How to Dress Like a Boss, Claire Underwood Style

Apr 8 2014 - 7:04am

She's not exactly someone you'd want to take relationship advice from, but Claire Underwood is a boss in the power-dressing department. Binge-watching House of Cards last year, I became more and more enamored with her style each time she appeared on screen, whether she was zipped into a sheath or buttoned up in one of her crisply pressed blouses. With the second season [1], my obsession was back.

While I'm a fashion girl at heart, always eager to test-drive the latest trend, her posh, Victoria-Beckham [2]-esque dress code has me pondering the benefits of ditching it all for a more stable wardrobe with all the sex appeal and power of a woman in Washington. There aren't many other women who could make me question my downtown-girl sensibilities — maybe Olivia Pope [3]. But Claire even makes Miss Pope's fashion look flippant. She subscribes to structure, few colors, and, above all, a perfectly tailored cut — teaching women in the audience everywhere exactly how power dressing is done. Now, in honor of the woman who brought Claire to life and into our living rooms, we're shopping the look. Join us in wishing Robin Wright a very happy birthday and scroll to channel her alter-ego's boss style.

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House of Cards Style

Claire's top is a classic, but making it extrasharp is all about fit.

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House of Cards Style

Her wardrobe doesn't come with bells or whistles, just well-tailored, ultrachic pieces like this sheath.

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House of Cards Style

For Claire Underwood, the LBD is a must-own item.

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House of Cards Style

Chic suiting her way means a well-cut blazer and a slim top.

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House of Cards Style

We loved the sharp shoulders on this signature Claire style.

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House of Cards Style

Sometimes it's about the little things, like a lower-cut back to add a sexier edge — and, of course, a luxe YSL bag in tow.

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House of Cards Style

Again, it's all about a perfectly tailored button-down.

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House of Cards Style

The structure and the neckline give this sheath sophistication and a hint of sex appeal.

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Ann Taylor Sheath

Ann Taylor Sharkskin Split Neck Dress [13] ($169)

Wide ASOS Belt

ASOS Wide Waist Cincher Buckle Belt [14] ($28)

Zara High Heel

Zara Leather Asymmetric High Heel Court Shoe [15] ($100)

Tibi Shirt

Tibi Poplin Shirt With Knit Combo [16] ($225)

Milly Pencil Skirt

Milly High-Waist Pencil Skirt [17] ($215)

Ivy & Blu Sheath

Ivy & Blu Cowl-Neck Sheath Dress [18] ($175)

Kate Spade Saturday Tote

Kate Spade Saturday The A Satchel [19] ($250)

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