Friday, April 24

Fashion Friday: Scandal-ous

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On a request, we're channeling Olivia Pope in this week's Scandal-ous Fashion Friday. 

Both on and off screen, actress Kerry Washington is know for her sophisticated style. Through crisp cuts and clean lines, she always has a look ready to rock the White House and help America’s upper crust through some sticky situations.

While describing Olivia’s powerful look to Vanity Fair, Kerry reminded us that “people come to Pope and Associates on the worst day of their lives. I’m giving them the hard truth. Olivia is a person who is really smart about the performance of identity—she tells people how to dress for court, or for a press conference. So she, herself, would make a similar decision about her aesthetic.”

We channeled Olivia’s “Gladiators in Suits” mentality by pairing black Jessica Simpson slacks with a crisp white button-down from Christopher & Banks. The contrast of black-on-white piping along the shirt coupled with white-on-black piping of this Macy's jacket make the perfect power duo.

But no look is ever complete without accessories. "The biggest thing for me are the shoes," says Kerry in a recent interview with Huffington Post. "I’ll wear Uggs around set, but I can’t rehearse a scene in them because I don’t feel like Olivia until I put the shoes on. Shoes define how you walk in the world and how you stand, like: what is your posture in life?" In a world where things are never just black or white, these houndstooth heels from Nordstrom's can go with everything when the going gets tough. 

With a busy schedule to keep, a watch like this one from CJ Banks is absolutely necessary to stay on track. Rounded out with Ralph Lauren sunglasses and a Coach purse catch-all, we think there is no doubt this outfit would make Olivia proud.

On figuring out fashion for herself, Kerry had these words of wisdom to pass on for readers of  Marie Claire: "I just put myself in a boot camp of figuring it out—and realized that I really loved it. I guess because I came to it later in life, I realized, 'Oh, going to a fashion show is like going to the opening of Degas at the Met or going to see Swan Lake.'" Here at HTMH, we completely agree. A good outfit is a work of art, and Ms. Washington certainly wears her art well.

Jamie Ohl (@browneyelovely)

Published: April 24, 2015