Rest Your Eyes on This – M Missoni A-Line Jacquard Skirt

M Missoni A-Line Jacquard Skirt Close Up

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.  When I think of Missoni, the words colorful and artistic come to mind well before practical. But every season or so, I notice a beautiful, colorful and artistic Missoni […]

Fashion Flashback – Winter Olympics Style

Lucky Brand Anderson Border Print 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. One of my favorite parts of the Olympics has always been the sartorial exhibition that takes place during the Opening Ceremony’s parade of nations. The parade […]

Business Casual Makeover – Marc by Marc Jacobs Aidan Sweater

Marc by Marc Jacobs Aidan Sweater

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  Although I would rank sale-stalking among my favorite sports, sometimes it fun to admire something for the first time when it’s already on sale. I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs Aidan Sweater – which I would describe as a structured cardigan […]

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 […]

Business Casual Makeover – Vivid Brights & Soft Pastels

Boden British Tweed Blazer

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.   Ah, spring! It may seem far away, but it’s not too soon to imagine yourself in a breathtakingly beautiful field of flowers wearing one of 2014′s fresh new color combinations of vivid brights and soft pastels. You have my heartfelt sympathy if this […]

Commandress Business Casual Makeover – How to Wear a Bright Bold Sweater to Work

DVF Fairlee Colorblock Wool Sweater

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  At the beginning of a new year, it would make sense that most people are more open to trying something new. Sure, my January began with a post-holiday cold, some serious sugar withdrawal and a few days of painfully cold weather – […]

Commandress Business Casual Friday – Cozy & Polished Office Wear – Ella Moss Kate Knit Cardigan

Ella Moss Kate Contrast Sleeve Knit Cardigan - Carmine - Birdeye Cardi

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.  It’s a cold and dreary day in Atlanta, so I’m thinking about the cozy business casual outfits I often wear when I’d prefer to spend the day at home. Of course, you don’t want to show up at work looking like you […]

Fashion Flashback – How to Wear Leopard Print – Eleven Examples for Professional Women

Adrienne Vittadini Animal-Print Zip-Back Sweater

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 1980s Did Not Destroy Leopard Print . . . In 1988, I fell in love with Adrienne Vittadini’s collection of leopard print knitwear. It was […]

L’Wren Scott Collection for Banana Republic – Sequin V-Neck Cardigan

L'Wren Scott Collection Sequin V-Neck Cardigan

The L’Wren Scott Collection just arrived online and in Banana Republic stores today – and it’s a good one! I visited a store this morning and I’ll do a post about the many items that I’ve added to my wish list. Some things are already selling out online! You can also shop online and pick up […]

Fashion Flashback – The Plucky Panache of Peplums Then and Now

kate spade andi dress - gunmetal metallic peplum 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.  I have a confession to make. This column’s topic is motivated by my current obsession with the ongoing revival of the peplum. A peplum is essentially […]