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Regencycore: A guide to the Bridgerton fashion trend set to dominate 2022

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

As the hotly anticipated second season of Bridgerton returns to our screens, it seems the world has gone Regency mad, with Bridgerton fashion on track to become this year’s biggest trend. 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.

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

A television show set more than 200 years ago might seem an unlikely starting point for this year’s hottest fashion trend, but then 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 were all wrong. But fans of the show can’t get enough of the gilded glitz and glamour, with a staggering 82million households tuning into the first season.

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022
Phoebe Dyvenor as Daphne Basset in episode 203 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Realism was never the aim for Bridgerton. While the show’s costume designer Ellen Mirojnick 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, including over 100 for lead character Daphne Bridgerton alone.

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022
Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022
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This led to an explosion of Regencycore, which essentially just refers to anything ornate. The term was first coined by Lyst last winter, who almost immediately noted that searches for corsets were up by 123%, while empire line dresses increased by 93% in January and February. Meanwhile, on Tiktok, the hashtag Regencycore hit 11.5million views in a matter of weeks. And after being pipped to the post by ‘NFT’ as the Collins Dictionary’s Word of 2021, it already looks set to be the term of 2022.

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022
Left to Right: Will Tilston as Gregory Bridgerton, Florence Emilia Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton, Ruby Stokes as Francesca Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton, Phoebe Dyvenor as Daphne Basset in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

A raft of cool new collaborations inspired by the show have emerged, too, including Malone Souliers’ Regency-inspired capsule collection, which features dramatic feathered sandals and duck egg blue jacquard pumps, and Pat McGrath’s new Bridgerton line, made up of dreamily romantic pastel blush palettes, lipsticks and body shimmers. 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 recent boosts to their sales thanks to the Bridgerton effect, with fans flocking to snap up the former’s crystal earrings and the latter’s padded and pearly headbands. 

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022
Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury, Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022

Corsets, pearl chokers and miniature bejewelled bags are set to be this season’s most in-demand pieces, while dandy dressing is also due to make a comeback as season two of the show focuses on the Bridgerton boys – expect a resurgence of velvet jackets, nipped in waistcoats and heeled shoes. For your piece of this year’s hottest trend, here’s our edit of the best Regencycore pieces to shop now.

 
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Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022

Zimmermann

Postcard floral-print midi dress
£595

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022

Rosantica

Holli Petalo pearl-embellished mini bag
£1,155

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022

Pubumésu

Peony logo-print fan
£150

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022

Erdem

Roanna floral-print linen bodice dress
£1,995

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022

Lele Sadoughi

Candy Jeweled Knotted Headband
£150

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022

Mach & Mach

Pearl-detail transparent pumps
£1,031

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022

Anouki

Draped Corset Tulle Dress
£1,010

Regencycore: A Guide To The Bridgerton Fashion Trend in 2022

Marlies Dekkers

Embroidered scoop-neck corset
£321

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