Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Save 15% on Gigi New York and Graphic Image Today Only

Gigi New York, not known to host many sales, is offering visitors 15% off its fine quality products today only in celebration of Memorial Day. All products are Made in USA.

High Quality Leather Handbags Bucket Bags Made in USA

 

I am particularly enamored with the Gates Satchel in Navy made of python leather. ($475)

Gates Satchel in Navy Made in USA

Gigi New York’s sister company, Graphic Image, is also running a 15% sitewide sale today. I love the quality of the leather goods offered by Graphic Image. They make perfect gifts including wedding gifts, graduation gifts, and Father’s Day gifts.

Save on Fathers Day Gifts and Gifts for Graduates

 

This Crocodile Embossed Leather iPad Case in Golden Rod would make a great gift for dad or a grad! ($145)

Fathers Day Gift Graduation Gift

 

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Professional, Smart & Chic – How to Approach the Kendra Scott Color Bar

A few weeks ago, I realized my wardrobe was missing purple jewelry. Designing my own on Kendra Scott’s Color Bar immediately came to mind. The Kendra Scott jewelry I own is some of my favorite, so I was sure this would be the right approach. Today’s post profiles the necklace, earrings, and bracelet I made.

Kendra Scott Jewelry Color Bar Bracelet Eaarings Necklace

Have fun at your own computer or device designing fresh jewelry.

If you are interested in using Kendra Scott’s Color Bar, I recommend the following approach. Assess your wardrobe from the perspective of accessories. Do you already have accessories to coordinate with your various outfits? If not, begin a list of your wardrobe’s accessory “gaps.” Next to each outfit, write down the color or colors that would accentuate it best. Then, visit the Color Bar with your list nearby. Review the styles of earrings, necklaces, rings, and bracelets available. Decide the style that suits you personally and your outfit best and start designing! I am happy to share Kendra Scott has 70% off select styles, including Color Bar items, while supplies last.  Another perquisite – free ground shipping until Wednesday, May 27th.

Since my Color Bar-designed jewelry arrived they have seen a lot of use. The earrings are the “Elle” in purple jade. ($52)

Purple Jade Earrings Made on Kendra Scott Color Bar

 

I especially love my Purple Jade Rayne Pendant necklace. Its longer length and tassels make it fun. ($80)

Rayne Tassel Necklace

 

Until recently, I would forgo bracelets, but not when I have a lovely Purple Jade Andy bracelet in my possession. ($50)

Purple Jade Bracelet

Because I tend to forget about things that are out of sight, I invested in a Large Gold Tree Jewelry Stand from World Market. ($24.99) Hanging my new Kendra Scott jewelry on the boughs is both aesthetically pleasing and a helpful reminder!

Large Gold Tree Jewelry Stand Kendra Scott Jewelry

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Fresh Fashion Finds – M. Gemi Cara Pointy Toe Flats – Commandress

If you are unfamiliar with the Italian shoe brand M. Gemi, don’t fret. It is new to Commandress, too. It is worth getting to know.  M. Gemi both designs and manufactures its scrumptious luxury footwear in Italy.

In addition to beautiful styles, M. Gemi sets itself apart in three ways. First, M. Gemi sizes every shoe on multiple foot models. Most footwear brands base their styles on a single foot test. Second, the brand offers its Fit Assistant to determine with precision the size you will wear. The Fit Assistant is perfect for online shoppers. Third, their prices are NOT exorbitant for a luxury brand. If you like this style and still want to pay less, at the end of the post are links to a few less expensive options.

Today, Commandress is featuring one M. Gemi style of flats, the Cara pointy toe flat. ($198)

Italian Footwear Pointy Toe Flat

The Cara flat is simultaneously classic, feminine and contemporary. It is available in six colors, three of which are iridescent for which Commandress has a soft spot. Below, Commandress displays all six colors.

The Cara flat looks terrific dressed up or down. It moves from day to night seamlessly. It adds a touch of glamour to an understated outfit.

Pointy Toe Flats Luxury Itailian Shoes

The Cara flat in Rose Gold is divine and a Commandress favorite!

