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 – 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 […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Royal Robbins Discovery Skirt

Royal Robbins Discovery Skirt in Wild Rose

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Yesterday’s post about stylish comfort shoes reminded me that one of my favorite summer skirts is made by an outdoor clothing company. Of course, the skirt happens to be a beautiful shade of “Wild Rose” and features a bias cute flounce at the hem […]

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 […]

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 – 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 […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Five Travel-Friendly Summer Dresses Under $100

Plenty by Tracy Reese Brooke Dress

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Amy and I are both on holiday this week, so it’s the perfect time to share some of the cute summer vacation clothes that I’ve been admiring and filing away on Pinterest. Today I’m continuing Amy’s theme of travel-friendly summer dresses with a […]

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 […]