Whether you’re a fan of the Duke’s tailoring or Penelope’s out-there styling, here’s how to recreate the best Bridgerton looks…
Calling all Bridgerton fans, the Regency-era series is set to make a return to the small screen at the end of this month.
In its first four weeks on Netflix, the streaming service announced that the series had been watched by a casual 63 million users, sending searches for feathered headbands, corsets and empire-line dresses spiking, according to global shopping platform Lyst.
And now, Secret Cinema has joined forces with Fever (if you haven’t already got your ticket - what are you waiting for?) to create an immersive Bridgerton Regency-themed ball Lady Whistledown would be proud of.
The result is basically a stylistic dream for those who are keen to embrace the fashion exposition exemplified by the series.
However, if just the thought of all things baroque and corseted gets you hot under the (pie-crust) collar, then consider this guide your go-to for nailing the Regencycore aesthetic yourself.
Here are four of the most iconic Bridgerton looks and how to style them for Secret Cinema or just for the sheer pleasure of it…
1. Queen Charlotte’s gown
When looking to channel Regencycore, don’t shy away from embracing the most outré of Bridgerton dressers, Queen Charlotte.
Her penchant for necklaces of the show-stopping variety and figure-skimming corseted dresses is not for the fashion faint of heart, but makes for a seriously fun display of fancy dress.
But to really channel Queen Charlotte in true Regency regal style, go ham on accessories.
Pile vintage statement-making necklaces with a pair of silken opera gloves, et voilà. A regal ensemble for one.
2. Daphne’s signature look
Known for her love of dainty and tutti frutti-toned empire-line dresses, Daphne Bridgerton’s floaty frocks were a sartorial mainstay of the first season of Bridgerton.
During the eight episodes that comprised series one, she made 104 costume changes, signalling her penchant for all things frothy and floaty.
Self-Portrait’s signature smock dresses are practically lifted out of Bridgerton’s wardrobe thanks to their floor-sweeping hemlines and ornate detailing, while Free People’s sky-blue midi dress is a more purse-friendly option for those looking to channel the wife of the Duke.
Keep your accessories pearl-adorned and dainty to the tune of some pearly pumps to really channel Daphne’s dressing.
3. Penelope’s audacious colours
Few have an affinity for attention-grabbing hair accessories like Lady Whistledown herself, Penelope Featherington.
Opt for pearl-covered statement headbands and bursts of citrus-bright tulle to channel the true style star of Bridgerton.
West London label Sister Jane’s banana-bright midi dresses were practically plucked from the Regency era and would have Ms. Featherington shaking in her Mary-Janes, while Shrimps’ statement headbands are a sartorial no-brainer.
Penelope is a great one for dressing up and celebrating all things Bridgerton at Secret Cinema’s immersive ball.
Just imagine the flicker of your appliqué flowers as you spiral round the dancefloor to classical string quartet versions of some modern pop bangers and explore hidden parts of the grounds with life-drawing rooms, duelling practice, games of chance and secret encounters.
The gaudier the better, we say.
4. The Duke’s tailoring
When in doubt, just add a tailored black blazer and a neckerchief, à la the Duke of Hastings.
Played by Regé-Jean Page, the Duke won’t appear in the sophomoric season of the show, but for those keen to emulate his nonchalant appeal, consider the holy trinity of duke dressing: blazer, shirt and plenty of baroque.
Bring a femme twist to the Duke’s dressing and pair your blazer with shorts, cinching them at the waist if it floats your boat.
Finally, if you want to go all out, throw on a waistcoat and a crisp shirt to really channel the Duke’s effortless dressing.
Download the Fever app to secure your ticket to the Secret Cinema immersive Bridgerton ball and start planning your outfit. You’ll be equipped with your own Regency backstory and enjoy string renditions of ‘Lady Swift’ and ‘Lord Skepta’ while enjoying the finest Regency delicacies, followed by a rakish after-party all while reliving the best Bridgerton moments. Doors to this dazzling ball will close in April so don’t miss out.
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