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 – Lafayette 148 New York June Keyhole Blouse & Kayline Peplum-Hem Pencil Skirt

Lafayette 148 New York June Keyhole Blouse & Kayline Peplum-Hem Pencil Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  There are so many things to admire about this sleek and feminine Keyhole Blouse and Peplum-Hem Skirt from Lafayette 148 New York, which look perfectly professional in every possible way. A matching top and skirt are a nice alternative to suits or dresses for the office. You […]

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) […]

Fashion Flashback – How to Wear White to Work & After Hours

Antonio Melani Quince Shadow-Stripe 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.  Dressing seasonally is especially appealing in summer, when nothing quite compares to a fresh and crisp white dress or suit. White is both practical in the […]

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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Theory Jean Cotton Suiting and Friends & Family Sale

Theory Jean Cotton Jacket & Pencil Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a sharp Theory suit that is classic, classic, classic as well as cool, cool, cool. (You may have already guessed, but we’ve been enjoying a lot of Eloise lately. I just love Eloise.) The shape and tailoring is fantastic – as you would expect from Theory – […]

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 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank (& Two Great Blazers to Wear with It)

Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.   Pretty, pretty, pretty! I can’t stop admiring the unique design and lovely “flowering paisley” print of this Bailey 44 Melina Print Silk Tank ($161 from Nordstrom). The top is smart too – the back is made from sage green stretch jersey […]

BOSS Hugo Boss Jeisika Blazer & Vilina Skirt (Plus a Bonus Abstract Floral Dress)

BOSS Hugo Boss Jeisika Blazer and Vilina Skirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  There’s still time to take advantage of the Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family Sale, which lasts through tomorrow in-store and online. Use promo code FANDF to save 20% off almost all regular or sale merchandise. I took this opportunity to browse the newest wear to work clothes for women […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nanette Lepore Suiting and Friends & Family Sale

Nanette Lepore Romance Crepe Blazer & Amourous Dress

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women.  Right now Nanette Lepore has some of the best women’s suiting that I’ve seen in a while – available in both neutral sand and daring red. Nanette Lepore may be best known for her feminine and flirty aesthetic – as well as […]