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How to Fix the 3 Most Common Fashion Mistakes Employees Make in the Summer

People judge your outfit more seriously than you might think.

By Lauren A. Rothmanstylist and fashion expert
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What you wear says a lot about who you are. I work with many companies to help them create enforceable dress codes. Companies want their employees to dress appropriately and professionally. Clothing is an important contributing factor to your non-verbal communication— it lets everyone know you are capable and confident. At work, your executive presence is your armor– don’t let it crack.

“Dress for your Day” is the new corporate mantra. I hear from many organizations that they try to empower employees to express their personal brand rather than feel constricted by a formal dress code. No matter what type of day you’re expecting to have at work, these are the top wardrobe concerns I hear from Human Resources Departments across the country, and how to fix them.

Stop dressing too sexy.

Employers want you to avoid a distracting wardrobe. Just because you got a great tan this summer, does not mean you can suddenly wear ultra mini-skirts to work or leave an extra button undone on your dress shirt. Ditto on anything backless, sheer or revealing. The 90’s are back and I love a fun crop top on the weekends– however, please don’t pair one with paperbag trousers and call it a work “outfit-of-the-day” (#ootd).

Avoid showing bra straps, “skin belts” (when your midriff is showing between the crop of your shirt and your pants), excessive cleavage or foundation garments in general. Even in the most causal of offices, men and women should stay clear of these fashion faux pas. It doesn’t come across as sexy at work– it’s just ill-fitting.

Fit is key when dressing for your body type or physique. The more you understand the nuances of your shape, the easier it is to avoid unintentional distractions by dressing too sexy in the workplace. When in doubt, change it out. You will never regret having an extra blazer, cardigan, or shawl at the office to dress up an outfit for that last minute unexpected meeting.

Stop dressing like you’re on vacation.

Nothing indicates you’d prefer to be out of the office like chipped nails, uncovered sunburns, or unkempt hair. An effective grooming, skin care and makeup strategy is essential to rounding out a ‘dress for your day’ toolkit. These finishing touches allow others to see you for your experience and value to the organization, rather than focusing on minor distractions.

Take pride in your appearance and don’t let sloppiness get in the way of your professional image. I am often asked to speak to employees about personal scent choices– including the extremes of offensive body odor or over application of the latest fragrance. Men and women may have different grooming routines but guidelines remain the same for everyone– we should appreciate, not be overwhelmed by your presence.

Solutions for quick touch-ups can be found in your local pharmacy or grocery store. If flip-flops are part of your office culture, make sure your nail care is on point and not distracting. If you have a shaved head and are peeling from a sunburn, moisturize during your lunch break. Get to know the hair care aisle– smooth your fizz or put your hair back.

Care about your clothing.

Stained, torn or overly wrinkled clothing creates a negative impression of your personal professional standards at the office. Perhaps you’re a jetsetter, traveling across the country to represent your company. However, what you may think comes across as chic and disheveled after limited sleep, really just looks like someone who lives out of a suitcase.

Invest in iron-free shirts and shop for fabrics that perform well under pressure to avoid a rumpled, tired look. Innovative ‘smart’ designs created to provide affordable solutions for the executive on the go are available at department stores, boutiques, and online. Both men and women have more options than ever to shop for stylish office-appropriate clothing that is functional, fun, and representative of your professionalism on the job.

Also, don’t be afraid to keep a kit at your desk (or in your carry on) with a small travel steamer, stain stick, and perhaps an extra tie. Be intentional about your style choices at the office and you can easily avoid dressing too sexy, too sloppy or seeming like a tropical drink belongs in your hand.

Published on: Aug 28, 2019
The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

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Insider’s Guide: Lauren Rothman’s shares her favorite hidden gems

The fashion consultant, stylist, author and speaker has favorite spots in Tysons and Middleburg.

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It’s literally Lauren Rothman’s job to keep up with style trends. The fashion consultant, stylist, author and speaker is the woman behind many of the D.C. region’s best dressed politicians, corporate leaders and celebs. But when she’s not with clients, you can find the Style Bible author and McLean resident at some of her favorite NoVA hot spots. Here, she shares her secrets.

What’s your style philosophy?

Your smile is your number one accessory and the best way to own a room is to walk in confident.

Shop ’til you drop

I love to shop! Not only is it my job, it’s my favorite pastime. I love Roman in Tysons Corner. They have the most unique pieces. Burberry this season is amazing and has the most fab accessories for cooler weather.

Favorites

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These SEE sunglasses define my signature style—edgy yet classic! Metallics are hot this season and these Kendra Scott lacquers add the perfect splash of sparkle. I often layer them on top of my mani to make it last longer!

Favorite date night spot

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My husband and I love Assaggi Osteria for date night and their sister restaurant next door, Assaggi Pizzería, is our goto for family night.

