The Look for Less: Olivia Pope From ABC’s “Scandal”

Unless you were living under a rock last week, then you already know that ABC’s “Scandal” had its season three premiere. And everyone’s favorite “fixer” Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, brought her oh-so-chic style game back to prime time television. Probably one of the most talked about looks from the season opener is the Burberry Prorsum Caped Duchess Satin Trenchcoat that Olivia wore to her “pow-wow” with Fitz and Mellie in the secret bunker. It was all types of fabulous!

"Scandal's" Olivia Pope made a stylish return on the series' season three premiere episode. (Photo: Screengrab from YouTube.com)
“Scandal’s” Olivia Pope made a stylish return on the series’ season three premiere episode. (Photo: Screengrab from YouTube.com)

The coat’s winter white hue is arguably the new cold-weather neutral and the small details (read: the capelet, belt and button tab cuffs) help take the entire outfit to the next level. This jacket would look fabulous with just about anything — even jeans.

Olivia wore it with a pair of sleek taupe trouser pants and a nude-ish Prada leather bag with matching pumps.  In an interview with HarpersBazaar.com, the show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo explains how she came up with Olivia’s look for this scene:

“. . . when Olivia is ready to confront Fitz and Mellie, she is a gladiator. Her white Burberry trench coat is more than a trench, it is her armor. Kerry [Washington] and I consciously chose to keep the coat fastened all the way to her neck for the dramatic scene in the bunker, the cape on the coat adds to the overall effect. For me, she is a “super hero” in this moment. Also, let us not forget the introduction of our new Prada twin pocket purse.”

However, at $2,595 retail (it’s made from cotton and mulberry silk) this Burberry trench isn’t the most practical purchase you could make this season. But, don’t fret! Check out the photo gallery below for similar budget-friendly alternatives that won’t empty your entire savings account — all are under $250.

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Where to shop: 1. Ecru Military Coat, $248, whitehouseblackmarket.com | 2. Wool Trench Coat, $134.40, victoriassecret.com | 3. BCBGMaxAzria Women’s Button-Front Trench Coat, $202.50, amazon.com | 4. Via Spiga Short Wool Blend Trench Coat, $149.90, nordstrom.com | 5DKNY Colorblock Trench, $180, zappos.com

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor


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