Fresh Fashion Finds – Lands’ End Garden District Collection & Botanical Prints

Lands' End Ponte Keyhole Sheath Dress in Juniper Botanical Floral Print #commandress

Today’s post features Amy Bergsma Schwarzenbach’s top picks from the new Lands’ End Garden District Collection.  Last night I was finally able to look through my latest collection of catalogs. When I got to my Lands’ End catalog, the spring line of botanical prints immediately grabbed my attention. Much of the spring collection is inspired […]

Fashion Flashback – Pinstripe Jeans Reimagined by Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor’s Modern Railroad Stripe Super Skinny Jeans in Placid Blue

The 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. This past weekend during a break from a wrestling tournament – yes, a wrestling tournament – a friend and I went shopping. As we wandered into Ann […]

Class It Up – Three Fantastic Professional Dresses with Sleeves

Boden Betty Ottoman Dress

In the Commandress feature Class It Up, contributor Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach draws on her legal industry experience – including some of the mistakes she saw along the way – to share ideas for taking your work wardrobe to the next level.  As regular readers know, Commandress recommends dresses as a professional woman’s secret weapon. They […]

Friends & Family Picks – 40% Off at Ann Taylor & LOFT

Ann Taylor Embellished Flare Sweater Dress - Dark Sky

Ann Taylor & LOFT are having their Friends & Family Sales this week – you can save 40% off at Ann Taylor with code FRIENDS40 and at LOFT with code SHAREIT. Both sales end on November 16. Both stores are great places to look for festive attire that is appropriately conservative for an office holiday […]

Mad Men Monday on Tuesday – Three Professional Dresses with Mad Men Style

Mad Men Style - Peggy in Waterloo

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies. Despite some sad news, Monday’s Mad Men mid-season finale was unexpectedly upbeat and tidy. One of my favorite moments was based on an exchange between Don and his teenage daughter, Sally. When Sally blew off the amazement of […]

Fashion Flashback – 1980s Fashion Fiasco – Oversized Tops & Stirrup Pants

Vtg 80s Oversize Sweater Geometric Graphic Colorblock Gray, Green, Blue, Burgundy

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. During a family get-together over the holidays, 1980s fashion became a topic of conversation. A brother-in-law who attended LSU in the 1980s bemoaned the oversized tops […]

L’Wren Scott Collection for Banana Republic – Review & Top Seven Picks

Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection Lips Tote

As I posted earlier today, the Banana Republic L’Wren Scott Collection debuted online and in stores today. The collection looks fantastic online, so I checked it out in person this morning – and tried on a bunch of stuff so I can share my favorites here. Bottom Line: I’m very impressed! This is a great example of […]

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 – How to Go Preppy Without Looking Like You’re Dressed for Halloween

Banana Republic Fair Aisle 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.  When you describe someone as ‘preppy,’ you may be referring to their fashion sense, their lifestyle, or perhaps both. Preppy as a fashion trend ebbs and […]

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 […]