We know how she got the name "Gladiator in a Suit" because Ms. Pope Gladiates everything she wears. From killer capes & swing coats, an insinuating silk blouse, pretty peplums, to-die-for trenches, tailored trousers, badass blazers or a stunning gown, all accompanied by a statement bag and those fabulous elbow gloves! Olivia's style is both captivating and sophisticated. She nails it, effortlessly and just like that #ItsHandled. I am literally obsessed with everything this chick wears. When you hear her heels clicking, know that's the sound of Dior, Armani, Manolo Blahnik, Valentino, Ferragamo, Miu Miu, or Gucci. These designers and many more work closely with the set stylist in sending their look book prior to collections hitting the store. In a perfect world, I would not only play dress up in Olivia's closet but own everything in it...just donate your wardrobe already Liv! Thanks to costume designer Lyn Elizabeth Paolo who creates the Scandal character's flawless look, we can appreciate the femininity of a woman embracing fashion while still being a power house in the working world- living up to my favorite saying, "be about your business AND look good while doing it." However, in Ms. Pope's case, "good" is a definite understatement. Whether Liv is lounging in a cowl neck sweater on her cozy couch eating popcorn and drinking wine or sticking it to you in a fitting suit, you can bet she's on point! Being Olivia plays a dominant role on the show, Paolo wanted to soften her look by choosing lighter color palettes and intersecting her style between elegant and timeless as opposed to staying trendy and current. This is evident through all six seasons. Have you ever put together your own Pope Piece? Here's my take on recreating my favorite professional style muse. I opted for an all white ensemble from Express including the Columnist Ankle Cut-Slim Leg Pant, a Ribbed Short Sleeve Sweater, topped with a Sleeveless Waistcoat and a pair of Ankle Strap Heels from Aldo. Do you think my outfit was Gladiator worthy? Comment and share some of your favorite looks using the hashtag #ItsHandled. Click Own It Like Olivia to view my Pinterest board for more Olivia Pope inspired ensembles. Until next post XOXO!

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