Fashion went through several major changes during Jane Austen's life time, despite its brevity. Although we mostly imagine her heroines dressed in white empire waist gowns (an image reinforced by movie adaptations), we should remember that the Stanhope sisters probably had a different style than the Dashwoods. Just as we all have our own favorite of Jane's novels, we also have our own favorite style from the Georgian Era. So which one is yours? (and how can you channel that in today's styles?)
You chose the 1780s! After decades of decadent courtly fashions, the wealthy classes began to romanticize pastoral country scenes. The Chemise A la Reine is an example of how highly structured garments were being replaced with something more flowy and whimsical. You are drawn to fairy tales and fantasy. You dream about hosting a picnic in a picturesque meadow in your very best finery with all your friends and lots of macarons. (Modern fashion recommendation: cottage core.)
You chose the 1790s! Often referred to as a transitional period in history, this era saw great political changes reflected in fashion and art. With former fashion icons like Marie Antoinette were being beheaded, all the old styles were thrown out and replaced with new and experimental ones. You are a rule breaker and a rebel. (Modern fashion recommendation: punk rock or goth)
You chose the 1800s! The white empire waist gowns (and peak Age of Enlightenment) have arrived! Some scholars suggest that the origins of this look were inspired by classic Greek and Roman influences but others argue that fashions of India at the time were more likely the inspiration. Either way, you have a very sophisticated taste and a classic style. Your friends always look to you to guide them around museums or some trendy new night spot. (Modern fashion recommendation: boujee)
You chose the 1810s! This is a classic Jane Austen look captured by many, many film adaptations. You might appreciate more experimental adaptations but your favorite will always be the ones most faithful to the original material. You are constantly adding to your library and have the most interesting insights at your book club. (Modern fashion recommendation: academia, any version, or maybe Regencycore?)
You chose lots of decades! You have a very eclectic style that transcends time. You create your own looks and don't like being stuck in any one category. (Modern fashion recommendation: whatever you want - you weren't going to listen to our advise anyway, were you?)
For more information on these and other decades, the Fashion Institute of Techonology's "Fashion History Timelne" is your illustrated one-stop shop (warning - may prove addictive!).