Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Eileen Fisher Purple Surplice Jersey Dress

Eileen Fisher Purple Jersey Knee-Length Long-Sleeve Dress - Made in the USA

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families. My initial thought when admiring this chic beachfront getaway picture is I Want To Go There. The scenery is beautiful and the model looks so lovely and relaxed. My second thought is If I Cannot Go There, I Want […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Equipment Liam Silk Blouse

Equipment Liam Silk Blouse

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Oh, pretty! I’m often hesitant to buy silk tops because silk can be harder to care for than other fabrics, but here’s a top that’s worthy of an exception. These dark florals look sophisticated and quite grown up. (You can read more about dark floral prints here, […]

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 […]

Business Casual Makeover – Brooks Brothers Purple Metallic Wool Button-Down Cardigan

Brooks Brothers Purple Metallic Wool Button-Down Cardigan

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  When an office-appropriate outfit actually elicits an “oooh” or an “aaah,” I think it’s a moment that must be celebrated. Here’s the charming image that most recently caught my fancy: Did someone say dark purple metallic? Yes, please! This Brooks Brothers Metallic […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – J.Crew Dulci Kitten Heel Pumps

J.Crew Dolvi Perforated Kitten Heels

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  J.Crew has a fantastic selection of truly amazing pumps right now – including classic office-friendly styles and dreamy shoes for after hours. And a large selection of shoes – as well as clothing and other accessories – are 30% off through tomorrow with promo code HISUMMER. These J.Crew […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – The Dress That Got Away, Part Deux

BCBG Botanical Floral Wrap Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Although it’s not the type of thing you would include on most resumes, I surely must rank among the top tier of online-sale-stalkers. My devotion to the sport includes innovative problem-solving, hours of real-world training, and an unwavering commitment to constant improvement. Perhaps I should be awarded a floral […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Johnston & Murphy Tami Flats

Johnston & Murphy Tami Bow Sling

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a chic pointy toe flat in lovely “shimmer suede.” I love the shoe’s sleek shape paired with an understated bow tie – as well as the selection of neutral or summery colors. I also like the sound of a memory foam insole! I found the Johnson & Murphy […]

Business Casual Makeover – BCBG Aqua & Navy Floral Adele Print Wrap Dress

BCBG Adele Printed Wrap Dress - Light Aqua Floral

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. BCBG’s Adele Wrap Dress (previously featured here and here on Commandress) is one of my wardrobe staples – I own it in two prints and typically have at least one on my wish list at any given time. It’s a fun dress […]

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) […]

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 […]