7 Royal Trends on the Runways

Recent runways prove that the royal-inspired fashion of “The Crown” and “Bridgerton” have a place in current trends.

From the real-life royal influences of the British monarchy to the respelendent world of Bridgerton, high-society fashion sets the bar high when it comes to dressing the part. Modern designers have also delved into the styles of the upper echelons, updating the traditional elements for today’s wardrobes. As shows like Shonda Rhimes’ period drama and The Crown bring royal fashion back into the spotlight, L’OFFICIEL finds seven royal trends that also appear on recent runways.

Empire Waist Dresses

In Bridgerton, the ladies of London’s Regency-era court wear empire waist dresses embellished with lace and beading. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick stayed true to the 1800s style, pairing the dresses with coordinating shawls and delicate accessories. The high-waist silhouette appears in Erdem’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection with delicate floral prints, but to keep it modern, chunky platform sandals complete the feminine look.

Ball Gowns

While ball gowns might be standard for royal courts, they add a fairytale-like quality to current runway collections. For an irreverent spin, Gucci pairs its ruffled creation with bondage accessories, while Moschino shortens its pannier dress and gives it a moto-inspired makeover.

Hair Jewelry

Royals never forget about the jewels, from diamond necklaces to sparkling tiaras. Hair jewels add another opportunity to shine, and designers like Simone Rocha, Giambattista Valli, Gucci, Area, and more offer plenty of unique choices.


Giving a glimpse into a dramatized version of Princess Diana’s life, The Crown reminds viewers of all the elegant fashion moments that the late princess left us with. The cascading ruffles of one of her blue gowns is imitated by a royal blue dress by Alberta Ferretti.

Watercolor Florals

Perfectly crowd pleasing, a watercolor floral provides a pop of color. Kenzo modernizes the print with bike shorts and a sheer veil, while Isabel Marant stays closer to Princess Diana’s ’80s influence and mirrors the one-shouldered silhouette.


Horseback riding is a pasttime loved by Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, and other members of the royal family. The equestrian spirit appears on the runways with two-toned riding boots and tailored jackets.

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