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AW21 Trend #3: Bridgerton and beyond

A surprising extension of the ‘casual and comfortable’ trend is the return of ‘historically inspired fashion’, which is very much aligned with our instinct to re-embrace the past when seeking reassurance of better days ahead.

It’s no coincidence that our fascination of the past through shows like The Crown and Netflix über-sensation Bridgerton – has doubled-down in the world of all things fashion.

Big names such as Fendi, McQueen, Prada and Celine have all embraced history in their collections. Oversized shoulders, high-lace necks and balloon sleeves make for wonderful visual drama on the red carpet, but can be a touch intimidating in the ‘real world’. No fear. Sportsgirl, Dotti, and City Beach have a diverse collection of dresses, shirts, pants, tops, coats and accessories that showcase the wardrobe of the ‘royal court’, with cleaner lines and a far more modest approach to detail.

You’ll see coats with broad lapels and jackets with high shoulders at Forever New, while Myer has a majestic range of tops and dresses featuring lace and frills that have clearly been inspired by the ceremonial costumes of dignitaries past.

There’s one essential tip for those loving this look: try before you buy. Seeing (online) isn’t necessarily believing when it comes to how this trend will work with your height and body shape, so think of the change room as your very own realm where you can take your time playing dress ups until you find the perfect pieces to commence your new-season reign.