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Dress Code Decoded

The do’s and don’t of proper attire in the Caribbean

dress-code-lauren-rothman-styleauteurThe thrill of receiving an invitation to an event is often diminished by the sheer panic that sets in when you read the words: resort chic, smart casual, festive attire. What do these terms mean? Isn’t smart casual an oxymoron? Deciphering the dress code can be especially difficult when living in the Caribbean where the temperatures soar, but the culture can be quite conservative. Whilst no sartorial rules are set in stone there are guidelines to follow, such as: when in doubt, over dress. Thankfully, fashion expert and image consultant Lauren A. Rothman, also known as The Style Auteur, and author of Style Bible, is here to provide a Caribbean tailored guide to the do’s and don’ts of proper attire.

RL: Tell us how you came to be a fashion expert.
LR: I said my first word while shopping with my mom at Bal Harbour Shops in Miami, Fl. Since then, shopping has been my favourite sport.

RL: Discuss the importance of first impressions and the role of image.
LR: We communicate who we are through what we wear. Our clothes tell a story… and I help my clients communicate their narrative successfully, and effectively.

RL:  What are the biggest faux pas when it comes to dressing?
LR: Respect the dress code – even the unwritten one! Don’t wear a
ball gown to a barbeque or distressed, ripped jeans into a boardroom.

RL:  What are the rules when it comes to trends and dressing for one’s body?
LR: It doesn’t matter what’s ‘in’ if it doesn’t look good on YOU! Dress for the body you have, not the fads and trends in the media.

RL:  There has been a marked increase in the availability of inexpensive apparel on the market. Are there pieces that are worth investing in?
LR: Yes! Be savvy about when to save and when to splurge. Invest your time and money in pieces that cannot be easily replicated and fit you perfectly. Save on styles that are overly trendy or colourful – you will tire of them more quickly.

RL:  What are the five pieces every woman and man should have in their closet?
LR: Women should build a wardrobe to include a fabulous bag that reflects their personality and style, stylish but comfortable shoes to run around town, sunglasses that fit their face shape, an assortment of shape wear that will help any outfit look killer, and statement jewellery that goes from beach to bar.

Every stylish guy should aspire to have at least one classic, well-tailored suit that can be dressed up or down, dark jeans that can be paired with a tee or blazer, a signature belt that communicates their style philosophy, sunglasses that move from the beach to the boardroom, and a plain navy tee – the most versatile staple.

RL:  Is there a style maxim that you swear by?
LR: Dress for the body you have, not the one you dream about.

Resort chic
What to Wear W: Strappy maxi dress with jewelled flip-flops.
What to Wear M: Linen pants and dressy tee.

Island Cocktail

What to Wear W: Pop of colour dress and wedges.
What to Wear M: Slacks, dress shirt and linen blazer.

Smart Casual

What to Wear W: Belted shirtdress paired with flats.
What to Wear M: Tailored shorts with a colourful dress shirt, sleeves rolled up.

Festive Attire
What to Wear W: Short fringed dress with high-heeled sandals.
What to Wear M: Silk sport coat with a slight sheen paired with dark slacks and a skinny tie.

Beach Wedding
What to Wear W: Whimsical floral dress that works barefoot and in heels.
What to Wear M: Light-coloured linen suit.

Black Tie
What to Wear: Sexy gown with embellishment or cutouts.
What to Wear M: Tuxedo with tie and white dress shirt.

lauren-rothman-styleauteurGet more fashion tips from Lauren on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and www.styleauteur.com

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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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Botom Line Personal
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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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Bibliomotion Author Lauren Rothman to Appear on TLC’s ‘Sunday Brunch’

Bibliomotion’s Lauren Rothman, author of ‘Style Bible’, will share fashion insights on TLC’s new show ‘Sunday Brunch

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Styleauteur Lauren Rothman has her finger on the pulse of fashion.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 30, 2014

Bibliomotion author and style expert Lauren Rothman will appear on TLC’s new show called ‘Sunday Brunch’ for the next four Sundays from 1-2pm. On the show, hosted by TLC’s Ereka Vetrini, Rothman will share style tips and fashion insights.

