If Carey Mulligan had worn this dress, we would've keeled over from a massive boredom attack.
But Kerry Washington has given us enough excitement in the past that we can maintain consciousness when she dons something simple.
The actress attended a panel for Scandal at the Variety Emmy Studio in West Hollywood on Thursday, looking subtly elegant in a black Calvin Klein shift.
Her Roger Vivier shoulder bag almost blended into the background, but spunky Louboutin pumps knocked some energy into the ensem.
The heels save the look!
[Image via Getty Images.]
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