Question: How can I dress like Olivia Pope on Scandal?
Answer: Every Thursday night in the fall, at 10 pm, the twitterverse explodes, talking about every OMG moment on ABC’s Scandal. But the most OMG-worthy of all? The absolutely gorgeous wardrobe of political fixer Olivia Pope, played by the lovely Kerry Washington.
Being a gladiator in a suit (and, often, a pair of killer heels) requires put-together looks made up of immaculate basics and shoe-stopping statement pieces. Whether you’re a fan of Olivia’s powerful yet feminine collection of coats or her undeniably fabulous “wine wardrobe,” here’s how to dress like Olivia Pope on Scandal — so you can rock the Capitol-Hill-chic look!
Olivia doesn’t always wear the white hat in the show, but she certainly knows how to wear a white coat! This Burberry trench coat made news with its flawless silhouette when it debuted onscreen, and it remains one of the best fashion moments of the show so far. For an affordable alternative, Michael Kors makes a lovely trench with a shoulder detail that while cape-less, features strong lines similar to the ones in Olivia’s jacket.
Say what you will about the show, but Kerry Washington wears the heck out of a neutral-toned coat. An unexpectedly soft detail on this one is the oversized shawl collar. I know it’s summer right now, but once fall rolls around, this would be the ideal coat to shield you from the elements (as well as insanely hot presidents with wives). G.I.L.I. makes a coat with an extremely similar silhouette that can be found here.
Can we please talk about how much I love this dress? The boat neckline, the lace detail at the waist, and the sheath skirt? I am actively swooning. When Olivia needs to dress up for fancy events requiring lots of meaningful looks across rooms, she keeps her lines simple and conservative, but always wears dresses with unexpected features that add interest, like the waist detail seen here. Amy Childs makes a dress with similar embellishment at the waist, and includes black panels along the sides for an extra flattering silhouette. President boyfriend not included.
After a long day of political subterfuge and gazing dreamily at Scott Foley (those lips!), Liv tends to wrap herself up in insanely luxurious fabrics with lots of drape. When it comes to brooding about the state of the union (as well as the state of her love life), Olivia doesn’t skimp on the luxury. Silky separates with extra cozy sweaters seem to be her go-to. Victoria’s Secret makes a super-comfy satin pajama set, and Banana Republichas some adorable open cardigans. Oh, and to top off Olivia’s outfits, her must-have accessory? She’s always got her seriously huge wine glass.
If you haven’t watched Scandal yet, what are you waiting for? Binge-watch that baby, and revel in the drama, intrigue, and seriously great fashion.
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What do you think of Olivia Pope’s style? Would you rock it?