Kerry Washington—everyone's favorite Scandal character—has mastered a personal style that manages to be polished and elegant, yet trendy and current. Whether it's on the red carpet of the Oscars in strapless Miu Miu, on the set of Extra in a flirty skirt, or on the cover of Elle magazine in Marc Jacobs, Washington nails it time after time. She showed up bright and early to appear on Good Morning America in New York City. Wouldn't it be nice if you could always look this chic in the morning, too? I know I’d love to roll out of bed and into a classy color-blocked outfit. When you pick it apart, though, it’s actually not a super complicated look. Her outfit goes to show how even simple pieces in bold colors can make a big impact! If you’re searching for an outfit for a casual date or day at the office, look no further than our picks to get the star’s chic style.
Coral Shift Dress
The Scandal star's coral shift dress is far from scandalous. I love the versatility of a higher neck (perfect for adorning with statement necklaces) and straight, flattering cut—it makes for the perfect piece to transition from work to a nice dinner out. You can color block like Washington with a red blazer, but the coral color would also look classy with navy accessories like a jacket or tote.
A slightly oversized blazer with a relaxed shape layers nicely over dresses. Look for one that is a little longer so it won't hit you in a weird place. Dark reds are the most common summer color, but I think it pairs nicely with brighter colors like corals or pinks. You’ll be able to wear it in the fall, too, with printed skinny jeans or over a long-sleeve maxi dress.
White Cross-Body Bag
We've heard that white is the new black, at least when it comes to bags. Give your tired black tote a rest and replace it with a crisp white cross-body bag that will pop against the bright colors of your outfit. Subtle details, like an envelope flap, trendy trapeze shape, or top handles, make the bag look extra sophisticated.
You can't go wrong with a pair of pointy-toe pumps. Neutral snakeskin patterns are the most versatile of animal prints and the right pair will make your entire outfit look so luxe.