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Veep Season 2: The Wardrobe

Earlier back I reviewed season one of one of my favorite shows, Veep, as part of my wardrobe recap series. Today we’ll be diving right in to season two!


First up – a red long sleeved shift dress, flattering and of course very appropriate and conservative. You can find a similar one here (in more of a magenta tone) from Tahari. I chose this picture though more to show you Julia’s gold Cartier watch, since I know her jewelry was a favorite for many of you.

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Making a public speech. Julia’s wardrobe is all pretty pricey but this coat to me looks very similar to the J.Crew “Lady Day” version.

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In a darker, conservative suit. You see her bag again, which we first saw in season one. It’s the Lanvin quilted “Happy” bag.

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A shot of her gold necklace.

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In a super office chic outfit, with a white silk blouse, thick patent black belt, and patterned pencil skirt.

For white blouses, I still love Equipment’s slim signature versions. As for the belt? I don’t think anyone makes statement belts better than Alaia.

The pearls are from Mikimoto’s “Pearls in Motion” line.

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A conservative navy suit, with a string of great pearls, of course.

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A little green sheath dress and a crochet patterned cardigan on top. This outfit reminded me a bit of Michelle Obama. I love the emerald shade, and found a similar dress under $100 from Ellen Tracy.

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One of my favorite looks from the season, and unfortunately I could only grab a good shot of the top of this dress. Julia always looks great in her evening wear. The sheer top is sexy without being risque.

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I just had to add this shot too, of Julia on Air Force Two. How cute are those monogrammed pajamas? I definitely have them on my list – my current favorites are from J.Crew!

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Large statement brooch…I like her makeup here.

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My favorite look from this season. First a close up of the citrine jewelry.

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And then, the whole gown. I wish I had a better picture of this gown, I think it’s gorgeous and fits Julia so well. The closest thing I could find was this Versace version (don’t look at the price tag unless you want a scare).

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Next – a purple suit. My favorite part of this outfit are the purple suede pumps! I found a similar version, also gorgeous, from Prada.

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I like this red peplum dress a lot, it reminds me of Roland Mouret. Armani makes a nice version (and you can add the Alaia belt from earlier).

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A classic navy blue sheath dress. You can find a similar one at J.Crew in different colors, too.

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Another look that reminded me a bit of Michelle Obama! I think it’s the floral dress + cropped cardigan combination. I love, love this Zimmerman as a slightly more flirty version, though this Tory Burch is also lovely and much more work appropriate.

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Love the sky high blue pumps with the whole outfit! They reminded me of Manolo BBs.

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Speaking of pumps, I had to sneak in this little shot of just Julia’s black pump (on the left). I think I read that many of her pumps in Veep are Prada, and I think I found the exact shoe.

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A bright pink shirt with those massive pearls (I found a silk blouse in a similar carmine color, here).

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And a look from the season finale – layered red necklace, classic black sheath. Perfecto!

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All right…that about does it for Veep, season two. Lessons learned?

1. Go for the knockout on evening wear. Julia has a great wardrobe overall in Veep, but my favorite looks in season two were all her evening outfits – the long black gown, the little red cocktail dress, etc. Even though I adore a “put together” formal work look, it’s hard to describe anything worn in the office as “stunning”. At night though, at formal events, you can really go those spectacular, knockout items. And it always feels awesome wearing those, right?

2. Don’t neglect your shoes! I’m so, so guilty of getting lazy with my work outfits and grabbing the same pair of black or nude pumps when I head out the door in the morning. So easy, and plus I’m often running late. I noticed however that in many scenes, it was really Julia’s shoes that put together the whole look and elevated it. Go back to the scene with the blue floral dress – I think that outfit would have looked a smidgen more boring with just plain black pumps. The blue really added that perfect touch.

3. Necklaces look great with lower necklines. I noticed something while going through all my photos of this season. In the scenes with crew neck dresses, Julia never wore a necklace. Otherwise however, if there was even a tiny dip in the neckline, there would be a necklace. And of course, it always looked fantastic (though having necklaces with pearls the size of gumdrops surely doesn’t hurt). A great reminder that sometimes a v-neck or scoop neck can look a little “bare”. It’s an easy step to add a favorite necklace at those times.


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  • Petiteish
    August 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Love these types of posts. My request is the movie Upside Down with Kirsten Dunst. Love her polished and slightly boho wardrobe in that movie! I’ve spent months trying to figure out where this blouse is from. Any ideas?

    • Katherine
      August 20, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      I hadn’t heard of that movie before! I’ll have to add it to my watch list. That blouse is lovely and I’ll try my best to find out 🙂

  • Joyce
    August 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Great wardrobe post and I’m getting interested in watching this show! Most of the pieces in the Mikimoto pearls-in-motion collection are lariat style so I will be very happy if that is a pearls-in-motion but not a lariat for a change. I gotta check that out! 🙂

    • Katherine
      August 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      You are so right, they are (I had a necklace and it was as well). So fun to play with!

  • ella
    August 22, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I want to know who her trainer is. Those arms! She looks amazing in these pics – it looks like she ratcheted up her workout schedule between season 1 and season 2.

    • Katherine
      August 22, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Her arms are amazing, you are right! Very Michelle O 🙂