Professional, Smart & Chic – Nanette Lepore Diamond Dazzle Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Here’s a pretty new knit dress from Nanette Lepore that does a great job combining always professional black and white with a feminine silhouette and deco design motif.

Nanette Lepore Diamond Dazzle Dress - professional fashion - office style #commandress

This dress looks so versatile – but much more interesting than your standard little black dress!

In addition to colorful accessories, the dress’ black and white pattern provides a perfect backdrop for experimenting with mixed prints.

Imagine how sharp this dress would look paired with dark floral pumps like the ones recently featured here and here. Is it possible that I’m feeling a little too excited about this imaginary desk-to-dinner outfit right now? Probably not.

The Nanette Lepore Diamond Deco Dress is $378 from Neiman Marcus or Zappos.

Neiman Marcus March Dollar Off Event – today you can save $100 off your $400 purchase from Neiman Marcus with promo code MARCH. I’d thrown in an item by Hanky Panky to get the deal!

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Standout Floral Prints – Shopbop Sale Event

Shopbop has a tiered sale event starting today that includes a bevy of standout floral prints.

Here are the details of the sale, which lasts through March 7 – Spend $250+ and Save 15%; Spend $500+ and Save 20%; Spend $1000+ and Save 25% with promo code BIGEVENT15. The discount includes full price and sale merchandise with some exclusions.

If I could get my hands on one item, it would be these Marc by Marc Jacobs Jerrie Rose Pumps in mirror metallic leather ($398). And then I would never buy another pair of shoes again. Or at least I would try very hard not to.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jerrie Rose Pumps - metallic floral print #commandress

For the traveler, there is a lovely selection of black floral luggage and accessories by Tumi. I particularly love this Tumi Black Floral Nylon Q Tote, which could also be used as a handbag ($245).

Tumi Black Floral Nylon Q Tote - stylish travel accessories #commandress

If you’re looking for a new dress that you can easily transition from cold weather to the spring and summer, check out this Tory Burch Vine Issy Print Jersey Michele Dress ($276.50 on sale; regularly $395). The understated botanical print and mid-tone green make this dress extremely versatile.

Tory Burch Vine Issy Print Jersey Michele Dress - professional botanical print - how to wear floral to work - office style #commandress

 

 

More Shopbop Favorites – Eye-Catching Colors & Prints

 

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Ted Baker London Cascading Floral Print

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Over the weekend I happened upon a gorgeous new cascading floral print from Ted Baker London and had some fun hunting down a lovely selection of clothes and accessories in this rich fall floral.

Ted Baker London Cadcading Floral Print - rich fall floral #commandress

Here’s the dress that started it all – the Ted Baker Sakina Cascading Flora Skirt Dress ($295 from Zappos or Nordstrom). This is a fantastic desk to dinner dress; I would cover the sheer sleeves with a black cardigan or jacket at the office.

Ted Baker Sakina Cascading Floral Print Skirt Dress - rich fall floral in a lovely desk to dinner design #commandress

The print also makes a fantastic business casual outfit with this Ted Baker Pleated Cascading Floral Top ($195 from Ted Baker) paired with dark jeans (but pick a cut that’s not so skinny for most offices) and sleek separates.

Ted Baker London Pleated Cascading Floral Top - rich fall floral business casual outfit - professional fashion | office style #commandress

You could also enjoy a more subtle pop of eye-catching floral with this Ted Baker Cardigan Atilla Cascading Floral ($195 from Bloomingdale’s), which features a floral panel on the back.

Ted Baker Cardigan Atilla Cascading Floral - professional fashion - office style #commandress

The print looks fantastic in accessories too. A couple of my favorites are the Ted Baker Matya Cascading Floral Bowler Satchel ($250 from Bloomingdale’s) and the Ted Baker Adecyn Cascading Floral Heeled Shoes ($221 from ASOS) shown below.

Ted Baker Satchel Matya Cascading Floral Bowler - professional dark fall floral handbag - office style #commandress

Ted Baker Adecyn Cascading Floral Heeled Shoes - dark fall floral pumps - professional fashion - office style #commandress

 

 

More Favorites – A Gallery Dark Fall Floral Clothes & Accessories from Ted Baker

 

 

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Wear This Dress Anywhere – BCBG Adele Wrap Dress in Dark Ink Brushstroke Print

Have you had an argument about The Dress yet?

I’ve had many disagreements about color over the years – particularly blue v. purple once you hit the dark blue / indigo /violet range – but the intensity of this debate is unprecedented.

The article about The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress may help you agree to disagree with your loved ones – if you still love them today.

And for the record: it’s #whiteandgold

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I thought about The Dress when I discovered that the latest lovely print for the BCBG Adele Wrap Dress looks like it has a cobalt background on Nordstrom’s website, but appears to have a navy background on Zappos and BCBG.

At least that’s how I see it.

BCBG Adele Wrap Dress - Dark Ink Brushstroke Print #commandress

BCBG Adele Wrap Dress - Dark Ink Combo Brushstroke Print #commandress

Can we just agree that this is a great looking dress?

