Since it landed on Netflix on Christmas Day, new series Bridgerton – which has been described as a Regency-set Gossip Girl – has taken over our TV sets and dominated global conversations. A reported 63 million households have already watched the series, according to the streaming service.
But it seems we’re not just content to watch the Regency drama play out on our screens – rather, we want to live it ourselves. New data from eBay shows that our recent shopping habits have been heavily influenced by the show, with searches for Bridgerton-inspired fashion and homeware such as corsets, puff-sleeve dresses and afternoon tea sets all on the up.
Square necklines and puff sleeves were already ‘in vogue’, but now more niche clothing items are seeing a rise in popularity, too. Bridgerton-inspired fashion such as the corset has seen a 39 per cent increase in searches, while searches for ‘lace top’ have risen by 37 per cent. Meanwhile headband searches are up by 25 per cent, we’re looking for puff sleeve dresses 26 per cent more and crystal earring searches are seeing a boost of 34 per cent.
It’s not just our wardrobes that have bore the influence of the show though. It turns out that we don’t just want to look like our favourite Bridgerton characters, we want to live like them, too. Popular Regency pastimes of embroidery, afternoon tea and playing the piano have resulted in searches for embroidery hoops going up by 65 per cent and afternoon tea sets by 42 per cent, while it seems 20 per cent more of us are considering buying a piano.
Our homes haven’t escaped the influence either. Searches on eBay for wisteria plants have risen by a huge 300 per cent, while antique chairs are up by 28 per cent and even the search term ‘plinth’ is up by 16 per cent.
Priyanka Patel, eBay’s senior trading manager, said: ‘Inspired by Bridgerton, we’re seeing shoppers embrace trends of the 19th century, with an uptake in fashion looks such as corsets and puff sleeves and a turn to more traditional hobbies, which include afternoon tea and sewing.’