To quote Duke Simon Basset: “to have a beautiful wardrobe is one thing, but to wear your best outfit in the most beautiful of wardrobes is something entirely apart.”
Okay, maybe he did not quite utter those words, but close enough, right? I’m about to share with you some outfit editorials that would be the talk of the pages of Lady Whistledown! Dear reader, if there is a trend worth wearing, I shall uncover it: Regencycore has become a favorite among many creators, as is evidenced by the endless TikTok trend to the tune of the instrumental version of “Wildest Dreams.” You can spot this 19th century style era miles away, for women: empire waistlines fashioned of brocade fabrics and details like lace trimmings or pearls.
Dear reader, if you know me, the self-proclaimed forward thinker with a vintage soul, you know that I love to mix the mix either different eras together, or the old with the new. This puffy sleeve top of paisley jacquard is a slightly more wearable relative to the Regency era’s brocade. The gold-rimmed pearl buttons tastefully add that extra oomph, fitting of a duchess. I paired my mother’s ‘80s clip-on earrings that practically match the buttons on the top.
And this author finds herself compelled to share the most curious of news: My grandma tailored this top for a better fit, and that’s when I realized that tailoring makes a world of a difference.
To make this regency-inspired ensemble more wearable, I opted for wide-leg trousers…or should I say breeches (1800s British thing) instead of a full skirt. These babies have a ‘70s flare in the pant, but the high, pleated waist with is Regency galore! Plus the buttons pick up on the ones on my top, making the outfit seamless. Do I look like an illustrious debutante? Maybe not. But is this look super chic? Yes.
Who is your favorite character on Bridgerton?
Keeping it Krischic,