At Ease, Smart & Chic – Ivanka Trump Tadora Embellished Ballet Flat

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

Have you made any exciting weekend plans yet?

I’m planning to check out Southern arts and crafts at the Root City Market – including jewelry and other fun stuff that is made in Atlanta.

And of course I’ll be shopping the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection on Sunday – don’t miss this post if you’re planning to check it out!

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These are the kinds of activities that call for cute and comfortable shoes – and I’m not surprised that Ivanka Trump has designed exactly the type of flat I have in mind.

Ivanka Trump Tadora Embellished Floral Pointy Toe Ballet Flat #commandress

The Ivanka Trump Tadora Embellished Ballet Flat in pink and green floral fabric features a chic pointy toe, d’Orsay styling, and sparkling crystals. It’s about $135 from Nordstrom or Zappos.

Right now you can also get this Ivanka Trump Tadora Flat 25% off during Lord & Taylor’s Friends & Family Sale (use code FRIENDS). In addition, Amazon has a few sizes on sale for about $107.

The flat also looks great in solid blue, white and black – you can check out each of these colors at Nordstrom.

Disclosure – this post includes affiliate links. 

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Business Casual Makeover – Sunny Spring Knits by Ming Wang

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Today’s post is written by – and features! – Amy Bergsma Schwarzenbach.

Knitwear has long been a favorite of mine. I love clothes that are comfortable and easy to care for – but of course they also have to look great!

When an item that I love is machine-washable, wrinkle-free and travel-friendly, I feel like I’ve struck gold. Such is the case with my new jacket and shell from Ming Wang.

Ming Wang Knits - Citrus Scroll Jacket and Floral Tank #Commandress

Ming Wang is known for high quality knit separates that add effortless polish and sophistication to a busy woman’s wardrobe. The clothes are also designed to last. Ming Wang knitwear is made with high quality fabric that does not pill, retains its shape and does not fade.

The line offers a variety of classically styled separates and dresses in both refined neutrals as well as a versatile range of seasonal colors. My favorite new pieces for spring and summer are a collection of sunny citrus colors and scrolling prints.

Ming Wang Knits - Citrus Scroll Jacket and Floral Tank #Commandress

This post features the Ming Wang Floral Print Knit Jacket in Tequila Sunrise ($270 from Nordstrom) and Ming Wang Floral Pattern White Tank Shell ($122 from Nordstrom).

I am as pleased as punch with this new warm weather look. These pieces work with my existing wardrobe, easily take me from day to night, and feel great on. The colors and fabrics are also beautiful.

The jacket and shell look terrific with dark jeans or white pants. They would also look terrific with a straight, white skirt.

Ming Wang Knits - Citrus Scroll Jacket and Floral Tank #Commandress

I also love Ming Wang’s flattering fit. The brand emphasizes its ability to flatter women of all sizes and silhouettes.

If you run into me this spring or summer, you may very well catch me wearing my new favorite statement pieces!

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Ming Wang is available online from Nordstrom and Dillard’s.

You can find my orange ballet flats here or here and a similar pair of dark wash jeans here.

Thank you to Julien Purpura for taking these pictures!

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Disclosure – This post includes products provided by Ming Wang and also includes affiliate links. As always, all opinions shared here are our own. 

The Commandress Guide to Conquering Lilly Pulitzer + Target from the Comfort of Your Own Home

The big day is almost here: the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection arrives in stores and online this Sunday!

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Collection #commandress

As the temperature rises and I seek summery prints for my wardrobe, a brand that I always turn to for inspiration is Lilly Pulitzer. The brand has an upbeat, classic American look that is full of color and whimsy.

Some of my earliest memories include Lilly dresses and trips to the Lilly Pulitzer store in Naples, Florida while visiting my grandparents. It’s hard to think of a brand that reminds me more of warm weather and summer holidays.

Now over 250 lovely Lilly Pulitzer pieces will be available at Target prices – including iconic Lilly shift dresses and bikini sets in several vibrant prints.

We at Commandress find the entire collection delightful!

In addition to women’s apparel, the collaboration includes jewelry, footwear, accessories, bags, home décor, girls’ clothing and even beauty!

