Dear Commandress – What Does Casual Cocktail Attire Mean?

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Commandress answers readers’ most vexing fashion & style questions. Today’s Commandress post addresses a very timely reader question about what to wear to an upcoming event. Next month, my husband and I are invited to a progressive dinner. The invitation states dress is “casual cocktail attire.” What should I wear? Casual cocktail attire is going […]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Ideas – Gifts for the Mom Who Has Everything, Part II

Barrington Gifts The St. Anne Tote – Monogram Stripe

Today we’re continuing our Mother’s Day Gift Idea series that features a variety of gifts ranging from affordable baubles to luxurious presents. If you are still dithering over what to give your mom for Mother’s Day, today we are presenting four more gift ideas. This gift covers a few bases. Whether mom is a tea drinker […]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Ideas – Kendra Scott Jewelry

Kendra Scott Essie Woven Bracelet in Iridescent Drusy and Rachel Double Ring in Iridescent Viva

Today we’re continuing our Mother’s Day Gift Idea series that features a variety of gifts ranging from affordable baubles to luxurious presents. If you admire Kendra Scott jewelry for yourself or a special mother in your life, this evening is the perfect time to take advantage of the site’s 15% Off Rings & Bracelets sale (Code: […]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide Ideas – GiGi New York

GiGi New York iPhone 6 Wallet - Magenta Embossed Python Leather - Mother's Day Gift Ideas #commandress

Today we’re kicking off a Mother’s Day Gift Idea series that will feature a variety of gifts ranging from affordable baubles to luxurious presents. We’re starting off our Mother’s Day Gift Guide with GiGi New York – a fantastic leather goods brand that makes almost all of its products in the United States. In addition to the […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – White Lace Summer Dress

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Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office.  Last year Amy wrote a post about white summer dresses for work and after hours that helped me get over my fear of staining lovely white clothes. I found myself craving a white summer dress, and found a new summer favorite that I’m looking forward […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Lilly for the Lilly-less

Lilly Pulitzer Tumbler Set #commandress

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office.  The Lilly for Target launch on Sunday left many people feeling disgruntled and dissatisfied – including Commandress readers (and authors!) who were not able to buy the items on their wish lists. Between online woes and brick-and-mortar mayhem, a lot of fans were […]

Fresh Fashion Finds – Hobo’s Watercolor Floral Collection

Hobo Mara Crossbody Bag in Watercolor Floral #commandress

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 […]

Class it up – Under $100 – Fresh White Handbags for Spring and Summer

London Fog White Carson Tote #commandress

In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach shares ideas for taking your wardrobe to the next level. Do you ever admire white handbags and think how lovely – quickly followed by how impractical? As beautiful, crisp, and seasonal as they are, white handbags show every scuff and stain. However, readers, there is […]

Fresh Fashion Finds – Lands’ End Garden District Collection & Botanical Prints

Lands' End Ponte Keyhole Sheath Dress in Juniper Botanical Floral Print #commandress

Today’s post features Amy Bergsma Schwarzenbach’s top picks from the new Lands’ End Garden District Collection.  Last night I was finally able to look through my latest collection of catalogs. When I got to my Lands’ End catalog, the spring line of botanical prints immediately grabbed my attention. Much of the spring collection is inspired […]

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 […]