I’ll admit that I was one of those people who watched all seven seasons of Scandal. Yep, I binge-watched it for two months straight. No other TV character has quite been able to hook me (or cause inconsolable grief) quite like Olivia Pope. And from the show’s creation came another blessing: my Kerry Washington obsession. And while she’s been in the limelight since 2000, I must admit that I didn’t follow Washington’s style with the same ferocity until seeing her in the role of the ultimate gladiator. It must have been the trench coats that did it for me.
But Washington’s style is by no means limited to one character. In fact, she’s been known to cause quite the scandal with her red carpet looks (sorry, I couldn’t resist) and regularly looks chic off-duty. In many ways, Kerry has always been the walking embodiment of the type of woman we all want to emulate—both on-screen and on the streets.
Ahead, you’ll find the wardrobe staples you always can spot on Washington. Because you might not be able to be Olivia Pope, but you can certainly pour a big glass of red wine, fill up a big bowl of popcorn, and wear the same luxurious cashmere coat as her.