NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 15: Mariska Hargitay is seen attending the NBC Upfronts dinner at Marea on May 15, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
TV - Movies
Law & Order: SVU
Fans Can't Stand
This Noticeable
Olivia Benson
Mariska Hargitay has played “Law & Order: SVU’s” main character, Olivia Benson, since the very first season, and the character has become so popular that The Washington Post named Benson "America's ideal female television character." However, there's something about the SVU commanding officer that bothers even her biggest fans.
Fans have noticed something about Olivia Benson that can no longer be overlooked — her wardrobe. One Reddit user noted, " there a reason they are constantly dressing Olivia in these boxy blazers with shoulder pads?" Another user quipped, "Those power suits with the shoulder pads is apparently the only dress style choice for a strong single female protagonist since like the late 80's.”
"SVU" costume designer Juliet Polcsa said of the wardrobe choice, "If there is one word that we probably use more than anything else, [Hargitay and I] look at each other and go, 'Is this badass?'" Whether viewers love or hate the blazers, they've started to make their mark as Olivia Benson's wardrobe staple, as one Twitter user pointed out. "...every time I see a blazer in a store, the first thing I think is 'Olivia Benson would wear that."