Veep Season 1: The Wardrobe

One of my favorite TV shows currently running (which I’ve also recommended on the blog), is Veep, starring the fantastic Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the Vice President of the United States.

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I love Veep because it’s a very funny, sometimes brilliant show which also has great fashion (especially for those who have more formal workplaces). I remember reading an interview with Veep’s costume designer, Ernesto Martinez, where he stated that Selina was a politician who was self made, wealthy. and not afraid to show it – always a fun attribute to have when it comes to a character’s wardrobe. Accordingly, there are some great pieces and fantastic jewelry.

Veep has had three seasons so far, and it was fun to watch them again and see how Selina’s wardrobe evolved throughout. This week’s post will focus on season one. Enjoy!

One of the first looks we see – this great form fitting red sheath dress. I love how flattering it is on her.

I found one very similar from Nicole Miller (you can adjust to neckline to make it more demure).

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Paired with the dress? Of course a delicate, and stunning layered necklace.  The most famous iteration of this of course is from Tiffany “Diamonds by the Yard“. I also found a version from Kate Spade for under $130.

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Heading out to an evening event, dress and jacket coverup.

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A shot of the tank dress and the star of the show, this citrine necklace.

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Onto the next episode. A classic black dress which reminds me a lot of Black Halo’s “Jackie O” style.

You can find a great gold necklace like Julia’s from Marco Bicego, or one from Ralph Lauren for under $70.

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Next! Another red sheath dress, this one longer sleeved, and paired with a string of what look like Tahitian pearls.

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Another deep collared dress.

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I like the addition of this bright green necklace here – unexpected and lovely. I like Kendra Scott’s version, and at $78 it’s likely way less expensive than Julia’s!

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The next day, wearing the black pearls from earlier but covered with chic black trench. The best place to find a black trench? Burberry of course – which Julia’s is.

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One of the most conservative outfits we see Julia in during the season – the costume designers said that they referenced Sarah Palin for her TV appearance.

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I like this suit combination better and think it suits Selena better as well – a simple black cut with a leopard shirt underneath. And the same pearls from earlier.

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The classic black shirt, gold necklace, and black handbag. The bag Julia wears throughout Season 1 is the Lanvin Happy.

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Now, in a rare show of brighter color – this pink sheath dress. A bit Jackie O, eh? I like this version by Three Dots, although it’s a lot more casual. Victoria Beckham also makes a very nice, work appropriate sheath.

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Great matching pumps right? They are Manolo BBs, of course!

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Another black suit and leopard. I like the rounded lapels on her suit – reminds me a bit of Moschino.

I also like this leopard blouse from Joie – and it’s 40% off!

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One of my favorite looks from the first season – this great sleeveless purple dress. This version from Black Halo was the closest I found.

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And look at that amazing pearl necklace! You just know that strand is real, too. I found a nice “almost real” string of pearls, under $50.

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A double breasted black suit – this reminded me a lot of Chanel.

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Another traditional suit, this time decorated with a large brooch.

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And finally this silk blouse. The color of the blouse is lovely on Julia but what I really loved were the three layered necklaces. The jewelry on this show never disappoints.

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All right – that about does it for my wardrobe recap for Veep, season one!

Lessons learned by me while doing this synopsis?

1. Know your best “neckline”. You never see Julia in a crew neck throughout the season – she’s always has some dip in the neckline. I personally have always had problems with crew necks myself – I have broad shoulders and when I wear high necks, I tend to look even broader. I’m not sure if that’s why Julia wears deeper necks…but she looks phenomenal in them.

2. Unique jewelry is a must. I love how Julia not only has some amazing jewelry pieces, but she unabashedly wears them over and over again throughout the season. They’re a great asset and are integral to all our outfits. I’ve vowed never to talk about politics on this site…but can I just say that I see nothing wrong with female politicians wearing beautiful, expensive pieces? I’d rather see Van Cleef on C-SPAN than on Real Housewives!

3. Have a good tailor. Everything Julia wears is super tailored to her body and fits perfectly. You can see the benefit of that here. I know that I’ll be taking some items to my tailor in the next few weeks…after all, why spend so much money on clothes if we aren’t going to make sure they fit perfectly?





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    July 21, 2014 at 8:47 am

    K, please, please, please can you delete you know what or put it back into draft – thank you.

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    July 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Thanks Katherine! – Veep is great and JDL always looks fabulous!

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    July 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Great show! I love it and really feel like it is even funnier now, as though on Season Two they really got up-to-speed with the comedic timing and ridiculous plotlines… This post is awesome as she dresses how I dress for work every week.

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    July 22, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Thanks for this post, Katherine! I love this wardrobe, great inspiration photos, and since I don’t watch tv I’d have never seen it. My take on this wardrobe: powerful yet feminine, conservative yet definitely not boring!

    Understanding what necklines look good on you is definitely a part of understanding your body-type and what style clothing best suits you. Crew-necks, boat-necks, and some v-necks look best on me & always get positive comments. Turtlenecks, cowl-necks, and scoop-necks I definitely avoid.

    Your “lessons learned” comments are helpful & give me a perspective I sometimes don’t think of, thank you for this, too. I look forward to your posts on seasons 2 & 3!

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      July 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Hi Glenda if you love funny TV and were/are a fan of Seinfeld and other HBO shows I recommend trying this one out sometime 🙂 I’m so glad that you love her wardrobe, it gets more fun in the later seasons!

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        July 23, 2014 at 5:57 am

        Thanks for your reply, Katherine. I do watch movies on Netflix and I know they have tv-shows, too, so I’ll try to find Veep to see that wardrobe!

        You are right, too, about tailoring. I’ve had a few pieces made for me, but usually I buy off the rack and go straight to a tailor, because rarely does anything fit me well right off the rack. Even my Lands End shaped tee-shirts, which otherwise fit like a dream, are too long for my taste so I have them hemmed. An expensive garment can look cheap, or at least doesn’t meet its potential, if it doesn’t fit well. A mid-priced garment can look rather expensive and elegant when it fits well.

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    July 22, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Hello! I actually bought a pair of the Halogen ‘Marlie’ Calf Hair Pointy Toe Pump at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but in the grey/leopard print during my second round! My heel height limit is 3 inches and I can actually walk comfortably in these without a chaperone to catch me (my husband). I was a little wary about the skinny heels but I felt stable. I feel like I made a good decision with this purchase since you’ve recommended it. Thanks!

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    July 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Can you do Reese Witherspoon from This is War? Love her wardrobe in that movie!

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      July 24, 2014 at 10:09 am

      I’ve never seen this movie. Must add it to my list!

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    July 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I absolutely love this show and JLD’s outfits! Thanks for posting.

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      July 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Glad to meet another Veep fan 🙂

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    July 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Love these. Please do recaps on Suits (all the female characters), GCB, The Pretender (Ms. Parker), Eye of the Beholder (Michael Kors I think ). Keep them coming

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      July 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      I’ve been meaning to watch Suits! Maybe I can start this show and do some fashion recapping at the same time 🙂

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