Professional, Smart & Chic – Roses & Ribbons Cardigan

Roses & Ribbons Cardigan

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a feminine, floral sweater that you could easily work into an office wardrobe. The Roses & Ribbons Cardigan ($128 from Sundance; washable) would look pretty – but not too sweet – paired with sleek office basics like pants or a pencil skirt in navy, charcoal or black. The […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case

Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today is a Very Important Day – for me, at least. I finally found the iPhone 5 case of my dreams - and it only took a little under two years! I would describe this Etched Glass iPhone 5 Case by Rifle Paper Co. ($38 from Anthropologie) as a work […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Splendid Ashbury Blooms Pullover

Splendid Ashbury Blooms Pullover

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here’s a pretty floral print top to update your fall wardrobe for work and play. The Splendid Ashbury Blooms Pullover ($98) is Made in the USA and available in Navy from Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Saks. The top is lightweight rayon, so it would […]

Business Casual Makeover – Halogen Floral Print Sweater Styled Two Ways

Halogen Floral Print Sweater with Blazer and Jeans

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here’s a chic floral print sweater that is perfect for work or play – and Nordstrom has been kind enough to show it styled with two different business casual outfits.   The Halogen Floral Print Cotton Sweater ($57.90 on sale; regularly $88) is part of […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Equipment Liam Silk Blouse

Equipment Liam Silk Blouse

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Oh, pretty! I’m often hesitant to buy silk tops because silk can be harder to care for than other fabrics, but here’s a top that’s worthy of an exception. These dark florals look sophisticated and quite grown up. (You can read more about dark floral prints here, […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – American Vintage Floral Print Skirt

American Vintage Waco Print Knee Length Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Shopbop has a ton of new stuff on sale today, and one of the first items to catch my eye was this American Vintage Waco Print Knee Length Skirt ($91.20 on sale; regularly $114). That’s a very pretty greyscale floral print with hints of lavender and lilac – […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Floral Totes

Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote Hawaiian Print

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Can you wear a Hawaiian print to the office anywhere but Hawaii? Sure, you can – if it looks something like this: This Rebecca Minkoff Medium M.A.B. Tote ($245 from Nordstrom) features a lovely and sophisticated Hawaiian Print – which makes even a simple black outfit look like something extraordinary. […]

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 […]

Fashion Flashback – Sports Dresses from Prana and Patagonia

Prana Amaya Dress - Ink Blue Lagoon

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.  Do you have fond memories of summer camp? We already know that summer camp is not Commandress’ natural habitat, but I have loved it since the […]