Professional, Smart & Chic – Ted Baker London Cascading Floral Print

Ted Baker Satchel Matya Cascading Floral Bowler - professional dark fall floral handbag - office style #commandress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Over the weekend I happened upon a gorgeous new cascading floral print from Ted Baker London and had some fun hunting down a lovely selection of clothes and accessories in this rich fall floral. Here’s the dress that started it all – the Ted Baker Sakina Cascading Flora […]

Wear This Dress Anywhere – BCBG Adele Wrap Dress in Dark Ink Brushstroke Print

BCBG Adele Wrap Dress - Dark Ink Brushstroke Print #commandress

Have you had an argument about The Dress yet? I’ve had many disagreements about color over the years – particularly blue v. purple once you hit the dark blue / indigo /violet range – but the intensity of this debate is unprecedented. The article about The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top

Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Nordstrom has a great selection of new markdowns for Hugo Boss right now – including dresses and separates that are 40-50% off. It’s a great opportunity to get higher end professional clothes at midmarket prices. This Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top was one of the first […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Mardi Gras Edition

M Missoni Multi Zigzag Stripe Skirt in Lavender

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. Today’s post is a special Mardi Gras edition by Amy Bergsma Schwarzenbach. Whether you are celebrating Mardi Gras today – or just wish that you were celebrating Mardi Gras […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – 1.State Basket Weave Raw Hem Jacket

1.State Basket Weave Raw Hem Jacket

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today’s jacket is anything but basic, but would be an easy addition to most women’s work wardrobes. I love how easily this 1.State Basket Weave Raw Hem Jacket ($178; washable) pairs with a white top and black pants. It would also look fantastic with dark denim. The jacket features […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Sole Society France Lapis Print Midheel Pumps

Sole Society France Pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I was very pleased to see my sister-in-law Rena looking extra chic in her Sole Society Anneke Pumps yesterday! (I’ve featured this $69 studded midheel allstar here, here and here.) Sole Society continues to be one of my favorite places to look for fantastic – and surprisingly affordable – […]

Business Casual Makeover – Lafayette 148 New York Ondria Tweed Jacket

Lafayette 148 New York Ondria Tweed Jacket

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. I’m doing Business Casual Makeover a little early this week to share a gorgeous Lafayette 148 New York Tweed Jacket that is included in Nordstrom’s new 40% off clearance sale. This is a style that I often describe on my Pinterest Business Casual Board (and […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set

Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I visited Neiman Marcus’s website this morning to check out cashmere sweaters on sale – and there are many! – but this Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set in Dutchess Blue immediately grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. How very  elegant! And I don’t think it’s a […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Equipment Cecile Cashmere Sweater on Sale

Equipment Cecile V-Neck Cashmere Sweater

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  2/10/15 Update – There are even more delicious colors of this sweater on sale today, including the watermelon pink that I’ve been keeping my eye on. Nordstrom just marked Equipment’s Cecile V-Neck Cashmere Sweater 40% off in several great neutral colors – as well as in this crisp […]

Business Casual Makeover – Starlight Tweed Moto Jacket

Starlight Tweed Moto Jacket

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Well, this certainly isn’t your grandmother’s tweed jacket. I love the rich wine tweed flecked with gold threads, but it’s the moto styling and asymmetrical zipper that make the jacket look thoroughly modern. And it doesn’t hurt the jacket’s appeal that marsala is […]