Bridgette Raes Style Expert http://bridgetteraes.com Style Transformation, Wardrobe Consultation, Image Renewal Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:46:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://i2.wp.com/bridgetteraes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cropped-B-3.png?fit=32%2C32 Bridgette Raes Style Expert http://bridgetteraes.com 32 32 82929315 You’re Invited to the number 35 Trunk Show http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/24/number-35-trunk-show/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/24/number-35-trunk-show/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:46:32 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18952 Dan Lawson is a wonderful friend of mine.  You may not know Dan by name but I guarantee you, you know his work.  He is an Emmy Award winning costume designer, known for shows like the The Good Wife and The Good Fight on CBS.  I met Dan a few years …

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number 35Dan Lawson is a wonderful friend of mine.  You may not know Dan by name but I guarantee you, you know his work.  He is an Emmy Award winning costume designer, known for shows like the The Good Wife and The Good Fight on CBS.  I met Dan a few years ago when I interviewed him.  We had an instant chemistry, as if we had known each other for years.  Since then we have stayed in touch.  When I get on the phone with Dan I know it’s going to be a long call because we just gab and gab.  He truly is one of the kindest, humblest and most generous people I have ever met.

Recently, Dan told me about a clothing line out of London he started collaborating with called number 35.  In addition to the company providing some pieces for the shows he was costuming, he partnered with them to create a secondary line called  35DL.  Given my client base, Dan felt it urgent that I get to know this company.  Trusting Dan’s instincts implicitly, I couldn’t wait to be introduced.

About number 35

My first meeting with Andrea Cecile Cohen of number 35 was over Skype with Dan.  Like with Dan, I felt this incredible connection to Andrea and knew we would be fast friends.  Giving me an introduction to the line, I learned number35 creates simple, elegant clothing, designed to imbue professional women with a heightened sense of style and confidence.  Recognizing the importance of building a strong and versatile wardrobe, number35 works with each client to customize an interchangeable selection of timeless pieces. Constructed of luxurious Italian fabrics and made in London, the clothes are designed to feel comfortable, flatter the form and travel well.  You can check out the line here.

As I came to find out, number 35 is the leading fashion line for international working women.  Their return rate is one of the lowest around and once a woman becomes a customer she stays one, a devoted one.  The line is not only thoughtful because of its timeless, intelligent look, the interchangeable pieces fit together to create a wardrobe that will seamlessly go from a day at the office to an evening reception.   You can shop their line off the rack or go the made-to-measure bespoke route and often hand pick from whatever colors and fabrics your wardrobe is in need of.

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number 35 bronze jacket.

The line also fits incredibly well, and I can say this from personal experience.  Andrea Cecile Cohen designs her line with a real woman’s body in mind.  I remember trying on one of number 35’s popular jackets that had front flaps over the bust line.  Convinced there was no way that a curvy girl with a large chest could look good in a jacket with cropped flaps over the chest (photo above), I tried it on just to prove to Andrea I was right.  Well, I was wrong.  Never in my life had I seen a jacket such as this fit my body in such a flattering way.  I was sold.

Yet, despite everything I learned sounding, I needed to see how my clients responded to be sure. Andrea and I decided to have a private trunk show for my NY and DC based clientele last October.  It was a smashing success and every client who attended walked with something new.

number 35 Spring/Summer Trunk Show

Given the success of the trunk show and how much I love this line, Andrea and I have decided to have another trunk show in NYC and DC this May and we’re opening this show up to everyone, not just my clients.   If you are looking for some timeless investment pieces for your wardrobe that you can wear to work and beyond, I encourage you to make an appointment.  Plus, I will be at the NYC trunk show, so you can meet me too and get some one-on-one time with me, for free!

Our NYC trunk show dates are May 6th-8th and DC’s dates are the 9th and 10th.  To book your appointment, email info@no35.co.uk

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I hope to see you at the trunk show!

