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Regencycore: How To Look Like a Lady of the Ton

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Pastel interiors, costume jewellery, corsets and time-transcending romances – it seems we owe a lot to Netflix’s Bridgerton when it comes to a number of popular trends. Collectively speaking, many of the things we see dubbed as rather Bridgerton-esque fall under the wide-reaching Regencycore umbrella. Want in? Shop the Regencycore trend with our style edit, featuring Cornelia James, Zimmermann, Selkie and Halfpenny London.

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Regencycore: How To Look Like a Lady of the Ton

What is Regencycore, you ask? Why, dear reader, it is simply the act of taking the very best of the regency era – in fashion’s case, empire line gowns, pearl accessories, corsets and gloves – and inserting it into modern life. It’s not quite as novel as we may think, though. The trend has been waiting in the wings for decades, with designers like Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen setting the scene with runway shows packed with regency aesthetics. But what makes it stand out today?

Cornelia James, royal glove makers and costume suppliers for the likes of BridgertonThe Crown and Downton Abbey, is one of the frontrunners leading the Regencycore trend. The brand’s Design Director, Genevieve James, spoke on the rising popularity of romantic styles: ‘Long evening gloves have been our fastest growing sector in the last couple of years and this has coincided with these big, epic serials, in which the costumes are almost as much of a talking point as the characters… Romantic escapism, dressing up, the indulgence of fantasy – it’s like a Barbara Cartland novel updated and designed so as to only fall open at the good bits. Historical accuracy abandoned in favour of relatable spectacle – heaving bosoms, booted breeches, Mr. Darcy without the need for bonnets. What’s not to like?’

Bridgerton (L to R) Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bidgerton and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset

Bridgerton (L to R) Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bidgerton and Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset. Image courtesy of Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2020

When asked which pair of Cornelia James gloves would transport their wearer to the Regency era, Genevieve highlighted Lucrezia. ‘This is a long, over the elbow glove in tulle, which does exactly what a glove should do – capture the mood of the moment, whatever that mood might be. Long tulle gloves – so versatile; pulled right up – prim and proper, ruched down the arm a little – decadence made flesh. There are three little buttons on the inside of the wrist that were designed so that ladies who dined could remove their hands from the glove whilst keeping the sleeve of the glove on the arm. It’s known as a mousquetaire opening and there is something absolutely Bridgerton about three little buttons at the wrist. Gloves are all about adding accent, emphasis and punctuation to make a fashion statement meaningful.’

Daphne Bridgerton from Netflix Bridgerton, seated in floral patterned chair. Background: wood panelling, blue curtains

Bridgerton, Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bidgerton. Image courtesy of Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2020

The key to attaining that Regency flair is all in the detail, it seems. Think delicate lace, bejewelled hairpins, ornate jewellery, flowing gowns and – as Genevieve mentions – ‘Tulle gloves, short and long, in soft fruit colours. Very dreamy, very Bridgerton.’

Want to immerse yourself in the whimsical Regencycore trend? With these style essentials, you could even make Madame Delacroix proud…

Regencycore Style Pieces To Shop Now

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Model in Halfpenny London Orchid Bell Sleeves and Skirt

Halfpenny London Orchid Bell Sleeves and Skirt, £POA, halfpennylondon.com

Cornelia James Lucrezia White Tulle Opera Glove with Mousquetaire

Cornelia James Lucrezia White Tulle Opera Glove with Mousquetaire, £205, corneliajames.com

Marina Raphael x Caroline Constas Cabana Bag in White Printed Napa

Marina Raphael x Caroline Constas Cabana Bag in White Printed Napa, €525, marinaraphael.com

Rachel Trevor-Morgan gold silk flower headpiece with diamond-cut feathers, £1,115, racheltrevormorgan.com

Fresh Water Pearl Necklace

Renné Jewellery Fresh Water Pearls, £150, rennejewellery.co.uk

Needle & Thread Pretty Petals Ankle Gown in Champagne

Needle & Thread Pretty Petals Ankle Gown in Champagne, £550, needleandthread.com

Aqua Silver Sky Blue Topaz Earrings

Emily Mortimer Aqua Silver Sky Blue Topaz Earrings, £225, emilymortimer.co.uk

Dolce & Gabbana Nude Tulle Sleeveless Bustier

Dolce & Gabbana Nude Tulle Sleeveless Bustier, £775, farfetch.com

Needle & Thread Elizabeth Rose Corset Ankle Gown in Champagne

Needle & Thread Elizabeth Rose Corset Ankle Gown in Champagne, £500, needleandthread.com

Simone Rocha Micro Handheld Egg Bag With Pearl Crossbody Strap

Simone Rocha Micro Handheld Egg Bag With Pearl Crossbody Strap, £475, simonerocha.com

Peach pink ballgown

Selkie The Peach Fuzz Bloom Bridal Gown, £388, selkiecollection.com

Yellow Crystal Swirl Pearl Necklace

ERDEM Yellow Crystal Swirl Pearl Necklace, £450, erdem.com

Simone Rocha Off Shoulder Bow Detail Midi Fish Dress With Frill

Simone Rocha Off Shoulder Bow Detail Midi Fish Dress With Frill, £1,650, simonerocha.com

Pink flowery hand fan

Pubumésu Peony Logo-Print Fan, £150, farfetch.com

Yellow Postcard Puff-Sleeved Linen and Silk-Blend Organza Maxi Dress

Zimmerman Yellow Postcard Puff-Sleeved Linen and Silk-Blend Organza Maxi Dress, £1350, selfridges.com

Aqua Gold Green Amethyst Twin Ring

Emily Mortimer Jewellery Aqua Gold Green Amethyst Twin Ring, £475, emilymortimer.co.uk

Model in blue regency style gown

Selkie The Louie Toile Queen Of Angels Gown, £751, selkiecollection.com

Jimmy Choo White Sabine Satin Flats with All-Over Pearl Embellishment

Jimmy Choo White Sabine Satin Flats with All-Over Pearl Embellishment, £1,325, jimmychoo.com

White Guipure lace bustier

Alexander McQueen White Guipure Lace Bustier, £1,075, mytheresa.com

Light Pink Dancer Empire-Waist Linen-Silk Blend Midi Dress

Zimmermann Pink Dancer Empire-Waist Linen-Silk Blend Midi Dress, £795, selfridges.com

White sequined headband

Prada Sequinned Satin Headband, £380, matchesfashion.com

Green Puff-Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Silk-Dupioni Gown

Valentino Green Puff-Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder Silk-Dupioni Gown, £7,500, matchesfashion.com

Nicholas Kirkwood CASATI 25mm D’orsay White Ballerina Shoes, £530, farfetch.com

Cupid Wedgwood Cameo & 9kt Gold Ring

FERIAN Cupid Wedgwood Cameo & 9kt Gold Ring, £780, matchesfashion.com

Shrimps Cara Dress with Heart Pattern

Shrimps Cara Dress with Heart Pattern, £550, shrimps.com

Pink Lace Ballet Flats with Rhinestone DG Logo

Dolce & Gabbana Pink Lace Ballet Flats with Rhinestone DG Logo, £335, dolcegabbana.com

Cornelia James Thalia White Satin Opera Gloves

Cornelia James Thalia White Satin Opera Gloves, £295, corneliajames.com

Rust Red Bow-Trim Woven Mini Dress

Amy Lynn Rust Red Bow-Trim Woven Mini Dress, £89, selfridges.com

Featured image: Halfpenny London

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