All aboard the Bridgerton train. Hitting 63 million households within just 28 days of its release, the period drama is now Netflix’s fifth-largest original series launch of all time. And it makes sense—the eight-episode bodice ripper has all the makings of a viral binge-series: scandal-driven plot twists, devastatingly good-looking leads with impeccable on-screen chemistry, classical renditions of modern-day tracks, and not to mention, gratuitous sex scenes.
But it wouldn’t be a period drama without impractical costumes of fantastical proportions and detail. Set in the Regency era, the empire gowns of the eager debutantes and mamas double as plot devices that mirror the show’s turbulence and opulence. For leading lady Daphne Bridgerton (played by the ever-elegant Phoebe Dynevor), she alone had 104 costume changes—most of which took on her signature pastel blue shade.
“These pale blues, silvers and greens that feel like whispers of colour,” costume designer Ellen Mirojnick explained the choice of colour to Vogue in an interview. “Later on, as Daphne gets older, the colours become duskier. The pinks and blues are richer and the silvers deepen as she grows and matures.” While we (thankfully) no longer have to rely on the permission of men nor feign swoons to find love, there are several elements in Bridgerton that we wouldn’t mind recreating in 2021—Daphne’s style being one of them.
From dainty floral embroidery to diaphanous tulle sleeves, here are 13 pastel blue dresses that any modern-day Daphne would be sure to gravitate towards.