TV Fashion: Olivia Benson from 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' (NBC)
And though we aren't talking Sonny Crockett levels of style, Benson is able to pull off a lot of chicness without taking a lot of risks. First and foremost, let's consider the color options for cops in
And speaking of racks, for whatever reason, Wolf had the good sense to let Hargitay's beauty shine through with a wardrobe that often highlights the curves the actress inherited from her famous mother,
In her more official moments, her blazers and jackets again tend to accentuate her shape, but they are more relaxed with softer shoulders - think quintessential
Where we start to see the gumshoe problem rear its head is from the waist down. A properly equipped detective needs to carry her piece, her rod, her lead dispenser - and that requires a holster and a belt capable of holding one. While we have nothing against big belts or big belt buckles, hip holsters have been out since the Lone Ranger. We suspect Benson chose this type over a shoulder holster because the latter would seem to frame her chest in an abnormal fashion. So a wise decision there, we think.
Slacks in shades of gray, blue and black that give the vibe of durability and comfort are next on the list. Consider straight-leg trousers from Rebecca Taylor and Alice & Olivia as excellent options.
And don't forget the key to the Benson/Hargitay look is the smoky eyes. Deep, dark, mysterious eye shadow goes a long way to catching the bad guys. "Ching, ching."