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 […]

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 […]