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Machiavelli once said that “politics have no relation to morals.” But do politics have any relation to fashion? It’s a question that continues to rattle the very foundations of this republic — one that The Huffington Post attempted to tackle on the night of the biggest political speech of the year. We’re proud to present our exploration of #SOTUstyle.

How did we stumble upon this idea? Well, we realized that asking members of Congress political questions as they walk the halls on their way to the State of the Union is a time-honored tradition — in fact, it’s so time-honored, it’s become a little dated. So we decided last year to confront lawmakers with the one question their communications teams might not have given them a pre-packaged answer for: Who are you wearing?

This year, as we headed to the Capitol to do it all again, we took not just our cameras but also our in-house style expert, Lauren Rothman, author of Style Bible: What To Wear To Work. We donned our personal best, too, in the hopes that we might inspire some on-trend choices to next year’s address (or maybe just a little daring leather at a committee hearing this spring).

From TV-friendly bright colors to wives picking out clothes, the answers were not disappointing — and we got a couple of incredible stand-outs.

Watch the video above to hear which designers your top elected representatives, including leaders from both parties like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), were wearing to hear President Barack Obama make his big speech. And let us know — in the comments section below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #SOTUstyle — whose ensembles you loved or hated.

We’ll get you started with this rather, um, interesting sighting we made early in the night:

 

Go to link below to see this video – really good
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6524940

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Catch up with Lauren A. Rothman as she gives you the inside scoop on fashion & style on the red carpet!
#Oscars  #AcademyAwards2014  #HuffPostStyle
Why the Red Carpet Really Does Matter!
Fashion Whip is a political style column in the Huffington Post by Lauren A. Rothman, inspired by Lauren’s experience as the founder of Styleauteur, a style and fashion consulting firm.

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Tonight is one of Hollywood’s biggest nights. Academy Awards royalty will be crowned, but perhaps just as important, footprints of style success will be left on the red carpet.

As we turn on the tube or log on to social media to catch red carpet arrivals, we can’t help but be hypnotized by the beauty and glamour. We all become social voyeurs, wondering aloud at our Oscar viewing parties or on the phone with a bestie, “Will he bring his mother as his date? Is that couple still together amid all those divorce rumors? Her dress is amazing … Look at his ponytail!”

What many sitting at home in the comfort of skinnies and flats (or sweats) don’t often consider about this scene is that while it may appear glamorous and seamless, it actually takes a lot of hard work, prep and an extremely talented style squad.

The red carpet is still an office runway of sorts as Oscar nominees, presenters, performers and even stylists prepare for one of their biggest moments in the limelight. This red carpet appearance will become part of their digital resume and portfolio of looks to be recapped, imitated, judged and knocked-off for the next few weeks. Our favorite celebrities can’t control who will win the golden statues at this point, but the pressure is still on to win best-dressed!

Style as much as substance matters at the Academy Awards, from the way a dress moves, the opening of an envelope (the Academy upgraded from Staples products in 2011 to custom ones by Marc Friedland), the poise of an actor and even the floral and culinary artistry at the Governors Ball. Our personal votes may not influence the outcome on Oscar Sunday, but they are certainly cast long before anyone walks up to the podium to receive a statuette.

Just as First Lady Michelle Obama can help seal the fate — and future — of a designer based on her wardrobe choices, she has also taught us it’s not just who you wear but how you wear it — your poise and confidence. Style influencers of this caliber are rare, but the Academy Awards’ red carpet offers designers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, trainers, and even spray tanners a chance to land in the spotlight vicariously through their well-dressed clients.

The right look can truly cement you a spot at the front of the line! Lupita Nyong’o is this year’s standout style star on the red carpet. Her stylist, Micaela Erlanger, has made those flawless choices catapulting both thespian and stylist to the forefront of fashion media. While Nyong’o’s performance in “12 Years a Slave” is critically acclaimed and has her the predicted front-runner for an Oscar, she has already won the hearts of fashion darlings and style experts with her impeccable red carpet looks.

What happens to this year’s best-dressed royalty? Look for top trends to make their way to a department store near you. Prom season, The White House Correspondents Dinner and bridal season are all around the corner and will most definitely be impacted by Oscar winning styles!

Lauren A. Rothman is a seasoned pro in the style & fashion industry. Rothman is the author of “Style Bible: What to Wear to Work.” She has been featured on CNN en Español, Entertainment Tonight, E! News, The Insider, Reuters, AP News, and ABC News. Her tips have appeared in Vanity Fair, People StyleWatch, Glamour, Real Simple, Cosmo Latina, Oprah.com, Fortune, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and The New York Post.

To schedule an interview or seminar with Style Expert & Author
Lauren A. Rothman for Award Season Fashion or Michelle Obama Commentary
please contact:
Phone: +1.202.631.8878
Email:   lauren@styleauteur.com
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Lauren A. Rothman shares tips on what to wear to work in the September issue of People StyleWatch magazine!

