Expect to have a rather quiet time of things next weekend - Bridgerton is back. And as of March 25, your favourite characters - along with some stellar new additions such as Simone Ashley - will, hopefully, be up to no good as they engage in a whirlwind of balls, social calls and, if the posters as anything to go by, croquet.
The Regency romp fuelled an internet obsession with the era when season one dropped in December 2020. And now that we're gearing up for season two, 'Regencycore' is once again rearing its head. According to eBay, fans of the show are desperate to replicate the look, with searches soaring for 'Bridgerton outfit' (750%), 'Ascot dress' (316%) and 'faux-wisteria' (143%). Interiors are also getting the treatment; searches for 'vintage tea sets' have increased by 45%, while 'damask wallpaper' is up 67%.
So if you're heading to Bridgerton's Secret Cinema, or are staging a 'come-wearing-costumes' viewing on March 25, then you better make sure your period dress is up to scratch. Kidding. It might not be possible to rustle up a historical gown on short notice, but there are plenty of modern-day homages in the shops right now. A Daphne-inspired outfit doesn't get more perfect than Reformation's Bridgton Linen Dress. While Bridgerton dresses are the name of the game at Sister Jane, which has a lovely puff-sleeved frock which features a big black bow. (Psst: Malone Souliers has a collaboration with the show out now, featuring swoon-worthy jacquard flats and feather-festooned heels.)
You ideally want to wear this dress to occasions that don't have the theme 'Regency', so it's worth while looking for details (like square necklines, floral prints and empire-line silhouettes) that can nod to the trend without coming across as a fancy dress costume. Ghost's Bridgerton-style dress is a square-necked frock covered in bunches of pink blossoms. While Bridgerton outfits don't get much better than this dress from Erdem; which has a sculpted bodice and exaggerated pockets. Just add a pair of elbow-length opera gloves - and a tiara if you can find one - and you're all set.