Class It Up – How to Wear Pineapples Without Being a Carmen Miranda Caricature – Commandress

Today’s post shares a curated selection of fashionable items sporting – of all things – pineapples. It is not breaking news that pineapples are trending. This summer, pineapples adorn tops, sandals, earrings, and more.

In 2010, comedian Kristen Wiig immortalized Carmen Miranda by posing in turban bedecked with fruit. Unless you are very confident, flamboyant or invited to a costume party this is not how Commandress suggests wearing pineapples.Pineapple Hat Kristen Wiig as Carmen MirandaUsually, pineapples are an architectural and interior design motif. Since the old world collided with the new pineapples have symbolized hospitality and welcome.

Isn’t it interesting that in our country’s current climate such a symbol would become a popular fashion motif? Well, since this is a fashion and style blog, I’ll keep things light. Let’s just say I am enthralled with sartorial pineapples. So far, I’ve kept my pineapple purchases to two: Lilly for Target thong sandals and a long sleeve top from Talbots.

Lilly Pulizer Gold Pineapple Sandals Talbots Womens Pineapple Top

Should you want augment your wardrobe with pineapples, behold a baker’s of dozen fun, stylish selections (clockwise starting top left):

Pineapple Gold Pendant Necklace Scarf Earrings Dress Pineapple Tote Wallet Espadrilles

Ki-ele Hawaiian Pinya Pineapple Pendant Necklace ($54 from Nordstrom, Made in Hawaii) // Echo Pineapple Party Scarf (Sale: $45.56 from Nordstrom) // Covet Pop Art Pineapple Stud Earrings (Sale: $14.74 from Nordstrom) // Nicole Miller Mixed Print Jersey Shift Dress ($320 from Nordstrom) // Talbots Pineapple Flower Straw Tote (Sale: $29.99 from Talbots) // Kate Spade Wing It Lacey Zip Around Wallet in Pineapple ($178 from Nordstrom) // Kaanas Aruba Espadrilles in Pineapple ($88.95 from Nordstrom)

Pineapple Tote Sandals Gold Drop Earrings iPhone 6 case Pineapple Belt Womens Top

Tory Burch Knotted Pineapple Tote (Sale: $245 from // Antonio Melani Piney Pineapple Sandals (Sale: $41.99 from // Ki-ele Hawaiian Pinya Pineapple Drop Earrings ($53 from Nordstrom) // Sonix Liana Teal iPhone 6 case in Teal ($35 from Nordstrom, Made in Hawaii) // Raina Pina Vegan Leather Belt in Thunder Peach/Antique Brass ($74 from Nordstrom, Made in USA) // Talbots Embroidered Pineapple Top (Sale: $15.49 from Talbots)

For readers who are unfamiliar with entertainment icon Carmen Miranda, click here. For those of you who are curious about the pineapple’s symbolism, check out this interesting blog post.


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Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nanette Lepore Wildflower Printed Silk Blouse

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is always one of our favorites (check out our latest recommendations here and here), but it’s not the only game in town.

Saks is having a Midsummer Surprise Sale online through tomorrow with savings up to 70% off, and the selection is fantastic!

My favorite – this beautiful Nanette Lepore Wildflower Printed Silk Blouse on sale for $103.42 (Made in the USA; regularly $278) and still available in all sizes.

Nanette Lepore Wildflower Printed Silk Blouse - Made in the USA - floral print top - professional top

Here’s a link to the sale – which includes more items by Nanette Lepore.

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At Ease, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Two Eye-Catching Flats on Sale at Nordstrom

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. 

In light of Nordstrom’s annual Anniversary sale of pre-fall items beginning today for cardholders, we are focusing on Nordstrom’s selection of women’s shoes.

This is a great time of year to assess your shoe situation. Is there a pair in need of retirement? Is there an outfit you’re not wearing because it needs better coordinated shoes? Are there gaps in your fall/winter footwear? Ask yourself these questions, draw up your list and take advantage of the great sales.

Shoe shopping can be so distracting.
There are so many gorgeous options to admire.
Take time to make a list of the footwear you want or need,
and refer to your list to stay on task.

Right now, I have my eye on Cynthia Vincent’s Farie Espadrille Flat in Blue/White. (Sale: $99.90 originally $165 from Nordstrom) I love the print, and blue and white paired together is such a great summer look. The ankle wrap and subtle open-toe are details that make these espadrilles current without being faddish. Best yet, customer reviews are gushing.
Womens Espadrille Flats Womens Summer Shoes

Cynthia Vincent’s Farie Espadrille Flats are also available in fun fuschia/multi and black/white prints.

Remember, if you are not a Nordstrom cardholder it is easy to become one (Abigail became one this time last year), or you may enjoy the plethora of summer items on sale.

Best, Amy

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