Halloween Prep: Claire Underwood Costume

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It's never too early to pick your Halloween costume...

I am a major dress up fan, and a huge fan of Halloween in particular. Every year for the past few years, I have decided on my costume in AUGUST and started prepping for a unique outfit.

Last year, I was Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. Before that, I was Effie Trinkett from Hunger Games, with my husband being Seneca Crane (the beard!). Before that, there was an Avatar character and a disco stick (Lady Gaga reference). Basically, I follow the trends, and I choose a character from my favorite movie/show/some other pop  culture reference.

I must have some kind of "blonde envy." This will be my third blonde wig in three years, so I am growing a collection over here.

Why do I need a blonde wig? This year, I am planning to embody my favorite style icon from the past year or so: Claire Underwood. If you don't understand her fashion icon status, read this Buzzfeed article and weep. She is from House of Cards and she is amazing.

Characteristics of Claire's Style:
  • Chic, short blonde hair
  • Bold, boxy glasses
  • Slim, well-tailored dresses in dark colors
  • High neckline on tailored dresses
  • Black heels 
  • Expensive black bag (she usually rolls with YSL)

How to Nail It With Costume Pieces:
  1. Jones New York Sheath Dress ($$) -- if you look better in gray than black
  2. Merona Sleeveless Dress ($) -- for the price conscious - this is on sale for $13 right now!
  3. Sassy Synthetic Capless Pixie Short Wig
  4. Warby Parker Beckett Thick Frames
  5. Fiji Sleeveless Dress ($$$) -- for showing off your arms!
  6. Michael Kors Leather Sheath Dress ($$) -- a little more edgy, which Claire does occasionally do
  7. Tahari Cali Sheath Dress ($$) -- adds some waist action
And for my husband? Time to find a way to turn him into Frank...


  1. Any creative ideas for how to make your husband frank? My wife is going to be claire but we need some ideas for how to dress like frank and not just be a guy in a suit

    1. Hey Stephen! I am thinking of having him wear an American flag pin and put a little pillow in his shirt to have a gut. If your hair is longer, you could comb it over the way Frank does (my husbands is short). Was also considering having some kind of token like a small stuffed animal dog (he kills that dog at the beginning of the show) or a cigarette (since he and Claire smoke them secretly). Hope that helps!

    2. Awesome! Those are some really good ideas. Thanks for your help! One last question, where did you find the wig for claire? The link above didn't go anywhere for me.

    3. Yeah, I think that web site went down. I didn't order it from that site in time and when I recently tried to go purchase it, the link went to nowhere. I ended up purchasing this oneon Amazon. It's a men's wig, so we'll see how it fits!

    4. We were thinking of that same wig actually, but concerned about the fit also. Thanks again! Hope the costume works out!

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