The Collection will also include Plus size clothes – but only online.

Today we’re featuring our favorite items – as well as tips for making sure you get your top picks.

We’ll update this post with direct product links with the collection goes live Sunday morning.

Lilly Pulitzer + Target – Amy’s Top Picks for Commandress

Speaking of shift dresses, my favorite is the sunny Fan Dance Shift Dress ($38). The pink, green, and yellow color scheme is classic Lilly. I love the white lace ribbon detail that runs down the center of the shift. I actually recall having a very similar dress as a young girl.

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Fan Dance Shift Dress #commandressLilly Pulitzer’s tropical prints always look divine on swimwear. What woman isn’t a sap for a colorful and cheerful swimsuit? My eye is on the Boom Boom one-piece swimsuit ($40) and My Fans Push Up Halter Bikini Top ($24) and matching High Waisted Bikini Bottom ($24). Whether you’re at the beach in Florida or beside the country club pool, you will love the way you look in either.

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Print Boom Boom One Piece Swimsuit #commandress

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Print Bikini #commandress

The Upstream Jumpsuit is one of my favorite items ($40). I especially like its halter top. It is so cool, it almost leaves me speechless, but instead I’ll share a quick story. My husband’s aunt Linda, who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is going to a wedding in California this summer. She purposely chose a jumpsuit to wear because she did not want to look like a stereotypically Southern matron. She was on the right track! If there is anyone else out there with the same worry, this jumpsuit quashes that image.

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Upstream Jumpsuit #commandressThere are two tops that especially stand out to me. I think everyone is going to want the spectacular Nosie Posey Tank Top ($22). The second top on my list is the Sea Urchin For You Halter Top ($26). Blue and white is one of my favorite color combinations and this print is so joyful. One of my personal favorite looks is pairing a summery top with white slacks, jeans, capris, or shorts depending on the occasion. I see women who define themselves as preppy, classic, traditional or trendy all loving and wearing both tops with panache.

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Nosie Posey Tank Top #commandress

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Sea Urchin For You Halter Top #commandressSpeaking of Nosie Posey. I really, really want the Nosie Posey Espadrilles ($24) or Flip Flops ($14). Summer just isn’t complete without both types of shoes – and I won’t be able to get enough of this print.

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Nosie Posey Espadrilles #commandress Lilly Pulitzer + Target Nosie Posey Flip Flops #commandress

Rounding out the stand-outs . . .

For times you want to show off your pedicure the Pineapple Gold Sandals ($30) are precious.

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Pineapple Gold Sandals #commandress

Among the collaboration’s dozen scarves, the Wavepool Fringe Scarf ($20) is lively and distinctive.

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Wavepool Fringe Scarf #commandress

Of the tote and weekender bags, I want . . . wait for it . . . the Nosie Posey Weekender Bag ($50). The gold handle and strap add some fun bling.

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Nosie Posey Weekender Bag #commandress

Finally, the collaboration would not be complete without jewelry. The stand-out piece is the Starfish Cuff Bracelet in Gold ($20)

Lilly Pulitzer + Target Starfish Cuff in Gold #commandress

Tips for Shopping the Lilly Pulitzer + Target Collection

  1. Target stores will carry the Lilly Pulitzer + Target Collection, but we highly recommend using Target’s website instead – unless you love the thrill of competing with a crowd of eager shoppers in person. (And yes, we believe that there will be crowds).
  2. Here’s some good news if you plan to shop in your slippers: some items are available online only – including many of the shoes and accessories. Online only items are labeled in the lookbook.
  3. Decide which items you plan to buy before Sunday.
  4. Get your online account in order before Sunday. If you don’t have a Target account, create one. If you do have a Target account, make sure it is up to date (including credit card info) and you know your password.
  5. The Lilly Pulitzer + Target Collection will go live in the early morning hours on Sunday – most likely around 2 a.m. (Yes, that says 2 a.m.) Check the website as early as you can.
  6. Returns are easy. Each online item should indicate that you can return it to any Target store. There will be a 14 day return window.
  7. If you suspect that the website is overloaded, place multiple small orders. Once you have more than $25 in your cart, ground shipping is free. Order your favorite items first. Abigail learned this lesson the hard way when some of her favorite Missoni x Target items sold out and disappeared from her Target cart before she finished her order. It was tragic.
  8. Don’t give up if you don’t get something you want. Target may add new stock of some items later and there will be returns. You may find what you’re looking for later online or in a store.
  9. If the website crashes, you can also place telephone orders at 1-800-591-3869. If possible, you should have product numbers handy. (As an aside, I suspect that some of my younger readers have never placed a “telephone order” – doesn’t it sound quaint?)
  10. And finally, good luck!

