The time of Jane Austen is known as the Regency Era. It was a brief fashion period, 1810 – 1820, that created long column gowns with a high empire waistline and modest sleeved tops. Paired with pointy toe ballet flats or lace up country boots and a bonnet hat, and your Regency costume is complete. Most women will sew or have made a costume for a Regency event to create the most accurate look. For women who don’t want to go that route, there are ways to DIY a Jane Austen dress using new clothing.
Begin with an empire waist dress, preferably with sleeves. A sleeveless dress can be used if you either layer a crop jacket or sweater over it, or a simple blouse under it. Adding a ribbon sash adds a bit of color and period styling. For accessories, consider a long scarf draped over your arms, gloves, and a bonnet hat or wide brim cloche decorated in ribbons, feathers, and flowers.
The following are links to some ready-made or custom made Regency dresses, new empire waist dresses, sewing patterns, cheap costumes, shoes, hats and accessories ideal for your unique Jane Austen outfit. Look at Cottagecore for even more soft, romantic trendy fashions.
Regency Jane Austen Dresses & Shoes