In addition to a passion for fashion, the Fab Four Fashion ladies are quite fond of the ABC show Scandal. Not only does Shonda Rhimes’ addictive plots have the ladies hooked, but Olivia Pope’s wardrobe keeps them locked and tuning in week after week. The “fits” (see what I did there?), the jackets, the purses, oh my! In case you do not watch the show, please understand that this lady’s closet is so swoon-worthy that the Limited has come up with its second edition for the Scandal inspired line and articles of clothing continue to fly off the shelves. We just can’t seem to get enough. Since the season finale is just around the corner, the ladies are bidding (temporarily) adieu by transforming into Gladiators! Watch how we inject our styles and personalities while channeling the one and only Olivia Pope.
Episode 1: It’s Good to be Kink (starring Leslie)
One word….SLAY! That is what a Gladiator does and that is how this outfit makes me feel; like I can handle any situation, fell any Goliath that comes my way. You just never know what life will throw at you, so I believe that in every woman, and man’s clothing arsenal should be at least one outfit that you can throw on and feel confident that you’re ready to “TCB” at any event. You know what the infamous “they” say: dress for the job you want, not the job you have!
My Olivia Pope inspired look draws on Liv’s love of beautiful coats and her leaning toward wide leg trousers and neutral tones, but, with a Leslie twist!
I kept the base colour palette for this look tone on tone gray, keeping in mind that Ms Pope is often seen wearing ensembles that are very subdued and conservative in both colour and style. I then layered on a simply divine camel coloured sleeveless coat, belted at the waist to accentuate that area.
Now for the twist! This look just wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give it a little zing, so I slipped on these fabulous leopard print pumps and added this stunning necklace to add that Leslie flare! But, the piece de resistance was my F-R-O! I needed to add some “kink” to this look to make it all about me (sorry Liv)! Now I’m ready to handle B613 sized problems, or just deciding between Fits or Jake! (wink-wink)
Sleeveless Coat: Zara (old), Similar here or here // Sweater: Joe Fresh (sold out on-line), Similar here // Pants: Zara (old), Similar here or here // Shoes: Office (old), Similar here or here // Necklace: Stella & Dot // Handbag: Louis Vuitton //
Episode 2: White Hat’s Back On (starring Nancy)
When I think of Olivia Pope’s style, I think class, sophistication and just straight boss. The other thing that comes to mind is the color white. So much white. White hats, that phenomenal Burberry caped dust coat she wore on season 3 (yes, I still remember that coat!); basically Livy loves white. So, naturally, I had to pull out my white suit for this!
This suit is the suit of my life! It was tailor made during a trip to Thailand. I absolutely love it. Ms Pope would probably have paired her white suit with a neutral, but I had to add a dash of color to stay true to myself. First, the cowl neck sleeveless blouse is a staple – it works really well for a business casual work environment and is a nice alternative to the dress shirt.
Then we have the very yummy red Gucci purse. This baby commends attention and sets off the outfit nicely. Since I had my blast of color fix satisfied, I kept the shoe in a neutral pallet to let the other pieces take centre stage.
The plus size babes already know that they can rock a mean white suit as demonstrated by our very own Gail in her Black and White Story post. Get yours here and set it off with this printed cowl neck top.
Episode 3: Where’s the Black Lady? (starring Gail)
I’m right here and of course looking oh so fly! I was hooked on ABC’s hit show, Scandal, from the word Go! Not only was I loving the power and confidence Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, exuded but the outfits were in a word “Stellar!”
My Gladiator armour came in the form of a gray dress and crisp white shirt. The dress, by City Chic, also came with a matching jacket but I decided to forgo the jacket and sling this powdery blue coat across my shoulders Vogue editor style.
Olivia’s looks veer towards classic, paired down looks that are at the same time very luxurious. This feeling is also carried through to her accessories. I kept in that same vein by wearing simple silver knot stud earrings and a double strand Tiffany necklace and bracelet.
And of course last but not lease is the bag. Liv is never without a gorgeous Prada tote purse so of course I had to whip out mine to complete the look.
Dress: City Chic (old) Similar here and here // Coat: Marks & Spencer (sold out) Similar here and here // Shirt: Old Navy (sold out) Similar here // Shoes: Zara (old) Similar here //Purse: Prada //Earrings: Ebay // Necklace: Tiffany //Bracelet: Tiffany //Sunglasses: Ray Ban
For my tall divas out there here are some options so you can recreate my look.
Episode 4: Gladiators Don’t Run (starring Judy)
That’s right, I don’t LMAO!!
For my Ode to Pope I wanted a look that represents her amazing classic wardrobe but with a bit of my touch. She is often portrayed with nice capes or long coats with her remarkable designer handbags.
Instead of wearing a light colored outfit like Olivia Pope, I chose to wear an outfit revolving around darker tone such as eggplant and black. I started with a knee-length fitted classic eggplant dress and a three quarter sleeve black belted coat. To make my look more Capitol Hill ready, I added a pair of black 3″ t-strap heels, with a Ralph Lauren purse. Of course, I couldn’t forget the long leather gloves. Look at me now. Don’t I look like a real gladiator in a suit?
Dress: Asos (old); similar here and here // Shoes: Nine West (old); similar here //Coat: Old Navy (old); similar here // Leather gloves: Club Monaco (old); similar EBay // Purse: Ralph Lauren find similar EBay
For my Tall Gladiator Sister’s out there here is what I found for you
In our Olivia Pope Voice: You don’t get to run. You’re a Gladiator. Gladiators don’t run, they fight, they slay dragons, they wipe off the blood, they stitch up their wounds, and they live to fight another day.
~Fab Four Gladiators