If you are like me and binge-watched Bridgerton in two days, this post is for you. This week in my Pub 101 class, we were given the task to remix something relevant to our blog. I thought long and hard about this and came up with the idea of remixing 19th-century London fashion (as seen in Bridgerton) and making it more 2021 friendly.
If you have not watched Bridgerton yet, here is a quick synopsis. The show centres around Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the respected Bridgerton family and her adventure entering the marriage market. Joining Daphne are the daughters of her neighbour, Portia Featherington (Polly Walker) and her estranged niece. Failing to attract suitors, attracting the wrong suitors, and a gossip column all add to this drama-filled show.
Besides the incredible plot and dynamic characters, the styling is what truly captivated the audience. From the embellishing on the gowns to the feathered wigs, each character outdid themselves from one episode to another. Although the fashion is immaculate, I cannot imagine myself strolling to the grocery store in a vintage ballgown. Here are some ways to incorporate 19th-century trends into your everyday life
In the 19th-century corsets, were made stiff with heavy boning. They would mould women’s upper body into a V-shape, flattening the stomach and pushing up the breasts. Overall, corsets were uncomfortable and meant to be foundation garments that ensured straight spines and pleasing body shapes later in life. Luckily in the 21st-century, we have strayed from these restrictive and uncomfortable fashion habits, gearing more towards clothing as a form of self-expression. Corsets are a fun way to spice up your outfit. I have always been obsessed with the Vivienne Westwood corsets that have renaissance graphics on them. I enjoyed how Bella Hadid styled it with brown cargo pants, patent leather booties, and a slick back ponytail.
I would argue that the bustier top is the modern-day version of a corset. Both items can be layered over top of shirts, styled alone, and both accentuate the breasts. I am a big fan of bustier tops and love styling them with baggy jeans and platform Doc Martens. A store that I have been loving recently is Shop Flesh and Bones. It is a Depop shop that sells vintage corsets, bustier tops, and slip dresses.
In the 19th-century, or at least in Bridgerton, there was a clear distinction between your day clothes and nightly garments. Sleepwear in the 19th-century was simple, white garments and the ultimate in prudence for Victorian ladies. In recent years we have seen a trend towards wearing vintage nightgowns during the day. I am obsessed with the store Eveliina Vintage on Instagram. It is a vintage store based out of Miami and New York City specializing in vintage gowns, slip dress, and sweaters. I would style a vintage nightgown with a chunky knit sweater, white leather sneakers, and a pearl necklace.
I would argue that slip dresses are the modern-day version of a nightgown. Both nightgowns and slip dresses are made from lightweight materials such as silk, lace, or satin. This summer, I will be investing in a silk slip dress from Aritizia that I have had my eye on since last year. I would pair this dress with my black cowboy boots, cropped linen jacket, a pair of Raybans, and a claw clip updo.
Lastly, I will end off with the TikTok that inspired this weeks blog post: