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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Elliott Lucca Leather Satchel

Elliott Lucca Medium Faro Leather Satchel - Apricot

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, I’ve found myself gravitating to all sorts of pink and red goodies to include in my gift guide. Stay tuned – it will be here soon! Today’s post is a preview. After that initial moment of “oh, pretty!,” I do like to consider how […]

Class It Up – Three Fantastic Professional Dresses with Sleeves

Boden Betty Ottoman Dress

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.  As regular readers know, Commandress recommends dresses as a professional woman’s secret weapon. They […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Boden Alice High Heel

Boden Alice High Heels

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I wouldn’t have imagined that an amethyst, navy and aqua suede shoe – with tassels! – could look right for the office. But then Boden’s Alice High Heel came along and changed everything. I love ecstatic customer reviews, and the one for this shoe is titled “I’ve died […]

Business Casual Makeover – Theory Kidi Floral Print Sweater

Theory Kidi Floral Silk Sweater

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. It’s always helpful when an item is styled exactly how I would want to wear it to work. Magazines and retailers love showing how cool something can look on a teenage model – perhaps paired with ripped boyfriend jeans or an impossibly […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Under $100 – LOVEAPPELLA Wrap Dresses

LOVEAPPELLA Seamed Wrap Dress - Blue Animal Print

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. I’m not familiar with the brand LOVEAPPELLA, but this stylish, affordable, washable, and Made in the USA Seamed Wrap Dress has me eager to check them out! The LOVEAPPELLA Seamed Wrap Dress is $78 from Nordstrom in Blue Animal […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – J.Crew Retro Floral Popover Blouse

J.Crew Retro Floral Popover Blouse

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I love the art nouveau decadence of this “festive green” floral print from J.Crew. I also love that J.Crew describes this top as “an instant fix for ‘I hate everything in my closet’ syndrome.” We’ve all been there, and there is something fresh and exciting about this […]

Business Casual Makeover – Marc by Marc Jacobs Stargazer Print Top, Cardigan & More

Marc by Marc Jacobs Stargazer Print Ruffle Top

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. I wouldn’t have imagined that a cosmic print could look so at home in a business casual setting before admiring these Marc by Marc Jacobs items featuring the brand’s “Stargazer” print. Both of these outfits look so cool – but also quite […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Ivanka Trump Sophia Pumps

Ivanka Trump Sophia Pump - Potent Purple Suede

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s another winning shoe from Ivanka Trump. The Sophia Pump comes in 8 lovely colors (including patent leather, suede and prints) – and my favorites are the Emerald Green Suede and Potent Purple Suede shown here. These dark colors are perfect for even the most conservative offices – and […]

New Year, New Dress – BCBG Butterfly Print Adele Wrap Dress

BCBG Adele Wrap Dress - Shadow Blue Combo Butterfly Print

Happy New Year! Bonnie returns to school tomorrow and I’m returning to the blog today to share a dress that caught my eye at the end of last year. I can’t think of a better way to begin 2015 than with one of my favorite wrap dresses in an eye-catching new butterfly print. This pretty […]