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 […]

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 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Three Dots Peplum Back Blazer & Striped Dress

Three Dots Peplum Black Blazer & Striped Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.   Have you ever been invited to an event where the dress code is “casually elegant?” Although we’ve become used to hearing “casually elegant” – and dressing for it – it’s a rather baffling combination of words that is as nonsensical as requesting […]

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 […]

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 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – ABS Colorblock Ponte Sheath Dress

Snow Day!

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families.  It’s been a crazy couple days in Atlanta! I’m thankful that I was not caught in yesterday’s traffic and that I’m home to enjoy playing in the snow with Bonnie today. *      *      * It’s […]

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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – Jones New York Collection Emerald Houndstooth Dress

Jones New York Collection Sleeveless Houndstooth Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a smart-looking professional dress at a fantastic price! If you’ve vowed to add more color to your work wardrobe this year – or if perhaps you should have - this classic dress is a perfect place to start. The Jones New York Collection Sleeveless Houndstooth Dress is made from a rich […]

Fashion Flashback – What to Wear to the Office Holiday Party – Metallic Gold Sparkle & Shine

Lilly Pulitzer Tropic Top

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.  Wearing red and green to a holiday party can easily degenerate into looking like a Christmas tree. Unless I’m going to an ugly sweater party, my […]