Another of Olivia's closet criterions is an excellent coat selection, preferably involving large buttons. In fact, many of the most jaw-dropping fashion moments from the entire show have involved a jacket that was so fabulous it stole the scene from everyone involved – even her. Consider the chic Max Mara coat (pictured left) she wore to visit Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) in the hospital in Season 2. It was full-on finesse for Liv, especially once she paired it with those dashing Dorothy Gaspar gloves, and the excitement of the garb grabbed many an eye while all the Olitz drama unfolded around it.
Lyn Paolo, costume designer for the series, remembered how this memorable fashion moment came to be, telling E! Online, "Kerry and I fell in love with this coat but I didn't like where the sleeves hit on her arms and suggested gloves. But then we felt like it was so contrived because this was the hospital scene where she was going to see Fitz – and would she have really taken the time to put on these long gloves? And I just said, 'You know, it's a fashion moment and Olivia Pope can put herself together no matter what is going on in her life. I think we should go for it!'" For those thinking about this fashion moment with serious purse envy, it's unfortunately a pricey member of the Prada collection called the White Bauletto I Vit.Daino Talco Tu – say that five times fast — but a more affordable alternative could easily work, too.
As with this one, most of Olivia's finest pieces of outerwear have usually involved dominant collar construction, along with a little asymmetrical action. So, when trying to scoop up a suitable replica, keep the shape of the piece – and, of course, the above-mentioned tint trend – in mind. The bigger, the better, in this case. Just look to the lines on her white Burberry caped trench coat and light pink Salvatore Ferragamo coats (pictured middle and right, respectively) for shaping inspo before the winter wear window browsing begins.