A Work-Appropriate Look You Can Get Excited About

Professional, Smart & Chic – Nanette Lepore Diamond Dazzle Dress

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

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. This dress looks so versatile – but much more interesting than your standard little black dress! In addition to colorful […]

Standout Floral Prints – Shopbop Sale Event

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jerrie Rose Pumps

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 […]

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

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

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. Here’s the dress that started it all – the Ted Baker Sakina Cascading Flora […]

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

BCBG Adele Wrap Dress - Dark Ink Brushstroke Print #commandress

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 […]

Fashion Flashback – Pinstripe Jeans Reimagined by Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor’s Modern Railroad Stripe Super Skinny Jeans in Placid Blue

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 […]

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

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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting

Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting - professional fashion | chic offices style | spring suit #commandress

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 skirt, sleek straight-leg pants and two-button blazer shown here. The black and white combination is perfect for spring, but I would wear this suiting with rich jewel tones the […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – J.Crew Studded Jewel Cuff Bracelet

J Crew Studded Jewel Cuff Bracelet

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Have you ever admired a fine-looking piece of jewelry on someone and been surprised to learn that it’s from J.Crew? I love their jewelry designs – and that a lot of pieces look much more expensive than they actually are. Such is the case with this J.Crew […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – 1.State Basket Weave Raw Hem Jacket

1.State Basket Weave Raw Hem Jacket

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today’s jacket is anything but basic, but would be an easy addition to most women’s work wardrobes. I love how easily this 1.State Basket Weave Raw Hem Jacket ($178; washable) pairs with a white top and black pants. It would also look fantastic with dark denim. The jacket features […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Sole Society France Lapis Print Midheel Pumps

Sole Society France Pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I was very pleased to see my sister-in-law Rena looking extra chic in her Sole Society Anneke Pumps yesterday! (I’ve featured this $69 studded midheel allstar here, here and here.) Sole Society continues to be one of my favorite places to look for fantastic – and surprisingly affordable – […]