Professional, Smart & Chic – Top Picks from Boden’s New Autumn Collection

Boden Pasternoster Shift Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Today’s post features Amy Schwarzenbach’s top fall picks from Boden. Get excited! Boden’s newest styles are out. For working women looking for chic professional clothing, this is the brand to wear. Even better, right now you can save 15% off everything and get free shipping on all orders […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Eileen Fisher Purple Surplice Jersey Dress

Eileen Fisher Purple Jersey Knee-Length Long-Sleeve Dress - Made in the USA

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families. My initial thought when admiring this chic beachfront getaway picture is I Want To Go There. The scenery is beautiful and the model looks so lovely and relaxed. My second thought is If I Cannot Go There, I Want […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Hugo Boss Berry Melange Suiting

BOSS HUGO BOSS Jolia Suiting - Berry Melange

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Berry melange suiting? Yes, please! Today is the first day that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to everyone – and some items are already available in limited sizes only. This classically tailored suit in a fantastic – and flattering – dark berry fabric is one of the […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Bouclé Dress

Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Multicolor Bouclé Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s a chic and professional dress from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that is a delightful mashup of current trends and Mad Men Style. The Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Multicolor Bouclé Dress ($176.90 on sale; regularly $265) features a classic sheath style with on trend – and flattering […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Banana Republic Wrap Dresses 40% Off Today

Banana Republic Gemma Geo Wrap Dress - Berry Jam

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Banana Republic just shared its latest crop of wrap dresses in pretty solid colors and fun prints – including this Banana Republic Gemma Wrap Dress in Purple Gem as well as True Blue in Regular, Tall and Petite sizes ($98; online exclusive). The dresses are machine washable and […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Three Dots Peplum Back Blazer & Striped Dress

Three Dots Peplum Black Blazer & Striped Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.   Have you ever been invited to an event where the dress code is “casually elegant?” Although we’ve become used to hearing “casually elegant” – and dressing for it – it’s a rather baffling combination of words that is as nonsensical as requesting […]

It’s My Birthday & I’ll Wear What I Want To

Plenty by Tracy Reese Print Front Twist Jersey Dress

Well, it seems to happen from time to time - and today just happens to be my birthday! One of the things I’ve been looking forward to this year is proclaiming It’s My Birthday & I’ll Wear What I Want To as an annual Commandress tradition. Henceforth, so it shall be. An important part of this tradition is […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – The Dress That Got Away, Part Deux

BCBG Botanical Floral Wrap Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Although it’s not the type of thing you would include on most resumes, I surely must rank among the top tier of online-sale-stalkers. My devotion to the sport includes innovative problem-solving, hours of real-world training, and an unwavering commitment to constant improvement. Perhaps I should be awarded a floral […]

Business Casual Makeover – BCBG Aqua & Navy Floral Adele Print Wrap Dress

BCBG Adele Printed Wrap Dress - Light Aqua Floral

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. BCBG’s Adele Wrap Dress (previously featured here and here on Commandress) is one of my wardrobe staples – I own it in two prints and typically have at least one on my wish list at any given time. It’s a fun dress […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Classiques Entier Rivas Stretch Cotton & Silk Sheath

Classiques Entier Rivas Stretch Cotton & Silk Sheath

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s an exciting new trend: lately I’ve noticed several new dresses for about $200 from brands that had crept into the $300 price point. And some of these brands are known for their consistently good quality – like Nordstrom’s private label Classiques Entier. This Classiques Entier Rivas […]