Professional, Smart & Chic – Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting

Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting - professional fashion | chic offices style | spring suit #commandress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Talbots is looking mighty fresh this spring! I’m particularly enamored with their new Chic Pindot Suiting Collection – including the pencil skirt, sleek straight-leg pants and two-button blazer shown here. The black and white combination is perfect for spring, but I would wear this suiting with rich jewel tones the […]

Rest Your Eyes on This – Mardi Gras Edition

M Missoni Multi Zigzag Stripe Skirt in Lavender

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. Today’s post is a special Mardi Gras edition by Amy Bergsma Schwarzenbach. Whether you are celebrating Mardi Gras today – or just wish that you were celebrating Mardi Gras […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set

Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I visited Neiman Marcus’s website this morning to check out cashmere sweaters on sale – and there are many! – but this Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set in Dutchess Blue immediately grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. How very  elegant! And I don’t think it’s a […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nanette Lepore Straight Skirt with Inverted Pleats at Hem

Nanette Lepore Straight Skirt with Inverted Pleats at Hem - Made in the USA

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. 1/13/15 Update – You can save $50 on this skirt – as well as other select items from Neiman Marcus – through 1/16/15 with code NEWYEAR. I love a classic black skirt with a slight flair at the hem. […]

Eileen Fisher Silk-Cotton Interlock Peplum Jacket, Camisole & Straight Skirt

Eileen Fisher Silk-Cotton Interlock Peplum Jacket, Long Slim Camisole & Straight Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  When I came across this modern, classic and washable suit, I was not surprised to learn that it’s made by Eileen Fisher. It’s a magic mix of sharp and wearable. While I’d certainly be happy to see the suit paired with a pretty print top (like this gorgeous floral […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Peacock Feather Prints at Talbots

Talbots Peacock Feather Print Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today’s post is courtesy of Reader S, who wrote in to recommend this gorgeous Talbots Peacock Feather Pencil Skirt ($109 in Regular and Petite sizes). The skirt has been popular and is only available in limited sizes, but Talbots has plenty of other items to tempt peacock […]

Office Holiday – Daytrip to Senoia & the Return of The Walking Dead

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Sooooo, I probably haven’t had a reason to mention it here before – and I know that this admission may seem a bit out of character – but I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead. Season 5 starts on Sunday, and I couldn’t be more excited. I started watching the show when it premiered after a […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Jacquard Moto Cardi at Anthropologie

Moth Jacquard Moto Cardi - Anthropologie

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Today’s post features a very cool Jacquard Moto Cardi recommended by Reader V, who has a great eye for asymmetric chic. This Moth Jacquard Moto Cardi looks fantastic both open (as shown above) and zipped (shown below). It is hand-washable and available in regular and petite sizes for $128 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nanette Lepore Garden Graph Pencil Skirt

Nanette Lepore Garden Graph Pencil Skirt

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women & their families. Here’s a lovely floral pencil skirt on sale that would make a great statement piece in a professional wardrobe. The Nanette Lepore Garden Graph Pencil Skirt is Made in the USA and would look lovely with a blazer or cardigan […]

Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Nally & Millie Kaleidoscope Print Reversible Sweater Skirt

Nally & Millie Kaleidoscope Print Reversible Sweater Skirt

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here’s a lovely new fall skirt from one of my favorite brands. This Nally & Millie Print Reversible Sweater Skirt ($86 from Zappos) features a gorgeous – and office-friendly – kaleidoscope print in lovely muted jewel tones. Throw on a knit top […]