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 […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Brahmin Sunset Batik Collection Handbags

Brahmin Sunset Batik Collection Louise Rose Floral Print Satchel

In “Rest Your Eyes on This,” Commandress takes a mini-vacation to spotlight something that is lovely and delightful – regardless of its practicality or its price.  Last week I took a little field trip to admire and play with Brahmin’s newest handbag collection, which features beautiful floral-embossed leather and contrasting tan trim. So lovely! This […]

Dolce & Gabana Floral Sunglasses and the Lord & Taylor Friends & Family Sale

Dolce & Gabbana Piconic Logo Sunglasses

Last month, during an unusually leisurely stroll through Lenox Mall, I made a sharp and sudden turn into the Sunglass Hut when I spotted a spellbinding display of Dolce & Gabbana floral sunglasses –  including both of these:     Oh, wow. And wow again. To my eyes, the design, beauty and expressiveness of these sunglasses make […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – BOSS Hugo Boss Dazehra Floral Stripe Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

BOSS Hugo Boss Dazehra Floral Stripe Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

In “Rest Your Eyes on This,” Commandress takes a mini-vacation to spotlight something that is lovely and delightful – regardless of its practicality or its price. Oh, well isn’t this LFD (Little Floral Dress) practically perfect in every way! What a lovely striped floral print from BOSS Hugo Boss! Even with the white background, the […]

Mad Men Monday on Tuesday – Three Professional Dresses with Mad Men Style

Mad Men Style - Peggy in Waterloo

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies. Despite some sad news, Monday’s Mad Men mid-season finale was unexpectedly upbeat and tidy. One of my favorite moments was based on an exchange between Don and his teenage daughter, Sally. When Sally blew off the amazement of […]