How to Stay Cool in a Hot Weather Outfit – Commandress

When it is this hot outside, all I want to slip on is a casual, comfortable dress – one that works for running errands or puttering around the house. Given that the Nordstrom Annual Anniversary Sale ends this Sunday, August 2nd, I’m profiling the perfect casual dress plus coordinating accouterments on sale from Nordstrom for only three more days.

Womens Clothes on Sale Casual Summer Dress Leather Thong Sandals  Neutral HandbagDress: Gibson Stripe A-Line Dress in Heather Grey/Ivory | Sunglasses: Gucci 58mm Cat Eye Sunglasses | Handbag: Cole Haan Antonia Snake Print Crossbody Bag in Black/Ivory Snake | Earrings: Kendra Scott Dani Stone Drop Earrings in Gunmetal/Turquoise | Bracelet: Kendra Scott Arden Station Cuff Bracelet in Gunmetal Turquoise | Shoes: UGG Sadie Studded Flip Flop in White Leather

 A Hot Weather Casual Dress With Cool Summer Style

In this heat, wearing a loose jersey knit dress is more comfortable than a top with shorts. The Gibson Stripe A-Line Dress in Heather Grey/Ivory ($58, Made in USA) is perfect with its easygoing style. The shoulder pleats are a cute detail. It is also available in Heather Grey/Black and Navy/Ivory.


Casual Striped Dress on Sale Summer Knit Dress

Necessary Accoutrements Include the Perfect Shades, Jewerly, Handbag & Sandals

Since one of my dogs nibbled on my current pair of sunglasses, I’m considering the lovely Gucci 58mm Cat Eye Sunglasses. (Sale: $196.90, After Sale: $295)  A neutral, striped dress would look awesome with similarly hued print handbag. Cole Haan’s Antonia Snake Print Crossbody Bag in Black/Ivory Snake is my recommendation. (Sale: $145.90, After Sale: $218) It will look great with your fall and winter outfits too!

Cat Eye Sunglasses     Black and Grey Snake Skin Handbag
Because I love color, and I really love a pop of color with neutrals, great jewelry to wear with the dress are Kendra Scott’s Dani Stone Drop Earrings in Gunmetal/Turquoise (Sale: $33.90, After Sale: $52) and Kendra Scott Arden Station Cuff Bracelet in Gunmetal Turquoise. (Sale: $32.90, After Sale: $50) The earrings are also available in Gold/Amethyst Quartz and Rodium/Blue Cat Eyes. The bracelet is also available in Gold/Amethyst Quartz and Rhodium/Rose.

Blue and Gunmetal Earrings Kendra Scott Earrings     Blue Turquoise and Gunmetal Cuff Bracelet Kendra Scott Bracelet

I want as little as possible on my feet during summertime. A comfortable leather thong sandal is ideal. UGG’s Sadie Studded Flip Flop in White Leather is exactly that. (Sale: $59.90, After Sale: $84.95, Nordstrom Exclusive) It is also available in Ash Nubuck and Black Nubuck. Wearing UGGs is like walking on a cloud.

Ugg Leather Thong Sandal Leather Flip Flop


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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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Fresh Fashion Finds – Brahmin West Lake Croc Embossed Satchel

If you are in the market for a new brown or black leather handbag, I implore you to take a look at Brahmin’s West Lake Croc Embossed Satchel. (Sale: $245 from Nordstrom, Regularly: $345, Nordstrom Exclusive) Simultaneously unusual and classic, its hexagonal shape is refreshingly novel.

Satchels have become my favorite type of handbag because they are not too small, nor are they too large. Available in Mink or Onyx, the West Lake Croc Embossed Satchel could easily become your favorite leather handbag.
black satchel brown satchel womens designer leather handbag bag satchel

Whether you wear your Brahmin handbag out on the town or to work,
a luscious brown or black satchel adds a polished look to any outfit.

Brahmin makes beautiful handbags that last. Abigail, our mother, and I all love Brahmin bags. (I love that they are not emblazoned with brand logos.) We love the plushness of their croc leather. We also really like it when they are on sale. At 33% of the after sale price, this is a great deal. Regardless, Brahmin is a handbag designer at the top of our short list. It should be on your radar, too.

Nordstrom is offering two other Brahmin West Lake handbags at discount during its annual anniversary sale. A smaller crossbody handbag is available in three colors.  Last week, in Abigail’s tableau of sumptuous items in blue and violet, she profiled the West Lake Croc Embossed Tote in Daydream Blue. It is available in three other colors.

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