If you have already binge-watched the second series of Bridgerton and it has left you with a Regency style craving, it might be time to introduce some of these elegant fashion choices into your wardrobe.

New research by Fenwick Department Store reveals a 186.92% increase in online demand for regency fashion over the past year, based on an analysis of recent UK online search trends. The study highlights a considerable popularity spike in the lead up to the second season of the Netflix hit, Bridgerton, that aired Friday 25th of March, with searches for regency dresses up 175% since December.

With the return of the beloved Netflix series, this fashion trend is ready to return once again only this time – we’re not confined to our living rooms and we can turn heads in our opulent textures and statement sleeves.

Although you might not fancy slipping on an empire-waisted gown, there are endless ways to turn up your style by adding some subtle nods to high society and we have some suggestions to help get you started:

Corset silhouette

Corsets have been worn for centuries to highlight and accentuate the female form –  but gone are the days of discomfort and restricted breathing! Corset tops offer the look and structure of a corset without the rigid fit, and there are plenty to choose from. Whether you go all out with an intricate lace-up number or an easier-to-manage zipped version, these structural tops will give you curves in all the right places.

With so much versatility, corset tops can be worn on their own, over a crisp white shirt or even over your favourite floral dress – bringing that regency touch into more than one outfit.

And if a corset top just isn’t your thing, you could try introducing the look by wearing a corset-style belt instead!

Ruffles on ruffles

A ruffled top, skirt or dress can be dressed up or down depending on how brave you’re feeling. Pair a puff sleeve top with a pair of jeans and pumps for an understated look or turn it up a notch and wear that ruffled shirt under a corset for more impact. With a cinched in waist, your oversized sleeves are emphasised even further and the combination of the ruffled fabric and structured corset is a modern twist not to be missed.

Alternatively, a dress is a great choice for those who want to save time planning an outfit. With spring on the way, embrace the good weather with a multi-layered maxi dress – a great way to get as many ruffles as possible into one outfit with minimal effort!

From left to right: DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Cynthia Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress, £250; The Vampire’s Wife The Villanelle Dress, £695; DAY Birger et Mikkelsen Colette Coated Cotton Midi Dress, £190

Accessories galore

Accessories are an opportunity to have some fun and experiment. It’s all about pearls, jewels, lace and feather trims – don’t hold back! You can change the whole look of an outfit with the right accessory and it doesn’t have to break the bank.

Headpieces are a great place to start if you want to try something new in the accessory department. Ranging from dainty jewelled clips to pearl-covered tiaras, these are sure to take your outfit to new regency heights. Add a feather-trimmed bag and a pair of satin gloves and you’ve got everything you need to be the belle of the ball.

Have fun!

The fashion world really is your oyster when it comes to Regency fashion. Select items that you love and that suit your unique style and you’re sure to find the perfect way to introduce a little slice of opulent luxury into your wardrobe.

Experiment with different variations, starting with a key accessory and building up to a full Regency core outfit. You can get the look without completely overhauling your wardrobe by just adding accessories. Don’t stress over getting it ‘right’, enjoy yourself and have fun with it.