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 […]

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 – Under $100 – Leopard Print Tops from Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor Exotic Lace Print Tunic - $79

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I’ve been admiring a lot of cute print tops at Ann Taylor recently. Many of the tops are leopard print – and they strike me as a great way to test drive this wonderful print if you’ve hesitated in the past. (Shown here: The New Yorker Leopard […]

Commandress Outback Bound – What to Wear for a Flight Around the World

Flight 001 I Sleep With Strangers Eye Mask

Commandress loves Australia! The feature ‘Commandress Outback Bound’ is about my travels there . . . and what I wore.  It’s probably not a big surprise to hear that it takes a very long time to travel from the United States to Australia. For me, it took over 24 hours:  a five-hour flight from Atlanta […]