Disclosure – this post includes affiliate links for Target.

News & Updates – Commandress on Instagram

My sister Amy and I are planning some exciting updates for Commandress in the coming months!

Today we want to update you about a change that we’ve already made.

As always, please let us know what you think!

Instagram

We’re becoming much more active on Instagram – along with 300 million monthly active users. Wow.

We’ve found that Instagram is a fun way to try out some of our new ideas – and share some previews along the way.

We’d love to have you follow Commandress on Instagram. Please let us know that you’re visiting from the blog so we can be sure to follow you back!

Here’s a look at one of our most recent Instagram posts, which features an outfit idea for your next warm weather getaway!

Commandress on Instagram - Summer Beach Outfit Set with Print Tunic, Off White Jeans, and Gold Accessories

Mad Men Monday – Season 7

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies. 

It’s not often (ever?) that you see Peggy in a floral print at the office, so it doesn’t surprise me that she would choose a bold color scheme and graphic print when she does wear a floral dress.

Mad Men Season 7 - New Business

Here she is with Pima – the new photographer and equal opportunity seductress (who was channeling Annie Hall’s menswear style before Annie Hall was a thing).

The print is more colorful, but this “woodblock floral” reminds me of Peggy’s businesslike floral print. I also love the dress’ understated fit and flare silhouette. The Plenty by Tracy Reese Tabitha Print Gathered Fit & Flare Dress is $148 from Nordstrom (washable).

Plenty by Tracy Reese Tabitha Print Gathered Fit & Flare Dress - professional fashion - office style #commandress

Another scene with Pima shows Peggy in a more typical geometric print.

Mad Men Season 7 - New Business

That bold print reminded me of this NYDJ Brianna Kaleidoscope Print Neoprene Dress ($168 from Bloomingdale’s; washable).

NYDJ Brianna Kaleidoscope Print Neoprene Dress - professional fashion | office style #commandress

Finally, although Joan wasn’t in last night’s episode, it’s impossible to pass up a great red dress. This Ivanka Trump Lasercut Scuba Fit & Flare Dress ($138 from Nordstrom) in Poppy features a laser cut eyelet pattern at the hem.

Ivanka Trump Lasercut Scuba Fit & Flare Dress #commandress

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At Ease, Smart & Chic – Summer Favorites – Iridescent Earrings

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

Iridescent earrings have always been one of my favorite summer staples. The designs can range from boho to elegant, but they’re always easy to wear.

Today I’m rounding up six favorites with prices ranging from $14 to $125.

Commandress Summer Favorite - Iridescent Earrings | Alex and Ani Flame Stargazer Earrings | Miguel Ases Drop Earrings | Panacea Abalone Earrings | Dabby Reid Elizabeth Earrings | Alexis Bittar Iridescent Bee Earrings | Laura Tanner Druzy and Labradorite Gemdrop Earrings

(1)  Alex and Ani Flame Stargazer Earrings ($38 from Alex and Ani; Made in the USA)

(2)  Miguel Ases Prehnite and Mother of Pearl Oval Drop Earrings ($70 from Amazon; Made in the USA)

(3)  Panacea Abalone Tear Drop Earrings ($14 on sale from Last Call; regularly $30)

(4)  Dabby Reid Elizabeth Drop Earrings ($28 from Nordstrom in six colors; Made in the USA)

(5)  Alexis Bittar Iridescent Bumble Bee Stud Earrings ($125 from Shopbop and Nordstrom; Made in the USA)

(6)  Laura Tanner Druzy Labradorite Gemstone Drop Earrings ($68 from Laura Tanner Jewelry; Made in the USA)

 

 

Disclosure – this post includes affiliate links for Alex and Ani, Amazon, Last Call, Nordstrom and Shopbop. 

