Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Halogen Animal Print Pencil Skirt

Halogen Stretch Cotton Blend Pencil Skirt - Stone & Red Animal Print

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Today I’m featuring an outfit that would certainly make me feel more excited about going to work on a rainy Friday . . . when my thoughts were already drifting toward a long holiday weekend. Wow, she sure looks smart. And it’s not […]

Fashion Flashback – Fresh Spring Stripes & Style Inspiration on SNL

Zooey Deschanel and Tommy Hilfiger Red Pleated Dress

The weekly Commandress feature ‘Fashion Flashback’ by Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach features the author’s 1980s fashion retrospectives as a new way to understand – and inspire – contemporary fashion styles. A constant in my life since the 1980s has been watching Saturday Night Live. From Gilda Radner to Cecily Strong, SNL is always good for a […]

Mad Men Monday (on Tuesday) – Three Dresses with Mad Men Style

Mad Men - Megan Blue Dress

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies.  If you’ve heard anyone talking about That Dress after this week’s Mad Men premiere, there should be no doubt that they had Megan’s stunning blue minidress on their mind. (Image courtesy of Elle.) Although it’s hard to […]

Business Casual Makeover – Diane Von Furstenberg on Sale

DVF New Jeanne Two Silk Jersey Wrap Dress - classic chain link print

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  Earlier this year, I featured a few of my favorite wrap dresses in this post about the Diane von Furstenberg x Andy Warhol Pop Wrap Collection. If you’ve had one of these dresses on your wish list, this may be your lucky […]

Fashion Flashback – Professional Necklaces That Show Some Personality

LOFT Short Rose Fireball Cluster Necklace

The weekly Commandress feature ‘Fashion Flashback’ by Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach features the author’s 1980s fashion retrospectives as a new way to understand – and inspire – contemporary fashion styles.  If you sometimes bemoan the unoriginality of the “uniform” that professional women are consigned to wear to work, you are not alone. I, too, can attest […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank (& Two Great Blazers to Wear with It)

Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.   Pretty, pretty, pretty! I can’t stop admiring the unique design and lovely “flowering paisley” print of this Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank ($161 from Nordstrom). The top is smart too – the back is made from sage green stretch jersey […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Charming Spring Pumps from Sole Society

Sole Society Meryl Pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Last year, Sole Society (the fantastically affordable shoe and accessory brand) hit it out of the ball park with their Julianne Hough for Sole Society Anneke Pump – a chic and slightly edgy midheel pump that you can still find at Nordstrom for $59.95. Right now I’m admiring […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 & Worthy of a Haiku – Söfft Abbott Wedge Pump

Söfft Abbott Wedge Pump

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. I’m always excited to find a stylish “comfort” shoe that looks like it would more at home in Cinderella’s closet than in her stepsisters’. If you add affordable to the mix, I may have to start waxing poetic about discovering the holy […]

BOSS Hugo Boss Jeisika Blazer & Vilina Skirt (Plus a Bonus Abstract Floral Dress)

BOSS Hugo Boss Jeisika Blazer and Vilina Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  There’s still time to take advantage of the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale, which lasts through tomorrow in-store and online. Use promo code FANDF to save 20% off almost all regular or sale merchandise. I took this opportunity to browse the newest wear to work clothes for women […]

Fashion Flashback – Straw Shopper Totes for Work & Play

Kate Spade Via Limoni Tote

The weekly Commandress feature ‘Fashion Flashback’ by Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach features the author’s 1980s fashion retrospectives as a new way to understand – and inspire – contemporary fashion styles.  Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. It’s time to think about wardrobe and accessory updates. Speaking of which, I am […]