I mainlined two and a half seasons of Scandal over my extended Christmas break (more on that when the third season returns in February), and as anyone who watches the show can imagine, I’ve had pale handbags on the brain. Olivia Pope is a tote girl (woman, really) through and through, but I prefer a shoulder bag. Specifically, I prefer the Rachael Ruddick Le Trop Shoulder Bag, which is thoroughly modern but will set you back less than $400.

Like most people, white bags make me extremely nervous. (Not everyone is as careful with their red wine as Ms. Pope, after all.) That’s why a reasonably priced alternative makes so much sense – even if you only make it through a single season before it’s totally trashed, at least you didn’t spend premiere-designer money on it. With its black edging and white hardware, this version from Australian-born designer Rachael Ruddick is sophisticated enough for use at work, but the petite size and long shoulder strap mean that it could work in more casual atmospheres as well. Not that Olivia Pope has ever been known to throw on jeans and a tank top, of course. Buy through ShopBop for $370.

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