Regency era-inspired style, or “Regencycore” first gained popularity in 2020, as a response to the beautiful 19th century costumes in Bridgerton. After two seasons and the prequel spin-off Queen Charlotte, it's clear the empire waist gowns, regal embellishments, and pastel colors are here to stay. And we’re not complaining – who doesn’t love floral fabrics, escapist fantasies, and a well-designed period piece?
To create your own Regencycore look this season, here are some of our favorite fabric trends.
Possibly the most recognizable embellishment of the period, jacquard is a type of textile that features patterns woven into the fabric using a special loom. Jacquard fabric can be made from a variety of fibers, including cotton, silk, wool, and synthetic materials. The intricate designs are typically woven into the fabric using a combination of different colored threads, resulting in a regal pattern that appears to be embroidered or printed onto the fabric. Brocade is a luxurious form of jacquard fabric that incorporates metallic threads or other embellishments for added texture and shine, and weaves them into intricate floral or geometric designs.
Velvet has been associated with luxury and elegance since its uses in Egypt as early as 2000 BC. In the 18th and 19th centuries, new varieties emerged such as cut velvet and embossed velvet. While velvet of all kinds can be seen in Regency-era fashion, embossed velvet – velvet that includes a raised design such as Zelouf Victoriane Bouquet Embossed Velvet – exude the delicate femininity, lightness, and opulence associated with the Regency period.
In Regency-era fashion, satin was used to create the flowing, empire-waist dresses that were popular at the time, as well as other kinds of formalwear like ballgowns and opera coats. Satin was typically made from silk, although less expensive versions were made from cotton or other fibers. With the advent of synthetic fibers, we now have the much more affordable, yet just as beautiful, option of poly satin. Our personal favorite is the Isabella Rose Stretch Satin Jacquard which combines the Regency trend of Jacquard weaving and floral print with the delicate silkiness of satin. Also, it comes in a variety of pastel colors to suit every mood for spring.
A popular decorative element in Regency fashion, lace was used to add texture, dimension, and a delicate, feminine touch to dresses, gowns, and other attire. Regencycore enthusiasts are incorporating lace into their corsets and dresses, as well as in accessories like gloves and parasols. White or cream laces like our Everly Corded Floral Lace express the gentility, refinement, and romanticism that defined the period.
In the Regency era, floral embroidery was used to create a range of designs, from simple sprays of flowers to more intricate motifs featuring vines, leaves, and other botanical elements. Embroidery was often used in conjunction with other decorative elements, such as lace or beading, to create a rich, layered look. For a slightly more modern take on the trend, try Zelouf Rhonda Multicolor Embroidery Mesh. The embroidery is a delicate combination of baby pink, light blue, cream, and lavender, and the sheer fabric can be layered for an angelic, flowy effect.So there you have it. Put on your puff-sleeve dress, grab a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma, and go be the belle of the ball. You’re the main character now.