Business Casual Makeover – Halogen Floral Print Sweater Styled Two Ways

Halogen Floral Print Sweater with Blazer and Jeans

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here’s a chic floral print sweater that is perfect for work or play – and Nordstrom has been kind enough to show it styled with two different business casual outfits.   The Halogen Floral Print Cotton Sweater ($57.90 on sale; regularly $88) is part of […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Equipment Liam Silk Blouse

Equipment Liam Silk Blouse

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.  Oh, pretty! I’m often hesitant to buy silk tops because silk can be harder to care for than other fabrics, but here’s a top that’s worthy of an exception. These dark florals look sophisticated and quite grown up. (You can read more about dark floral prints here, […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – Chelsea28 Faux Leather Trim Crocheted Jacket

Chelsea28 Faux Leather Trim Crocheted Jacket

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office. I’ve been planning a post on denim jackets – which is still in the works – but during my hunt I discovered another fantastic jacket that I feel compelled to share immediately! Like a great denim jacket, this Chelsea28 Faux Leather Trim Crocheted Jacket ($128 […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Nally & Millie 3/4 Sleeve Hawaiian Print Top

Nally & Millie Hawaiian Print Top

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women. This holiday weekend I’m traveling to New York for one of those trips that’s part city-slicker and part country-mouse. I’ll be dividing my time between Manhattan and our family’s favorite sleep-away camp in the Catskills. Packing is a little challenging because I want to wear […]

Fashion Flashback – Garden Party Tops for Professional Women

Yumi Kim’s Poppy Field Tee

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. In the 1980s, women typically wore plain high-collared shirt under their professional power suits - à la Murphy Brown. Image courtesy of iVillage.com. Professional, yes. But also […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Under $100 – NYDJ Butterfly Print Shirt

NYDJ Butterfly Print Shirt

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I recently went a little butterfly crazy on Pinterest. It’s easy to see why images like these Baccarat Lucky Butterflies ($115-$150 from Neiman Marcus) and the Alexis Bittar Lucite Butterfly Pendant Necklace that was recently featured here on Commandress have made my newest board one of my happy places. […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Classiques Entier Talia Lace Front Ponte Sheath Dress & Top

Classiques Entier Talia Lace Front Ponte Sheath Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Right now is an exciting time to be a fan of the professional clothing line Classiques Entier at Nordstrom. About a third of the Classiques Entier items are new and another third are on sale – a perfect storm whether you’re always on the hunt for the […]

Check Out Commandress on Instagram

Commandress on Instagram - http://instagram.com/commandressblog

My site spent some time offline today, so I apologize if you had trouble getting to the blog. Please let me know if you encounter any more trouble! I spent a little extra time this morning on my newest social media adventure: Instagram – also known as the here’s a vintage photo of my donut branch […]

Fashion Flashback – Eye-Catching Embellishments for a Conservative Workplace

Kate Spade’s Xander Long-Sleeve Button-up Shirt

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.  You know that universal human experience of something in the present reminding you of something in the past that you thought you had long forgotten? It […]

Fashion WAY Flashback – Medieval Times at Ridgemont High

Tory Burch Jamie Woven Sheath 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.  Have you caught an episode of ABC’s The Goldbergs yet? The show’s ads grabbed my attention because of the sitcom family’s matching Cosby sweaters and because […]