Business Casual Makeover – Under $100 – Splendid Ashbury Blooms Pullover

Splendid Ashbury Blooms Pullover

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe. Here’s a pretty floral print top to update your fall wardrobe for work and play. The Splendid Ashbury Blooms Pullover ($98) is Made in the USA and available in Navy from Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Saks. The top is lightweight rayon, so it would […]

Professional, Smart & Chic – Top Picks from Boden’s New Autumn Collection

Boden Pasternoster Shift Dress

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about. Today’s post features Amy Schwarzenbach’s top fall picks from Boden. Get excited! Boden’s newest styles are out. For working women looking for chic professional clothing, this is the brand to wear. Even better, right now you can save 15% off everything and get free shipping on all orders […]

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 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 -

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 […]