Professional, Smart & Chic – Roses & Ribbons Cardigan

Roses & Ribbons Cardigan

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a feminine, floral sweater that you could easily work into an office wardrobe. The Roses & Ribbons Cardigan ($128 from Sundance; washable) would look pretty – but not too sweet – paired with sleek office basics like pants or a pencil skirt in navy, charcoal or black. The […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Milly Chain Link Cardigan

Milly Chain Link Cardigan - Charcoal

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. It’s not too often that office-friendly clothing triggers the reaction “Oh, that’s cool!” – but that was my first thought when admiring this Milly Chain Trim Cardigan. I love this posh but modern update of a favorite jacket style from the Mad Men era. It’s a perfect piece […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Tassel Necklaces

Panacea Golden Double Chain & Tassel Necklace

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Given the high quality and reasonable prices of Ivanka Trump’s shoe collection, I assumed that this gorgeous Ivanka Trump Seed Pearl Tassel Necklace was an incredible find – until I saw the $13,500.00 price tag and realized that Ms. Trump has entered the world of extraordinarily fine jewelry. […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – ABS Emerald Lace Cocktail Dress

ABS Emerald Lace Sheath Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. If I needed a new cocktail dress right now, this gorgeous ABS Emerald Lace Sheath Dress is the one I would try on first! Saks previously carried the same dress in Garnet and it received rave reviews for quality, fit […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Top Picks from Boden’s New Autumn Collection

Boden Pasternoster Shift Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Today’s post features Amy Schwarzenbach’s top fall picks from Boden. Get excited! Boden’s newest styles are out. For working women looking for chic professional clothing, this is the brand to wear. Even better, right now you can save 15% off everything and get free shipping on all orders […]

It’s My Birthday & I’ll Wear What I Want To

Plenty by Tracy Reese Print Front Twist Jersey Dress

Well, it seems to happen from time to time - and today just happens to be my birthday! One of the things I’ve been looking forward to this year is proclaiming It’s My Birthday & I’ll Wear What I Want To as an annual Commandress tradition. Henceforth, so it shall be. An important part of this tradition is […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Classiques Entier Rivas Stretch Cotton & Silk Sheath

Classiques Entier Rivas Stretch Cotton & Silk Sheath

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s an exciting new trend: lately I’ve noticed several new dresses for about $200 from brands that had crept into the $300 price point. And some of these brands are known for their consistently good quality – like Nordstrom’s private label Classiques Entier. This Classiques Entier Rivas […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Kate Spade New York Neepa Too Leather Pump

Kate Spade New York Neepa Too Leather Pump

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s a fine-looking pump that certainly merits a second look! The Berry leather is gorgeous, but the woodgrain heel is what really caught my eye. The shoe looks retroglam, classic and modern – which is a lot of style packed into a deceptively simple design. Maybe I […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – BOSS Hugo Boss Dazehra Floral Stripe Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

BOSS Hugo Boss Dazehra Floral Stripe Stretch Cotton Sheath Dress

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. Oh, well isn’t this LFD (Little Floral Dress) practically perfect in every way! What a lovely striped floral print from BOSS Hugo Boss! Even with the white background, the […]

Mad Men Monday on Tuesday – Three Professional Dresses with Mad Men Style

Mad Men Style - Peggy in Waterloo

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies. Despite some sad news, Monday’s Mad Men mid-season finale was unexpectedly upbeat and tidy. One of my favorite moments was based on an exchange between Don and his teenage daughter, Sally. When Sally blew off the amazement of […]