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Learn more about Lauren’s new book – STYLE BIBLE: What to Wear to Work

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We are excited to share that Lauren A. Rothman is featured on Oprah.com! Early buzz for Style Bible: What to Wear to Work (Bibliomotion October 2013)

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To schedule an interview with On-Air Style Expert & Author
Lauren A. Rothman, please contact:
Phone: +1.202.631.8878
Email: lauren@styleauteur.com
Web: www.styleauteur.com
Twitter: twitter.com/styleauteur
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TV Clips: http://styleauteur.com/category/video-2/
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6012 Fashion Mistakes That Make You Look Older
By Pamela Masin

You Took the Song “Paint It, Black” Literally
Black does wonders for trimming a figure and is appropriate for almost every occasion, but as women get older, their skin tends to become paler-and wearing black can create a harsh contrast that emphasizes wrinkles and calls attention to dark shadows under the chin and around the eyes. Add a bright accessory like a scarf or a statement necklace-any pop of color will lessen the washed-out effect, says Lauren Rothman, the founder of Styleauteur.com and author of Style Bible: What to Wear to Work. She also suggests shopping for earthy neutrals-like cocoa, olive, camel or gray-which are subdued but still add contrast. Also, jewel tones are a color group that flatters most women. Here’s a way to find which works best with your skin tone.

Your Skirt Length Is Moving Down, Down, Down


Just because your age is increasing doesn’t mean your hemline has to as well. A skirt that grazes close to your ankles may hide slightly saggy knees, but it also tends to make women look wider and frumpier. Rothman says to find the most flattering skirt length for your shape, look in the mirror and note the slimmest part of the area around your knee-right above, right below or in the middle-and that’s where your hemline should hit. If you want more coverage, try a form-fitting midiskirt, which comes to the middle of your calf. This is a tricky length, so use our guide to finding the right midi hemline for your height.

Your Jeans Have Too Much Stretch


Stretch denim is a gift to women who shop for both comfort and style, but erring on the side of too much comfort can lead to lumpiness. “It’s best to look for jeans with 2 percent elastic fiber,” says Rothman. On the care label, you’ll see Lycra, spandex or elastane. The right jeans will follow your silhouette, have enough stretch so that your legs won’t look as if they’re fighting to break free from your pants and, unlike denim with 4 percent or more elastic fiber, won’t sag at the tush.

You’re Hiding Your Neck


It seems like the easy fix: Cover as much of the neck as possible with a turtleneck, but a better choice is a V-neck or scoop neck, which draws the eye to your décolletage (so long as it doesn’t show cleavage). Collared shirts draw attention away from the neck area while giving a little more coverage. You might also choose a statement necklace that sits a little longer. “Avoid chokers,” says Rothman. Pick a style that’s at least 22 inches long.

You’re Heaviest Below the Knees


Chunky heels and platform shoes add unnecessary heaviness to the bottom portion of your body. “Look for something more sleek and slim,” says Rothman. Stilettos are Rothman’s choice, though she suggests kitten heels for the more walking-inclined among us. Either way, she says, you can’t go wrong with a pointed toe.

Read more:  http://www.oprah.com/style/Fashion-Tips-To-Look-Younger-Style-Mistakes-That-Age-You/1#ixzz2Ws3gsT7n

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stlogoEarly Buzz for Lauren A. Rothman’s upcoming book, Style Bible: What to Wear to Work (Bibliomotion October 2013) on Oprah’s OWN, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Let’s Talk Live!

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Lauren on Let’s Talk Live!Click to Pre-Order Style Bible on Amazon!
Lauren A. Rothman is featured on Oprah’s OWN, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Let’s Talk Live!

To schedule an interview with On-Air Style Expert and Author
Lauren A. Rothman, please contact:
Phone: +1.202.631.8878
Email: lauren@styleauteur.com
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Twitter: twitter.com/styleauteur
Facebook: facebook.com/styleauteur
TV Clips: styleauteur.com/press/
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Mistakes Women Make With Fashion: Style Choices That Age You
By: Pamela Masin

Black does wonders for trimming a figure and is appropriate for almost every occasion, but as women get older, their skin tends to become paler — and wearing black can create a harsh contrast that emphasizes wrinkles and calls attention to dark shadows under the chin and around the eyes. Add a bright accessory like a scarf or a statement necklace — any pop of color will lessen the washed-out effect, says Lauren Rothman, the founder of Styleauteur.com and author of Style Bible: What to Wear to Work. She also suggests shopping for earthy neutrals — like cocoa, olive, camel or gray — which are subdued but still add contrast. Also, jewel tones are a color group that flatters most women.
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The Fashion Whip By Lauren A. Rothman

To schedule an interview with On-Air Political Style Expert
Lauren A. Rothman, please contact:
Jason H. Gerbsman
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Fashion Whip: What To Wear To The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Fashion Whip is a political style column in the Huffington Post by Lauren A. Rothman, inspired by Lauren’s experience as the founder of  Styleauteur, a style and fashion consulting firm.

WASHINGTON — Saturday night brings us the annual star-studded White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the legendary Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC. This year,Washington’s best red carpet event is getting even better: the red carpet, filled with politicos, media mavens, journalists and Hollywood celebs, is getting the glamorous fashion coverage it deserves by none other than E! Entertainment. The channel plans to live stream fashion and style coverage straight from the event.