Click here to watch a preview of the show.

Rothman is the author of Style Bible: What to Wear to Work (Bibliomotion, October 2013), in which she addresses the basics of fashion and executive presence by offering advice, anecdotes, and style alerts that help readers avoid major fashion faux pas at the office.

Rothman also regularly appears on Let’s Talk Live DC and is a frequent contributor to Fashion Whip, her political style column in The Huffington Post.

About Lauren Rothman:

Lauren A. Rothman, also known as “the Styleauteur,” is a fashion, style, and trend expert. Her wide-ranging experience includes working at Elle Magazine, MTV Networks Latin America, on Capitol Hill for former Congressman Peter Deutch, and as a wardrobe consultant for both Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her tips on wardrobe management have been featured in Glamour, Real Simple,People StyleWatch, and Washingtonian magazines, as well as in Politico, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Financial Times, MSNBC, Niche Media, on NPR, and on XM/Sirius radio. She has discussed politics and style on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, CNN, and in her in column – The Fashion Whip – on The Huffington Post. Rothman studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine with a major in English literature. Rothman lives with her husband, son, and pink toenail polished Dogue de Bordeaux in McLean, VA.

About Style Bible:

First impressions (and second ones!) count, whether you are an intern or a CEO. Lauren A. Rothman addresses an age-old dilemma: how to be appropriate and stylish in the workplace. Based on a decade of experience in the fashion industry, she addresses the basics of fashion and executive presence by offering advice, anecdotes, and style alerts that help readers avoid major fashion faux pas at the office. Style Bible: What to Wear to Work is the must-have resource for the modern professional, male or female, climbing the ladder of success. Lauren identifies the ultimate wardrobe essentials, and reveals shopping strategies and destinations for the everyday person. Style Bible, complete with helpful illustrations, is the go-to manual on how to dress for every professional occasion and a valuable resource for understanding dress codes by industry, city, and gender so that your visual cues will make a strong impact. Make a commitment to being better dressed at work with Style Bible.

About Bibliomotion:

Bibliomotion is a book publishing house designed for the new publishing landscape. While many publishers work to retrofit old processes for new realities, Bibliomotion was founded by book-industry veterans who believe the best approach is a fresh one – one that focuses on empowering authors and serving readers above all else. Moving away from the top-down model that has dominated the publishing process for years, we give each member of the team – including the author – a seat at the table from the very beginning and in doing so, work side-by-side to launch and sell the best content possible, making it available in a variety of forms.

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Catch up with Lauren A. Rothman as she shares the ultimate in fashion & beauty tips,
summer style and travel must-haves!
#EmpowermentProject #StyleBible

THE TRAVEL COMMANDMENTS
Lauren Rothman, fashion expert and author shares her must-have travel essentials from Bloomingdale’s Tyson’s Corner and dishes on her upcoming projects.
by: Angela Bobo
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If you’ve ever attended a fashion- or beauty-related event in the Metro-D.C. area chances are you crossed paths with Lauren Rothman. Since starting her company Styleauteur 10 years ago, she has made a name for herself as a style expert dressing the city’s elite and penning a fashion column for Huffington Post, all while traveling to host fashion shows, TV segments and workshops. She also accomplished a lifelong dream this year of releasing a book “Style Bible: What to Wear to Work.”

Speaking to companies about executive presence and the importance of a first impression (“dress to turn heads, not to stop traffic”), Rothman found that there was a lack of literature to help reinforce her teachings when she was unable to follow-up in person. “There really wasn’t a comprehensive guide … especially something that talked to men as well as women, from intern to CEO,” she says.

This compassion of helping clients find joy with their bodies, and commitment to her craft, is one of the many reasons she was asked to participate in “The Empowerment Project” documentary, slated for release this summer. The film follows the careers of 17 female leaders (Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether and Girls on the Run founder Mary W. Barker) in an effort to inspire the next generation. “It’s a film that examines what you would do with your life and career if you weren’t afraid to fail. I feel very lucky to be living my dream every day.”

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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Lauren A. Rothman please contact:
Phone: +1.202.631.8878
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