Just say spaaaa

Salamander Resort & Spa is my home away from home. Visiting their spa is such a stress release. I especially love to sip Champagne by the fireplace at the outdoor hot tub after a massage.

Favorite spot when family is in town

Greenhill Winery in Middleburg.

Hostess with the most

Rothman will be at Kiskadee in Del Ray Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7-9 p.m. “I’ll be dishing style tips on how to ‘Look Hot for the Holidays in the Season’s Most Wearable Trends.’”

 

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Please see below – Fashion Show on Saturday – June 17 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC for the benefit of “the Central Mission” and aid in its work for the homeless in the area.
Hosted by Lauren Rothman – Author and Fashion expert – http://styleauteur.com

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August 1, 2015
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Lauren ­ ­Rothman, StyleAuteur.com
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Most of us want to look as youthful and vital on the outside as we feel on the inside. But without realizing it, we may be appearing older than we need to.

Here are 10 simple things you can do that will make you look younger…

Clothing and Accessories

• Cut back on the black. Wearing all black is certainly stylish, but as you age, it can make dark circles under the eyes and facial wrinkles appear even more pronounced. It’s better to wear bright colors, which instead convey a sense of youth and vibrancy. You don’t have to cover yourself from head to toe in loud colors to accomplish this. Just add a dash of color, ideally near the face or neck where it will draw people’s attention up toward your eyes. People are more likely to consider you as an individual—and less likely to judge you based on your age—if they make eye contact with you. A brightly colored scarf or necklace is a good choice for women…a brightly colored tie, pocket square or polo shirt for men.

Alternative: If you prefer to wear muted colors, not bright ones, at least replace black garments with navy, cranberry, charcoal, brown and olive.

• Stop wearing worn garments. Teens and 20-somethings can get away with wearing threadbare or vintage clothing. But when older people wear past-its-prime clothing, it makes them seem old and past their prime, too. Once an item of clothing goes out of style or starts to show wear, it’s time to stop wearing it, at least in public.

• Buy clothes that fit the body you have today. Some people are so used to wearing clothes of a certain size that they go right on purchasing that size even as they age and their bodies change shape. Other people intentionally buy baggy clothing because they think it will hide the physical imperfections that inevitably come with age. In reality, wearing clothes that do not fit properly only calls additional attention to physical imperfections.

When you try on clothes in a store, take your usual size along with one size larger and one size smaller into the fitting room, then purchase whichever fits best, regardless of what size you thought you were. If you’re not great at gauging fit, shop with a friend who knows a lot about clothes…or ask a store employee for assistance.

Also: Women should get a bra fitting—and purchase new bras if necessary—at least once a year. Women’s bra sizes often change as they age.

• Take a look at your eyeglasses. These days, wire-frame glasses seem old and dated, which can make their wearers seem old and dated, too. Consider switching to more fashionable ­plastic frames, either black or colored. If that doesn’t fit your personality, switch to rimless glasses.

Also: If you wear bifocals (or ­trifocals), try switching to progressive lenses. These serve the same purpose but without that line across the lens that often is associated with old age.

• Avoid being too “matchy.” Carrying a handbag that matches one’s shoes was once considered stylish. These days it is associated with older women—young women tend to prefer a more casual, unmatched look. If you own sweater sets, break them up.

• Skip the turtleneck. Some people think wearing a turtleneck will hide the sagging neck that often comes with age. But turtlenecks actually call attention to the portion of the saggy neck and jowls that still can be seen.

Instead, women should consider wearing V-necked or scoop-necked shirts that visually extend the length of the neck—then add a brightly colored necklace, scarf or high-collared jacket. Men should opt for collared shirts.

Skin and Body

• Apply sunscreen to your hands. You probably already know that using sunscreen regularly on your face can help you look younger. The moisture in the sunscreen gives older, dry skin a moist, younger look, and the UV protection limits age spots and other skin damage that is associated with age.

Also, sunscreen prevents a deep-tan look, which appears old and out-of-touch in today’s skin cancer–conscious society—a light tan is fine…too dark is dated.

What many people do not consider is that sunscreen should be applied to the backs of the hands in addition to the face. Wrinkled, dry, heavily tanned or age-spotted hands can make people appear old even if the skin on their faces still looks young. Spots on the hands are one of the first signs of aging.

Men who are losing their hair or are already bald should apply sunscreen to the scalp…or they can wear a baseball cap or a straw fedora, which are stylish and youthful options. Sunburn, flaking or overall redness will draw attention to your head and make you look old.

Helpful: Recent research suggests that “broad spectrum” sunscreens that protect against UVA light, in addition to the UVB associated with sunburns, are particularly effective in combating the aging effects of the sun.

