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PracticallyÂ everyone I know is tuned into ABC’s Scandal on Thursday nights. It’s must-see, appointment TV with KerryÂ WashingtonÂ playing theÂ ultimateÂ black girl who rocks, Olivia Pope. Week after week she delivers quick wit crisisÂ managementÂ to Washington D.C.’s elite— and does it in with style. From her private office to the Oval Office, Olivia’s looks speak volumes and command attention. It’s no nonsense and authoritative, yet inviting and welcoming.
Her wardrobe is a great example of how you can ditch the stuffy dark duds in the serious sectors like politics and finance for softer feminine pieces and still be taken seriously. (Shop the look here).
Here’s how to get the scandal look in the office minus the controversy:
Striking Outerwear: More times than not, Olivia has her one-on-one meetings with the president’s aide, Cyrus, outside in the open without prying ears, and more times than not, Olivia is wearing herÂ beigeÂ cape/wrap neck coat. It’s a strong piece that announces her confidence andÂ demeanorÂ at first glance. Outerwear is the first thing people see when they meet you and speaks volumes to your presentation.
Savvy Separates: Olivia is a walking example that you don’t have to wear a matching suit in order to be taken serious. TailoredÂ jackets and blazers are key parts to her overall polished look. The cut should be clean and structured, fitted but never tight.
She Wears the Pants: To complement those greatÂ separates, Olivia is almostÂ alwaysÂ seen in a great pair of pants with an equally great fit. Straight leg or column pants with a flowing fit from hip to Â thigh will pair well with structured jackets for anÂ authoritativeÂ look that’sÂ individualÂ yet still uniform for the work place.
Feminine Touch: Episode after episodeÂ you learn something new about Olivia as her tough, no-nonsenseÂ exterior melts to reveal a softer feminine side. The same can be said for her wardrobe. Strip away the coats and blazers and the feminine flirty side of Olivia’s wardrobe is revealed: the blouse. While soft and lady like, they are never excessive or compromising of her professionalism.
Lengthy Luxe: Another signature of Oliva Pope is her long drop chain necklaces. Â She plays with the big boys but her necklace is another hint to her feminine side and are the perfect compliment to any of her strong suits.
Follow these tips for Olivia Pope’s signature style and you too can be the scandal of the office but for all good reason.
KÃ©la Walker is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer and TV host, who has contributed lifestyle and entertainment content for outlets includingÂ NBC’s LXTV, Getty Images, YRB Magazine, Madame Noire, and RTL Germany. She also has a passion for fashion and offers the latest in fab fashion trends and consumer deals with KelasKloset.com. Her chic style and trendsetting blog has been lauded by sites including Essence.com and Huffington Post Black Voices.