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The Limited's New 'Scandal' Line Does Not Disappoint

Women across America (moms included) can breathe a sigh of relief, as Olivia Pope and The Limited are going to “fix” their wardrobe.

The “Scandal”-inspired line, a joint effort between actress Kerry Washington, show costume designer Lyn Paolo and Elliot Staples, head of design for The Limited, will debut September 23 in stores nationwide. Soon, we can all be gladiators.

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Full disclosure, as a fan of the show, and a huge fan of the wardrobe of the show, I’m biased, of course, but that fangirl status gives me a critical eye and this line does not disappoint. With 78 pieces in the collection, the looks mirror those of Ms. Washington’s no-nonsense character, Olivia Pope, with clean lines, a palette grounded in black, white and gray, with a few muted splashes of color.

As the character has such a specific style, there is always a chance that the looks would come across as costumey, but somehow, they don’t. Except for the cape-sleeved trench, which, while beautiful and elegant, should stay on the small screen. Leave that one to Ms. Pope.

All of the pieces are separates, so integrating them with whatever hangs in your closet should be easy. Pieces range from $49 for sleeveless tops to $248 for the to-be-expected Olivia Pope signature wrap coat. That’s the piece that goes on my birthday wish list.

I am a mom who works from home, so this line is mostly aspirational to me (right now I'm working in leggings and a hoodie from Costco, for shame), but for professional moms, you gals who find yourself working at an office every day, your wardrobe has the potential to get a serious upgrade with a few key picks.

There are three cuts of pants, all priced at $98, one slim ankle length and two with flare legs.

The pencil skirt for $80 should be mandatory.

Two dresses are featured, both sheaths, but one – the black/white sheath – has an especially flattering empire cut that highlights the bust and neckline.

There are a variety of blouses with great collar treatments with sleeves or without.

Finally, the coats and jackets. I am drooling.

The wrap coats look luxurious (and at $248 might be for many) and scream style. There is one with draped collar, square cut and long sleeves and the other with draped collar, ¾ sleeves, and a tulip cut. Those coats would look good over anything and add a lot of versatility in the spring and autumn months.

If you’re woman enough, take a look at the plaid capes. You can pair those with any of the skirts or trousers in the collection, but with jeans, a turtleneck and the right boots, you get the look on the weekends or around town.

My absolute favorites though, are the jackets. A fitted, structured jacket drops an instant 10 pounds on anyone. And mix these up, too, with slacks, skirts, tights or jeans.

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There is much to be said for this collection. One could argue this is a grown version of Garanimals for moms. Or that smart, well-cut clothing at an affordable price that is widely available is always welcome.

The Scandal Inspired collection will be available at The Limited nationwide from September 23.

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