If you’re one of the zillions of Scandal fans out there, you already know that our one true hero, Olivia Pope, returns to television after a too-long holiday hiatus in a little over 24 hours. In the two-and-a-half seasons of Scandal that have already transpired, DC political fixer Olivia, played by the excellent Kerry Washington, has become something of a wardrobe icon for women who work hard, love luxury and want to look both professional and totally feminine in both their professional and personal lives. Naturally, that means she’s carried a ton of covetable handbags, and we’re here to help you get her look.
More than anything, Olivia always looks luxurious. That’s largely because she is the sort of fictional character who can constantly drink red wine from impossibly long-stemmed glasses without every spilling a single, solitary drop on her pristine, dove grey cashmere, but it’s also because the materials and colors that she wears are picked very carefully. Pale neutrals give off an air of elegance because they show off a material’s quality and aren’t as commonly worn as darker neutral like black and navy, and that idea extends to Olivia’s handbag choices, which are featured fairly prominently in the series. Like any good corporate raider with a sense of style, Olivia is first and foremost a Prada girl, with bags from the Twin Pocket Tote to the Saffiano Lux Tote on her arm in most episodes.
Olivia sometimes deviates from Prada, but she never deviates from her signature look: simple (but not boring) totes or satchels, carried in the crook of her arm, always in pale or mid-tone neutrals with the occasional black bag thrown in. Her bags are always expensive-looking, but they’re never conspicuously branded. If I worked in a conservative place, I’d want to dress like her every day. Below, we’ve selected over a dozen of the best ways to embody her handbag style, including the Prada tote that she carried practically all last season.