Class It Up – Tasteful & Sophisticated Coats for the Chic Professional

Vera Wang’s Herringbone Long Fit & Flare Coat in Charcoal

In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach draws on her legal industry experience – including some of the mistakes she saw along the way – to share ideas for taking your work wardrobe to the next level.  Depending on where you live and work, your fall/winter coat may be the piece […]

Fresh Fashion Finds – Top Picks from Tory Burch’s Fall Collection

Tory Burch Fitbit Fret Pendant Necklace

Tis the season for fall fashion debuts and Tory Burch has delivered another collection of ogle-worthy clothes and accessories. Tory Burch is a perennial favorite, but this season adds an extra element that speaks to me directly – subtle references to medieval art and design. Best in Show This year my favorite item is a practical […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Maaji Picaroon Cats Cover Up Windbreaker

Maaji Picaroon Mixed-Print Zip Swim & Surf Jacket

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. A wise family friend often cites one of my favorite proverbs: There’s no accounting for taste. Google’s “translation” strikes the perfect note of good-natured tolerance married with discerning judgment that makes this saying so delightful: It is impossible to explain why different people like different […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Ivanka Trump Ruched Collar Jacquard Coat

Ivanka Trump Jacquard Coat

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Several Ivanka Trump shoes and handbags have been featured on Commandress, but today is the first time I’m featuring items from her newer clothing line. Ivanka Trump shoes are a reader favorite for their perfect mix of price, style, quality and comfort. It looks like her clothing line is […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Helene Berman Lace Bomber Jacket

Helene Berman Lace Bomber Jacket - Navy & Black

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s an item that certainly belongs in the “you have to see it to believe it” fashion category: a stylish – and dare I say professional – Lace Bomber Jacket. It  may sound crazy, but this Helene Berman Lace Bomber Jacket ($228 from Nordstrom) looks modern, chic […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – NIC+ZOE Outrageous Jacket & Belted Ponte Dress

NIC+ZOE Outrageous Jacket

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  NIC+ZOE is one of my favorite brand discoveries of the past few years. They make smart and interesting sportswear that lends itself to a business casual office. The brand’s prices are reasonable and most of their clothes are hand or machine washable. In addition, they clearly share […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Via Spiga Leopard Print Topper

Via Spiga Leopard Pattern Topper Coat - professional animal leopard print coat

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today I woke up to one of the first really cold mornings in Atlanta, so it’s time to take stock of my fall and winter coats. Coats are tricky this time of year because the temperature will probably be warm – if not hot – by midday. […]

Commandress Favorites – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2013 – Jewel Tone Leather Jackets

Bernardo Zip Trim Leather Scuba Jacket - Dark Teal - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - dark green teal leather jacket fall 2013

It’s the second most wonderful time of the year! This week Commandress is featuring my top picks from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale - a fantastic opportunity to buy brand new fall clothes and accessories at amazing discounts. This week I’m rounding up the best clothes from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. I started with professional suits and dresses, but […]

Commandress Outback Bound – Outdoor Clothes for City Girls

The North Face Penelope Jacket - Deep Blue Polka Dot

Commandress loves Australia! The feature ‘Commandress Outback Bound’ is about my travels there . . . and what I wore. Yesterday’s post about the best Australian fashion brands for professional women is already one of my Commandress favorites! I’d be delighted, of course, to wear beautiful clothes and accessories from brands like Anthea Crawford, Cue, […]

Commandress Outback Bound – Greetings from Australia

Laundry anorak blue

Commandress loves Australia! The feature ‘Commandress Outback Bound’ is about my travels there . . . and what I wore.  My time in Australia is winding down, and it’s been an absolutely amazing visit! I’ll have a lot to report when I return home this week. For now, one of my pre-trip purchases deserves special […]