Womens Shoes Pretty Iridescent Flat Shoes

I’m over the moon about the Cara flat in Ocean.

Iridescent Blue Shoe Womens Footwear

For the days a neutral shoe is in order, Dune is the perfect shade of nude.

Nude Womens Flat Shoe

It would be fun to base outfits around the bright burst of Hibiscus.

Womens Luxury Italian Footwear

In Silver, the Cara flat would work for those special events where you simply cannot fathom heels.

Silver Pointy Toe Flat

A woman’s wardrobe can always use a fresh pair of black flats.

Italian Black Pointy Toe Flats

Now for the less expensive alternatives. Click through the hyperlink to see them. For $80 are Seychelles in Silver Metallic Suede, Black Croc, or Fuchia Floral from Zappos. For $83.96 (originally $139.95) are Sam Edelman Reece Slingback Pointy Toe Flat in Classic Nude Patent or Black Boa from Nordstrom.

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Smart, Chic and Made in USA – Choose How You Wear This Vivacious Poppy Print – Commandress

Whether it is a skirt, shift, sheath, maxi dress, romper, or coat, there is a poppy print style to suit your taste.

There is nothing like a beautiful floral print to make a piece of clothing special and perfect for special events. This year, my eyes landed on Trina Turk’s Julietta Print Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress. I love everything about it from its sweetheart neckline to its band-inset waist. The perforated skirt and partially sheer hem add trendy detail to an otherwise classic silhouette.

Floral Sheath Dress Made in USA

I especially love the vivacious poppy print. Perhaps, Trina Turk’s abstract poppy print was inspired by the sea of poppies surrounding the Tower of London to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.  Regardless, it is beautiful.

Do you love the print too? It is available in six different items, all made in the USA.

The Julietta Print Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress is available at Nordstrom in 10 or 12 or at Neiman Marcus in 12. (Sale: $202.80, Original: $338) If you love this dress, but you either wear another size or do not see yourself wearing it more than once rent it! ($60, Rent The Runway)

Floral Sheath Dress Made in USA

The sleeveless Felana Print Jersey Shift Dress is precious! (Available in 2, 6, 8, 10 & 12 Sale: $148.80, Original: $248, Nieman Marcus; or in 0, 2, 4, 8 & 12, Sale: $248, Original $354.29, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Floral Shift Dress Made in USA

If I had seen the Floral Print Perforated Party Skirt before the sheath, it may have been my purchase. (Available in 00, 6, 8 & 10, Sale: $178, Original: $298, Neiman Marcus)

Floral Perforated Skirt Made in USA

A few weeks ago I saw a woman wearing the Short-Sleeve V-Neck Jumpsuit/Romper. It looked great on her.  (Available in 10 & 12, Sale: $202, Original: $338, Neiman Marcus)

Floral Romper Made in USA

The Print Jersey Maxi Dress looks so comfortable. (Available in 0, 4, 6 & 8, $328, Nordstrom)

Floral Maxi Dress Made in USA

Should you invest in this exquisite Lee Floral Print Coat, you will find excuses to wear it everywhere. ($598, Nordstrom)

Floral Spring Coat Made in USA

Top photo by Abigail Politzer. Full disclosure regarding my shoes: my red patent leather peep-toe sling back pumps are by Kellie & Katie from DSW. These red pumps below are the closest match I can find online and they are Dolce & Gabbana. Nice, right? If you would rather the pumps I’m wearing that cost about $50.00, visit your nearby DSW. ($613.54, Farfetch.com)

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News & Updates – Memorial Weekend Sales

Sale Womens ClothingMemorial Day weekend is always a good time for taking advantage of sales. Here are some Commandress favorites:

Amazon – 20% off for all Fashion related products until 5/25. Promo code: FUN20SUN

Anthropologie – 20% off sale items. Promo Code: GONEFISHING

Banana Republic – 40% off until 5/26. Promo Code: BRSUMMER

BaubleBar – free shipping code MEMORIAL20 and save 20%; use the code MEMORIAL25 for 25% off 3 items; or the code MEMORIAL30 to save 30% on 4 or more items. Promo codes: CODE:  MEMORIAL20, MEMORIAL25, MEMORIAL30

Boden – 30% off your order + free shipping and returns over $49

Lord & Taylor – 20% off regular & sale. Promo code: MEMORIAL

Macy’s – extra 20% off in memorial day sale + extra 25% off. Promo code: HOORAY

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale – Save up to 40% at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale on Men, Women & Kids styles, Handbags, Jewelry, Watches, Active, Swim, and Lingerie, & Shoes while supplies last through May 31! FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

SPANX – up to 50% off.