Class It Up – The Classic Wrap Dress

In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach shares ideas for taking your wardrobe to the next level.

Does your wardrobe include a wrap dress? Maybe ten?

The only wrong answer to this question would be “none.” Wrap dresses are universally flattering and versatile. From work to a cocktail party, from a shower to a dinner, it’s always easy to throw on a wrap dress and change your jewelry for the occasion at hand.

By nature of the design, wrap dresses have surplice, or v-shaped, necklines that are very feminine, but powerfully so.

Today we are profiling four irresistible knee-length wrap dresses from brands we love. There is, indeed, a wrap dress for every woman who wants one.

First, a post about wrap dresses must include one from its creator, Diane von Furstenberg. In either Midnight or Black, DVF’s point collar, long-sleeve New Jeanne Two Jersey Wrap Dress will be a wardrobe staple for years to come ($276 on sale from Nordstrom; regularly $368).

Diane von Furstenberg New Jeanne Two Jersey Wrap Dress in Midnight Navy - professional fashion | office style #commandress

High quality and British flair make Boden’s long-sleeve Wrap Dress in Navy Scallop an excellent choice. I love the mod pattern and flattering vertical design. For readers who like to avoid the dry cleaners, the good news is it’s machine washable ($88.80 on sale in regular, petite and tall; regularly $148; also in Black, Blue Scallop, and Mandarin Scallop).

Boden Wrap Dress in Navy Scallop - professional fashion | office style #commandressWe love BCBG’s Adele Wrap Dress – which is updated every season in a variety of gorgeous prints. There is something striking about BCBG’s Adele Jersey Wrap Dress in this new Poinsettia Combo Print. Between its sophisticated warm weather color palette and the “ribbon-like” detail along the surplice, this is a stunning wrap dress. It is also machine washable ($198 from Nordstrom).

BCBG Adele Wrap Dress in Poinsettia Combo Print #commandressRounding out our selection of wrap dresses is Pendleton’s long-sleeve Breezeway Dress in Salmonberry/Ivory Zebra Knit Print. Technically it’s a wrap-style dress, which is also very figure flattering. And it’s washable. ($159.00 in regular and petite from Zappos; $169 in plus).

Pendleton Breezeway Wrap Style Dress #commandress

 

Pendleton Plus Size Breezeway Wrap Style Dress #commandress

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $50 – Kendra Scott Jo Bar Stud Earring Set in Mixed Metal

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

A friend recently asked me to recommend a graduation gift for a college senior, and this Kendra Scott Jo Bar Stud Earring Set in Mixed Metal is the first thing that came to mind.

Kendra Scott Jo Bar Stud Earring Set in Mixed Metal - gift ideas for her under $50 #commandress

This earring set gives you a great jewelry wardrobe that is both office appropriate and a little edgy –  a combination that is appealing to women of all ages. The set includes silver pave, textured gold, and geometric rose gold – all that for $45.

I’m including another image below because the earrings are smaller than I imagined. They look lovely here with the Kendra Scott Connie Necklace in Iridescent Drusy ($150; also available in rose gold drusy and multi  iridescent drusy).

Kendra Scott Jo Bar Stud Earring Set in Mixed Metal - gift idea for her under $50 #commandress

The Kendra Scott Jo Bar Stud Earring Set in Mixed Metal is $45 from Kendra Scott and Bloomingdale’s.

The Kendra Scott Rooney Stud Earring Set in Mixed Metal is another fun gift option for $60.

Kendra Scott Rooney Stud Earring Set in Mixed Metal - gift idea for her under $75 #commandress

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Fresh Fashion Finds – Hobo’s Watercolor Floral Collection

Sometimes you want the purse you carry to make the statement. Or sometimes, you want your statement piece to be more subtle – such as a wallet pulled out on occasion.

This spring, Hobo hit the mark with its eye-catching line of Watercolor Floral print bags and wallets. The print reminds me of an abstract floral painting that nods toward Impressionism. It’s a feminine print that is chic, but not girlie – a sophisticated and grown-up floral.

Hobo applied this cheerful print to several styles of clutches and bags made of top-grain leather with a glazed finish.

