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 […]

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 […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – J.Crew Merino Wool Dutch Floral Mixed Media Sweater

J.Crew Merino Wool Mixed Media Floral Sweater

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Have you been intrigued by the fancy sweatshirt trend, but remained on the sidelines thus far? Here’s a fine example of the trend interpreted for grown-ups in a very pretty – and versatile – sweater. The J.Crew Merino Wool Mixed Media Sweater ($138 in sizes XXS – XL; on […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Roses & Ribbons Cardigan

Roses & Ribbons Cardigan

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Here’s a feminine, floral sweater that you could easily work into an office wardrobe. The Roses & Ribbons Cardigan ($128 from Sundance; washable) would look pretty – but not too sweet – paired with sleek office basics like pants or a pencil skirt in navy, charcoal or black. The […]

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 – […]