Professional, Smart & Chic – Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set

Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I visited Neiman Marcus’s website this morning to check out cashmere sweaters on sale – and there are many! – but this Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set in Dutchess Blue immediately grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. How very  elegant! And I don’t think it’s a […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Of Mercer Leopard Thompson Dress

Of Mercer Leopard Thompson Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I’ve featured Of Mercer’s very chic Thompson Dress on Commandress before, but this season’s update in black wool with navy leopard print panels is definitely worth a second look. What a fantastic dress – and how nice to see another lovely professional with sleeves! I love the combination […]

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 […]

Fresh Fashion Finds – What I’ll Do With My Christmas Money

Zimmermann Patchworked Peplum Tunic Top

Are you hoping to have a little extra cash to spend on yourself this holiday? Here’s a look at Amy’s wishlist! Many of us receive holiday bonuses or money as a Christmas gift. I am not ashamed to share that I have already scoped out several items I would select for myself should I be […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Bailey 44 Plaid Skirt Knit Dress

Bailey 44 Plaid Skirt Knit Dress - Black & Blue

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. Plaid is a big fall trend that keeps catching my eye. I love plaid, but it can be hard to wear. Plaid prints must be worn with care or they can look frumpy (80s preppy), dated (90s grunge) or unflattering […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Black Halo Marissa Black Rose Print Sheath Dress

Black Halo Dark Rose Print Marissa Sheath Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families.  Here’s a lovely retro-modern sheath dress from Black Halo that is loaded with Mad Men Style! I love the rich black floral print and contrast among the dress’ modest silhouette, open neckline and side slit. You could pair the […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Nanette Lepore Workshop Dress & 20% Off Fall Dresses from Amazon

Nanette Lepore Workshop Dress - Merlot Ponte

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. While writing today’s post about this lovely Nanette Lepore Workshop Dress in Merlot Ponte, I discovered a great promotion at Amazon – 20% off a selection of Fall Dresses with promo code FALLDRSS. Update: this promotion ends 10/29/14. I don’t recall seeing Nanette Lepore at Amazon before, so […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Trina Turk Felicia Tweed Panel Dress

Trina Turk Felicia Tweed Panel Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. The fall collections are starting to arrive in stores, and right now Trina Turk’s new collection of modern feminine frocks is my favorite! I love this season’s prints – including this rich fall floral – but this multi-color tweed panel dress […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Quilted Tema Dress & Free Shipping from Anthropologie

Tabitha Quilted Tema Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I always love an Anthropologie free shipping weekend! Right now you can get free shipping on your $150 plus order with code FS150 (ends 9/15/14). This charming Quilted Tema Dress by Tabitha is one of Anthro’s new fall arrivals ($158 in Green or Rust and in regular […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Lafayette 148 New York June Keyhole Blouse & Kayline Peplum-Hem Pencil Skirt

Lafayette 148 New York June Keyhole Blouse & Kayline Peplum-Hem Pencil Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  There are so many things to admire about this sleek and feminine Keyhole Blouse and Peplum-Hem Skirt from Lafayette 148 New York, which look perfectly professional in every possible way. A matching top and skirt are a nice alternative to suits or dresses for the office. You […]