Mob wife aesthetic: Searches are up 231% for Tiktok’s latest trend, here’s how to get the look
MOB wife aesthetic is the latest “it” trend to emerge from Tiktok, and it’s a stark contrast to the former “clean girl” or “quiet luxury” trends we saw last year.
The ‘Mob Wife aesthetic’ is everything you expect and more, its decadent fabrics, including fur – though faux fur is also acceptable – red lipstick, and gold jewellery, think expensive and proud of it.
The terms “mob wife” and “mob wife aesthetic” are the trending hashtags on TikTok, with both being mentioned over 50 million times on the social media platform.
The mob wife aesthetic is all about maximalism, with influence drawn from The Sopranos mafia wife Carmella Soprano, and Adriana La Cerva from the show, as well as Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface.
But IRL fashion and beauty buffs are taking inspiration from the Kardashian/Jenner, particularly Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner when laden in leopard print and fur, with their hair styled in voluminous waves.
Celebs including Dua Lipa, Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid and Rita Ora have also successfully pulled off the look.
To nail the fashion trend it means turning your attention to flattering silhouettes, body framing and contouring, leopard print and fur, accentuating with gold jewellery, layered necklaces and chains as well as hoop earrings – the bolder the better.
In terms of beauty think bronzed matte skin, contoured cheekbones for the chiselled look, smokey eye make-up deep brown or rich warm red lipstick, as well as long acrylic nails.
Depop has noticed shoppers have been gravitating toward the mob wife aesthetic, as well as increased hype on TikTok.
The pre-loved fashion marketplace has seen searches for leopard print increase to highs of 213%, while faux fur coats have soared by up to 18%, and even gold hoop earrings have skyrocketed by 70% in recent times.
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While the mob wife trend is inspired by vintage pieces – after all, this trend is not only coming to fruition now but has origins in the 1920s American mafia era.
Speaking about the resurgence of the mob wife trend, a spokesperson from Depop shared: “While the ‘clean girl’ aesthetic became a defining social media trend of 2023, we’re starting to see fatigue with the minimalist trends that kicked off the 2020s and a desire for maximalist opulence and glamour – for example, searches for leopard print are up +213% this month on Depop.
“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.
“We often see younger audiences drawn to classic shows with timeless fashion that are easily replicable today, so it is no surprise that the women of The Sopranos, Carmela Soprano and Adriana, are becoming fashion inspirations in 2024.”
While heeled boots have previously been deemed “cheugy” – the meaning of too try hard and not trendy – Depop has found they are making a comeback with heeled leather boots soaring 15% month on month, alongside faux fur coats, though leopard and cheetah prints are the most popular with up to a 213% increase.
While maxi, maxi and midi skirts and dresses have all we have been living in in recent years, turns out mini is back with a 26% increase month on month.
Oval sunglasses are favoured over oversized, cat eye and square specs, while other accessories to complete your mob wife aesthetic include gold hoop earrings and gold chain necklaces.
To go full mob wife, you’ll need to wear all the above at once, but there are also some more subtle ways to weave in the trend.
Here are the best products and pieces we’ve found to get the mob wife look at home.
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We know what you’re thinking – what is a stole? Essentially it’s a longer-length scarf or shawl, and another key accessory to achieve the mob wife aesthetic.
A faux fur shawl can be worn over your shoulders and neck whether you are in a unitard, a chic satin slip dress, or loosely draped over one single shoulder.
This accessory will elevate any outfit, and it’s affordable too.
Ro Rox Clara Glamorous Faux Fur Shawl, £29.99 from Amazon – buy here
Faux fur coat
A faux fur coat, whether it is short to the hips, boxy, or maxi length, is the pinnacle of the mob wife look.
Whether you opt for plain fur, in timeless black, light tan, chocolate brown, soft cream, or maybe it is an animal-printed faux fur design, the options are endless, but the impact is major.
If you are on a budget or are only shopping for investment pieces, this is the one staple to add to your wardrobe as faux fur coats are a hugely popular outerwear item every autumn/winter, they’re warm and super easy to style.
We love this Topshop number – and bonus points if you’re tall!
Topshop Tall oversized faux fur coat, £95 from ASOS – buy here
Animal print can weave into anyone’s wardrobe, whether it is in the form of an animal-printed faux fur coat, blouse, dress, or trousers.
The mob wife aesthetic is all about maximalism, so if you opt for head-to-toe leopard print, you’d still be on the right track.
