Bridgette Raes is one of the most seasoned personal stylists and workplace image experts in the country with a career that has spanned 18 years. She is the president of Bridgette Raes Style Group and the author of Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want. In addition to her client work, her witty, down-to-earth advice has made her a sought-after speaker, writer, and spokesperson.
In her 25 years in fashion, Bridgette has worked in every area of the industry. She worked in retail fashion while getting her design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and spent nearly a decade as a designer. In 2002, she decided that her expertise would be put to better use showing women how to wear clothing that brings out their own unique style, rather than simply designing it. It was this revelation that inspired her to start Bridgette Raes Style Group. Since starting her company, Bridgette has worked with personal styling clients all over the world and works primarily with top-level executives and women in leadership.
Bridgette’s popular blog has been called “The thinking woman’s guide to style.” Through her blog, she is able to deliver her decades-worth of fashion knowledge, that was once reserved exclusively to her clients, to a larger audience of women.
Being one of the few fashion industry professionals to have both a decade’s worth of experience in both fashion design/product development and the consumer side of the industry as a personal stylist, in addition to her personal styling business, Bridgette utilizes her unparalleled expertise to help with retailers and brands more efficiently serve their clientele, increase sales and create a more robust and personalized experience with their customers. Bridgette has consulted with brands and retailers from small niche retailers to global companies including Amazon and is a regular speaker at UBM MAGIC, the top fashion trade show worldwide.
Bridgette’s style expertise is regularly featured in People StyleWatch, Real Simple Magazine, The Boston Globe, and more. Her television regularly includes CNN, The Daily Buzz, Good Morning America, and over 100 appearances on local networks from coast to coast.
Her book, Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want (Perigee/Penguin 2008) was written to relate to the “everyday woman”, including realistic advice and over 250 photos of real women with real bodies, many of whom are clients, not professional models.
In addition to her own book, Bridgette has contributed her expertise on image, style and wardrobe management to many other books, including Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave, by Patty Chang Anker, Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, by Cali Yost, and Big Career in the Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York, by Vicki Salemi.
A dynamic, engaging, and entertaining speaker, Bridgette has been called on by many corporations, organizations, and colleges to speak on topics specific to professional image. Past speaking engagements have included The Protocol School of Washington, JP Morgan Chase, Ernst & Young, Barnard College, and The Hartford.
As a writer, in addition to her blog, Bridgette is a former writer for About.com and Answers.com, worked as the Style Contributor for Vogue Patterns Magazine, and writes regularly for other print and online publications.
Bridgette gives back her time in several ways. She volunteers at her alma mater, The Fashion Institute of Technology, as a design critic and industry mentor to fashion design students, and, in honor of her father who she lost in 1997, has chosen Melanoma and skin cancer awareness as her charitable platform, often planning fashion-related fundraising events on behalf of the Melanoma Research Foundation.
Bridgette lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with her husband, Frank, and their two rescue cats, Clementine Buttons and Titus Sexyface. An avid knitter, when she isn’t speaking with retailers, blogging, or ripping a client’s closet apart, she can be found working away on her current project.