Also: Stay hydrated. Drinking eight eight-ounce glasses of water each day can help your skin maintain the moist, dewy glow that is associated with youth.

Arm_pump• Strong arm yourself. Toned arm muscles can help you look younger—but which muscles you should target varies by gender. Consider working with a trainer to learn the best exercises for you.

Women: Sagging biceps and triceps in the upper arm can make women look old. Exercising with dumbbells is the best way to tone these. Start with very light dumbbells if necessary—even two-pound weights can make a difference. Do bicep curls, hammer curls and tricep exercises several times a week.

Men: Broad shoulders help men continue to look young and powerful as they age. Bench presses and/or push-ups help here.

• Stand up straight. Hunching over makes people seem old and wizened. Sitting or standing with your back straight and your shoulders back conveys an air of youthful strength and confidence.
Tip: If you find it difficult to maintain proper posture, take a Pilates class. Pilates is an exercise regimen that ­focuses on core strength, which is crucial for good posture.

• Trim facial hair. Women should be on the lookout for long, stray hairs and pluck them.

Having a beard doesn’t make a man look old—even if the beard is gray—but having an unkempt beard does. Trim your beard at least once a week, and shave your neck and around the other edges of the beard every day.

Also: Trim nose hair, ear hair and bushy eyebrows frequently. Excess hair in these areas doesn’t just look sloppy, it is associated with old age. Ask your barber to trim your eyebrows when you get a haircut if you’re not confident in your ability to trim your own brows properly.

Source: Lauren ­Rothman, style and trend expert who has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, CNN, E! News and ABC News, among other news outlets. She is a style consultant for individuals and corporations in the greater Washington, DC, area and author of Style Bible: What to Wear to Work. StyleAuteur.com

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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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Hola – As Style Bible celebrates 1 year, I am so excited to share my article in the October issue of Vogue Espana.  Please call for more information.

Lauren Rothman – lauren@styleauteur.com

http://styleauteur.com

StyleBible- What to Wear to Work – at Amazon

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Catch up with Lauren A. Rothman as she gives you the inside scoop on fashion & style on the red carpet!
#DC #WhiteHouseCorrespondentsDinner #HuffPoStyle

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Fashion Whip: Celebrating Washington’s Own Red Carpet, AKA 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.

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Locals will have Hollywood royalty in their backyard this weekend. Saturday is Washington’s big day to dress up, and every year the White House Correspondents’ Dinner festivities get even the most slovenly dressers into a tie or tux. This is the media’s weekend to celebrate and many will push through the daily news cycle as they attend celebrity-studded parties around town.

Many of TV and film’s biggest stars will be in attendance but even the flashiest of celebs tone it down on DC’s red carpet. Actors and the people they emulate on TV and in movies will mingle at brunches and cocktail parties. You may see Julianna Margulies from “The Good Wife” alongside someone who really is a good wife, and America’s favorite television president, Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal”, may pose for pics with President Obama. While this event always has a best-dressed list, politicos and press superstars take their own turns to shine at the Washington Hilton.

Some famous on air-personalities enjoy fashion and style but, on the whole, this is an industry that doesn’t do spray tans, teeth whitening, or borrowed jewels. You’re more likely to see people getting their makeup done at a Nordstrom counter and a blowout in Georgetown, than ushering a glam squad into their home.

Just what, you might ask, is the key difference between a Hollywood red carpet and the White House Correspondents’ Dinner? This presidential send-up is traditionally attended by the District’s old-school press royalty. Washington’s most valuable currency is power and here that nest egg grows with experience. Many wear the same shoes for 12 hours and get frustrated when dresses and skirts don’t have pockets — it’s not unusual for me to be tasked at the last minute with finding clutches (with optional straps, of course) to accommodate reading glasses, multiple cell phones, and lipstick. The DC vanguard expects comfort and convenience from their ensemble even in the dressiest of circumstances.

Most celebrities visiting the nation’s capital this weekend will be dressed in borrowed designer duds, accessories, and the latest trend in shoes as they are photographed coming and going. They will dress to impress and continue their personal branding through this unique extension of the recent awards season, looking to land an endorsement deal to become the next face of a fragrance, makeup empire, or retailer.

Meanwhile, the press core is a group that buys their own formal attire, sometimes on sale and usually off the rack. I have certainly helped DC power players source unique, custom, and couture gowns but, for this event, expect slits instead of cutouts, understated lace in place of bold patterns, higher necklines and peplum waists. Red carpet red is always popular and a sea of black makes it easy to blend in at the affectionately referred to “Nerd Prom.”

The best way to add District sparkle and blur the line between celeb and politico? Rent the Runway — a well-kept secret (totally worth bragging about) that will help any party-goer feel like Cinderella — or First Lady Michelle Obama — and fit right in!

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.

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