Shonda Rhimes knew we needed something deliciously distracting to watch during the holidays, so she dropped Bridgerton right into our laps. The show, which was adapted from a series of Regency romance novels by Julia Quinn, is classic Shondaland with hot male leads, romance, drama, and sultry scenes. A key difference between Bridgerton and Rhimes’ other modern-day shows, however, is the fashion and styling. Instead of scrubs or a powerful pantsuit, we’re given 19th century embellished ballgowns, lace corsets, waistcoats, and Swarovski tiaras. Personally, I was hooked from the first episode, thanks to the dresses and hot Duke Simon Basset (played by Regé-Jean Page, whom I immediately started following on Instagram).
In the show, there is no lack of color (the Featherington family loves florals and bright hues), sparkle, or glitter in the attire. The fact that some of the costumes look like they could be worn in present day was done purposefully, which makes me love the clothes even more. Though I shall pass on the show’s crotchless bloomers and tight-fitting corsets, I’d happily dress myself in any of the bespoke frocks. Since it’s a little difficult for anyone to get their hands on these pieces IRL, I did all of us (okay, really just myself and the Marie Claire team) a favor and found some Bridgerton-inspired dress dupes ahead. Like what you see? Scoop up your favorite dress, slip it on, and then promenade around the block in your new look.
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Marquise Lace Up Linen Midi Dress
This dress gives you the corset look without forcing you to squeeze yourself into the constricting garment. Unlike period pieces, which always look like they weigh a ton, this dress is made from lightweight linen that is practical for everyday wear.
The Ellie Nap Dress
Have you noticed that the women in the show are always dressed up, even when they’re going to bed? (They put my nighttime outfit of old sorority tanks and sweats to shame.) You, too, can achieve this dressy look with Hill House Home’s iconic nap dress. Are you just waking up or getting ready for a party? When you’re wearing this, no one will ever know.
Fitted Puff Sleeve Mini Dress
A feminine pink dress Penelope Featherington would approve of if she were to enter into our times. The fitted dress features puff sleeves, a square neckline, and dainty little bows on the shoulder for some girly vibes.
Pistacho Dahlia Linen Maxi Dress
The dresses in Bridgerton gave special attention to the bosom area while the rest of the dress flowed away from the body. Get that same look with this printed linen maxi dress. It’s embroidered all over with florals and has a square neckline to properly show off as much, or as little, of your bust as you want.
Off Shoulder Balloon Sleeve Mini Dress
Though this dress’s length wouldn’t be appropriate for the 19th century gals, this dress is a yes for us in the 21st century. This piece is reminiscent of a white dress Daphne wore on the show and can be styled with everything from heels to combat boots.
Gazar Embroidered Midi Dress
Though Miu Miu was founded long after the Regency era, some of the dresses on the show looked like they could have been designed by Miuccia Prada herself. I love this bow embellished dress from the fashion house, which reminds me of a frock Daphne would wear. (She’d choose one with cap sleeves and a longer length, of course.)
Lagoon Blue Linen Maxi Dress
This dress checks off all the requirements in an outfit from the show: color, flair, and length. Best of all, this piece can be custom made to your liking in terms of color and fit.
Brock Collection Riva Dress
This dress is as close as one can get to dressing like a Bridgerton character, from the line at the bust to the sleeves. Brock Collection never disappoints.
Dallia Mini Dress
The show’s love for florals is apparent in the clothes, but if you’re not much of a florals gal, give classic polka dots a spin.
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This vibrant yellow dress flows away from the body, like the dresses do in the show. Unlike those worn in the show, however, no corset is required underneath. Thank goodness.
Leather Look Shirred Midi Dress With Puff Sleeves
A modern-day take on the 19th century outfits should definitely involve leather. This square neckline dress with puff sleeves is feminine but edgy, depending on how you style it.
Everything from Meadows is a great Bridgerton-inspired dress dupe. My favorite is this long-sleeve floral dress with pockets—so useful.
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