How to get the Anna Karenina Look

By  October 26, 2012


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Style yourself in aristocratic fashion and transport your wardrobe back to Russia 1877 for the Anna Karenina look. Elegance and drama are the thematic elements to keep in mind when shopping for inspiration. While Anna’s extravagant ball gowns and vault sized diamond necklaces may not be convenient for modern street-wear, here are some pieces that make the transition into the modern age.

No material alludes to luxury quite like fur. Whether it be a snood, shawl or coat, fur is a winter must have for impersonating the fashion of the Russian elite. While sable was an aristocratic favorite in the 1870’s, we’ll keep things faux with this charming fur trimmed coat with brass buttons from Modcloth.

If a full fledged gown is sure to leave you feeling out of place during your day to day routine, try a dress with a more wearable silhouette for the modern age that still takes style inspiration from Anna Karenina. A dress with a hemline that falls around your knee will get better usage than anything floor length, and a darker style with a high neck, embellishment and fitted lines will encompass the romance of Anna Karenina. We like this black beauty from Bloomingdales.

Leave the chunky wedges and sky-high stilettos for another night. To get the Anna Karenina look, fit your feet with feminine footwear in the form of delicate pumps. It doesn’t get much more ladylike than lace, so if you can swing the splurge, Bottega Veneta makes the perfect pair of patent leather t-strap heels with lacey detailing to channel your inner Russian lady of the court.

Slip your hands into a gorgeous pair of leather gloves for a proper finish to your outfit.  An Anna Karenina must have style as well as a modern day trend, leather gloves are a fashionable way to keep your hands warm this winter. There’s something especially elegant about these long wrist cuffed pair from ASOS in smooth leather with subtle detailing.