Kontrol Your Style: Olivia Pope Fashion 101

Unless you were living under a rock last night you probably were watching the hit ABC and Shanda Rhimes show “Scandal.” Rhimes once again did not disappoint when it comes to the drama, fast-talking, ultimate heart-palpitation giving scandals. Someone else who didn’t disappoint was the stylist to the star character Olivia Pope played by this years Best Dressed winner, Kerry Washington.

Kerry has positioned herself as not only a huge fashion icon in real life but also on the television screen as her character Olivia Pope, has a signature style and glamorous appeal.

You may be wondering how you can get the Olivia Pope style and I have just the techniques, key pieces, and stores to shop.





Olivia Pope is known for mainly wearing white but she also wears soft neutrals, greys and pastels. To get the Olivia Pope look aim to buy colors along these lines. The soft neutrals, whites, and greys give off a stream of elegance and maturity. For higher budget fashionista’s shop at stores or websites like Valentino or L.K. Bennett. For lower budgets try K.La, Farfetch.com, or Dillards.


Olivia Pope almost always has on a pair of white or grey trousers. Find a pair that you love and wear them with suede wedges or platform pumps.


Purchase a really nice large leather handbag. A neutral color like black or cream would be perfect. But make sure it’s leather. When it comes to handbags the investments ends up being worth it so no shortcuts here ladies. I’ve only noticed Olivia Pope carrying Prada handbags on the show so try there first. If not, try Michael Kors, Coco Chanel, or Dolce & Gabbana. You can find Michael Kors bags marked down about 60% at stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s. I bought one a month ago for $125. The bag retailed for $465.



Avoid excess ruffles, and prints when attempting to dress the Olivia Pope way. Instead aim for slim fitted dresses with cow necklines or wide collars. Throw on a necklace with your look—preferably pearls; it adds elegance and allure.



Oversize collars and large lapels are mandatory to achieve the scandlaous look. If you’re petite like Kerry Washington then strong, bold shoulders give you a presence. A leg to stand on when in a room full of big egos and powerful men. For large budgets try stores designers like Tom Ford, Tory Burch, or Dior. For smaller budgets try Target, Dillards, Belk or Kohls.

Salvatore-FerragamoRemember to keep your makeup simple and natural. Eyeliner and mascara are a must but cheeks should be pale, lips nude, and lids bronzed.

Use these tips to achieve the perfect Olivia Pope style.




Porsha Deshannon

Porsha Deshannon is a freelance writer and lives in Atlanta, GA. She began her career as a journalist for The Urban News in Asheville, NC and Assistant Editor for the Hilltop News. She is an avid fashion follower and writes cutting-edge style and beauty articles that inspire women to be there absolute best.

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