I was promoted at work with a great new position, received a raise, a decent bonus and as a senior person in my company told me “your star is ascending.” The best decision I made was to hire Bridgette Raes Style Group to take my inner confidence and expose it externally. I look like the person I am. I am forever thankful for all that you have done for me. Personally, I have also enjoyed all my moments with you. Your impact is with me every day… I feel great looking great. People do notice.
I was planning my third trip to Europe and what I dreaded most was packing. The parameters of a suitcase limit one from taking an entire closet ‘just in case’ you might want to wear a particular piece of clothing. In the past, I settled with the color black and a few tops to bring in some color. I purchased my clothes from the same five retailers and was totally bored with shopping! One day while scrolling the internet for clothing for my upcoming Danube Cruise, I happened upon a Bridgette Raes Styling Group blog post about assisting one of her clients with packing for a Danube River Cruise. It was totally divine intervention! I had never considered working with a personal stylist and was somewhat intimated initially.
All of those feelings were quickly dispelled with my first Zoom meeting with Bridgette. She put me totally at ease, empowered my self-esteem, and immediately went to work finding the right wardrobe for my trip. I loved that Bridgette introduced me to new clothing retailers and one whose clothing fits my small frame perfectly! I even printed out and packed the Wardrobe Board Bridgette had prepared for me to mix and match the pieces she had chosen for me. Packing was a breeze and I looked forward to selecting an outfit each day of my trip. After arriving home, I purchased a few more clothing pieces from one of the new retailers Bridgette had introduced me to, uploaded them in my Client Portal and viola, Bridgette worked them into my Wardrobe Board. I dutifully use that Wardrobe Board daily!
Most remarkable is that I no longer impulse shop and have already purchased retainer hours as I plan to continue my relationship with Bridgette. I feel put together even for a day at home with my grandchildren and dressing for social events has become joyful. I was so impressed with what the Bridgette Raes Styling Group did for me, I purchased a gift card for my daughter-in-law. This has been the best investment I have ever made to my overall well-being.
Bridgette is an anomaly. She is fun, professional, kind, no-nonsense, pragmatic, indulgent…and a host of other contradictory adjectives that escape me right now. I came across her blog at a difficult junction of my life, bang in the middle of a global pandemic. She later told me that its common for women to approach her around major milestones or changes in their lives, so I was not alone in my belief in her powers to restore my motivation and bring back that spark.
We began working remotely on the sorry heap of my former wardrobe. I especially enjoyed her questionnaire and the idea to create an inspirational Pinterest board. Even though she has had to research from scratch to meet my stringent requirements to buy European brands, she gamely took on the assignment, and aced it!
Cut to almost 15 months later, I still get compliments on the pieces she picked for me. I have far less anxiety to pick outfits for almost any social situation and my ever-changing body. I have fewer items in my wardrobe and corresponding lower anxiety. I am well versed (for now) to pick new purchases for any gaps that we identified in our consult.
I have already recommended her to many of my friends and colleagues. I can’t thank her enough and highly recommend her services for anyone who is in the middle of (re)discovering themselves – professionally or personally.
Bridgette is stellar in all regards. I could not be happier with her or with the excellent services she provides.
Watch out Wall Street! Since working with Bridgette, I have tripled my sales and don’t plan on stopping there!
Hiring Bridgette Raes was one of the best business decisions I made.
I had been a long time fan of Bridgette’s blog before I signed up for virtual services. I was hesitant to work virtually because I’m a bit of a tech-phobe and wasn’t sure it would be worth it compared to an in-person experience. I shouldn’t have worried! Bridgette is detail-oriented, tech-savvy, and responds quickly. Her introductory email was very clear and I had a good understanding of the process right away. We accomplished so much virtually! Bridgette has an encyclopedic brain and can remember my closet after seeing just a few pictures, sees and combines colors in a way I cannot, and makes great brand recommendations. I love fashion but don’t want to spend the amount of my monthly mortgage on a new dress, and when Bridgette pointed me to Akris Punto on the Real Real it was a true game-changer! I saw value in my investment after just two hours of virtual sessions – I highly recommend Bridgette!
