Sunday Soiree: A Regency Ball

Last week, Samantha had the opportunity to attend a Regency Ball as part of the Pride and Prejudice conference at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. For this week’s Sunday Soiree, we thought we’d share some of the evening’s highlights!

When they said “Regency Ball”, they meant Regency Ball. This wasn’t just about dressing up in passable Regency garb, but everything else that happened at a ball: the food, the dancing, the card games, the benches outside where one could take some fresh air when the entertainment became too vigorous. I had a bit of a bummed foot over the week and a bit preceding the conference, and I also pulled a muscle in the same leg during the dancing lesson we had prior to the ball, so my dance card was shockingly empty… But of course, that allowed for a lot of photos and Regency card games and gossip!

Although the Regency dress code wasn’t compulsory, it was really amazing how practically everyone rocked up in their empire dresses and waistcoats—and mmm, the cravats!

Regency Ball - Processing

Processing into the ballroom, led by the dance caller and the hosts of the ball.

And then I found my sartorial twin!

Regency Ball - Sartorial Twin

I’m on the right, with a dress I found at a vintage store in Belfast for a tenner. Yup.

Because the dancing was a little too strenuous for me and the outside area was a little chilly (the notion of “summer” in Austen is a lie), I opted to join in some card games in the upstairs area.

Regency Ball - Cards

Complete with replicates of Regency cards!

It helped that the dessert table was right in the card area, and I may have gone back for seconds…

Regency Ball - Desserts!

Why would you try to resist any of these?

Being upstairs meant I had a great vantage point of all the merry dancers. Watching them was an experience in itself!

Regency Ball - Dancing

Dancing and twirling away.

And throughout the evening, the Regency Love plot bunnies continued to multiply… Clearly, my attendance of this Regency Ball was purely for research!

Costume Theatre- Tips and Tricks!

Hello sexy readers!

Samantha is wrapping up her talk at the Pride and Prejudice conference at the University of Cambridge (which we’re eager to be updated on : )!)

Hence I will be hijacking todays Tuesday Teaser with 6 tips and tricks for our latest app “Costume Theatre!”


So sit back.



Tip number 1!

Stack up accessories!


You can layer up your accessories, like headbands and pearls. Be totally creative about it! You don’t need to use a headband just once and who’s to say that’s a necklace and not a bracelet?

Tip numero Duo

Layer up accessories and MIX UP eras (We’re being really rebellious here!)
The possibilities are endless!


Why have 1 feather when you can have 3 or 5? And why should only regency ladies get to drink tea?

Tip 3

Have fun posing before-hand! Get into fun positions with friends! (That didn’t sound as bad in my head) Role-play scenes from Pride and Prejudice.


“May I have the next dance, Miss Elizabeth?”


“You may.”

Tip 4

For easy hair, tie yours up before-hand and keep in mind the direction you are facing as different hairs work in different angles.



Tip 5

Animals are adorable! They’re also perfect victims for decoration. Top hats and moustaches look fantastic on these critters.


Hours of endless entertainment.

Tip 6

This is also a great, alternative and fun way to send out invitations to high tea or even just a thank you for coming to an awesome hens night.


So that’s it from me! Do you have suggestions, or some neat tips and tricks that I’ve missed out on? Or would you like to show off your costume theatre get up? Send in your suggestions or pictures! I’m lonely!

Many Thanks to my dear model Erica for providing some lovely photos : )

Friday Features: Finding the Regency in the V&A Museum

This Friday Feature spotlights the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, an amazing place to discover art and design. While on other business earlier in May, Samantha had a chance to sneakily stop by and explore all the Regency-related exhibitions—and take about four hundred close-ups of chair legs for Jenny to reference.


I kid you not. This is a ‘Trafalgar’ chair (c. 1810).

In addition to its impressive collection of shiny items from the Regency (you can find out about them here), the V&A has a wonderful Fashion Gallery featuring all sorts of goodies from the Regency, and beyond. Samantha got rather snappy happy, and tapped into the museum’s free Wifi to spam Jenny and Melody with her discoveries. Here are some of her favourites:

A gorgeous walking dress (1817-20), for all your outdoor needs.

A gorgeous walking dress (1817-20), for all your outdoor needs.


With matching boots (c. 1815)!

And something for the gentlemen: a stunning riding coat and waistcoat (c. 1790).

And something for the gentlemen: a stunning riding coat and waistcoat (c. 1790).

So if you’re ever in London and have a free morning/afternoon/week, you might like to drop by the V&A Museum and see those coats and dresses and chair legs for yourself!

(And the chocolate brownie was divine, too.)

Sunday Soiree: The Pros and Cons of Regency Attire

How is everyone enjoying Costume Theatre? (Haven’t got a copy yet? Get yours now, free from the App Store.)

After spending so much time working with Regency clothing (where, naturally, “work” entails watching BBC period dramas), Samantha started thinking about the pros and cons of wearing such attire. So she gave us these two questions to answer:

  • What do you find most appealing about Regency fashion?
  • What might deter you from Regency clothing?

And here are our responses, in words, images, and a combination of both!




What do you find most appealing about Regency fashion? 

I coo over the men’s dress: The sporty riding look with tousled windblown hair.

What might deter you from Regency clothing?

Mixed feelings on muslin. Draped lightly over a natural figure, a muslin dress sounds both elegant and comfortable but all those layers of delicate white gauze must be a pain to clean! Being hopelessly accident prone, any muslin gown of mine would not likely survive its first tea sitting.



What do you find most appealing about Regency fashion? 

Cravats. The very idea of delicate fingers running over an immaculately tied neckband, playing with the knot before loosening the fabric to reveal, little by little, the soft skin beneath, the pulse that quickens, the heat of a gentleman’s breath upon a lady’s fingers…is an appealing notion, indeed.

What might deter you from Regency clothing?

As much as I love the look and feel of gloves, navigating the world while wearing them would be a real bother: I’d get them extremely dirty, but be forever fumbling with them during meals and while playing the piano. Of course, the act of removing gloves—before one begins to work on cravats—is another matter entirely…

And what do you think? What exactly do you like/dislike about the Regency wardrobe? Let us know in the comments!