style inspiration: olivia pope

I am totally obsessed with the television show, Scandal. The Hubs has been watching since first season but I just started recently. The show follows former White House communications director turned DC "fixer," Olivia Pope. She works to fix prominent people's problems and keep their secrets out of the media. Oh, and she "doesn't believe in crying." But you soon find out the woman who seems so put-together has a personal life that is anything but. She has secrets of her own, including an affair with a married man - the President of the United States.

And, although the plot twists and imperfect characters keep the show interesting, sometimes the scenes are stolen by Olivia's wardrobe.

I love that Lyn Paolo, the costume designer for Scandal, chooses to the reuse pieces in different episodes - much like a "normal" person's wardrobe. And yes, Olivia's closet is full of pieces from Escada, Micheal Kors, and Ralph Lauren but the girl-on-a-budget can absolutely take some of the pages from Olivia's style book and make it her own:

- We tend to find Olivia in pastel colors but obviously this will not work for everyone. The key is to find tones that work with your skin color. 
- Olivia rocks the "power pant." Find pairs that fit your frame and put on your man pants. 
- She has amazing jackets and lot of them are very unique. It is obviously good to have the basic blazers in your wardrobe but find one or two "different" jackets that will make you stand out.
- Big statement necklaces are all the rage but Olivia is almost always wearing long simple necklaces. She doesn't pile on accessories but she almost always has a watch and a great bag. 

Do you have any onscreen style crushes?

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1 comment:

  1. I'm kind of obsessed with Mindy Kaling's style on the Mindy Project. I think she nails young, creative, but still professional style.


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