Best Blazers & Jackets

Professional, Smart & Chic – Milly Chain Link Cardigan

Milly Chain Link Cardigan - Charcoal

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. It’s not too often that office-friendly clothing triggers the reaction “Oh, that’s cool!” – but that was my first thought when admiring this Milly Chain Trim Cardigan. I love this posh but modern update of a favorite jacket style from the Mad Men era. It’s a perfect piece […]

Business Casual Makeover – Halogen Floral Print Sweater Styled Two Ways

Halogen Floral Print Sweater with Blazer and Jeans

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here’s a chic floral print sweater that is perfect for work or play – and Nordstrom has been kind enough to show it styled with two different business casual outfits.   The Halogen Floral Print Cotton Sweater ($57.90 on sale; regularly $88) is part of […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Hugo Boss Berry Melange Suiting

BOSS HUGO BOSS Jolia Suiting - Berry Melange

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Berry melange suiting? Yes, please! Today is the first day that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to everyone – and some items are already available in limited sizes only. This classically tailored suit in a fantastic – and flattering – dark berry fabric is one of the […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Three Dots Peplum Back Blazer & Striped Dress

Three Dots Peplum Black Blazer & Striped Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.   Have you ever been invited to an event where the dress code is “casually elegant?” Although we’ve become used to hearing “casually elegant” – and dressing for it – it’s a rather baffling combination of words that is as nonsensical as requesting […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Halogen Summer Suiting in Heather Taupe

Halogen Ela Suit Jacket

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. There’s no denying that the dog days of summer have arrived. It’s the perfect time to buy a classic suit in a lighter neutral color – particularly if the suit is on sale at Nordstrom for 40% off! This Halogen Ela Suit Jacket ($76.80 on sale; regularly $128) […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Chelsea28 Faux Leather Trim Crocheted Jacket

Chelsea28 Faux Leather Trim Crocheted Jacket

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. I’ve been planning a post on denim jackets – which is still in the works – but during my hunt I discovered another fantastic jacket that I feel compelled to share immediately! Like a great denim jacket, this Chelsea28 Faux Leather Trim Crocheted Jacket ($128 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Pretty Pastel Tweed Jackets for Spring

Classic Pastel Tweed Chanel Jacket

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I’ve had a pretty tweed jacket on my wish list forever – perhaps since I first became aware of the beautiful pastel tweed jackets that Coco Chanel introduced in the 1960s and which have been a fashion classic ever since. Rest your eyes on these pretty-in-pink images of a classic […]

Fashion Flashback – Survive Summer Heat with Lightweight Linen

MICHAEL Michael Kors Draped Linen Blazer

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 warm weather is here and it’s time to talk linen. Linen, or a linen-blend, is the perfect fabric for summer because it breathes. If you […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – T Tahari Malone Mosaic Print Sheath Dress

T Tahari Malone Mosaic Print Sheath Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I’ve had this T Tahari Malone Mosaic Print Sheath Dress on my short list for a while, but I didn’t notice until today that it’s the same style as the T Tahari red abstract floral print dress that was featured in this week’s Mad Men Monday. No bother – I love Elie […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Theory Jean Cotton Suiting and Friends & Family Sale

Theory Jean Cotton Jacket & Pencil Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a sharp Theory suit that is classic, classic, classic as well as cool, cool, cool. (You may have already guessed, but we’ve been enjoying a lot of Eloise lately. I just love Eloise.) The shape and tailoring is fantastic – as you would expect from Theory – […]