British labels Simone Rocha and Shrimps have also seen boosts to their sales thanks to the Bridgerton effect.

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Floral corsets, pastel hues and puff sleeves are set to be this season’s most in-demand pieces, while Bridgerton’s love of frills and embellishments means this year’s hugely popular bow fashion trend isn’t going anywhere. For your piece of the Bridgerton action, here’s our edit of the best Regencycore pieces to shop now.

 

The Glossary Edit

Regencycore: Bridgerton fashion

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Etro

Off-shoulder jacquard midi dress
£2,835
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Vivienne Westwood

Classic paneled toile de Jouy corset
£980
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Roger Vivier

Flower Strass 65 satin pumps
£1,290
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Annie’s Ibiza

Annie’s Collection Pip Dress
£1,250
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Cornelia James

Arabella Tulle Opera Glove
£145
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Mae Cassidy

Nimmi Jewel Pearl velvet and metal top-handle bag
£500
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Vivienne Westwood

Bas Relief orb faux pearl choker
£195
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Mach & Mach

Faux-pearl embellished PVC pumps
£873
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Erdem

Full Skirt Cocktail Dress
£5,995
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Pubumésu

Fan Pisang Banana Leaf
£115
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LELET NY

Eden flower-design stainless-steel hairclip
£190
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