Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Bailey 44 Plaid Skirt Knit Dress

Bailey 44 Plaid Skirt Knit Dress - Black & Blue

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. Plaid is a big fall trend that keeps catching my eye. I love plaid, but it can be hard to wear. Plaid prints must be worn with care or they can look frumpy (80s preppy), dated (90s grunge) or unflattering […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Lou & Grey

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Today I’m very excited to feature casual chic weekend looks from the new Lou & Grey store at the Avalon in Alpharetta. You may have already noticed Lou & Grey in LOFT stores and online. Atlanta is one of the first cities to debut a standalone Lou & Grey boutique – and it is a fantastic place to shop. […]

Business Casual Makeover – BCBG Agda Lace Print Knit Top

BCBG Agda Lace Print Knit Top

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Following up on yesterday’s post about a few of my favorite prints, here’s one that has only been featured once on Commandress: lace print. Let’s make that twice: This long sleeve stretch modal Agda Top is one of BCBG’s staple items – it’s currently […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Aldomartins Intarsia Patched Blazer

Aldomartins Intarsia Patched Blazer at Anthropologie

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I first admired this cheerful and cozy Aldomartins Intarsia Patched Blazer a few months ago, and it’s exactly what I’d love to be wearing on a cold, dreary day like today. The blazer’s rich color scheme and woven intarsia fabric remind me of some of my favorite Missoni […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Ivanka Trump Loire D’Orsay Flats

Ivanka Trump Loire D'Orsay Flat

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. I have a fantastic shoe recommendation from Reader R today – the Ivanka Trump Loire D’Orsay Flats ($100 from Nordstrom; shown in Black Lace & Pewter below). Reader R wore these lovely flats in Pewter (far right above) to work yesterday with […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – KUT from the Kloth Diana Stretch Corduroy Skinny Pants

KUT from the Kloth Diana Stretch Corduroy Skinny Pants - Colors

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Last summer I bought a pair of KUT from the Kloth Diana Skinny Jeans, and was pleased to discover fantastic jeans for under $80. In addition to being flattering and affordable, the Diana jeans are also remarkably comfortable. I bought one size […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – UGG Claudine Tall Boots

UGG Claudine Tall Boot - Chestnut

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Today’s post is brought to you by the Department of Never Say Never. This is because I never expected to find myself smitten by a pair of UGG boots – much less a pair of UGG boots that you can wear in a professional office. But behold […]

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 […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Anthropologie Elba Cardigan

Anthropolgie Elba Cardigan - Wine

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. On a recent visit to Anthropologie, I tried on this soft and lightweight cashmere blend Elba Cardigan and quickly determined that it’s one of the best transitional pieces you could add to a professional wardrobe. The cardigan looks lovely with separates, but […]

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). *      * […]