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.

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,

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