If you're a fan of period dramas and historical fashion, then the hit Netflix series Bridgerton has likely caught your attention. Set in a fictional Georgian England, the show has captivated audiences not only with its enticing storylines but also with its stunning and elaborate costumes. Bridgerton fashion has indeed taken the world by storm!
The Regency-inspired series, set between 1813 and 1827, is based on Julia Quinn’s eight novels, each featuring one of the children of the late Viscount Bridgerton. The TV adaptation portrays the love, life, and scandals of the Bridgerton family, their friends, and associates.
Having studied for a master’s degree in history, and then having been a History teacher for over 15 years, it’s fair to say I have a passion for History and particularly for historical costume. As I sat down to watch the first episode I was confused by the inaccuracies in the costumes and the sets, but as I settled into it and learnt to appreciate it for what it was, I have come to absolutely love Bridgerton fashion!
As much as I’ve been captivated by the storylines and scenery of Bridgerton, it’s the costumes that I find utterly spellbinding. It’s impossible not to be blown away by how stunning the colours and fabrics are, not to mention the intricate detail in both the styles and shapes of the clothing and the accessories too.
Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick did an exceptional job creating visually stunning costumes for the show. You’ve undoubtedly noticed that each family wears a distinct colour palette and style of dress. From the beautiful pastel lilacs and powder blues of the Bridgerton family, to the elaborate and colourful yellows and oranges of the Featheringtons, the costumes in Bridgerton play a crucial role in portraying the diverse personalities and social standing of the characters.
Like me, you may have seen the show and desperately wished you could wear those wonderful dresses or suits yourself. Unfortunately, it’s probably not practical on a day to day basis but you can add touches of Bridgerton to your daily wardrobe in a number of ways. As you read on, consider utilising the colour pallets from the show, or adding a Bridgerton inspired accessory here or there.
Before we talk more about the regency era fashions of Bridgerton, you may be interested to know that I’ve designed a collection of bow ties and pocket squares inspired by the beautiful colours and rich fabrics worn by the characters in the show. Have a look at the ‘Bridgerton Collection’ and see how Bridgerton fashion can inspire your wardrobe.
The Bridgerton Family
Lilac is closely associated with the Bridgerton family, symbolising grace, romance, delicacy and gentleness. This beautiful light shade of purple was my main inspiration for the new collection of bow ties and pocket squares.
On the other hand, the blue hues worn by the Bridgertons can be seen to symbolise tradition and authority. Blue is a colour often associated with stability, trustworthiness, and confidence. The brothers of the Bridgerton family, Anthony, Benedict, Colin, and Gregory, are often seen wearing shades of blue, reflecting their roles as protectors and heads of the family.
Bridgerton fashion has become a style phenomenon, inspiring fashion lovers around the world to embrace the elegance and opulence of the Regency era in their own wardrobes. If you're looking to channel your inner Bridgerton, try a lilac or powder blue accessory such as a bow tie or cravat.
Other Family Fashions
In contrast to the subtle, gentle shades of the Bridgerton family, the Featheringtons wear bold and bright colours ranging from buttercup yellow and rusty orange to baby pink and emerald green. Their highly elaborate costumes are a real cacophony of colours, fabrics and embellishments!
The Featherington family inspiration can be seen in the new ‘Bridgerton Bow Tie Collection’ here…
On the other hand, the Sharma family, who appear in season two, have an interesting contrast between pastel pinks and peaches, mainly worn by Edwina and her mother, and Kate’s rich turquoise and deep purples.
Kate’s use of vibrant silks was a key inspiration for the brighter tones in the collection…
Bridgerton Men’s Fashion
One noticeable feature is that Brigerton men’s fashion is less colourful and striking than the women’s. Although, that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own ways to show off. The cravats and waistcoats work as subtle but beautiful reminders that Bridgerton male outfits are also stunning. The lovely powder blue or turquoise cravats and intricately detailed waistcoats send a subtle message about power and wealth, and are a crucial part of Bridgerton fashion.
The suits too are incredibly well-tailored, with clean lines, precise collars and tiny detailed buttons. It’s the details in these relatively ‘simple’ looking outfits that make them as stunning as the women’s elaborate and colourful gowns.