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Power women inspire work wardrobe

Washington - For your work wardrobe, why not look to well-dressed characters from the popular TV shows House Of Cards, The Good Wife and Scandal.?

What would Claire Underwood, Kalinda Sharma and Olivia Pope wear? To deconstruct the individual style of these powerful women, we headed for a downtown Washington executive suite, where our models could pose in the best new clothing picks for the northern hemisphere autumn.

Model Kelsey McGuire channels fictional fixer Olivia Pope in a tailored Erdem top. Washington Post photo by Marvin JosephNo one on TV has better coats than Olivia Pope (Scandal). Here's a buttery cashmere wrap coat  over stretch pants and a silk blouse, all from Armani. Tempering the softness are suede Christian Louboutin ankle booties.  Washington Post photo by Marvin JosephAs ruthless Claire Underwood (House of Cards), model Alex Cunningham shows off her sculpted curves in a tailored Victoria Beckham sheath. Stingray cuff completes the look. Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph)The Claire Underwood look is captured in a Victoria Beckham cap-sleeve sheath and for the exercise-obsessed Mrs Underwood, a Tory Burch for Fitbit metal hinged bracelet. Washington Post photo by Marvin JosephTom Ford's portfolio bag (top) sends the "I mean business" message. Designer Annabel Ingalls champagne-colored satchel gives a lift to a black dress.  Washington Post photos by Marvin Joseph)Model Alex Cunningham, as Kalinda Sharma, the investigator on The Good Wife, in a Veronica Beard jacket over Colette ribbed knit dress. Washington Post photo by Marvin Joseph)

By the way, actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia, and “Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo have partnered with The Limited for a collection mining the crisis management expert's style. It will hit stores in late September.

The looks:

No one on TV has better coats than Olivia Pope. We suggest a buttery cashmere wrap coat from Armani ($3,425) over stretch pants ($395) and a silk blouse with a ruffle at the neck ($775), both also from Armani. All priced at Neiman Marcus in Washington. Tempering the softness are suede Christian Louboutin ankle booties ($1,095, Bergdorfgoodman.com).

Janet Kelly, My Little Bird™/Washington Post

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