But for those who fear verging on the Kat Slater from EastEnders vibe, we would pair a printed top or bottoms with a muted black roll neck or black leggings.
Leopard Cotton Poplin Peplum Tie Blouse, £155 from Ganni – buy here
Leather heeled boots
Heeled boots get mixed reviews from some, but they are back and back in a big way.
They were already on trend, but the current mob wife trend is sending them stratospheric.
Pointed-toe knee-high boots with a stiletto heel are the way forward, and we love that you can style knee-high boots is you can style with everything.
Pair with a mini skirt à la mob wife trend, under a midi or maxi skirt, layer over leggings or jeans – the options are limitless.
A pair of heeled boots instantly elevates any outfit, even if it is a simple unitard with a faux fur coat.
Mob wife aesthetic is achieved with just one footwear item.
Pointed-Toe Knee-High Boots, £115 (Was £230) from Boden – buy here
Mini skirts were thrown to the wayside the last few years in replace of midi, maxi and maxi skirts. But they’re back.
Mini skirts are hugely popular, especially in achieving the mob wife aesthetic.
Some may opt for bodycon mini skirts or leather creations.
For those who want to stay warm in winter, you can wear it with tights and knee-high boots.
ONLY Black Coated Leather-Look Mini Skirt, £18 from New Look – buy here
Gold hoop earrings
Gold chunky hoops never really go out of fashion, and when it comes to the mob wife aesthetic, the chunkier the better.
Astrid & Miyu, as well as Missoma, Monica Vinader, Abbott Lyon, Pandora and many more jewellery retailers, have an array of hoop styles to shop to channel your inner gangster wife.
If you are looking to go all-out mobster or dip your toe into the style, a pair of chunky gold hoops is a simple, and affordable, step in the right direction.
Molten Hoops in Gold, £70 from Astrid & Miyu – buy here
Gold chain necklaces
We count ourselves a jewellery aficionado, and gold jewellery is my kryptonite.
Gold jewellery will be a winning formula to complete any look, after all, gold jewellery is timeless, super easy to style and a keepsake.
Luckily for you, it also screams mob wife.
To accompany your gold hoops means the need for gold chains. With the mob wife aesthetic gold chains come in all shapes, sizes, textures, and designs.
Whether you opt for a chunky chain, box chain, fine design, rope look, or pendant, the options are endless.
Deia Pebble Locket Rope, Twist and Beaded Chain Necklace Set, £350 from Monica Vinader – buy here
Oval sunglasses, from brands such as Prada, D&G, Gucci and Bottega Veneta have been stealing the show in recent months, and the trend will continue lending itself perfectly to the mob wife aesthetic.
Say goodbye to oversized specs, cat eye frames and square designs in favour of feminine oval designs.
We recommend an all-black shade or tortoiseshell for that luxurious look, but also to be a little discreet – think incognito mafia boss wives running errands in Little Italy.
Le Specs Outta Love oval-frame plastic sunglasses, £55 from Selfridges – buy here
What we love about the mob wife aesthetic is it lends itself to super glamour, but also comfort.
In most cases, an all-black figure-hugging silhouette is the basis for all looks, and to achieve this simply pair a slimming long-sleeve turtle neck with a mini skirt, or leggings, layered under a thick faux fur coat.
It’s easy, timeless and super simple to create.
SPANX Turtleneck stretch-jersey body, £78 from Selfridges – buy here
Leggings are a failsafe essential in our WFH wardrobe, but they are finally making their way back into our everyday, work, evening out and any out-of-the-house occasion too.
When shopping for leggings we recommend high-waisted designs, creations with stirrups over the foot, as well as a super luxe fabric and soft texture to make it look super premium.
Pair with a slinky turtleneck top, animal print jacket and knee-high boots, even a PVC coat, or blazer, laden with gold jewellery.
Then when you get home change into your comfiest oversized jumper to make these leggings a worthy investment.
Basic Fuseau leggings, £12.99 (Was £22.99) from Mango – buy here
Vinyl fabric, otherwise known as PVC, wet look or glossy leather, is a hugely popular look when it comes to that mob wife aesthetic.
This fabric may come in the form of a maxi coat, some of which are wrapped front or with faux fur cuffs, as well as trousers and skirts.
When shopping for your mob wife wardrobe opt for timeless colours, such as black, chocolate brown or warm berry reds.
Dominique Chocolate Vinyl Coat, £120 from Kitri – buy here
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