I had been enjoying Bridgette’s blog posts for a few years and was impressed by her logical ideas and styling suggestions. I had been drawn to her blog because my wardrobe did not work well for me. I had purchased clothes here and there, some of which worked and others not so much, but I couldn’t always figure out why. I wasted money on clothes that I didn’t wear despite not wanting to get caught up in wasteful purchasing. I had pieces that didn’t go with anything else and I hated clothes shopping! Clothes weren’t that important and yet they were. I had conflicting ideas of which colours suited me and felt quite stuck. Getting dressed in the morning was a drag.
I decided to take the plunge and hire Bridgette after a particular blog post of hers that spoke to me and am so glad that I did. What still amazes me is how much I feel like ‘me’ and how much I now enjoy wearing my clothes compared to the lackluster experience with my prior wardrobe. I didn’t think Bridgette’s help would make as much difference as it did. Although Bridgette was encouraging about many of my clothes choices the experience showed me the difference between an amateur versus a professional pulling a wardrobe together. I just wish I had done it sooner.
Although we are on the other side of the world from each other and had to work online Bridgette listened to my needs, took stock of my wardrobe, and found me clothes that I could purchase from within Australia either in-store or online. The online experience working with Bridgette was convenient, and even though I had doubts about how it would all work, Bridgette made it seamless. She collated a selection of clothes incorporating the existing pieces I owned that we had agreed on. I actually enjoyed shopping for my clothes! I tried on items I hadn’t considered, which broadened my wardrobe and gave me options I never had before.
Now I love my wardrobe! It works for my lifestyle professionally and personally. I enjoy getting dressed in the morning because it’s manageable, quick, stress-free, and I feel good in my clothes. Thank you so much, Bridgette. Your expertise has made such a difference – and you made it fun.
Bridgette’s skills in intuitively understanding a woman’s style can translate to so much during this challenging time. When Bridgette helped me, I feel like I was able to get a little piece of myself back. As women, we so rarely prioritize ourselves. Maybe this is the perfect time for women to take a step back and figure out what we want/feel good in instead of what everyone else (fashion, work, local culture) suggests. We all want to be authentic and creative and you can be a true catalyst for this.
I remember when I first found Bridgette’s blog. It instantly felt like I had a friend looking at my closet with me who was able to call me on my own nonsense and at the same time inspire me to see what was possible (for my outfits and my self-image).
When I finally booked Bridgette to help with styling, it was after several major life changes back-to-back: kids, relocating, job changes, adding a side business. I call this my “evolution of ambition” and although my heart had led me there, my self-image hadn’t caught up. Visualization has always been important to my goal setting and without a clear imagination of how I would embody these new roles, I felt stunted and a little lost, unfamiliar even to myself.
In our sessions, Bridgette was clearly able to discern the real me and add visual inspiration to represent that. I walked away from our first sessions inspired emotionally and practically equipped for lining up a realistic and beautiful wardrobe to embody that.
I am so grateful for Bridgette’s wisdom, grace, and brilliant strategic mind. Thank you for adding so much color and cohesion to my life (and my closet!)!
Working with Bridgette is both effective and fun. Our time is spent on my specific requirements: nothing is formulaic. Bridgette is remarkably perceptive. All out work has been remote, yet she immediately understood my style and personality and has helped me bring more clarity and utility to my wardrobe. We’ve edited out the misses and no-longer-usefuls, combined items for fresh outfits that are better than the originals as purchased, resolved those guilt-inducing ‘never worns’ (some were gems she showed me how to use; some were misses and she explained why they don’t work). We are gradually rebalancing to a sharp but less formal wardrobe that better meets my needs. I’ve learned so much from Bridgette – styles and combinations that meet my criteria, details of fit I had missed, color combinations that are transforming but I never thought of, how to look at an outfit objectively, and to buy for what I’ll actually need to wear. I’m even beginning to let go of the ‘good china’ mind-set and just wear it, not save it. OK, I’ve a way to go on some of these, but I’ve made much progress with her help. And I’ve had fun every step of the way. It’s worth every penny.
I know that all you want is for the real ME to step forward and up front and be FULLY SELF EXPRESSED in every way
People have remarked that I “glow” and look far more confident and radiant that I ever have.
I owe all my success to Bridgette Raes.
