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How to wear ‘Regencycore’ – the 18th-century-inspired fashion trend

The cultural wave that is Bridgerton has washed over the modern zeitgeist, influencing everything from what we read to how we dress. The sartorial impact cannot be ignored. The popularity of the series practicality launched an era of regencycore inspired fashion into the popculture stratosphere.

But in reality, Bridgerton did not start regencycore as a trend. It's a style that has been lingering at the fringe of fashion for decades. Brands like Vivienne Westwood have consistently offered nods to 18th century stylings throughout the near 50 year history of the brand. Designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Margiela have always leaned on corsetry. And more recently brands like Celine have featured high Victorian collars as seen in the Teen Knight Poem 2021 showcase.

So what exactly is Regencycore? In essence, this look is about taking style notes or appropriating sartorial themes from the regency era. Think, corsets, detailed collars, structured lace, bows, pearls and more. It may feel like a recent fad - but it's certainly not. It is one of those timeless trends that regularly takes centre stage as a fashion trend.

According to Australian curator from Depop, Dara Petlueng, regencycore has always been popular in the realm of vintage fashion - not simply because of a certain TV show.

“These trends have been staples in the Depop community throughout the last year, however the rise or regencycore became more noticeable with the revival of Vivienne Westwood's pearl chokers and iconic 90s corsets featuring 18th-century paintings being seen on celebrities such as Bella Hadid, FKA Twiggs, and Kylie Jenner.

"This translated on the app with "Vivienne Westwood" and "Vivienne Westwood Pearl Choker" for example increasing in demand and being featured as a trending search.”

With this in mind, it's certainly a case for adding some of these styling cues into your own wardrobe. Without further ado, below, see our edit of the coolest regencycore pieces - both new and vintage to add into your wardrobe.


Lady-like hair pieces

Jennifer Behr Virginia Bow, Reliquia Victoria Clips, Stephanie Browne Loren Comb, Saint Valentine Ophelie Silver Comb, Anna Sui Pink Feathered Headband


Statement puff sleeves

GANNI White Ruched Blouse, Witchery French Linen Puff Sleeve Blouse, Rotate Satin Midi Dress, Reformation Marella Linen Top



Frame Black Bustier, Maniere Devoir Art Corset, Versace Wool Corset Top, All is a gentle spring Full Cup Corselette,



Dresses with structure


Reformation Balia Dress, Maroske Peech Pink Babydoll Dress, Leo Lin Odette Dress, Doen Ischia shirred organic cotton-voile midi dress


Pendants and pearls

Brie Leon Odessa Pendant, Tiffany & Co. Pearl Necklace, Paspaley Dive Charm Necklace, Arms of Eve Classic Gold Locket


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