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Don’t make these embarrassing style mistakes at your company’s holiday party.

By Lauren A. RothmanStylist and fashion expert
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Tis the season for festive fashion faux pas at the office. Whether you’re attending your own company soiree or will be someone’s plus one, make sure to keep your holiday inspired ensembles on point. While dress codes have shifted to be more casual at some companies, holiday attire should still be appropriate.

Party invites are out for the season and champagne towers will be high. Consider these events a form of networking for the job you want, not just the one you have. While you mingle with both senior management as well as employees you oversee, avoid making these embarrassing style mistakes.

Don’t be a “Sexy Santa.”

Office holiday parties are not an opportunity to cut your hemline in half or reveal too much cleavage. Guys, this goes for you too. Keep your dress shirts buttoned and pants shouldn’t be overly fitted. Your boss and coworkers don’t need to see you in leather head to toe, baring your midriff, or in excessively platformed high heels.

Do dress like a regular work day, make sure your clothing fits well and is not too tight, sheer, revealing or inappropriate.

Don’t overdress.

If you haven’t been hired to dress in costume, don’t. Leave your Hanukkah Harry and Santa gear at home. Festive inspired holiday wear is different than novelty style touches.

Do wear a red velvet tie or colored outfit like the one below and save your festive onesie to win best-dressed at your neighbor’s Ugly Sweater party.

Don’t be too wacky.

Office jokesters beware. Do not be the person who carries portable mistletoe or wears clothing that lights up like a christmas tree and jingles. Chances are high alcohol is free flowing, do not add to the mix with an obvious flask of eggnog or by wearing a drink guzzler helmet.

Do keep novelty fashion to a minimum and stick to a couple statement accessories. If you must, don a reindeer headband like the one below, or single light up holiday necklace.

Don’t be too flashy.

There is such a thing as too much sparkle. Have fun with the holiday spirit, but there’s no need to pair sequin shoes to a matching dress for an office luncheon. Feathers are fun on sleeves or even on a bowtie but leave the boa at home.

Do opt for fun shoes and jewelry for the ultimate icebreaker while you network your way around the buffet.

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13 Must-Haves to Help You Pack Like a Boss This Holiday Season

Creating a uniform that fits in a lightweight carry on is essential to surviving the chaos of holiday travel.

By Lauren A. Rothmanstylist and fashion expert
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What you pack for a business trip or to visit family at the holidays matters as much as what you wear to travel. Creating a uniform that fits in a lightweight carry on is essential to surviving the chaos of holiday travel. Foolproof ensembles that take you from Thanksgiving dinner to corporate retreat the following week must accommodate layers and accessories as well as shifts in weather and audience.

Packing clients is one of my most requested services. At this time of year, many of my clients in politics are balancing family time with end-of-year campaign stops. What you wear, says a lot about who you are and when you’re traveling you need to effectively project a successful image without your entire closet at your disposal.

I start by shopping a client’s closet for the best pieces that match the dress code of their destination. To be an efficient traveler, you need to be a smart packer. Here are my recommendations on what to pack to stay stylish while traveling.

  1. Mini steamer. Don’t get caught without the ability to quickly release a wrinkle from your ensemble. Small in size and big on efficiency, I never leave home without one.
  2. Packing cubes. Compartmentalize your suitcase with packing cubes to stay easily organized. Separate pajamas from toiletries or business clothes from lounge wear to pack an enviable suitcase.
  3. Travel size beauty and grooming products. Even if you’re checking luggage, buy or create your own mini sized samples of your favorite products that will make your skin glow and hair shine while out of town. If you have hard to manage hair, invest in mini hair tools such as a travel sized curling or flat iron and if you require extra light for applying makeup, pack a rechargeable, portable lit mirror.
  4. Travel-friendly shoes. Lean into the athleisure trend and invest in a dressy sneaker that can be worn day to night. Expect to include one more pair of shoes in your suitcase to transform ensembles for family dinner or work meeting.
  5. Clothes you can wear in layers. Carry a scarf, shawl or pashmina on board in case you are cold or need to rest your head. Pair with your coat when landing in cooler weather.
  6. A third statement piece. This is your blazer or power jacket that will transform any outfit with color, styling, or fit while anchoring your daily ensembles. Men should consider a deconstructed blazer while a ‘jardigan’ works wonders for women (comfort of a cardigan and the look of a blazer). Depending on the duration of your travel, weather and capsule wardrobe, you may need to pack more than one.
  7. A column of color. Choose a base color you can wear head to toe and add your third piece to exude a stylish presence. For maximum crossover, pack hybrid pieces that can easily work day to night. Expect everything to be worn more than once and mix and match with shoes and accessories.
  8. A backup outfit. If you lose your checked luggage packed with your travel steamer and work capsule, don’t despair. Be sure to roll, rather than fold, your clothing to avoid wrinkles or add a versatile, wrinkle resistant ensemble from a travel friendly brand like Argent or Ministry of Supply to your carry on.
  9. Accessories. Add a splash of color in your tie choice, belt a dress or change your jewelry to transform a look. Make a statement and include accessories in your carry-on in case you need to make today’s outfit work tomorrow.
  10. A bag you can pack within a bag. You never know when an unexpected casual opportunity will present itself. Store tech accessories or makeup in a wristlet or cross body style small bag that can double as a casual on-the-go handbag if needed.
  11. An all in one charger. Be a tech minimalist and keep your devices organized and charged with this savvy tool while you’re on the go.
  12. Scented dryer sheets. Pack a couple of dryer sheets to keep everything smelling fresh.
  13. A luggage scale. Unless you’re flying private, avoid baggage fees by weighing your bag in advance.

Win best-dressed this holiday season. If you’re worried you will forget exactly how versatile your capsule wardrobe is, be your own stylist and take pictures to forever record the memory.

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The Inc. Life

3 Fall Style Essentials for the Busy Professional

Invest in staple items that make the most impact when you walk into a room.

By Lauren A. Rothman stylist and fashion expert

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When it comes to getting dressed for work, be strategic and invest in staple items that make the most impact when you walk into a room.

One of the most popular questions my clients ask at this time of year is “What are the top trends for fall?” There are so many to choose from (neon, animal print, mini skirts, leather), a person can get easily overwhelmed.

Increase your likeability factor and keep your style smart and on-trend at the office by investing in these three style essentials.

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The Inc. Life

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.

Photo by Christin Boggs Peyper

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

Photos by Christin Boggs Peyper

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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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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