So those of us without tickets will be watching E! from the comfort of our couches. But if you did score an invite, what should you wear?

Several popular fashion trends from last year are likely to make a comeback this weekend. The District’s cool springtime temperatures should encourage a few long-sleeved looks — follow in the footsteps of Kate Hudson (in Jenny Packham) or Kerry Washington (in Calvin Klein) and you may win best-dressed. Floral, whimsical looks are always in style during cherry blossom season — First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled the crowd last year in a strapless, watercolor gown by Naeem Khan, as did Leslie Mann in a one-shoulder dress by the same designer.

Your best bet would be to stay on-trend and pop on the red carpet — opt for bright colors to celebrate the season, rather than subdued hues, and play with peek-a-boo styles, one-shoulder cuts and a tasteful slit on the leg.

Whether you plan to pose for the paparazzi or simply stroll the red carpet, greeting fans staked out at the hotel, here are 3 tips to enjoy a stylish evening:

*    Wear a floor-length gown: The WHCD is truly an old-school, black-tie event. Celebs wearing short dresses stick out every year (Alicia Keys, Martha Stewart, Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria). Only the perpetual party-goers attending pre- and post-event soirées risk a shorter shift. This is Washington’s most formal “Pollywood” event after the inaugural balls. Follow someone famous, basking in their afterglow as you enter the Hilton — people will applaud, so be sure you dress to impress.

*    Leave the cleavage at home: There may be fabulous fashion on the red carpet, but take a cue from the Grammys and keep it just this side of appropriate. Celebs not to copy: Rosario Dawson, who really “opened up” to the country’s political royalty in 2012, and Lindsay Lohan, who revealed some seriously unattractive “sideboob.”

*    Have a car waiting or wear comfortable (yet stylish) shoes: Security screening and long lines can make transportation a challenge — you may have to walk a long way in heels to catch a cab. Some are experts at walking in 6-inch heels; but if you’re not, recall Lena Dunham at the Golden Globes and steer clear. (You don’t want to be remembered forever for your inability to strut the hall in high heels.) Follow the example of D.C. veterans: journalists and party-goers in-the-know always have a pair of ballet flats rolled up in their bag for those long, post-event walks on Embassy Row.

Host Conan O’Brian, dressed in a dapper tuxedo, is sure to make everyone laugh, but all eyes will be on Michelle Obama’s ensemble. Will she be loyal to longtime favorites Jason Wu (worn to inaugural ball), Prabal Gurung, Michael Kors or Naeem Khan (worn at the 2012 Correspondents’ Dinner and to this year’s Oscars) or surprise us with a gown from someone new? Whichever designer she chooses to wear, she is sure to be the center of attention!

Which means you can stop stressing about what you’re wearing and realize the focus is on the celebs. As for the rest of us, we’ll be watching on the live-stream… in sweatpants.

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‘Politically Dressed’_ First Daughters’ Fashion, Inauguration Edition – ABC News By SHUSHANNAH WALSHE (@shushwalshe)
Jan. 18, 2013
ABC News with Lauren A. Rothman  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psJXJ0vazUs&feature=share&list=FLaTq937NRvndeAN0g-Gpb2Q

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Most eyes will be on the president Monday when he is sworn in at his second inauguration, but standing beside him and the first lady will be their daughters, Malia and Sasha.

“Politically Dressed” went to Saks Fifth Avenue and spoke with political fashion expert Lauren Rothman about what the first daughters may wear to their father’s swearing in.

No matter what they wear, like the adorable bright pink and blue outfits from J. Crew four years ago it will fly off the shelves.

As Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, Jenna and Barbara Bush, and other young daughters of presidents have done before, Malia and Sasha are sure to be by their parents’ sides for many of the other inauguration events, but they aren’t the young girls we saw four years ago. They are hitting their teen and tween years now. Malia is 14 and Sasha is 11.

Rothman predicted some “hot trends” for the Obama girls like lace, full skirts, tweed, mixing patterns and even neon (see all the trends by watching “Politically Dressed” above).

“You are always going to see them in that full skirt,” Rothman said. “That flirty skirt is really is one of the first daughters’ signature style statements.”

She added that people may see a coordinated Obama family.

“I think the girls are probably going to have a few options and on the day of [the inauguration] will really decide how the first family is going to coordinate,” Rothman said. “I think everyone will want to know what they are wearing and how they’ll replicate it.”

Rothman added that all these trends are good for your average teen, as well, saying they will keep their moms happy, too.

“The full skirt is great because it really hides a multitude of sins,” Rothman said. “It cinches in a tiny waist and it doesn’t let anybody see what’s underneath. So for kids, it’s safe for mom because mom doesn’t feel it’s too tight. It’s not a miniskirt. But it’s also good for girls who are just starting out, and kind of putting their long legs out there, and want to have a little coverage and don’t want to show off too much of their figure.”

Don’t forget the accessories: a cross-body bag and a fun flat are perfect for their age and, really, any age.

“This is the most important part of all these trends, is you don’t want the girls to grow up too fast,” Rothman said.

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