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Command Attention in a Red Dress – Commandress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Just as every woman should have a LBD in her wardrobe, I think every woman should have a properly professional red dress as well. Red exudes confidence, and confidence is an attribute it is useful to convey through color.

To make shopping for a red dress effortless for you, today’s post profiles twelve workaday red dresses ranging from $44.40 – $635 that the consummate professional can wear knowing she is perfectly clad at the office.

Red dresses can be tricky to wear because there are so many red dresses better suited for parties. Also, red can convey passion and fury both of which cause trouble at work, right ladies? However, by choosing aptly designed dress, a professional woman will convey authority, not sensuality.

But first, let’s take a quick look at three successful women, both fictional and real, who frequently wear red. Commandress has profiled Mad Men’s Joan before, but she is worth another look. Joan frequently wore red among her chauvinistic colleagues and thrived despite constant harassment.

Wear to work red dress with sleeves

Women politicians understand red’s sartorial power too. Nicola Sturgeon, who has catapulted to power in Scotland, frequently wears red.

Wear to work a red dress with sleeves

First Lady Michele Obama dresses in red often.

Wear to Work Red Dress

Michelle Obama in a Red Dress with Sleeves

Now to the dresses! The asymmetrical hem of NYDJ’s Rosella Stretch-Crepe Ruched Sheath Dress in Scarlett Red adds a subtle detail to this lovely dress. Its v-neckline is modest which is ideal for conservative offices. ($168, Neiman Marcus)

Wear to Work Dresses

I love the hue and simple, ageless style of Maggy London’s Gathered Crepe Sheath Dress in New Red.  Its ruching is a slimming detail and its ¾ length sleeves are perfect. ($128, Nordstrom)

Wear to Work Dresses

Now, Lafayette 148 New York’s ¾-Sleeve Center Pleat Sheath Dress contains wool so it may have to wait until fall, but its classic shape is timeless. It is a true investment piece at a steal of a price. (Sale: $175, Original: $500, Neiman Marcus)

Wear to Work Dress

If you’re a fan of Boden today may be your lucky day. Three of Boden’s work dresses are available in red and they are all on sale! Perfect for warmer days is the Betty dress in Ladybird. I love its retro look. (Sale: $103.60-$148, Boden)

Wear to Work Dresses

For a red wrap dress, look no further than Boden’s Henrietta Dress in Bright Red. (Sale: $44.40-74, Original $148)

Red Dress with Sleeves - Wear to Work Dresses

For lucky ladies who wear 6, 8 or 16 Boden’s pretty A-line Wool Skater Dress in Bright Red is half price. (Sale: $109, Original: $218)

Wear to Work Dresses

Nue by Shari’s Colorblock Ribbed Sheath Dress in Red Wine is my kind of dress. With its modern silhouette, raised banding and colorblocking it is simultaneously professional and edgy. ($288, Nordstrom)

Wear to Work Dresses

The seemingly simple Half Sleeve Sheath Dress with Embroidered Front in High Risk Red by Laundry by Shelli Segal is anything but. Its silhouette is classic. The embroidered detail adds an understated and unique touch. It is an investment piece that will never go out of fashion. ($265, Neiman Marcus)

Wear to Work Dresses

Joan Vass’ Sand-Stitched Zip-Pocket Shift Dress in Classic Red is a terrific alternative to a sheath. The shift silhouette is a sophisticated and mod look. Joan Vass is renowned for its fabulous fabric. I love the fabric’s ottoman detailing as well as the gold buttons on the shoulders. (Sale: $220, Original: $295, Neiman Marcus) It is also available in petite and plus sizes.

