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 […]

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 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nanette Lepore Suiting and Friends & Family Sale

Nanette Lepore Romance Crepe Blazer & Amourous Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.  Right now Nanette Lepore has some of the best women’s suiting that I’ve seen in a while – available in both neutral sand and daring red. Nanette Lepore may be best known for her feminine and flirty aesthetic – as well as […]

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 – Butter Shoes Floral Print Java Wedge

Butter Shoes Floral Print Wedge

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  If I were inclined to organize my posts in outline form, today’s Business Casual Makeover would be part of the subcategory Funky Shoe Friday. But my brain has never really functioned in outline form – even at the height of my law school […]

Check Out Commandress on Instagram

Commandress on Instagram - http://instagram.com/commandressblog

My site spent some time offline today, so I apologize if you had trouble getting to the blog. Please let me know if you encounter any more trouble! I spent a little extra time this morning on my newest social media adventure: Instagram – also known as the here’s a vintage photo of my donut branch […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Social Media Basics & Greyscale Floral Print Dresses

Boss Hugo Boss 'Dapurena 2' Print Sheath Dress in Black Fantasy

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Okay, so I’ve finally decided to start using The Twitter for real. My mind doesn’t seem naturally wired for all the different social media options – and frankly I still have trouble keeping them all straight. Here’s a quick and dirty infographic that I’ve found very helpful. […]

Fashion WAY Flashback – Medieval Times at Ridgemont High

Tory Burch Jamie Woven Sheath 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.  Have you caught an episode of ABC’s The Goldbergs yet? The show’s ads grabbed my attention because of the sitcom family’s matching Cosby sweaters and because […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Stylish Activewear by Pure + Good

Pure + Good - Activewear Made in USA

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families. I’m switching things up a bit this Friday in honor of the Olympics and to spread the word about a fantastic new activewear brand. Last night’s figure skating competition was amazing, but my heart belonged to Italy’s Carolina Kostner […]