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Getting into Character: The 5 Essentials for Olivia Pope

Olivia Pope, the lead character of Scandal's Five Essentialsicon

Olivia Pope's Five Essentials, Bottega Veneta tote, Valextra suitcase, Mark Cross Scottie, Tom Ford Natalia, Valentino clutch

Olivia Pope of ABC’s hit political thriller Scandal is not a woman to be messed with. Played by stunning actress Kerry Washington, this no-nonsense D.C. press aide runs her own crisis management firm, so she has no time for fashion emergencies. She’s a hard worker, and needs her bags to be just as highly functioning. Olivia’s sleek, conservative look can fit in any situation. She’s at the top of her field, and the best need to look the best (dress to impress is the mantra, after all!). “She’s this incredible balance of strength and femininity,” Washington claims. That femininity comes into play in the soft color palette of Olivia’s wardrobe. She works in Washington, but that doesn’t mean she has to dress like a dull black and navy-suited prepster! Thanks to her globetrotting, she’s well versed in sophisticated international designers (think Armani and Escada). And you’ll see many looks from season one showing up again this year, a testament to Olivia’s classic taste and need for easy, practical fashion. No showpieces! Here are some of the bags I imagine she would carry:

Bottega Veneta Tote Bagicon

Bottega Veneta Marco Polo Toteicon: This top handled tote is appropriately low-key. The design of the leather is a new take on the label’s signature intrecciato, making the bag both modern and classic. With its lightweight feel and an optional crossbody strap, this Bottega is ideal for Olivia’s busy life.

Valextra Suitcase

Valextra Small Trolley: Constantly on the move, Olivia only does overnight trips, so she needs something that can be carried on. Available in black and tan, the Valextra Trolley will stow away perfectly in any plane, train, or automobile!

Mark Cross Scottie Bag

Mark Cross Scottie Small Satchel : This bag is quintessentially American, just like Olivia. It comes in red, but black would be her choice.

Tom Ford Natalia Bagicon

Tom Ford Large Kidskin in Natalia Bagicon : Olivia is not a trendy girl, preferring to fly under the radar. The large gold lock on this Tom Ford bag would be as close to trendy as she would get.

Valentino Clutch

Valentino Jewel-Clasp Watersnake Clutch : Olivia is summoned to tons of state events, so in spite of their limited functionality, clutches are necessities for her. This elegant Valentino would be the perfect way to introduce a little sparkle into her evening look (optional shoulder strap included, of course).



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