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3 Easy Ways to Master the Mob Wife Aesthetic Without Getting Arrested by the Fashion Police

3 Easy Ways to Master the Mob Wife Aesthetic Without Getting Arrested by the Fashion Police

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If you have internet connection, I’m sure you’ve heard about the rise of mob wife aesthetic. In short, it’s a rebellious response to the less-is-more, clean girl movement. Now, before you go all Carmela Soprano with piles of jewelry and unapologetic fur coats and animal prints, there are a few tips to ensure those femme fatale outfits feel a bit more elevated and less chaotic.

Naturally, celebs like Kendall Jenner, Rihanna, and Irina Shayk are on the list of early adopters, showing us exactly how it’s done. In Paris during Couture Fashion Week, Rih delivered an elegant, edgy take by cinching a Saint Laurent leather scarf with a gold cuff around her neck. The toughness of the leather was balanced by the soft draping—a key styling trick to keep in mind when channeling the exotic—often times unhinged—glamour of the mob wife aesthetic.

Saint Laurent Fall 2023 look 29, exuding tough elegance.Photo: Courtesy of Saint Laurent

Rihanna wearing Saint Laurent in Paris.Photo: Courtesy of Saint Laurent

We can always count on Rih Rih to take everything she does to the next level, and she even went full retro with blonde side-swooped tresses and voluminous height that defied gravity. But if you’re looking for hairstyle inspiration too, a perfectly undone messy updo is the effortless way to go and Jasmine Tookes nails it in the photo below.

Ahead, we’ve gathered three ways to dip your toe (or should I say your red acrylic full set) into the pool of the mob wife movement with ease.

Instead of a Low-Key Stole, Go All Out With Fluffy Coats

Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle.Photo: Francois Duhamel

Kendall Jenner wearing Phoebe Philo in Aspen, Colorado.Photo: Backgrid/EVGA

While in Aspen, Jenner showed us how to master the mob wife aesthetic while wearing a brushed shearling Phoebe Philo coat. For added elegance, finish the look with sheer tights and kitten heels.

Entire Studios

faux fur coat

Pixie Market

Phoebe faux fur coat


Bree belted faux fur coat

Victoria Beckham

faux fur coat

Bottega Veneta

printed faux fur coat

Instead of understated sparkles…drip in gold

Fictional character Carmela Soprano dripping in diamonds in The Sopranos.Photo: Courtesy of HBO

Model Jasmine Tookes wearing gold Aureum earrings.Photo: @jastookes

Of course, diamonds are forever, but the appeal of chunky gold earrings adds a retro twist that feels classier than ever to any outfit. Take notes from Tookes and finish your look with a tousled updo and mysterious smokey eye makeup.

David Yurman

Infinity gold and diamond earrings

Alexis Bittar

crumpled drop earrings

Instead of Head-to-Toe Animal Print, Try Subtle Splashes of Leopard

The Sopranos’s Adriana Le Cerva wearing an animal print catsuit.Photo: Courtesy of HBO

Irina Shayk demonstrating an elegant way to wear leopard print.Photo: Getty Images

Joyfully chaotic animal prints can sometimes feel overwhelming, so ease them into your outfits in small doses, à la Irina Shayk. 


leopard-print silk crepe de chine maxi dress

Dolce & Gabbana

Cheetah-print cami top


Wanda East-West top handle bag


Le Chiquito Leopard calf hair top-handle bag

Saint Laurent

Cherish leopard-print pumps

Le Monde Beryl

leopard-print pony-hair Mary Jane flats

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