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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Love Your Dressed Up Style – A Faux Wrap Dress Accessorized – Commandress

IMHO, the perfect business casual outfit starts with a wrap dress.  Dresses make getting dressed sooooooo easy! And, wrap dresses flatter everybody’s body. Specifically, today I have in mind Karen Kane’s Patchwork Faux Wrap Dress (Sale: $84.90; Regular: $128 from Nordstrom, Made in USA). Karen Kane is a quality brand you can depend on. This is the perfect dress for a networking lunch, a casual day at the office or an evening dinner. I love its patchwork print, fall color scheme and three quarter length sleeves.

Karen Kane Faux Wrap Dress Womens Work Dress Sale

Because I am always thinking about the shoes, jewelry and handbag I would wear with a new outfit, I spent some time selecting the perfect accessories for it. Below is a collage of the earrings, necklace, bracelet and pumps that coordinate perfectly with the dress.

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Earrings: Sonya Reese Drusy Teardrop Earrings in White (Sale: $49.90; Regular: $78 from Nordstrom, also available in Dark Pewter and Gold)
Necklace: Sonya Reese Oval Drusy Pendant Necklace in White (Sale: $37.90; Regular: $58 from Nordstrom, also available in Dark Pewter and Gold)
Bracelet: Kendra Scott Mystic Bazaar Chandler Bangles in Mixed Metals ($150 from Nordstrom)
Shoes: Bella Vita Willa Perforated Pump in Camel/Black ($89.95 from Nordstrom, Also in black and white/black patent leather)

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Drusy jewelry has captured my heart. I love its delicate flickering shimmer. Here is a closer look at the Sonya Reese earrings and necklace, as well as the Kendra Scott bangles, which are all so versatile you will find yourself wearing them all the time.

Gold Drusy Earrings Womens Earring Sale           Sonya Reese Drusy Necklace Womens Gold Necklace SaleMixed Metal Bangles Womens Bracelets

The bangles‘ varying texture and shine coordinate so well with the dress it is as if they were designed in tandem.

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The pumps appeal to me as much as the jewelry. I love Bella Vita’s fresh take on the spectator pump. This pointy toe pump with its kitten heel is sleek and mod.

Womens Work Pumps Womesn Work Shoes

The handbag I would wear with it is an easy choice: I would definitely carry the Brahmin West Lake Croc Embossed Satchel in Black profiled earlier this week.



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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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