Best Blazers & Jackets

Fashion Flashback – Seersucker – A Summer Classic Every Professional Women Should Embrace

Brroks Brothers Stellita Fit Three-Button Seersucker Jacket

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. Lightweight, Practical & Preppy – Seersucker is the Hot Weather Solution for Professionals I first noticed seersucker in the 1980s when we moved to New Orleans […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank (& Two Great Blazers to Wear with It)

Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.   Pretty, pretty, pretty! I can’t stop admiring the unique design and lovely “flowering paisley” print of this Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank ($161 from Nordstrom). The top is smart too – the back is made from sage green stretch jersey […]

BOSS Hugo Boss Jeisika Blazer & Vilina Skirt (Plus a Bonus Abstract Floral Dress)

BOSS Hugo Boss Jeisika Blazer and Vilina Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  There’s still time to take advantage of the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale, which lasts through tomorrow in-store and online. Use promo code FANDF to save 20% off almost all regular or sale merchandise. I took this opportunity to browse the newest wear to work clothes for women […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nanette Lepore Suiting and Friends & Family Sale

Nanette Lepore Romance Crepe Blazer & Amourous Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.  Right now Nanette Lepore has some of the best women’s suiting that I’ve seen in a while – available in both neutral sand and daring red. Nanette Lepore may be best known for her feminine and flirty aesthetic – as well as […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Tildon Short Sleeve Fringe Trim Jacket

Tildon Short Sleeve Fringe Trim Jacket

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.   I love this outfit! It’s something new and different – and it looks like a fantastic business casual idea. This Tracy Reece dress is a bit more casual than what I ultimately have in mind for the office, but I’m impressed by […]

Business Casual Makeover – Classiques Entier Carlotta Tweed & Ponte Moto Jacket

Classiques Entier Carlotta Tweed & Ponte Moto Jacket - @Commandress Business Casual Makeover

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  This Classiques Entier Carlotta Tweed & Ponte Moto Jacket ($288 from Nordstrom) is probably not the sort of thing regular readers expect to see featured on Commandress, but I’ve been admiring it for a couple weeks and it just keeps growing on me! […]

Business Casual Makeover – Marc by Marc Jacobs Aidan Sweater

Marc by Marc Jacobs Aidan Sweater

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  Although I would rank sale-stalking among my favorite sports, sometimes it fun to admire something for the first time when it’s already on sale. I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs Aidan Sweater – which I would describe as a structured cardigan […]

Business Casual Makeover – NIC+ZOE Smoke & Mirrors Structured Cardigan

NIC+ZOE Smoke & Mirrors Structured Cardigan

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  This NIC+ZOE Smoke & Mirrors Structured Cardigan strikes me as the kind of item that is so versatile, easy to wear and useful that you’ll quickly find yourself wondering what in the world you could have been wearing all the time before you found […]

Business Casual Makeover – Vivid Brights & Soft Pastels

Boden British Tweed Blazer

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.   Ah, spring! It may seem far away, but it’s not too soon to imagine yourself in a breathtakingly beautiful field of flowers wearing one of 2014′s fresh new color combinations of vivid brights and soft pastels. You have my heartfelt sympathy if this […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Two Chic Tweed Blazers & One of the World’s Strangest Dress Codes

Elie Tahari Monique Jacket

In “Rest Your Eyes on This,” Commandress takes a mini-vacation to spotlight something that is lovely and delightful – regardless of its practicality or its price.   I love tweed blazers, but it seems that the vast majority look boxy and unflattering on me. So it’s always fun to find a gorgeous tweed blazer that is beautifully […]