Fashion Flashback – Diana and Catherine – Arbiters of Refined Style

Allusione Sheath From Beguile by Byron Lars

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. Today’s column is inspired by Diana, Princess of Wales, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. In their public appearances on behalf of the British Monarchy, Diane and […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – M Missoni A-Line Jacquard Skirt

M Missoni A-Line Jacquard Skirt Close Up

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.  When I think of Missoni, the words colorful and artistic come to mind well before practical. But every season or so, I notice a beautiful, colorful and artistic Missoni […]

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 […]

Business Casual Makeover – NIC+ZOE Smoke & Mirrors Structured Cardigan

NIC+ZOE Smoke & Mirrors Structured Cardigan

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  This NIC+ZOE Smoke & Mirrors Structured Cardigan strikes me as the kind of item that is so versatile, easy to wear and useful that you’ll quickly find yourself wondering what in the world you could have been wearing all the time before you found […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Tracy Reese Emerald City Sheath Dress

Tracy Reese Emerald City Sheath

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Tracy Reese is one of my favorite designers in the “affordable splurge” category. I’ve featured a couple of her dresses on Commandress: one of Michelle Obama’s most iconic dresses and this lovely ruched dark floral dress (which is a Commandress reader favorite). I also have a soft spot for Tracy Reese because […]

Fashion Flashback – 1980s Fashion Fiasco – Oversized Tops & Stirrup Pants

Vtg 80s Oversize Sweater Geometric Graphic Colorblock Gray, Green, Blue, Burgundy

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. During a family get-together over the holidays, 1980s fashion became a topic of conversation. A brother-in-law who attended LSU in the 1980s bemoaned the oversized tops […]

Fashion Flashback – Think Purple! Radiant Orchid’s Retro Appeal

1980s Esprit Ad

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.  Like It or Not, Purple Will Be Everywhere in 2014 With Pantone’s announcement of Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year, this week’s Fashion […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Two Chic Tweed Blazers & One of the World’s Strangest Dress Codes

Elie Tahari Monique Jacket

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.   I love tweed blazers, but it seems that the vast majority look boxy and unflattering on me. So it’s always fun to find a gorgeous tweed blazer that is beautifully […]

Fashion Flashback – Fall’s Polished Plaids & the Tale of an Unanticipated Plaid Disaster

J.Crew Embroidered Peasant Top in Green Plaid

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. Cold weather reminds me of one of my favorite 1980s winter outfits. During the winter of 1983-84, I was still living in the preppy mecca Lexington, […]

L’Wren Scott Collection for Banana Republic – Review & Top Seven Picks

Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection Lips Tote

As I posted earlier today, the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection debuted online and in stores today. The collection looks fantastic online, so I checked it out in person this morning – and tried on a bunch of stuff so I can share my favorites here. Bottom Line: I’m very impressed! This is a great example of […]