Bridgette and I began working together six years ago. I had a large closet full of clothes and yet I couldn’t put together many outfits that felt like me. I’ve worked with Bridgette remotely and in person, and I am THRILLED with the results. She helped me craft a closet of clothes that felt like me and that worked together. I know I look great in everything in my closet, because she is honest about what works for me and what doesn’t. Bridgette reminds me to buy clothes for the life I have, rather than the imaginary events I might go to someday, which means all my clothes work for my real life. (Although I have to keep explaining that Southerners wear bright colors all year round. Yes, Bridgette, I DID wear those lavender pants.) The money I have spent on Bridgette’s services has actually decreased the amount I spend on my clothes (because I only buy the things I need) and increased my pleasure in my clothes. My time with Bridgette has been an excellent investment.
Bridgette named me Ms. Delightful, but if I’m being honest, this is precisely the name I would give her. Here’s my story: I recently moved to Manhattan from the midwest and upped my hours from part-time to full time. And I turned 50. I needed someone who could help me upgrade my wardrobe and help me find my personal style.
Working with Bridgette is smart – we started with my making a Pinterest board of clothes I loved, including photos of me in some of my most-worn outfits. When we met to shop, she had pulled clothes in my size and in colors and style that I would have never found on my own. It was fun and easy – a tight wardrobe of mix-and-match outfits that made me not worry a bit if I was dressed appropriately. It might be helpful to know that as my life turned busy, Bridgette and I easily transitioned to online consulting and shopping. It’s such a great way to use services like hers. I have learned a lot from Bridgette. First, you don’t need to spend a lot to look great, but there are some items that are absolutely worth spending a little more for. Other things include – your pants need to get updated regularly (styles change a lot), the color black is not for everyone, combining mustard and burgundy can be really cool, you know more about your own style than you think you do.
Finally, and I think you can tell this from this site, Bridgette is a wonderful person and really good at her job. She respects my time and my budget and pushes me just enough! I feel lucky to work with her – my clothes match my lifestyle and I feel confident out in the world.
Bridgette is charismatic, stylish, feisty, passionate, one of a kind – and then some!
You are the most “instructive” of all the fashion advisors I know!
I could not have continued with this transformation had it not been for Bridgette. She has a strong knowledge of fashion plus she is committed to bringing out the best in her clients.
As a writing teacher, one of my joys is being able to coach a student through the writing process. Most of the time the raw material is in place; it’s simply a matter of editing and polishing. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have someone do that for each of us when it comes to our wardrobe? What if there were such a thing as an editor for clothes? Guess what – there is!
“Why hire a stylist? Most of us don’t flinch at paying for someone else to cut and color our hair. These days we enjoy the pampering that comes with a regular manicure. We’ll also gladly put ourselves in the capable hands of a master chef when it comes to a 4-star meal. But paying a stylist? Isn’t that, well, a little bit extravagant? Isn’t that something only for the red-carpet Hollywood crowd?
No, and it’s about time the rest of us were in on the secret. What’s extravagant is buying clothes that we don’t wear, that don’t flatter us, and that doesn’t make us feel capable and confident. What’s wasteful is an overcrowded closet that sucks the life and energy from our mornings when we should be preparing to take on the world.
Lately, it seems that anyone with a camera phone and a website can call themselves a “fashion blogger.” What sets Bridgette apart is her extensive knowledge of fashion, style, color, image, and how to make all the above work for you. I’m thankful that after our phone calls, emails, and video session, I had a clear understanding of what colors and styles fit me best. Bridgette worked with the items I already owned and helped me see what to keep and what to toss. She has a cheerful friendly grace about her that makes her a pleasure to work with. After our sessions, I shopped with confidence and proceeded to use my newfound skills to work on my own closet.
If you care about your wardrobe, your image, and your time, I can’t recommend Bridgette highly enough!
Working with Bridgette is a treasured opportunity. I especially loved her intuition sensing about how I didn’t learn a lot of the nuances as a teen with styling, and I was working now to address them and cope (I lost my mom as a teen and the wisdom that moms can bring) so it was super healing to have someone be intuitive and sensitive to my challenges. I learned so much from Bridgette’s book and blog posts thru the years, in our session today she helped me grasp some color challenges I’ve been confused about (no longer woo hoo) and she also helped me liberate my closet (no one needs skirts, you can just do dresses or pants or whatever as I like dresses and pants but not really skirts or shorts) and also helped confirm that many of my instincts were awesome and on track. Thanks Bridgette! Can’t wait to work together more and in future.
