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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Tory Burch Katie Floral Station Collar Necklace

Tory Burch Katie Floral Station Collar Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s an unusually understated “statement necklace” that combines two classics – pearls and gold chain links – for a thoroughly modern look. The Tory Burch Katie Floral Station Collar Necklace ($175 from Nordstrom) is a beautiful necklace that would add polish to any professional outfit. The Katie […]

Fashion Flashback – Professional Necklaces That Show Some Personality

LOFT Short Rose Fireball Cluster Necklace

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.  If you sometimes bemoan the unoriginality of the “uniform” that professional women are consigned to wear to work, you are not alone. I, too, can attest […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Kate Spade New York Brighton Rock Necklace

Kate Spade New York Brighton Rock Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Yesterday’s Commandress post was all about black and white, so naturally today’s post must feature something very colorful – like this eye-catching Kate Spade necklace with glass beads and bright multicolored enamel. Fun! Online reviewers love the Kate Spade New York Brighton Rock Necklace ($98 from Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s or Nordstrom) and […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Alexis Bittar Lucite Jardin Mystere Butterfly Pendant Necklace

Alexis Bittar Lucite Jardin Mystere Butterfly Pendant Necklace

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women. I must admit that I was feeling a little grumpy about losing my hour of sleep to Daylight Saving Time yesterday morning. But an afternoon trip to Nordstrom helped me feel ready to ‘spring forward’ and enjoy the extra hour of daylight in […]

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 […]

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide Part 1 – A February Wish List

Tory Burch Heart Print

I can sum up my feelings about Valentine’s Day – The Romantic Holiday – with one little word: Meh. On the other hand, I love helping my daughter, Bonnie, pick out the perfect Valentine’s Day cards and treats for her friends – especially the chocolate kind that she’s kind enough to share with me too. […]

Fashion Flashback – 1980s Earrings – Going for the Bold

J.Crew Honeybee gold-tone crystal earrings

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.   You know how you always gravitate to a certain kind of something when you’re shopping? Shoes, handbags, makeup, or scarves – for example? For me […]

Commandress Business Casual Friday – Cozy & Polished Office Wear – Ella Moss Kate Knit Cardigan

Ella Moss Kate Contrast Sleeve Knit Cardigan - Carmine - Birdeye Cardi

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  It’s a cold and dreary day in Atlanta, so I’m thinking about the cozy business casual outfits I often wear when I’d prefer to spend the day at home. Of course, you don’t want to show up at work looking like you […]

Commandress Holiday Gift Guides – Need It Tomorrow? Check Out Zappos Free One Business Day Delivery

Smartwool Blossom Bitty 3-Pack

Commandress Holiday Gift Guides feature a variety of unique gift ideas ranging from affordable stocking stuffers to luxurious presents – as well as my favorite websites for online gift-shopping.  It’s one week until Christmas, and most online retailers are beginning to offer some sort of expedited shipping and/or guaranteed Christmas delivery. Do you need some […]