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“House of Cards’” Claire Underwood Wears Burberry, Theory, Narciso Rodriguez (Photos)
A closer look at the female lead’s powerful wardrobe. By Diana Elbasha
The assymetrical neckline on the dress Claire wore in episode four is a beautiful upgrade to the standard LBD. Photograph by Nathaniel Bell for Netflix.
Comments () | Published February 21, 2014

With half the town hunkered down binge-watching the second season of House of Cards (Shop Around included), there’s been endless chatter about the show’s mind-boggling plotlines and anticipation for season three. But now it’s time to address a vital component to said plot: the wardrobes. Specifically, the sleek, designer-laden closet of Claire Underwood.

While Claire’s morality gets mixed views, one thing is certain: She looks, at all times, indisputably powerful. Her polished yet feminine wardrobe paired with unfailing poise catches our attention episode after episode; the minor but transformative details of her clothing take the standard power suit to a very fashion-forward place. The asymmetrical neckline on her black dress in episode four, shown above, is a beautifully edgy upgrade to the LBD, while slight peplum hems add a ladylike flair to otherwise nondescript blazers and pencil skirts.

Tom Broecker, the show’s stylist from season one, described Claire’s wardrobe as “running the gamut” brand-wise, with the Second Lady’s closet containing “Theory, Banana Republic, one or two Ann Taylor Loft items . . . for night it was Narciso [Rodriguez], Gucci, Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Zac Posen.” Her office looks, Broecker added, usually combined Banana Republic with high-end pieces by L’Wrenn Scott, Calvin Klein, and Prada.

Not too shabby.

That a woman can exude such stature through her personal style—much like our other fictional style crush, Scandal’s Olivia Pope—is a feat to aspire to here in Washington, where the addictive shows are set. Prim and professional, both Claire’s and Olivia’s work wardrobes speak for themselves—nothing more than a minimal diamond stud here and there call any extra attention to their appearances.

A new stylist has replaced Broecker this season, and the costumes have lightened up a smidge, but we remain fans of the neutral, sleek pieces shown off by a strong female lead. While Claire is our by-far favorite clothing-wise, she’s not the only standout: Remy Denton, who plays a cunning lobbyist, dons pieces by master suitmaker Tom Ford; twentysomething reporter Zoe Barnes wears a realistic mix of Zara, Topshop, and Urban Outfitters.

Click through our slideshow for a peek at some of Claire's best looks.

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  • Dorian

    Her clots are dry and boring.Yes,they are good quality designers clots ,but there is no personal interpretation to the way she puts her look together! And those earrings are more suited for a 12 years old! Did I say boring? I will say it again but I will also add soulless like her character!

  • Kristina

    I want every piece, she looks fantastic.

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