Dear Commandress – What Does Casual Cocktail Attire Mean?

Cutwork Pencil Skirt by The Addison Story

Commandress answers readers’ most vexing fashion & style questions. Today’s Commandress post addresses a very timely reader question about what to wear to an upcoming event. Next month, my husband and I are invited to a progressive dinner. The invitation states dress is “casual cocktail attire.” What should I wear? Casual cocktail attire is going […]

At Ease, Smart & Chic – All-White Outfits

Lilly Pulitzer Sleeveless Lace Top

Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office.  When I learned that the all-white look is trendy this spring, my immediate thought was “Here is a trend I can embrace.” I have been wearing all-white ensembles for years. Considering how much I love wearing white jeans, slacks and capris, this is […]

Mad Men Style Season 7 – Lost Horizon

Floral Blue Print Tie-Front Blouse

The Commandress feature “Mad Men Monday” spotlights fashion that channels the 1960s style of the show’s leading ladies. Both Peggy and Joan sport long-sleeve bow front blouses that were de rigueur in the 1960s. If you want to channel your inner Mad Men woman, take a look at Glamorous’s Bow Front Blouse in Purple at […]

Business Casual Makeover – Sunny Spring Knits by Ming Wang

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How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Today’s post is written by – and features! – Amy Bergsma Schwarzenbach. Knitwear has long been a favorite of mine. I love clothes that are comfortable and easy to care for – but of course they also have to look great! When […]

Class It Up – Timeless Investment Pieces by Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher Organic Linen Box Top in Gingerpink - spring wardrobe updates #commandress

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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. Here’s the dress that started it all – the Ted Baker Sakina Cascading Flora […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top

Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Nordstrom has a great selection of new markdowns for Hugo Boss right now – including dresses and separates that are 40-50% off. It’s a great opportunity to get higher end professional clothes at midmarket prices. This Hugo Boss Orchid Floral Jersey Top was one of the first […]

Business Casual Makeover – Lafayette 148 New York Ondria Tweed Jacket

Lafayette 148 New York Ondria Tweed Jacket

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. I’m doing Business Casual Makeover a little early this week to share a gorgeous Lafayette 148 New York Tweed Jacket that is included in Nordstrom’s new 40% off clearance sale. This is a style that I often describe on my Pinterest Business Casual Board (and […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set

Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. I visited Neiman Marcus’s website this morning to check out cashmere sweaters on sale – and there are many! – but this Magaschoni Peplum Sweater & Skirt Set in Dutchess Blue immediately grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. How very  elegant! And I don’t think it’s a […]