Wear This Dress Anywhere – BCBG Adele Wrap Dress in Dark Ink Brushstroke Print

BCBG Adele Wrap Dress - Dark Ink Brushstroke Print #commandress

Have you had an argument about The Dress yet? I’ve had many disagreements about color over the years – particularly blue v. purple once you hit the dark blue / indigo /violet range – but the intensity of this debate is unprecedented. The article about The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top

Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Nordstrom has a great selection of new markdowns for Hugo Boss right now – including dresses and separates that are 40-50% off. It’s a great opportunity to get higher end professional clothes at midmarket prices. This Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top was one of the first […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Sam Edelman Packable Floral Down Jacket

Sam Edelman Packable Floral Print Down Jacket

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Did you know that floral down puffer jackets are a thing? How fun – and what pretty way to make cold weather more tolerable. It’s also a perfect cold-weather item for the type of girl who gets much more excited about the après than […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting

Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting - professional fashion | chic offices style | spring suit #commandress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Talbots is looking mighty fresh this spring! I’m particularly enamored with their new Chic Pindot Suiting Collection – including the pencil skirt, sleek straight-leg pants and two-button blazer shown here. The black and white combination is perfect for spring, but I would wear this suiting with rich jewel tones the […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Mardi Gras Edition

M Missoni Multi Zigzag Stripe Skirt in Lavender

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. Today’s post is a special Mardi Gras edition by Amy Bergsma Schwarzenbach. Whether you are celebrating Mardi Gras today – or just wish that you were celebrating Mardi Gras […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Fresh Fashion Finds for Spring

Ranna Gill Sleeveless Multicolor Floral-Print Dress

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Today’s post features Amy Bergsma Schwarzenbach’s three favorite day dresses for spring events. What special day events are on your calendar this spring? In addition to warmer weather, I’m looking forward to a baby shower and perhaps a derby party. Today we’re salivating […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Equipment Cecile Cashmere Sweater on Sale

Equipment Cecile V-Neck Cashmere Sweater

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  2/10/15 Update – There are even more delicious colors of this sweater on sale today, including the watermelon pink that I’ve been keeping my eye on. Nordstrom just marked Equipment’s Cecile V-Neck Cashmere Sweater 40% off in several great neutral colors – as well as in this crisp […]

Class It Up – Three Fantastic Professional Dresses with Sleeves

Boden Betty Ottoman Dress

In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach draws on her legal industry experience – including some of the mistakes she saw along the way – to share ideas for taking your work wardrobe to the next level.  As regular readers know, Commandress recommends dresses as a professional woman’s secret weapon. They […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Under $100 – LOVEAPPELLA Wrap Dresses

LOVEAPPELLA Seamed Wrap Dress - Blue Animal Print

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. I’m not familiar with the brand LOVEAPPELLA, but this stylish, affordable, washable, and Made in the USA Seamed Wrap Dress has me eager to check them out! The LOVEAPPELLA Seamed Wrap Dress is $78 from Nordstrom in Blue Animal […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – J.Crew Retro Floral Popover Blouse

J.Crew Retro Floral Popover Blouse

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I love the art nouveau decadence of this “festive green” floral print from J.Crew. I also love that J.Crew describes this top as “an instant fix for ‘I hate everything in my closet’ syndrome.” We’ve all been there, and there is something fresh and exciting about this […]