If, like us, you spent all of your bank holiday watching (and rewatching) Netflix’s Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, chances are you’re also obsessed with the show’s gorgeously opulent wardrobe. The show’s leading lady, Queen Charlotte, takes after her historical counterpart as society’s biggest trendsetter – so it’s to be expected, really, that her onscreen presence would give rise to yet another internet trend: royalcore. Celebrating a love for all things regal and romantic, royalcore is the sophisticated sister to Bridgerton‘s regencycore. Think big dresses, lace-up corsets and lots of costume jewellery. Here’s everything you need to know about trend, and how to emulate it.
What Is Royalcore?
Royalcore is a fashion trend inspired by royalty and the elegance and opulence associated with it. It covers everything royal; from kings, queens, princes and princesses to knights, courtiers and butlers. The most common strands of the trend, however, are princesscore and regencycore (thank you, Bridgerton). Royalcore has been sitting under the radar for the last few years – making a short-lived appearance during lockdown – but is forecasted to make a comeback this year with the introduction of a young Queen Charlotte to our screens.
This is a trend based on regality – which means you can be as opulent as you want when putting outfits together – but there are some rules to keep in mind if you want to stay as close to royalcore as possible. Here are four things to think about when putting together your wardrobe:
You can opt for regal colours when constructing your colour palette: think rich jewel tones (deep purples, dark reds, emerald greens and royal blues) as well as gold and silver.
Remember, opulence is key. Royals would rather wear high-quality, luxurious fabrics like velvet, silk, brocade and lace over cotton or polyester.
Go big or go home – especially when it comes to small details and accessories. Think embroidery, lace, pearls, beads and ALL the jewels in your jewellery box.
Look to your history books for this one. Royal gowns typically have a structured silhouette created by corsets and puffed sleeves, while tailored suits were made more pronounced with breeches and embroidered coats.
Notice how Queen Charlotte never wears an empire-line gown in the show? Not only does it differentiate her from the rest of the characters on the show (especially when we move onto her later years in Bridgerton), it also shows off her taste for grandeur over simplicity. Rather than stick to the era-typical empire-line gown, the queen opts for full Rococo skirts and Elizabethan corsets that create a more timeless style. The original vintage hipster, if you will.
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Featured image: Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. (L to R) India Amarteifio as Young Queen Charlotte, Corey Mylchreest as Young King George in episode 101 of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2023