The Hobo Lauren Double Frame Clutch features a traditional clutch style that is perfect for a special occasion during the day or night ($128 from Nordstrom).

Hobo Lauren Double Frame Clutch in Watercolor Floral #commandress

A smaller – but very versatile option – is the Hobo Darcy Leather Crossbody Bag, which can function as a crossbody bag, shoulder bag or wristlet ($108 from Nordstrom).

Hobo Darcy Leather Crossbody Bag in Watercolor Floral #commandressThe most contemporary styled choice is the Hobo Daria Crossbody Bag with its angle flap entry. It can be worn over the shoulder with an optional chain strap or carried as a clutch ($108 from Nordstrom).

Hobo Daria Crossbody Bag in Watercolor Floral #commandress

The most sporty pick, the Hobo Mara Crossbody Bag, is also the largest in the Watercolor Floral collection. If you are like me and traveling light is a perennial challenge, this may be the best option ($148.00 from Nordstrom). But, as you can see below, this small but mighty bag holds an impressive amount of necessities!

Hobo Mara Crossbody Bag in Watercolor Floral #commandressHobo Mara Crossbody Bag in Watercolor Floral - holds a lot for such a compact bag! #commandress

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In addition to these beautiful bags, Hobo made several wallets in the Watercolor Floral print.

The Hobo Sadie Wallet is a trifold style with space for a cell phone ($118 from Nordstrom). Very smart, indeed! If carrying a cell phone is not a worry, then the Hobo Jill Trifold Wallet, a smaller trifold, is a good choice ($78 from Nordstrom).

Hobo Sadie Wallet in Watercolor Floral #commandressHobo Jill Trifold Wallet in Watercolor Floral #commandress

Finally, if you prefer the structure of framed wallets, choose between the larger Hobo Vera Frame Clutch Wallet or smaller Hobo Alice Wallet (each style is $108 from Nordstrom).

Hobo Vera Frame Clutch Wallet in Watercolor Floral #commandressHobo Alice Wallet in Watercolor Floral #commandress

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Mad Men Monday – Three Professional Dresses with Mad Men Style

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies.

Last night’s midseason premiere marked the beginning of the end for Mad Men. Sigh.

The episode was notable for several stomach-turning moments of sexism – including a client meeting from hell for Peggy and Joan.

It always makes me happy to see this odd couple working together. But then they inevitably lash out at one another using the same appearance-based insults and judgements that they all too frequently receive from men (endless variations of “you’re too pretty” and “you’re not pretty enough”).

This promo picture is all the more interesting following their criticism of one another’s appearance and clothing. Peggy is wearing the power red that usually belongs to Joan – and Joan is wearing a print in the bright shade of pink that Peggy deems too bright and suggestive for the office.

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson and Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris (Frank Ockenfels - AMC)

Their work uniforms – Peggy’s textured tweeds and Joan’s bold sheaths – are polar opposites, but I thought they both looked lovely in this episode. So rather than pick a side, today I’m featuring a Joan dress, a Peggy dress, and a hybrid.

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This NYDJ Gracelyn V-Neck Crepe Sheath Dress in Punch is a perfect Joan dress – though I’d keep an eye on how low cut the neckline is in person. The dress is $168 from Nordstrom and Amazon in this bold pink or a rich shade of navy. It’s also hand washable.

NYDJ Gracelyn V-Neck Crepe Sheath Dress in Punch - professional fashion - office style #commandress

The graphic print of this Nic+Zoe Circle Punched Knit Fit & Flare Twirl Dress ($218 in Regular or Petite; hand washable) reminds me of the masculine-meets-feminine quality of Peggy’s style.

Nic+Zoe Circle Punched' Knit Fit & Flare Twirl Dress - professional fashion - office style #commandress

And here’s the hybrid: Nanette Lepore’s Seascape Boat-Neck Sleeveless Knit Sheath Dress (Made in the USA; $398 from Neiman Marcus), which combines a sheath silhouette  with a pink textured fabric and an eye-catching black hem.

Nanette Lepore Seascape Boat-Neck Sleeveless Knit Sheath Dress - professional fashion - office style #commandress

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