How to get the look of TV’s women in power

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This fall TV season is filled to the brim with female-driven shows about women in politics. From crisis management to CIA analysis, these ladies are tough, powerful, and made to be leaders. Not only are they blowing up the small screen, but they look great doing it. No more boring pantsuits or sweater-sets—these women are all about sleek looks, daring trends, and killer heels. Here’s how you can get the look from four of our favorite political shows.

Olivia Pope from Scandal

Scandal

Let’s be honest—Olivia Pope is all about the jackets. From awesome fitted coats to perfectly draped trenches, she rocks outerwear like no one else can. Her business-wear is also an interesting mix of structured and draped, like this white top and sleek gray slacks. A long necklace and practical gold watch complete the look.

Selina Meyer from Veep

Veep

Selina loves bold colors, and this red sheath dress is perfect for her high-profile job. A tailored blazer makes the look office appropriate, while a sleek tote will help her stay organized—not that she’ll be carrying it herself (that’s what Gary’s for, right?).

Elizabeth Faulkner McCord from Madam Secretary

Madam Secretary

In Tea Leoni’s new CBS political drama it appears that Elizabeth McCord might be the least high-maintenance woman in power ever. She rejected a stylist (at first!), wears button-downs to dinners with world leaders, and generally seems to be indifferent toward her wardrobe. So of course we needed to put her in a simple (but still sophisticated) look, with a plain black pencil skirt and practical flats.

Charleston Tucker from State of Affairs

State of Affairs

The new Katherine Heigl NBC thriller doesn’t premiere until November 17, but based on the trailer, her character favors feminine silhouettes with an edge. If any political woman on this list is going to wear leather to a meeting with the president, it’s Charleston. Add some daring accessories and she’s ready to get to work at the CIA.

Which look would you wear as a woman in power? Let us know in the comments!

Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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