So You Want To Be A Bridgerton (closet cosplay)

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  1. Melearlin Valar

    Melearlin Valar Aes Sedai

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    So anyone who
    • is vaguely into historical costuming,
    • Is vaguely into romance novels
    • or just wants a colorful sexy romp
    Is watching Bridgerton on Netflix!

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    Sorry where was I?

    Anyways, here are some tips on how to easily cosplay Bridgerton, with no regard for Regency Historical Accuracy (happy to talk about that in another post. But that was not at all the designer’s goal here, and anyone complaining bUt ItS nOT aCurrAtE!!! Is missing the point).

    1) Find yourself a long dress without waist definition! The tightest part of your dress should be at the bust. Bonus if your dress has any sort of lacey or sheer overlay (bridesmaids dresses are your friend here).
    Some examples:
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    link to purchase: https://www.thredup.com/product/wom...t_id=463929302413533184&sizing_id=543,781,778

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    link to purchase: https://www.ebay.com/itm/US-Womens-...912324?hash=item4db1873e44:g:~OMAAOSwAUJdNVAK

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    link to purchase: https://www.thredup.com/product/wom...3931707716829184&result_id=463931958087385088

    If the dress is just a tube, tie a ribbon or sash at the underbust.

    If you want to do a little more sewing, get a fun fabric (such as https://www.etsy.com/listing/583965909/sale-beautiful-embroidery-leaf-floral?ref=hp_rv-1 , turns out embellished floral lacy fabric is very "in" right now for formal gowns, making it not hard to find). Make it into a long tube and add straps and that underbust ribbon, and wear it over a long slip.

    A little shrug to cover the shoulders
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    Hair! If you have bangs, curl them a bit. If you don’t, some small curly hair pieces on barrets easily fake bangs. The rest of the hair goes in a bun (or add another hair piece if you don’t have enough hair. If anyone asks if the hair is yours, you say yes! After all, it’s yours if you paid money for it!). I do recommend figuring out what your hair color number is in wig/fake hair terms, which makes it easy to buy hair pieces online.
    (If you want to learn about using fake hair pieces well, you can find some info on cosplay videos, but your best bet is black women on youtube. They are the by far experts on this topic.)

    Then go wild putting pretty things in!
    Tiaras! (someone who has more time than me can definitely find the exact ones they used on Ali Express or Wish)
    Ribbons!
    Flowers!
    (And seriously, use Ali Express for this, or at least due your due diligence. A lot of "bridal" or "floral" hairpieces on etsy come direct from Ali Express then they just charge 10x the price)

    Here’s my quick and dirty version:
    I used a bridesmaid dress from my sister's wedding, a pashmina around the shoulders (turns out I don't have a small shrug), a tiara, and some bling.

    Dreaming of balls:
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    Where is my sexy duke:
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    Practicing that swoon:
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    Then get on with your fabulous Bridgerton self!
     
  2. Zashara Sho'am

    Zashara Sho'am The Dark One Aes Sedai Master of the Watch Moderator

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    I love everything about this <3
     
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  4. Melearlin Valar

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    Thanks! My closet lends itself to a lot of things :look Like that time I was going to a costume party with 4 friends and just made them all come over to add corsets and tiaras and bling to them :look
     
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    Sounds fun to me.
     
  7. Elania al'Manir

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    Thanks for this tip! I'm figuring out wedding stuff at the moment.

    Also I love all of your costuming stuff, whether closet cosplay or sewn.