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 […]

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 – Diana and Catherine – Arbiters of Refined Style

Allusione Sheath From Beguile by Byron Lars

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. Today’s column is inspired by Diana, Princess of Wales, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. In their public appearances on behalf of the British Monarchy, Diane and […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Rachel Roy Floral Jacquard Dress

Rachel Roy Floral Jacquard Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a sophisticated and professional floral dress in lovely transitional colors for early spring. The Rachel Roy Floral Jacquard Dress ($328 from Zappos and Bloomingdale’s) features a stylized floral print in muted shades of orchid, lilac, grey and tan against a charcoal grey background. Sale Alert – Rachel Roy Friends & Family […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Tildon Short Sleeve Fringe Trim Jacket

Tildon Short Sleeve Fringe Trim Jacket

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.   I love this outfit! It’s something new and different – and it looks like a fantastic business casual idea. This Tracy Reece dress is a bit more casual than what I ultimately have in mind for the office, but I’m impressed by […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Classiques Entier Talia Lace Front Ponte Sheath Dress & Top

Classiques Entier Talia Lace Front Ponte Sheath Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Right now is an exciting time to be a fan of the professional clothing line Classiques Entier at Nordstrom. About a third of the Classiques Entier items are new and another third are on sale – a perfect storm whether you’re always on the hunt for the […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Karen Kane Geometric Print Belted Shirtdress

Karen Kane Geometric Print Belted Shirtdress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families. Here’s an easy, classic shirtdress that would fit in perfectly in almost any office. This Karen Kane Geometric Print Belted Shirtdress ($148 from Nordstrom & Made in the USA) is about as figure flattering and easy-to-wear as a dress can get. […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Navy’s Effortless Elegance

Weekend Max Mara Jean Ruched Jersey Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Alright, alright, alright – there was a lot to enjoy about last night’s Oscars. Lupita Nyong’o stole the show in this exquisite Prada gown and with her elegant and gracious acceptance speech for her Best Supporting Actress award. This gown is a knockout from a distance, but […]