Warning: This post contains spoilers for Bridgerton season 2.
Bridgerton’s costumes played an important part in the story — here’s what Anthony Bridgerton’s final costume really means and how it stands out amongst all his previous ones from both seasons. Bridgerton season 2 included hundreds of costumes for the main cast and extras alike: colorful dresses, firmly tied cravats, coattails, exquisite jewelry, and a manner of other accessories made up each outfit. The members of the Ton had to dress to impress, after all.
Anthony took his role of finding a wife very seriously in Bridgerton season 2, and he dressed accordingly. In season 1, Anthony spent much of his time with opera singer Siena Rosso, often shirking his responsibilities to his household or seeking a way to unwind because of the stress they caused. As a result, Anthony wore a lot of white pants with dark vests and coattails (usually a deep velvet or navy blue). His ensemble was made complete with brown riding boots. As a leading man in Bridgerton season 2, Anthony was taking to his duties — to his family and to courting Edwina — quite aggressively. His costumes were upgraded to reflect that.
Anthony was most often dressed in plush navy and velvet coattails and vests. He wore black or dark blue pants with black boots instead of brown. His cravats rotated between white, beige, and dark blue/black as well. The darker color palette for his costumes is exactly why his final outfit stands out. In the final Bridgerton season 2 scene, Anthony is wearing a sky blue vest beneath a plush indigo jacket. The sky blue vest marks the first time Anthony has worn this color in the series, signifying the emotional burden and stress of being the head of household has lifted. Anthony is also no longer hiding his emotions and is letting himself feel for the first time in a long time. His heart is open and he’s deeply in love with Kate. Anthony can also be free to love her in public without shame.
His responsibilities to his family are still the same, but he is no longer weighed down by them. Anthony is a changed man and the light blue of his vest indicates as much. What’s more, Anthony’s sky blue vest is decorated with gray-brown and gold flowers. It’s the first time Anthony wears a vest that is patterned at all, with the flowers on his vest matching the floral pattern on Kate’s purple gown in the final scene. The flowers are significant as they represent happiness and love. They also reflect Anthony’s evolution throughout Bridgerton’s first two seasons. The bee, a creature Anthony was terrified of, is seen buzzing happily amongst a group of flowers before Anthony and Kate come outside.
To wear the flowers so openly on his own costume suggests Anthony has made peace with his fear and has accepted that he can love and be loved in return so genuinely. Anthony’s costumes in season 2 ultimately reflected his emotional journey throughout and wearing his final, brightly colored vest with floral patterns shows how far he’s come and how sincerely open his heart is after all the trials and tribulations of Bridgerton season 2.
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