How to Dress Like Claire Underwood

Claire Underwood House of Cards

Since House of Cards debuted, the number-one request I get from clients is “Make me look like Claire Underwood.” Her character is a bit frightening, but aesthetically, she’s impeccably chic and pulled together. And while we don’t all have the stunning features and enviable body of the Princess Bride, we can mimic her style savvy by following in her always on-point fashion footsteps.

Some key elements to keep in mind when reconstructing her look:

  • Minimalist styling with simplistic details and few embellishments
  • Monochromatic color schemes with a focus on solid, neutral colors
  • Sharp, geometric lines
  • Tailored, fitted, and waist accentuating

Claire’s signature outfit is one single piece: a killer dress. Here are 14 that will get you one step closer to the fictional FLOTUS.

Get This Signature Style

Get This Signature Style

Since House of Cards debuted, the number-one request I get from clients is “Make me look like Claire Underwood.” Her character is a bit frightening, but aesthetically, she’s impeccably chic and pulled together. And while we don’t all have the stunning features and enviable body of the Princess Bride, we can mimic her style savvy by following in her always on-point fashion footsteps.

Some key elements to keep in mind when reconstructing her look:

  • Minimalist styling with simplistic details and few embellishments
  • Monochromatic color schemes with a focus on solid, neutral colors
  • Sharp, geometric lines
  • Tailored, fitted, and waist accentuating

Claire’s signature outfit is one single piece: a killer dress. Here are 14 that will get you one step closer to the fictional FLOTUS.

H&M Draped Dress

H&M Draped Dress

Available at H&M, $34.95

1 By O’2nd Manny Neoprene Dress

1 By O’2nd Manny Neoprene Dress

Available at Bloomingdale’s, $227.50

J.Crew Structured Knit Zip Dress

J.Crew Structured Knit Zip Dress

Available at J.Crew, $150

Theory Nemor Turtleneck Sheath Dress

Theory Nemor Turtleneck Sheath Dress

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, $375

LuLu’s We Built This Midi Dress

LuLu’s We Built This Midi Dress

Available at LuLu’s, $44

The Row Scoop-Back Fitted Jersey Dress

The Row Scoop-Back Fitted Jersey Dress

Available at Neiman Marcus, $590

Halston Heritage Twist-Front Sleeveless Knit Dress

Halston Heritage Twist-Front Sleeveless Knit Dress

Available at Neiman Marcus, $138

Antonio Melani Ava Belted Dress

Antonio Melani Ava Belted Dress

Available at Dillards, $159

Zara Color-Block Tube Dress

Zara Color-Block Tube Dress

Available at Zara, $79.90

Calvin Klein Short-Sleeve Hardware Sheath

Calvin Klein Short-Sleeve Hardware Sheath

Available at Macy’s, $134

Magaschoni Stretch Tweed Sheath Dress

Magaschoni Stretch Tweed Sheath Dress

Available at Bloomingdales, $348

Banana Republic Sloan Sheath

Banana Republic Sloan Sheath

Available at Banana Republic, $140

Zara 3/4 Sleeve Rayon Dress

Zara 3/4 Sleeve Rayon Dress

Available at Zara, $59.90

H&M Fitted Dress

H&M Fitted Dress

Available at H&M, $34.95

Anna Akbari, Ph.D. is a sociologist, entrepreneur, and the “thinking person’s stylist.” She is the founder of Sociology of Style, which takes an intelligent look at image and culture-related issues and offers holistic image consulting and life coaching services.  Find out more and follow her on Twitter.

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