Professional, Smart & Chic – Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Bouclé Dress

Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Multicolor Bouclé Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Here’s a chic and professional dress from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that is a delightful mashup of current trends and Mad Men Style. The Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Leather Trim Multicolor Bouclé Dress ($176.90 on sale; regularly $265) features a classic sheath style with on trend – and flattering […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Halogen Summer Suiting in Heather Taupe

Halogen Ela Suit Jacket

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. There’s no denying that the dog days of summer have arrived. It’s the perfect time to buy a classic suit in a lighter neutral color – particularly if the suit is on sale at Nordstrom for 40% off! This Halogen Ela Suit Jacket ($76.80 on sale; regularly $128) […]

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 […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Lands’ End Getaway Tour & Bella Flora Swimwear Collection

Lands' End Bella Flora Floral Pleated Balconette Bikini Top

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. Please don’t run away because I’ve brought up swimwear – I promise that this post is full of good and helpful news! And if you live in New York, Boston, Toronto, Chicago or Madison, I highly recommend that you check out the Land’s End […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Pretty Pastel Tweed Jackets for Spring

Classic Pastel Tweed Chanel Jacket

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  I’ve had a pretty tweed jacket on my wish list forever – perhaps since I first became aware of the beautiful pastel tweed jackets that Coco Chanel introduced in the 1960s and which have been a fashion classic ever since. Rest your eyes on these pretty-in-pink images of a classic […]

Fashion Flashback – Survive Summer Heat with Lightweight Linen

MICHAEL Michael Kors Draped Linen Blazer

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. The warm weather is here and it’s time to talk linen. Linen, or a linen-blend, is the perfect fabric for summer because it breathes. If you […]

Mad Men Monday – Three Dresses with Mad Men Style

Of Mercer Thompson Dress

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies. As is often the case, Joan wore the most striking dress on last night’s episode of Mad Men. This chic dress features Joan’s new “executive” color palette (red paired with combinations of black, brown and white) on one […]

Fashion Flashback – Seersucker – A Summer Classic Every Professional Women Should Embrace

Brroks Brothers Stellita Fit Three-Button Seersucker Jacket

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. Lightweight, Practical & Preppy – Seersucker is the Hot Weather Solution for Professionals I first noticed seersucker in the 1980s when we moved to New Orleans […]

Fashion Flashback – Fresh Spring Stripes & Style Inspiration on SNL

Zooey Deschanel and Tommy Hilfiger Red Pleated Dress

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. A constant in my life since the 1980s has been watching Saturday Night Live. From Gilda Radner to Cecily Strong, SNL is always good for a […]

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 […]