The latest season of Scandal just kicked off on Feb 27, and we couldn’t be happier about the return of our favorite gladiator, Olivia Pope. Lyn Paolo, the stylist for the show since its premiere, had this to say about her aesthetic for Olivia:
“I love the idea of having Olivia, this beautiful woman, in a room full of men in dark suits, and she’s in that white suit,” the British-born Paolo said of dressing Kerry Washington. “She just epitomizes strong femininity. I wanted her to just sort of glow, and ultimately look so feminine, and very Jackie O. She’s Kate Hepburn, basically.”
Kate Hepburn indeed! We love how the colors used on the show fluctuate depending on Olivia’s mood. This week, to celebrate the return of the show, we thought we’d do a recap of our favorite looks (in no particular order) worn by Pope over the last few seasons.
This gorgeous trench coat by Tory Burch has become the standard Olivia Pope go-to piece. We love the classic, clean lines and gold hardware.
Louise Green White Hat / Jean Fares Couture Gown
Scandal stylist Lyn Paolo has mentioned before that the Louise Green hat and Jean Fares gown were two of the trickiest pieces to use on the show. The gown had to be taken in a few sizes to fit actress Kerry Washington, and many different brim sizes were considered for the hat. We adore both the hat and the gown, as they’re gorgeous statement pieces. Those soft lines of the vintage gown are perfectly feminine and accentuate Washington’s tiny waist beautifully. The hat, although a little out of the norm for Olivia, is the perfect structured accent to her established aesthetic.
This navy, high-collared jacket by Alexander McQueen is the perfect outfit topper. Paolo rarely styles Olivia in a head-to-toe suit, preferring instead to mix and match pieces from different designers. The delicate buttons and slightly flared waist helped to soften the sharp angles of the shoulders and collar.
The combination of the soft pink of this double breasted Armani coat with the perfectly tailored grey slacks is a fashion home run. We also love how a pretty patterned tote was added for a little visual interest. It’s the perfect outfit for looking chic on a cold day!
Black and white is a color palate that’s used frequently on the show. The stylist Paolo has explained before that they play with color to show the different shades of Olivia’s mood. Olivia was conflicted in the scene (as evidenced by the mix of black and white), and we adore this gorgeous white lace with black lace cap sleeves.
We want to hear from you! What are your favorite looks from Scandal? Did we include them here?