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 […]

Fashion Flashback – Think Purple! Radiant Orchid’s Retro Appeal

1980s Esprit Ad

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.  Like It or Not, Purple Will Be Everywhere in 2014 With Pantone’s announcement of Radiant Orchid as the 2014 Color of the Year, this week’s Fashion […]

Fashion Flashback – Never Fall in Love with Your Interview Suit

Jones New York Jacket, Devon Three Button Blazer, Dark Navy

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. If I had known then what I know now, I never would have worn the suit I chose to wear to my first job interview. My […]

Commandress Business Casual Friday – ‘Executive Business Casual’ from Classiques Entier

Classiques Entier 'Sunmosa' Leather Trim Top &Classiques Entier® 'Arabella Bouclé' Tweed Skirt

The weekly feature “CommanDress Down – Business Casual Friday” features clothing & ideas for professional women who want to add more color, interest & style to their business casual wardrobes. I’m very excited about today’s business casual look. It’s polished, flattering, on-trend and easy to wear – and that’s not a combination that you come […]

Commandress Business Casual Friday – Boden City Wool Skirt & Ruby Floral Sweater

Bowden Amelie Dress - Hound/Black Brown

The weekly feature “CommanDress Down – Business Casual Friday” features clothing & ideas for professional women who want to add more color, interest & style to their business casual wardrobes. I always enjoy looking at the beautiful and unusually thoughtful professional clothes in Boden catalogs, and this fall may be their best season yet. My first inkling […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Hugo Boss Dark Emerald Suit & Dress

BOSS HUGO BOSS 'Jilina' Two-Button Jacket review- emerald dark green hugo boss suit jacket blazer for women - professional green emerald jade teal suit

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  One of my favorite suits is a dark green skirt suit by Piazza Sempione that I bought in 2004. Even on sale, the suit was a splurge – but I love the unusual dark color and the suit fits like it was custom made. The suit’s style […]

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target – Arriving Online and In Stores this Sunday

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Lookbook - Woven Shirt Dress in Paper Floral Print, $39.99 Tote in Black, $54.99

Could 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target be the next great competitive shopping experience? The collaboration is arriving online and in stores this Sunday and there is a lot of buzz surrounding many of my favorite items. Shown here: a couple key looks for men and women from the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Collection. The women’s outfit […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Fall Suits from Classiques Entier

Classiques Entier 'Georgina Weave' Jacket & Skirt - black red multi tweed - dark professional suit for women - nordstrom black red tweed suit - colorful suits fall 2013

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  A new suit from Classiques Entier at Nordstrom is always good news – and today there are two! First up, the Classiques Entier Georgina Weave Jacket and Skirt Suit features a fitted peplum jacket and pencil skirt in a black and red tweed. This suit gives off a […]