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The gals of Gotham are seriously on trend right now and it seems even the celebs can’t help but lean into the world's newest fashion craze.

From Dua Lipa in a lace catsuit and oversized faux fur coat to Kourtney Kardashian- Barker's first post-baby debut on Instagram, mob wives are all about exuding confidence, glamour and undisputed prowess. According to Depop, searches for leopard print are up by 213% this week, with gold hoop earrings up 70% and faux fur coats up by 18%, proving that this is only the beginning of 2024's hottest new trend. 

"Combined with this year being The Sopranos’ 25th anniversary and fuelled by streaming platform releases, we’re seeing Gen-Z audiences taking an interest in Italian mob/mafia stories from the 70s and 80s that are being retold for a generation that did not experience it," a spokesperson for Depop told Hello! Fashion.

What is a mob wife?

"The mob wife aesthetic is the extra glam version of the old money style we all saw everywhere. With the mob wife aesthetic you’re not afraid to wear bold colours and patterns but always keeping in line with the Bouji and classy vibe. Not afraid of sheer luxury. Think Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface," explains film director and style maven Phoebe Torrance.

Phoebe has the 'mob wife winter' aesthetic down pat© @phoebetorrance
Phoebe has the 'mob wife winter' aesthetic down pat

Mob wife style hails back to the ‘80s and ‘90s when mobster partners, like Carmella Soprano and Lorraine Bracco, were the unsung heroes of illicit family businesses, communities and groups. They were the original 'girl bosses' who according to The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, controlled a third of Mafia financial resources, whilst some wives of Mafia bosses would cut and package narcotics for their husbands at home while also performing traditional family duties such as cooking, cleaning and raising children. Gaetano Maruccia, an Italian police commander, told The Daily Telegraph in an interview “They are either widows or wives of husbands who have been put in prison. They hold the reins. They’re very good at mapping out strategy, even sharper (than the men).” (Who said women can’t multitask? That's right... no one.)

Adriana La Cerva from The Sopranos is the queen of mob wife style© HBO
Adriana La Cerva from The Sopranos is the queen of mob wife style

What is mob wife style?

In a nutshell, mob wife style is all about bold, overstated and sensual glamour that evokes a sense of confidence and class. Think New York 'old money' but with a touch of grunge and likely a red lip. In today's world, the fashion scene is interpreting mob wife style as a new form of chic dressing. From oversized fur coats, thigh-high leather boots, big hair and animal prints in all forms are quickly rising to fame on both catwalks and city streets. 

Kourtney Kardashian wears a fur coat, black sunglasses and a cap to shop in Target© Instagram / @kourtneykardash
Just yesterday, Kourt stepped out in a certified mob wife fit while shopping in target

Phoebe goes on to say that she interprets the trend with her own wardrobe, pairing "Big hair, a bouncy blowout, a smokey eye, big statement earrings, a leather skirt, a pair of black tights, knee-high black pointed boots, a leopard print turtle neck, a faux fur coat, a pair of YSL narrow sunglasses and a fluffy Emma Brewin hat" together is the ultimate mob wife go to 'fit. 

If you’re thinking of switching your style game up this season then here are five essentials every mob wife needs in their wardrobe... 

A hairdo larger than your mobster husband's bail 

Jennifer Lopez wears a full animal print outfit on the streets of NYC© Instagram / @jlo
JLo has been channelling mob wife style for a while now

Goodbye sleek styles and slicked-down flyaways, mob wives are all about embracing bold blow waves, flirty up-dos and in-your-face bangs. Side partings are currently making waves in the beauty world and I have a sneaky suspicion that the rise of mob wife style has a little something to do with it. Basically, the bigger the better when it comes to your locks. Back combing, hair spray and a lot of blowout volume will have you achieving the look. Phoebe couldn't emphasise enough that "It’s all about the big and bouncy hair."

An oversized fur coat

Style influencer @charlotteemilysanders wears a long fur coat, black sunglasses and a birking bag © Instagram/ @charlotteemilysanders
Extra points if you have a Birkin to pair with the final 'fit

If you’ve opened your Instagram or TikTok feed recently I guarantee you would have spotted at least a handful of opulent faux fur coats on those most stylish. From Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber to Kourtney Kardashian and Cardi B, Faux Fur is having the moment of all moments. Whether you’ve inherited a family heirloom from your grandma's closet, hunted out the thrift purchase of the century or are looking to invest in something new, a faux fur coat is the main ingredient to nailing the mob wife aesthetic. 

A pair of leather heeled boots

Dua Lipa wears an oversized black fur coat, lace catsuit and black knee high boots in NYC  © Gotham
Dua is the poster girl for the mob wife aesthetic

Flats? "Fuhgeddaboudit." Heels are the only shoe choice for a mobster wifey, specifically black boots in a sky-high silhouette. Kneehigh black boots are a wardrobe staple in their own right, but when styled with the mob motive in mind, they take on a personality of their own.

An itty bitty mini

Instagram style mogul @tetyamotya wears a brown fur coat over a black mini dress and tights for a walk in the snow© Instagram / @tetyamotya
Mob wives know how to look chic and keep warm

I can almost smell the design team at Miu Miu rubbing their hands with glee as they watch the hashtag for mob wife on TikTok climb by tens of thousands of views daily. Mini skirts are a very important seasoning to a mob wife ‘fit and the spicier the better. Pair your animal print or textured black mini with opaque tights, your fur coat and a pair of heeled boots and you’ll be well on your way to achieving gangster chic.

A pair of sultry specs

Influencer @romaneinnc wears a black fur coat, leather black gloves and oval sunglasses on holiday in the mountains© Instagram / @romaneinnc
The resting bi*ch face is another much-needed ingredient

Whether you need them to see or not, the bolder the frame the bigger the mob wife energy. Back in the day when mobster partners ruled both Brooklyn and Queens, specifically round and oval glasses were all the rage. The more obnoxious the better when it comes to your choice of specs.

Unsure where to start with your own mobster-style era, here are some of our favourite mob-wife essentials to get you started.

  • Loewe Oversized square-frame gold-tone optical glasses

    Oversized square-frame gold-tone optical glasses


    As I previously mentioned, whether you need them to see or not, the bolder the frame the bigger the mob wife energy. I am obsessed with these gold-toned optical glasses from Loewe because they are moment on their own, as well as with a full mob wife ensemble.

  • Topshop  Tall oversized faux fur coat in chocolate

    Tall oversized faux fur coat in chocolate


    Finding a faux fur coat to accompany you on your new style escapade as a bad b*itch is essential. When shopping around, just think to yourself, the bigger the better. This oversized chocolate brown number from Topshop is perfect for keeping you warm and chic.

  • Mango  Heel leather boot

    Heel leather boot


    I for one am obsessed with these heeled leather boots from Mango because they embody a fierce energy of their own.

  • H&M  Mini skirt

    Mini skirt


    Perfect for all occasions and easy to dress up and down, this black leather mini skirt will instantly become your best friend.

  • Dolce & Gabbana DG Girls leopard-print crossbody bag

    DG Girls leopard-print crossbody bag

    Dolce & Gabbana

    If you want to walk the real mob wife walk, investing in anything animal print is a bonus. I personally love this Dolce & Gabbana bag because it’s so unnecessarily extra in all the right ways.

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