Professional, Smart & Chic – Peacock Feather Prints at Talbots

Talbots Peacock Feather Print Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today’s post is courtesy of Reader S, who wrote in to recommend this gorgeous Talbots Peacock Feather Pencil Skirt ($109 in Regular and Petite sizes). The skirt has been popular and is only available in limited sizes, but Talbots has plenty of other items to tempt peacock […]

Friends & Family Wish List – Shopbop & Saks

Fuzzi Tweed and Floral Print Top

Today marks the beginning of two of the season’s best Friends & Family Sales, and it didn’t take long for me to completely revamp my fall wish list! Here are my favorites from Saks (save 25% through 10/19 with code FRNFAM; 20% off jewelry) and Shopbop (save 25% through 10/16 with code FAMILY25). *      * […]

Fresh Fashion Finds – Top Picks from Tory Burch’s Fall Collection

Tory Burch Fitbit Fret Pendant Necklace

Tis the season for fall fashion debuts and Tory Burch has delivered another collection of ogle-worthy clothes and accessories. Tory Burch is a perennial favorite, but this season adds an extra element that speaks to me directly – subtle references to medieval art and design. Best in Show This year my favorite item is a practical […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Sophia Webster Loca Holographic Leopard Print Flats on Sale

Sophia Webster Loca Holographic Leopard Print Flats

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Oh, happy day! I’ve been admiring these Sophia Webster Loca Holographic Leopard Print Flats since I first saw them – and today they are more than 50% off at Saks. Of course I love a great pointy-toe flat. And leopard print. And almost anything iridescent. These shoes must be the apex […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Maaji Picaroon Cats Cover Up Windbreaker

Maaji Picaroon Mixed-Print Zip Swim & Surf Jacket

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. A wise family friend often cites one of my favorite proverbs: There’s no accounting for taste. Google’s “translation” strikes the perfect note of good-natured tolerance married with discerning judgment that makes this saying so delightful: It is impossible to explain why different people like different […]

Mad Men Monday – Made in the USA Print Dresses by David Meister

David Meister Blue Print Jersey Dress

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies.  Although there were some truly incredible – and incredibly disturbing – work-related scenes in last night’s Mad Men, the most exciting fashion was seen outside of the office – and all the best dresses featured eye-catching prints. Today’s […]

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Part 1 – A February Wish List

Tory Burch Heart Print

I can sum up my feelings about Valentine’s Day – The Romantic Holiday – with one little word: Meh. On the other hand, I love helping my daughter, Bonnie, pick out the perfect Valentine’s Day cards and treats for her friends – especially the chocolate kind that she’s kind enough to share with me too. […]

Commandress Business Casual Makeover – How to Wear a Bright Bold Sweater to Work

DVF Fairlee Colorblock Wool Sweater

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  At the beginning of a new year, it would make sense that most people are more open to trying something new. Sure, my January began with a post-holiday cold, some serious sugar withdrawal and a few days of painfully cold weather – […]

Commandress Year in Review & Top Ten Posts of 2013

Loeffler Randall Tamsin Printed Pumps - dark floral - Tasmin Classic Floral Pump - collaboration with Tucker floral print

Happy New Year from Commandress! Before moving ahead with all things 2014, I’d like to share my Top Ten Posts of 2013 – as well as a few of the year’s highlights. Somehow it’s still hard to believe, but Commandress celebrated its first birthday in May 2013! I’m truly grateful for the readers, friends and […]

Fashion Flashback – How to Wear Leopard Print – Eleven Examples for Professional Women

Adrienne Vittadini Animal-Print Zip-Back Sweater

The weekly 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.  The 1980s Did Not Destroy Leopard Print . . . In 1988, I fell in love with Adrienne Vittadini’s collection of leopard print knitwear. It was […]