It’s still early in the new year 2024, but a major fashion trend is already emerging on TikTok as a counterpoint to ‘Quiet Luxury’. Just as ‘Succession’ inspired the stealth wealth look, another TV show is behind the growing popularity of the so called ‘Mob wife aesthetic’. It’s the 25th anniversary of tv-series ‘The Sopranos’ and HBO has launched an official Sopranos’ TikTok account, featuring 25 second recaps of all 86 episodes. Not only does it have nostalgic appeal for the original viewers of the cult show, it’s introducing a whole new audience to the big hair, extra-long nails, fur coats, catsuits, animal prints and stacks of gold jewelry as worn by Carmela Soprano, Adriana La Cerva and other female characters. Here are the essentials:
1. A fur coat
A stunning fur coat is the foundation of any ‘mob wife’ look, but naturally, it should be faux fur. Several shapes and styles work, including oversized and in natural colors, cinched with belt, maxi length over mini or in leopard print.
2. Animal prints
‘Mob wives’ love leopard and other animal prints: especially when they are mixed. Danish label Rotate showed how to conduct this look in their FW23 runway show. In addition to mixed separates, the designers, Thora Valdimars and Jeanette Friis Madsen dressed ‘real housewife’ Lisa Rinna in an animal print faux fur coat with a different leopard print lining. With their Sicilian roots, Dolce & Gabbana are the godfathers of the mob wife aesthetic. For SS24 they showed a waterproof trench coat in leopard print with a matching headscarf.
3. A Catsuit
A sexy catsuit is the perfect all-in-one to wear under a fur or leather coat. Loud prints, heavy embellishment and black lace are all appropriate. Accessorize with sky-high heels or big shaggy boots as seen at Leonard FW23.
4. A black leather dress
A midi-length black leather dress is another key item. It should have a slender silhouette, a side slit is optional. Leather can be smooth or pressed into a crocodile pattern. Appropriate embellishment includes zippers and grommets.
Designer accessories with an extra-large logo are essential for the mob wife look, including sunglasses and handbags.
6. Gold Jewelry
Finally, pile on gold jewelry: earrings, necklaces and bracelets.