Wear to Work Dresses

The Michael Michael Kors Roll Sleeve Belted Shirt Woven Dress in Grenadine is the perfect red dress for casual Fridays or more business casual settings. ($120, Zappos) It is also available in plus size. ($130)

Red Dress with Sleeves - Wear to Work Dresses

The woman who arrives to the office in La Petite Robe in Passion by Chiara Boni will exude the self-assurance to close any and all deals. ($635, Nordstrom)

Wear to Work Dresses

If you want to be a little daring, then the ZAC Zac Posen ZP-01-5132-20 Sheath Dress in Poppy is red dress for you. The peek-a-boo cut out just below the neckline adds a perfectly professional, but tantalizing glimpse of skin. ($552, Zappos)

Wear to Work Dresses

Bonus: to see five additional red dresses with Mad Men style previously profiled on Commandress, click here.

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Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Blue Summer Jewelry

Here’s a closer look at the Made in the USA jewelry featured in today’s floral frock post! You can find information about each piece at the end of this post.

Made in the USA Jewelry by Jou Joy My Love, Liztech & Bug Under Glass - blue summer jewelry #commandress

Made in the USA Jewelry by Jou Joy My Love & Bug Under Glass - blue summer jewelry #commandress

Made in the USA Jewelry by The Elegant Beat & Peppercotton - blue summer jewelry #commandress

Photos by Megan Weaver.

What to Wear to Summer Weddings & Graduations – Plenty by Tracy Reese Floral Jacquard Dress

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

Have you ever noticed that Tracy Reese often calls her ultra-feminine fit and flare dresses frocks?

It’s such a nostalgic and romantic word – and it always makes me happy to reminisce about one of my favorite Lady Sybil scenes from Downton Abbey.

Is there anything more thrilling than a new frock?

When I needed a new frock for a couple events this spring, I was delighted to find this Plenty by Tracy Reese Floral Jacquard Dress.

The price was great ($128) – and now it’s 40% off ($76.80) from Nordstrom in regular and petite sizes. It’s also 20% off from Amazon with code FUN20SUN.

Plenty by Tracy Reese Ashley Floral Jacquard Dress - Photo by Megan Weaver #commandress

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Photos by Megan Weaver.

Before ordering the dress, I wondered if it would be too short – but it’s safely just above the knee!

These pictures also show my favorite party shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson Sweet Sandals with iridescent crystal ($139 from Macy’s, Lord & Taylor or BHLDN).

The Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC bag shown above is no longer available in metallic turquoise, but you can check it out in other pretty shades of blue here, here or here ($195).

And here is more information about the jewelry shown above – all of which is Made in the USA!

I’ll add a Shop the Post for this outfit – as well as more pretty floral party dresses – after today’s newsletter goes out.

Shop the Post – Plenty by Tracy Reese Ashley Dress

Shop the Post – More Pretty Floral Dresses for Wedding Guests & Graduation

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Kay Unger Viktoria Floral Ombre Print Midheel Pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

I’m easily charmed by a floral pump, and this pointy toe midheel pump is especially lovely. It’s also currently on sale for just over $100.

Kay Unger Viktoria Floral Ombre Print Pump - professional pumps - floral print pumps for work - office style #commandress

Kay Unger Viktoria Floral Ombre Print Pump - professional pumps - floral midheel pumps for work - office style #commandress

I particularly love the cross-cross leather trim at the vamp.

The Kay Unger Viktoria Floral Ombre Print Pump is on sale for $107 from Last Call (regularly $270).

If you need to update your basic professional pumps and like a sleek design, the Kay Unger Viktoria Pump is also available in black leather with patent leather trim for the same price.

Kay Unger Viktoria Black Pump - professional pumps - midheel pumps for work - office style #commandress

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Shop the Post – More Kay Unger Shoes on Sale!

 

Mad Men Style – Series Finale – Six Professional Dresses with Peggy Olson Style

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

Today’s post includes a couple spoilers in the most sweeping sense of the word – i.e., a certain character has a happy ending and a reference to the closing scene that relates more to the show’s theme(s) than its plot.

