Fact: 'Scandal's Olivia Pope Has the Best Coats

Scandal's Olivia Pope — Washington D.C.'s best "fixer" and the self-appointed leader of the "gladiators in suits" — has resumed her Thursday-night primetime residency. And as any devoted Scandal fan would expect, the show's return comes with the promise of another season filled with Pope's signature dressed-in-mostly-white style, which happens to be both enviable and impeccable. What's more — the third season promises another tour de force of the most amazing coats, jackets, and perfectly draped outerwear to be seen on TV. Let's review the facts.

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Scandal's Olivia Pope — Washington D.C.'s best "fixer" and the self-appointed leader of the "gladiators in suits" — has resumed her Thursday-night primetime residency. And as any devoted Scandal fan would expect, the show's return comes with the promise of another season filled with Pope's signature dressed-in-mostly-white style, which happens to be both enviable and impeccable. What's more — the third season promises another tour de force of the most amazing coats, jackets, and perfectly draped outerwear to be seen on TV. Let's review the facts.

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Last week's Scandal season three premiere set the bar high when Kerry Washington, as Pope, came storming into the not-so-top-secret panic room bunker in a crisp white caped Burberry trench coat, a look straight off the Burberry Spring 2013 runway

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The leading lady's coat and jacket repertoire reads like a who's-who of high-end designers, which has me convinced that being really good at crisis management has its stylish perks. 

Here, Pope storms down another hallway in a croc-embossed jacket combo by Max Mara.

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A sneak peek of what she wears in episode 302, airing this Thursday at 10 PM ET on ABC.

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This is one way to make an entrance — in a draped, blush-colored Salvatore Ferragamo wrap coat. Oh yeah, and that's a Prada bag, too.

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Meeting Huck for the first time, in a Burberry double-breasted Bridgeford trench coat no less.

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Hospital showdown in a white military-inspired Ann Demeulemeester number.

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Channeling a little bit of that Jackie O. spirit in a Akris bouclé jacket.

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Another tense confrontation, another Burberry coat. All in a day's work for Olivia Pope.

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A serious expression to go with a serious gray Armani jacket.

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Spotted in yet another blush-hued coat — this time by Armani — and if that isn't enough, she's also carrying a Goyard tote.

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Ignore the constant panick-y face, and focus on the awesome gold detailing of this Tory Burch trench coat.

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Doing campaign things in a leather-patched Escada jacket layered over a Ralph Lauren sweater.

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Kerry Washington, as Olivia Pope, strikes a very Mad Men note in this Max Mara coat. To finish, the look is paired with creamy-hued accessories: Dorothy Gaspar leather gloves and a Prada tote. 

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