Last week when I went shopping with my mum in Bugis Street, we came across some beautiful flower patterned maxi skirts which were an absolute dream. Amid chatter, the store owner mentioned how the current trend is floral prints. There was a nagging sense of familiarity when she said “floral prints”, and as I thoughtlessly flicked through Netflix that evening, and a flash of blue and purple pastels shot across the screen, it hit me. with an epiphanic flash: Brigerton!
Bridgerton is one of Netflix’s greatest hits and is the drama version of Julia Quinn’s book series. It follows the Bridgerton siblings and their love life, character growth and more. With the scenes set in the high society of the Victorian era of the 1800s, the film series features grand white mansions, rose gardens and vast backyards, ornate palaces in gold and grand classical windows. It’s just eye candy for everyone, but especially for those who love regal aesthetics and old silver. Also, the costumes were spectacular. It featured empire waists, satin gloves, jeweled shoes, crowns, flowers and more. The costumes are very heavy and feature half corsets, as mentioned by the costume director, fashion historian Bretaña commented, which would be outrageous at the time. So while it’s not entirely historically accurate, it’s “Regency with a twist” and it shows a fusion between Regency-era costumes and modern trends. This merger created waves in the fashion world and set many trends on social media. Here are some of the ways Bridgerton changed modern fashion.
While empire waists aren’t entirely popular despite being a key feature of show costumes, the square neck, A-line shape and flowing skirts have been featured heavily in recent women’s fashion. With a high chest, empire waist dresses create a shapeless flow with the rest of the dress. Because the top half is fitted, it never looks baggy or sloppy. If you take a look at fast fashion brands, the indicator of the latest trends, platforms like Shein have an entire collection (Shein MOD) dedicated to these silhouettes. The detail is flattering to many and the square neck paired with the puff sleeves give a milkmaid vibe that is so reminiscent of the suit details of the dresses that Bridgerton actresses don.
- Floral patterns
As mentioned by the store owner I met, floral prints are back in style. While most of the dresses don’t actually have floral prints, the overall visual of the series has lots of floral components, and the lush flowers and bees are motifs of family and elegance in the drama. It also brings back the cottagecore aesthetic that was all the rage a few years ago, but has faded over the years. However, with Bridgerton‘s boost, it is now back in fashion.
Accessories like stockings, gloves and hair accessories have made a comeback. Once considered too extravagant by some, they are now seen as fashion statements or necessities in certain outfits, adding a touch of luxury to the outfit. As with most other trends, gloves have also been modernized away from the conservative above the elbow featured in the film, and instead lace gloves or even those that are cut at the wrist have become popular. The film’s hair accessories are now translated into headbands and huge bows, both of which have been hugely popular, and they complement the old-silver aesthetic that’s recently been all the rage. The bracelets on the gloves are a combination that was also inspired by the drama’s heavy jewelry.
- Indian fashion
In Bridgerton season 2, since the main characters, Kate Sharma and Edwina Sharma were Indian, the costumes reflected that culture and heritage. For example, in terms of colors, dark teal, orange, navy, and royal purple were frequently featured. Keyhole cuts in tulip dresses and saree-inspired dresses gave the costumes a regency-appropriate look and yet somewhat familiar to Indian ethnic wear.
Perhaps this could be the push that has led to the rise of Indian fashion content creators on tiktok, with increased awareness on Bindis, delicate white flowers around a bun, gold jewelry and accessories, embellishments in gold on clothes, garlands and more. It is indeed exciting to see a rise in Indian fashion, especially since it was often associated with backwardness and is extremely distinct from the “civilized” style of dress of Western society.
- Adrogen mode
After the return of the old money aesthetic thanks to Bridgerton, there has been a significant translation of men’s fashion into women’s fashion. Fashion items like ribbing, baggy linen shirts, boots and colorful suits are back in style. This definitely expands the fashion spectrum for many women, who now have these items at their disposal to express themselves in many ways.
If you haven’t watched yet Bridgerton and enjoy the Regency era visuals, you are definitely missing something! And if you like fashion, BridgertonThe costume is definitely one to watch. You can catch the show on Netflix (and they’re coming back for a season 3! Exciting!)