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Last night’s Mad Men series finale was surprising and – for me at least – quite satisfying.

I’ve been working my way through the entire series again, and while the finale had its fair share of odd moments, it was a fantastic companion to the pilot and the series as a whole.

I’m sure that I’ll still be thinking about – and referencing – Mad Men years from now, but today I’m limiting myself to two observations about the finale.

(1)  Peggy

All I really wanted from the finale was for Peggy to have a happy ending. And she did. So I’m happy too.

It’s really as simple as that!

Some will say that Peggy’s ending was a little too tidy, but Mad Men sold me exactly what I wanted to buy – primarily because a couple of the show’s most lovable actors pulled off their scenes together beautifully. Image from AMC.

Mad Men Season 7 - Peggy & Stan

And now I can’t wait to rewatch Waldorf Stories.

(2)  The World of Coke

Speaking of selling things, reimagining Coca-Cola’s “Hilltop” sing-along as Don Draper’s most lasting contribution as an ad man was brilliant.

The ending also gave us a remarkably unflattering portrait of modern life – because we all know that if you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made.

Or, to quote one of the most successful taglines, in the history of advertising:

What the world wants today –
Is the real thing.

Ouch. Image from AMC.

The Don Draper Mantra - once you can fake sincerity, you've got it made.

My vocabulary was certainly different, but I remember feeling that the Hilltop song – and the happy, shiny people singing it – were comically earnest even when I first encountered the ad as a kid in the early 1980s. Were these 70s people for real? And are they really singing about Coke?

But the song is as catchy and appealing as it is sickly sweet – and therefore a perfect fit for Don Draper as a man of his times. Om.

Mad Men Style – All About Peggy

Here’s the part where we get to the fashion, and I’m devoting today’s post to Peggy. I’m gonna miss that gal – but we can still love her style!

Her character’s growth from mousy secretary to ad agency rockstar has been incredible – and made all the more believable thanks to her wardrobe evolution.

And Peggy’s influence is everywhere! Here are six perfect dresses for a contemporary Peggy.

(1) Modern Floral Peggy

There’s actually not any mustard in this dress, but the unusual color combination makes me think of Peggy’s signature colorBoden Annie Jersey Dress in Navy Flower Spot ($148)

Mad Men Style - Modern Floral Peggy - Boden Annie Dress #commandress

(2) Mustard Floral Peggy

Because what would Peggy wear if she couldn’t wear mustard? Versace Collection Abstract Print Sleeveless Neoprene Dress ($795 from Nordstrom)

Mad Men Style - Mustard Floral Peggy - Versace Collection Abstract Print Sleeveless Neoprene Dress #commandress

(3) Mod Pink Peggy

If Peggy had worn this dress on the show, it would have fit right in. St. John Collection Milano-Kit Colorblock Dress ($995 from Neiman Marcus)

Mad Men Style - Mod Pink Peggy - St. John Collection Milano-Knit Colorblock Dress #commandress

(4) Modern Wrap Peggy

This colorblocked wrap dress is a sleek mix of professional navy with pretty shades of blue – because the boys at McCann Erickson need to be schooled by a girlboss STAT. Diane von Furstenberg Mary Bell Colorblock Wrap Dress ($468 from Neiman Marcus)

Mad Men Style - Modern Wrap Peggy - Diane von Furstenberg Mary Bell Colorblock Wrap Dress #commandress

(5) Old School Peggy

Do you remember when this gingham dress was a wildly fashion-forward look for Miss Olson? Here’s the modern update. Kaya & Sloane Gingham Fit & Flare Midi Dress ($138 from Nordstrom)

Mad Men Style - Old School Peggy - Kaya & Sloane Gingham Fit & Flare Midi Dress #commandress

(6) Funky Paisley Peggy

Finally, here’s the perfect desk-to-dinner dress for a date night with Stan. (And may there be many date nights with Stan!) Etro Paisley and Floral Combo-Print Tunic Dress ($1,660 from Neiman Marcus)

Mad Men Style - Funky Paisley Peggy - Etro Paisley & Floral Combo-Print Dress #commandress

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