It’s also a perfect color palette for transitioning from fall to spring – and the sort of polished but effortless style that you could dress up or down for any sort of occasion.

The BCBG Adele Wrap Dress is $198 from Nordstrom, Zappos or BCBG.

I’ll post a gallery of the current prints for this beloved wrap dress after today’s newsletter goes out!

 

BCBG Adele Wrap Dress – A Gallery of Lovely Prints

 

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Fashion Flashback – Pinstripe Jeans Reimagined by Ann Taylor

The Commandress feature ‘Fashion Flashback’ by Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach features the author’s 1980s fashion retrospectives as a new way to understand – and inspire – contemporary fashion styles.

This past weekend during a break from a wrestling tournament – yes, a wrestling tournament – a friend and I went shopping. As we wandered into Ann Taylor, my jaw dropped when I spied with my disbelieving eyes a pinstripe jeans revival!

Do you remember this classic 1980s style?

1980s vintage high waisted pinstripe jeansWhile Ann Taylor’s pinstripes are certainly a nod to this 1980s fad, the updated styles look fresh and fun.

Ann Taylor’s Modern Railroad Stripe Super Skinny Jeans in Placid Blue ($69.50 on sale; regularly $98; available in regular, tall & petite sizes) reeled me in. The pinstripe is narrow and subtle enough to remind me that the pinstripe jeans I owned in the 1980s looked stiff and awkward by comparison.

Ann Taylor’s Modern Railroad Stripe Super Skinny Jeans in Placid Blue - Commandress Fashion FlashbackThe next item to catch my eye was these Ann Taylor Curvy Skinny Stripe Jeans in Wet Stucco ($69.50 on sale; regularly $98; available in regular and petite sizes). The wider stripes make the pinstriping more noticeable and lively.

Ann Taylor Curvy Skinny Stripe Jeans in Wet Stucco - Commandress Fashion Flashback

While I like both styles of pinstripe jeans very much, I must confess that after my initial scan of the jeans on display my attention turned to these Ann Taylor Curvy Floral Skinny Ankle Jeans in Dark Sky ($98 in regular & petite sizes). The symmetrical abstract flowers scattered across the print are playful in a refined way – just the way I like it.

Ann Taylor Curvy Floral Skinny Ankle Jeans in Dark Sky - Commandress Fashion Flashback

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Rest Your Eyes on This – Tibi Tattoo Print Sunray Pleated Dress

In “Rest Your Eyes on This,” Commandress takes a mini-vacation to spotlight something that is lovely and delightful – regardless of its practicality or its price.

Yes, yes, yes – today’s dress is well above our usual price range. But the subversive in me could not resist featuring a “tattoo print” that you can wear to work.

Tibi Tattoo Print Sunray Pleated Dress - creative professional fashion & style #commandress

That is one cool dress! It’s perfect for the creative industry – or a professional social event. It would also fit right in at a conservative office with a blazer or cardigan.

Here’s a closer look at the dress paired with heels – as well as that fantastic print.

Tibi Tattoo Printed Sunray Pleated Dress - creative professional fashion & style #commandressTibi Tattoo Printed Sunray Pleated Dress - creative professional fashion & style #commandress

The Tibi Tattoo Print Sunray Pleated Dress is $698 from Tibi, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s or Neiman Marcus.

 

More Views of Tibi’s Dress Design & Tattoo Print

 

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

Nordstrom has a great selection of new markdowns for Hugo Boss right now – including dresses and separates that are 40-50% off. It’s a great opportunity to get higher end professional clothes at midmarket prices.

This Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top was one of the first items to catch my eye. The combination of black, white, grey and pops of purple make this a perfect floral to wear to work. It’s also washable.

Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top - professional fashion | office style #commandress

Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top - dark floral business casual - professional fashion |office style #commandress

The Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top is marked down from $215 to $128.98. It’s still available in all sizes – probably because few people want to pay over $200 for a “T-shirt.”

Over $100 may be hard to swallow too, but I’ve found that simple jersey tops in higher quality fabric are the type of item that I end up wearing over and over for many years.

I also factor in the savings from not having to dry clean the top. I wash my nicer clothes inside out in a lingerie wash bag and then air dry them to prevent wear and tear.

I’m also a big fan of Nordstrom’s lingerie wash – which is often quietly recommended by salespeople at other department stores. It works in HE machines and is available in lavender or fragrance-free.

Nordstrom Intimates Large Mesh Lingerie Wash Bag - how to wash your delicates #commandressNordstrom Lingerie Wash in Lavender - even sales people from other department stores quietly recommend this wash! #commandress

 

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If you love this print, Bloomingdale’s also has it in a dress. The Hugo Boss Black Orchid Print Jersey Sheath Dress is currently on sale for $281.25 (regularly $375).

Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Sheath Dress - professional fashion | offices style #commandress

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Oscar Glamour – Channeling Lupita Nyong’o’s Modern Pearls

Oh, the Oscars – what a fabulous evening that seems to take place in a galaxy far far away. I won’t even try to pretend that I tune in for anything other than the red carpet fashion parade – and to catch a few moments of pure glamour.

Lupita Nyong’o was clearly this year’s winner. Not only did she look radiant – she also gave brand new meaning to the phrase dripping in pearls. Literally: her Calvin Klein gown was made from 6,000 pearls – and she looked stunning indeed.

I love a modern pearl, so of course this red carpet look sent me hunting for the newest ways to wear them. Here are my three favorites!

I’ll also add a Shop the Post with more modern pearl styles after today’s newsletter goes out.

Ben-Amun Pearl and Crystal Tassel Necklace

I have long been an ardent fan of pearl tassel jewelry – particularly necklaces and earrings designed by Ben-Anum. This Ben-Anum Imitation Pearl Tassel Necklace is the latest update and features a simple and elegant art deco design ($330 from Shopbop; Made in the USA).

Ben-Amun Imitation Pearl Tassel NecklaceBen-Amun Pearl Tassel Necklace

Kendra Scott Dani Earrings in Ivory Pearl

I usually think of Kendra Scott for brightly colored stones, but she also has a beautiful selection of white and ivory mother of pearl jewelry. These Dani Earrings in Ivory Pearl and Gold or in White Pearl and Silver are a perfect size to wear every day ($52 from Kendra Scott).

Kendra Scott Dani Earrings in Ivory PearlKendra Scott Dani Earrings in White PearlKate Spade Ziba Cat Eye Sunglasses in White Mother of Pearl

It doesn’t surprise me that Kate Spade would come up with a novel way to wear your pearls. These Kate Spade Ziba Cat Eye Sunglasses in White Mother of Pearl are the perfect way to update a classic style ($145 from Kate Spade or Bloomingdale’s).

Kate Spade New York Ziba Cat Eye Sunglasses in White Mother of Pearlkate spade ziba sunglasses - white mother of pearl

 

Shop the Post – Modern Pearl Jewelry by Ben-Amun

 


 

Shop the Post – More Modern Pearl Jewelry & Accessories 

 


 

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At Ease, Smart & Chic – Sam Edelman Packable Floral Down Jacket

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office.

Did you know that floral down puffer jackets are a thing?

How fun – and what pretty way to make cold weather more tolerable. It’s also a perfect cold-weather item for the type of girl who gets much more excited about the après than the ski.

The first time I oohed and aahed over a floral down puffer jacket, I had to give up that dream mighty fast because the object of my desire was made by Moncler. And cost over $1000. Gulp.

Here’s a peek at the luxury market for floral down puffer jackets.

Moncler Alisia Floral Down JacketMoncler Alisia Floral Down Puffer Jacket

Today I’m delighted to report that Sam Edelman (of the famously affordable Sam and Libby shoe brand) has come to my rescue with a fantastic floral down puffer jacket at an attainable price point.

Sam Edelman Packable Floral Print Down Jacket

I. LOVE. THIS.

The Sam Edelman Packable Floral Print Down Jacket is $128 from Nordstrom. A similar jacket is also available in a longer version from Zappos for $200.

If a windbreaker would better suit your needs, check out this water-resistant Sam Edelman Floral Print Hooded Jacket, which is $118 from Nordstrom.

Sam Edelman Floral Print Hooded Jacket

A similar jacket is available from Zappos ($180) and Lord & Taylor ($133 on sale).

I’m not sure why the prices are so different, but I’ll include images from each of the stores – as well as another Moncler beauty – in a Shop the Post after today’s newsletter goes out.

 

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Talbots is looking mighty fresh this spring! I’m particularly enamored with their new Chic Pindot Suiting Collection – including the pencil skirtsleek straight-leg pants and two-button blazer shown here.

Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting - professional fashion | chic office style | spring suit #commandressTalbots Chic Pindot Suiting - professional fashion | chic office style #commandressThe black and white combination is perfect for spring, but I would wear this suiting with rich jewel tones the minute it finally warms up this winter!

The Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting Collection includes a Two-Button Blazer ($199), Heritage Chic Pindot Straight-Leg Pants ($119) and Chic Pindot Pencil Skirt ($99).

The collection is available in misses sizes 0-20 as well as petites.

Talbots Heritage Chic Pindot Straight-Leg Pants - professional fashion | chic office style #commandress

Talbots Chic Pindot Pencil Skirt - professional fashion | chic office style #commandress

The suit looks lovely paired with the Talbots Floral Band-Collar Shirt ($89.50; washable) in the first image above, although I would be happier with the Talbots Watercolor Floral Sweater ($79.50; washable) that is also shown below.

Both tops look lovely, but I usually find sweaters easier to wear and more comfortable than blouses.

Talbots Floral Band-Collar Shirt - professional fashion | chic office style #commandressTalbots Watercolor Floral Sweater - professional fashion | chic office style #commandress

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