So I, like most other women, am on the edge of my seat for this evening’s season premier of Scandal on ABC; not just for Columbus Short (**fans self**) but for Kerry Washington’s envious style!!
Unfortunately we do not all have acces to that mega-closed full of Neiman Marcus & Jimmy Choos, so your favorite chica has broken down Olivia’s Scandalous style and made it affordable for you! So let’s get started;
One of the most important things to note about Olivia’s style is that the most attention is paid to fit and detail. There are few embellishments and she rarely shows off leg or décolletage-the emphasis is on the silhouette. The best place to start is with the proper foundation undergarments:
While Spanx® is one of my favorite lines; $32 for a pair of hosiery may not be your thing. Luckily they have a budget-friendly Assets® by Sara Blakely® line at Target! Their high-waist mid-shaper is perfect for both skirted and pant outfits and is just $16 bucks:
Next we build the silhouette with basic staples that can be layered, dressed up or stand alone. You definitely want these key staples:
A Sheath Dress: It must have enough structure to stand alone, and be fitted enough as to not bulk up your layering. I prefer to have shapers built in, like this Sheath Dress with Power-Mesh Control by Shape fx® for Spiegel:
Or if you prefer your shaping separate, this basic sheath from Liz Claiborne for JC Penney makes a perfect addition without straining your budget:
A Pencil Skirt in a Strong Fabric: You want to have a structured skirt with a hint of stretch to serve as a strong base to compliment softer tops or jackets. Olivia keeps most of her tops and jackets feminine (for example, utilizing shapes like peplum over boyfriend-y jackets) so you want a strong skirt to balance it out. I love NY & Co’s 7th Avenue Ponte Pencil Skirt:
A Straight-Leg Pant: Same idea as the skirt; strong fabric with a hint of stretch. These Worthington Pants from JC Penney give you plenty of room to accessorize-especially at $22 dollars!
Statement Bag: Olivia. Does. NOT. Do. Trendy. Her accessories and outerwear scream “timeless”. To get your Pope on, grab a statement bag in a neutral color, like this shoulder bag from Aldo:
Neutral Pump: Did you ever notice her shoes? I didn’t either; I just noticed her walk! Keep it simple and put-together with a basic pump, also from Aldo:
Traditional Pieces with Non-Traditional Shapes: The best part about Olivia’s style is she makes timeless items trendy by switching up the shape & detailing. A great remix for a traditional trench is this double-breasted cape style by NY & Company:
Another way they’ve remixed the basics is by playing with hard and soft detailing, like this tweed skirt with faux-lather piping by Liz Claiborne:
It is the perfect strong base for a feminine top like this one:
So there you have it; for less than $200 bucks you can get your own Scandalous Style!
Ladies, what were your fave looks from Scandal?