The head-to-toe animal print, the pastel shades, the skinny-rib knits, the gold jewellery… Is it really any wonder that myself and Who What Wear UK's social media editor, Isabel Mundigo-Moore, started thinking about Carmela Soprano's costumes and their relevance in 2018? A few weeks back, our conversation/obsession started: We were both in agreement that the flashy ensembles of the long-suffering mafia boss's wife were underrated and looked down upon at the time, but that now—just under two decades later (WOW, I feel old typing that)—her choices couldn't be more suited to what's trending on Instagram.
I recently invested in a three-piece ocelot-print vintage Cavalli creation from Vestiaire Collective and I wanted to wear it with a chain belt. The resulting look could have been quite literally swiped from one of the early-noughties seasons of The Sopranos. If I had blonde hair and a husband who likes to wear his dressing gown open and to huff and puff his way up flights of stairs, people might get confused and stop me in the street.
Check out any other cool vintage accounts on the social media platform and you'll see Carmela trademarks everywhere. What's more—in a bizarre stroke of fate for Isabel and I—it turns out there's an entire Instagram handle dedicated to the unsung stylings of The Sopranos. Set up by The Cut's fashion news writer, Emilia Petrarca, @sopranosstyle promises to bring you "all the best looks from your favourite gaudy goombahs and stylish Italian stallions," and we couldn't be happier that it existed.
While the gumars and their overtly sexual get-ups were enjoyable for their brashness and the austerity of Dr. Melfi's serious suits appreciated for their appropriateness, it's Carmela (and later on, Adriana) who should be present on Pinterest for true fashion inspiration.
As the stars are clearly aligned on this one, let's take a trip down (a New Jersey–themed) memory lane.