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 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank (& Two Great Blazers to Wear with It)

Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.   Pretty, pretty, pretty! I can’t stop admiring the unique design and lovely “flowering paisley” print of this Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank ($161 from Nordstrom). The top is smart too – the back is made from sage green stretch jersey […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nanette Lepore Suiting and Friends & Family Sale

Nanette Lepore Romance Crepe Blazer & Amourous Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.  Right now Nanette Lepore has some of the best women’s suiting that I’ve seen in a while – available in both neutral sand and daring red. Nanette Lepore may be best known for her feminine and flirty aesthetic – as well as […]

Fashion Flashback – Headbands & the Sophisticated Professional Woman

France Luxe Skinny Headband

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. Even before Lupita Nyong’o appeared at the Oscars wearing a stunning diamond and gold headband, I planned to feature this oft-maligned accessory in today’s column. Ms. […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Karen Kane Geometric Print Belted Shirtdress

Karen Kane Geometric Print Belted Shirtdress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families. Here’s an easy, classic shirtdress that would fit in perfectly in almost any office. This Karen Kane Geometric Print Belted Shirtdress ($148 from Nordstrom & Made in the USA) is about as figure flattering and easy-to-wear as a dress can get. […]

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 […]

Business Casual Makeover – Where to Buy the Best Basic White Tops for $75 or (Much) Less

Three Dots 3/4 Sleeve Scoop Neck - Best Basic White Tees

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  Today I’m answering a reader question related to the Classiques Entier Carlotta Moto Jacket featured in last week’s Business Casual Makeover post. As you may recall, the jacket is a very cool combination of blue and red tweed and ponte – and […]

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 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Stylish Activewear by Pure + Good

Pure + Good - Activewear Made in USA

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families. I’m switching things up a bit this Friday in honor of the Olympics and to spread the word about a fantastic new activewear brand. Last night’s figure skating competition was amazing, but my heart belonged to Italy’s Carolina Kostner […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Rebecca Minkoff Made in NYC Collection

Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Mini - Made in NYC

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families.   Looking for a stylish new work bag that’s made in the USA? You should check out the limited edition Made in New York collection from Rebecca Minkoff. The collection includes the popular and beloved Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. Mini […]