Bridgette was a collaborator, as much as an advisor. She listened to my needs and guided me to choices that fit my budget and worked with the varied nature of my work and personal life. My wardrobe is much more functional than before, chiefly because she made selections that fit in well with what I had, but that still “upped my game.” The changes are subtle but significant ( more comfortable shoes to complete outfits, better fitting sweaters, etc). Even my husband has been saying lately ” You look really nice today”, but isn’t 100% sure what is different, because her selections fit in seamlessly with what I had, while still being an upgrade. Occasionally she will make a selection that you would have NEVER considered on your own…but isn’t that one of the reasons you are considering hiring a professional? To see new possibilities? If you are on the fence about working with her, my best advice is to jump in. It is an investment, but it is worth it. Working with her has taught me about better silhouettes for me, and new brands to investigate for comfort/versatility. I can make better choices now, and not waste money on the wrong items. It was a lovely experience and I recommend it highly.
I’ve followed and enjoyed Bridgette’s blog for years and I learned so much, and I always told myself that one day I’d save up my pennies and go to New York to get her styling help. When I learned that she offered virtual services I thought surely there was no way something like that could work well or feel very personal. Several months into the pandemic, I decided to take the plunge and give it a shot – and it was one of the best decisions ever.
Bridgette is so down-to-earth, personable, and really listens. She doesn’t try to turn you into something you’re not – she really wants to help you become the best version of yourself. After some questionnaires, chats, photos, and measurements she got right down to work looking for the things my wardrobe needed. Bridgette found some things that I was drawn to right away, and some things that I loved but thought would surely not suit me. I reminded myself of why I reached out to Bridgette in the first place and tried out some of the items I would not have tried myself – and I was so pleasantly surprised! Despite never having met me in person, she really hit the nail on the head. The looks she picked were flattering, comfortable, and an elevated ME. Now I love everything hanging in my closet and can’t imagine shopping without wonderful Bridgette.
The process has been so wonderful that my husband, who has zero interest in fashion and actively resists even the thought of shopping, wanted to work with Bridgette, too. She really got his perspective and what he needed to refine his look with very little fuss or thought. When my husband tried on his looks, he immediately got why I love working with Bridgette so much and now sees that a few small tweaks can go a long way to polish his look.
Given the chance, I’d choose to work with Bridgette again in a heartbeat. My only regret is not having done it sooner!
Bridgette is amazing. If I had to say one thing about her it would be SHE IS GOOD AT HER JOB!!! I had been following her blog for several years– pulling inspiration and gaining some insight into the whys and hows of fashion as she styled professional women and posted suggestions. When COVID hit, my wardrobe atrophied, I lost my style and motivation. When things started to open up I regained my motivation to look put together but it was like I forgot how to dress and had absolutely no direction. “ Where did my style go?”, I thought. “Why does that cute dress on the hanger look so awful on me?” I went shopping for shirts and came home with 2 dresses and a pair of pants. All of which I hated when I got home and never wore!! I was in a real slump and I still had no tops!!
With two weddings this summer and all of the events surrounding them I was borderline panicking. I did not want to be THAT Aunt from the Midwest looking and feeling uncomfortable and awkward!
When I had my first virtual session with Bridgette I was completely struck by how personable and accepting she was! I was immediately at ease with her. Absolutely no judgment on all my fashion faux pas. She and I delved into the clothes I had in my closet and the inspirational photos I had posted. In a very short time, she had assessed my style and was offering tremendous advice and teaching me what worked on my body and what didn’t. The best thing is I got it!! She makes the formulas of fashion easy to understand and breaks things down in manageable bites so it’s easier to see. Everything in my wardrobe works together. Everything fits and is flattering. She is a real professional. I look great and have direction again and most importantly feel good about myself. My best compliments have come from my daughters–”Mom, you look so good, lately! I saw you walking up and I thought “Now there is a polished woman!” Music to my ears!! I can’t thank Bridgette enough!!
Thank you, Bridgette, for getting me back on my feet again and helping me to help myself!!
Another woman referred Bridgette to me just as I was experiencing the peak of lots of clothes and nothing to wear. Our initial call immediately put me at ease and felt kind of like therapy for both me and my wardrobe.
The closet cleanout was incredible – Bridgette was firm but kind as she guided me to let go of many of the items I’ve been wearing for 10+ years. It felt emotional but instantly my closet is more manageable and I’ve stopped changing 6 times (or even once) before leaving the house. Also, suddenly I felt like I could shop! And shop I did thanks to Bridgette’s fast and on-point recommendations. I can’t wait to shop with her again in the spring!