Class It Up – Timeless Investment Pieces by Eileen Fisher

In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach shares ideas for taking your wardrobe to the next level.

When it’s time to add easy wear, high-quality, and timeless pieces to your wardrobe, Eileen Fisher should be a contender as your brand of choice. Few designers equal Eileen Fisher’s understated sophistication and ability to flatter the feminine figure.

The icing on the cake is the brand’s pretty palette of colors – some bright, some neutral – from which to choose. Here’s a sample of denim, sea breeze, pale aqua and white.

Eileen Fisher Spring Colors - seaside blues - denim, sea breeze, pale aqua & white #commandress

The fastest and easiest way to freshen up your wardrobe is a new top. This spring, there are a number of Eileen Fisher Tops, Cardigans, and Shells that should appeal to women who eschew fads and love versatility. These tops will take you from the office to a weekend lunch to a neighborhood meeting,

My personal favorite is this Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Drape-Neck Top shown in Dewberry. The detail around the neckline is delicious. The top’s long sleeves will keep you warm, but the fine gauge knit is light enough to remain comfortable as the temperature warms up ($158.00 in multiple colors from Neiman Marcus; also available in petite).

Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Drape-Neck Top in Dewberry - spring wardrobe updates #commandressAnother flattering look is the scoop neck Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Flutter Top shown in Denim and Handloomed Color Fade Scarf shown in Darkest Seabreeze ($218 and $98 from Neiman Marcus; additional colors available).

Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Flutter Top in Denim & Handloomed Color Fade Scarf in Darkest Seabreeze - spring wardrobe updates #commandressLayering a cardigan and shell is an excellent look that goes far. I love the drapey silhouette of the ribbed knit Eileen Fisher Long Angled Linen-Blend Cardigan paired with the Sleeveless Linen-Blend Shell – both shown in Black and Dewberry below ($268 and $158 in multiple colors from Neiman Marcus; also available in plus and petite).

Eileen Fisher Long Angled Linen-Blend Cardigan & Sleeveless Linen-Blend Shell - spring wardrobe updates #commandress

 

Eileen Fisher Long Angled Linen-Blend Cardigan, Sleeveless Linen-Blend Shell & Karate Cropped Silk Pants - spring wardrobe updates #commandress

Finally, the knit fabric of Eileen Fisher’s 3/4 – Sleeve Organic Linen/Cotton Box Top shown in Gingerpink is just deliciously soft like your favorite pajamas – only better because you can wear it all day long ($158 from Neiman Marcus; additional colors available).

Eileen Fisher’s 3/4 – Sleeve Organic Linen/Cotton Box Top in Gingerpink - spring wardrobe updates #commandress

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Ted Baker London Cascading Floral Print

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. 

Over the weekend I happened upon a gorgeous new cascading floral print from Ted Baker London and had some fun hunting down a lovely selection of clothes and accessories in this rich fall floral.

Ted Baker London Cadcading Floral Print - rich fall floral #commandress

Here’s the dress that started it all – the Ted Baker Sakina Cascading Flora Skirt Dress ($295 from Zappos or Nordstrom). This is a fantastic desk to dinner dress; I would cover the sheer sleeves with a black cardigan or jacket at the office.

Ted Baker Sakina Cascading Floral Print Skirt Dress - rich fall floral in a lovely desk to dinner design #commandress

The print also makes a fantastic business casual outfit with this Ted Baker Pleated Cascading Floral Top ($195 from Ted Baker) paired with dark jeans (but pick a cut that’s not so skinny for most offices) and sleek separates.

Ted Baker London Pleated Cascading Floral Top - rich fall floral business casual outfit - professional fashion | office style #commandress

You could also enjoy a more subtle pop of eye-catching floral with this Ted Baker Cardigan Atilla Cascading Floral ($195 from Bloomingdale’s), which features a floral panel on the back.

Ted Baker Cardigan Atilla Cascading Floral - professional fashion - office style #commandress

The print looks fantastic in accessories too. A couple of my favorites are the Ted Baker Matya Cascading Floral Bowler Satchel ($250 from Bloomingdale’s) and the Ted Baker Adecyn Cascading Floral Heeled Shoes ($221 from ASOS) shown below.

Ted Baker Satchel Matya Cascading Floral Bowler - professional dark fall floral handbag - office style #commandress

Ted Baker Adecyn Cascading Floral Heeled Shoes - dark fall floral pumps - professional fashion - office style #commandress

 

 

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Professional, Smart & Chic – Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting

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 skirtsleek straight-leg pants and two-button blazer shown here.

Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting - professional fashion | chic office style | spring suit #commandressTalbots Chic Pindot Suiting - professional fashion | chic office style #commandressThe black and white combination is perfect for spring, but I would wear this suiting with rich jewel tones the minute it finally warms up this winter!

The Talbots Chic Pindot Suiting Collection includes a Two-Button Blazer ($199), Heritage Chic Pindot Straight-Leg Pants ($119) and Chic Pindot Pencil Skirt ($99).

The collection is available in misses sizes 0-20 as well as petites.

Talbots Heritage Chic Pindot Straight-Leg Pants - professional fashion | chic office style #commandress

Talbots Chic Pindot Pencil Skirt - professional fashion | chic office style #commandress

The suit looks lovely paired with the Talbots Floral Band-Collar Shirt ($89.50; washable) in the first image above, although I would be happier with the Talbots Watercolor Floral Sweater ($79.50; washable) that is also shown below.

Both tops look lovely, but I usually find sweaters easier to wear and more comfortable than blouses.

Talbots Floral Band-Collar Shirt - professional fashion | chic office style #commandressTalbots Watercolor Floral Sweater - professional fashion | chic office style #commandress

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