10 Work-Ready, Olivia Pope-Approved Looks from the “Scandal” Clothing Line
There’s no reason to hunt for a fall-ready work wardrobe — that’s been handled by the gladiators at The Limited, who teamed up with the TV show Scandal for a fashion collaboration available in stores and online starting September 23. And yes, for those of you counting down the days until you find out Where on earth is Olivia Pope, the collection drops just two days before the show’s season four premiere.
While that date is one loooong week away, today The Limited has released the lookbook full of the 42 Olivia Pope-approved pieces, which both Kerry Washington and Scandal costume designer, Lyn Paolo had a hand in shaping. Priced from $49 to $248, the collection is everything a gladiator-in-training could ask for, including sleek cream trousers, chic necktie blouses and, of course, power coats for days — from checked capes to pastel wrap coats to gray belted jackets (and the elbow-length gloves to match).
There’s no doubt the show-inspired line will be an absolute hero to your 9-to-5 look — get a first glimpse at the 10 must-have outfits that channel Liv’s iconic confident style.
1. New Neutrals: Liv’s preferred neutrals are decidedly more feminine, think: blush pinks, dusty blues and rich grays that will add just the right amount of punch to your power suit.
2. Suit Alternatives: Ditch the blazer — you can still look like a #GirlBoss in these boardroom-ready jackets. Details like a button neck and peplum high pleat make us *actually* want to get dressed for work.
3. Wear (the) White (Hat): Be the go-to good girl in head-to-toe white, Olivia’s signature hue. A long metallic necklace will dress up the look just fine, though there are always those gloves…
4. Sophisticated Separates: Liv is known for living in not-so-basic basics, and now it’s your turn to take a spin in next-level separates like chic blouses and flared-to-perfection trousers.
5. Statement Outerwear: Those coats! They’ll add instant polish to any outfit when you’re dashing out the door to save the day. Toss it on, wrap it, work it.
Which pieces from the Scandal collection are basically in your virtual cart already? What are your favorite aspects of Olivia Pope’s style? Are you SO FREAKING PUMPED for Scandal‘s premiere? Tell us in the comments below.
(h/t + photos Racked)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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