How many times have you binged Bridgerton? At last count we were on our third watch of the Shondaland Netflix sensation and it’s really hard to decide what is more swoonworthy—the dreamy Duke of Hastings (have you checked the Instagram account dedicated to that famous spoon lick) or the fabulous fashion!
Thanks to Bridgerton—which is set in London in 1813 which is known as the Regency era—the romantic styles of the time are having a moment and that includes a wedding style moment. “Bridgerton-era style is defined by very high empire waists, slim straight silhouettes, layers of light fabrics (muslin, organdy, whisper thin silks), long slim sleeves with lace cuffs, deep square necklines with an embroidered blousette /chemise underneath and sweet puffed sleeves,” explains Catherine Langlois of Bride by Catherine Langlois. “The focus is on the bust and shoulders.”
Langlois says there is a certain freedom of movement that comes with an empire line dress—a softness that has roots in classical ballet. She currently has a few brides choosing minimalist designs with empire line seaming and a softly fitted skirt. “I love the historically fabrics from Bridgerton. It really plays into the trend of it plays colorful wedding dresses with a garden/fairy queen/whimsical look. I’m thinking of adding a high empire with a ballerina tulle skirt to the next collection!”
Here are five Bridgerton-feeling gowns we spotted in the latest designer collections.