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 […]

Fashion Flashback – Winter Olympics Style

Lucky Brand Anderson Border Print Top

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. One of my favorite parts of the Olympics has always been the sartorial exhibition that takes place during the Opening Ceremony’s parade of nations. The parade […]

Peter Pilotto for Target is Up Online!

Peter Pilotto for Target Red Iris Tank

Peter Pilotto for Target is up online! In addition to Target, the collection is also available online from Net-a-Porter. The brand is known for its distinctive floral prints, which make for a good-looking collaboration with Target. My favorite items are the Tanks and Tees ($19.99 – $29.99; order up if you’re between sizes) and the gorgeous […]

Business Casual Makeover – Day to Night Separates

Carmen by Carmen Marc Valvo - Top

How to add more color, interest & style to your business casual wardrobe.    I know some women – and men – like to impose something like a church-and-state division between their work and weekend wardrobes. Perhaps their work wardrobe feels too constricting or they just don’t want to be reminded about work after hours. […]

Smart, Chic & Made in the USA – Eva Franco Wren & Thrush Blouse

Eva Franco Wren & Thrush Blouse

“Smart, Chic & Made in the USA” spotlights American-made clothing for professional women and their families. Oh, well here’s a lovely blouse! I love the pretty and unusual bird and botanical print. The print looks feminine, playful and sophisticated on this classic button-back blouse. Here’s a closer look at the print and the lovely buttons featured […]

Fashion Flashback – Paisley Prints for Professional Women

Prince and the Revolution - Around the World in Day

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.  What a Difference Six Years Makes! Two Fridays ago, Commandress featured two J.Crew tops with fun, fresh paisley patterns. The tops’ patterns immediately made me nostalgic […]