I like this from behind:

The stripes are effective — sort of a sexy circus tent, which I do mean as a compliment despite the invocation of something that usually encases sawdust and acrobats. But what I can’t decide is if I would’ve liked it better if she’d just never turned around:

If this had been long and flowy with the black and white stripe motif, would it have been more interesting than another mullet dress? Do we think the block of satin is an effective piece of trim, or one piece of geometry too many? And does that top fit her, or constrict her? Do those shoes belong with a different outfit entirely, because they’re not providing enough sex appeal? And are you as happy as I am that the Scandal midseason time jump meant Olivia Pope’s hair calmed down from that insane and stiff and dated and kind of unflattering poofy flip? A rousing fab to THAT, for sure.

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