You may have noticed that I’ve been gone for a minute.
Just one short month ago we thankfully, welcomed another year. I personally entered 2013 with more “New Year’s” optimism than usual. The Obama-esque message of hope and change were more than just a slogan for me. And I’m not talking politically, but in life in general. Unfortunately within that short period of time, several life events had effectively popped my balloon of excitement. Instead of feeling inspired by fashion, I’ll just say me and my TV remote, Sade, Phyllis Hyman, Stevie Wonder and Rihanna have been well acquainted. (I know Rihanna doesn’t seem to mix with this group, but trust me it works). But I know it’s now time to get off my hind parts, and trade in those ballads for some hustler anthems . Anyone for a little Rick Ross? (Well, maybe Rickey Rozay isn’t the best example this week, but I digress). I’m back y’all and please forgive this long post. It has been 3 weeks.
Did you see last night’s Scandal? YES! IT WAS EVERYTHING!!! EVERY. SINGLE. THING.
In case you can’t tell, I am a serious Scandal fan; a Gladiator if you will. (That’s the nickname or the main character’s team, and Scandal’s devoted Twitter followers). Whether it’s the brilliantly written script, the superb casting, or the way I’m emotionally spent and needing a cigarette afterwards (I don’t really smoke), I’m here for ALL of it. I am especially here for the talented Kerry Washington and her character Olivia Pope: fierce, fabulous and fashionable as hell. Can we talk about the Ms. Pope’s wardrobe? No matter the situation, Olivia Pope brings her sartorial A-game. Here are 4 style lessons we can take from the Olivia Pope playbook:
1) Say Yes to Lighter Hues- Week after week, Olivia Pope proves that charcoal greys and basic blacks are not the only route to a professional look. Ditching the status quo, Pope’s penchant for earth tones, pastels and light greys really capture our attention. Her look is always crisp and polished; strong yet feminine.
2) Casual dress can be chic (and sexy) - Pope’s transition from work to weekend is always seamless. Even during her off hours, Pope is always pulled together. Plush sweaters, capelet coats, a fabulous pair of boats, and a classic handbag are part of Pope’s off duty go-to arsenal. Nobody does casual like Olivia Pope. And of course, the tailoring is perfect.
|Can you say "Authority"? |
Ms. Pope owns her space
3) A killer trench coat is a must! Don’t underestimate the importance of outerwear my friends. The right trench coat provides the piece de resistance to any ensemble. Worn in bright hues, a trench can add a needed pop of whimsy; worn monochromatically it can convey elegance and sophistication. And since the trench coat is timeless, it's a great investment.
4) By all means, Accessorize- Accessories are key in upgrading any outfit and Olivia Pope works hers like a charm. Whether she’s adorning silk blouses with her signature long chained necklaces or working a fabulous pair of opera gloves, Ms Pope knows how to make a statement.
What about you? Do you watch Scandal? Are you a fan of Olivia Pope's style?