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 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Under $100 – Search for Sanity Floral Print Midi Skirt

Search for Sanity Floral Print Skirt - Made in the USA Professional Clothes for Women - How to Wear Floral Prints to Work Office - Chic Office Style - Professional Fashion

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families.  There’s a lot to love about this Search for Sanity Floral Print Midi Skirt. The skirt features a pretty navy and tan based floral print that’s muted enough for the office and appropriate for any season.   Reviewers love the […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Vince Camuto Trumpet Skirt

Vince Camuto Trumpet Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a flattering, versatile, affordable and washable skirt in a “new” silhouette to freshen up your work wardrobe. This Vince Camuto Trumpet Skirt ($89 in Regular and Petite sizes from Nordstrom) features a fitted waist with feminine flounces at the knee. The flounces add shape and interest […]

Business Casual Makeover – Halogen Floral Print Sweater Styled Two Ways

Halogen Floral Print Sweater with Blazer and Jeans

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here’s a chic floral print sweater that is perfect for work or play – and Nordstrom has been kind enough to show it styled with two different business casual outfits.   The Halogen Floral Print Cotton Sweater ($57.90 on sale; regularly $88) is part of […]

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 […]