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Five Chic Chambray Shirt Outfits http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/23/chambray-shirt-outfits/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/23/chambray-shirt-outfits/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:00:27 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18944 I love chambray shirts the same way I love jeans.  And if you don’t know this already about me, I love jeans.  Like jeans, chambray shirts offer the same versatility.  They go with everything.  I own several in my closet and if it wasn’t for the ironing involved in wearing …

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chambray shirt
I love chambray shirts the same way I love jeans.  And if you don’t know this already about me, I love jeans.  Like jeans, chambray shirts offer the same versatility.  They go with everything.  I own several in my closet and if it wasn’t for the ironing involved in wearing mine, I’d wear them constantly.

If you have been wearing chambray shirts the same way and are looking for some fresh looks, check out my outfit ideas using this chambray shirt from J. Crew.  And shop for some additional styles at the end of this post.

Five Chic Chambray Shirt Outfits

Outfit #1

chambray shirt

When one of my very professional clients purchased a chambray shirt to wear to work her wardrobe suddenly opened up with all these options.  She, of course, made sure the shirt wasn’t too casual and even had it tailored to be more fitted.  She avoided wearing her chambray shirt to work when she needed to be very professional and found it perfect for days where she still needed to look polished but could do it with more ease.

I created this outfit to represent that and styled  the chambray shirt with a bright pencil skirt from BOSS Hugo Boss and white blazer from Hobbs.  I finished the outfit with a pair of patterned pumps from Sam Edelman, pink earrings from Kate Spade and taupe bag from Sole Society

Outfit #2

chambray shirt

I am totally feeling printed pants for summer.  While fun, they can be a bit jarring.  You can try wearing a top that matches one of the colors in the print, but if you prefer to water down the boldness of the pants, try a chambray shirt like how I styled these printed pants from Veronica Beard.  I finished the outfit with yellow slides from Sam Edelman and white bag from Rebecca Minkoff

Outfit #3

chambray shirt

A pair of white jeans and a chambray shirt and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer outfit.  There is a freshness to an outfit like this that is always chic and incredible easy.  I selected these straight leg cropped white jeans from 1901 to create a particularly summery look, and finished the outfit with these cognac Cole Haan block heel mules, a yellow circle bag from Chelsea 28 and white Stella & Dot drop earrings.

Outfit #4

chambray shirt

Too hot for pants this summer?  Try a chambray shirt with shorts.  In this outfit the chambray shirt is styled with a pair of navy shorts from Banana Republic to create an chic and easy summer look.  I finished the outfit casually my favorite slip on sneakers from Frye, a metallic backpack from Vince Camuto and pink scarf from Chan Luu.

Outfit #5

chambray shirt

Chambray shirts can definitely work in a business casual work environment.  You have to be careful when wearing them.  Chambray shirts can give off a very casual appearance.  Therefore, when wearing them in a more relaxed workplace, elevate the rest of your pieces to balance out how casual the shirt can look.  For example, I styled the chambray shirt with a pair of pinstripe pants.  The chambray downgrades the how dressy the pants can be and the dressy trousers elevate the shirt.  The perfect middle ground of business casual is achieved.  I finished the outfit with a pair of red block heel pumps from Marc Fisher, necklace from Karine Sultan and a mushroom colored bag from Anya Hindmarch.

Shop for Chambray Shirts

Ready to add a chambray shirt to your wardrobe?  Shop for these additional styles.

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Friday’s Fab Find: Soul Insole Shoe Bubble http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/20/fridays-fab-find-soul-insole-shoe-bubble/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/20/fridays-fab-find-soul-insole-shoe-bubble/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:18:51 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18941 When I made the decision that I was going to get healthier I knew a key component of that was being more active and getting regular exercise. I looked into what sort of exercise programs I could get started with as someone who is overweight and hasn’t exercise regularly in …

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Soul Insole Shoe Bubble

When I made the decision that I was going to get healthier I knew a key component of that was being more active and getting regular exercise. I looked into what sort of exercise programs I could get started with as someone who is overweight and hasn’t exercise regularly in a while.

Several people including my doctor recommended I start with walking.  Getting a solid 20 minutes of brisk walking everyday would be a great way to get started. I was told to get a couple of pairs of good shoes so I would feel comfortable walking. Another recommended I get a good orthotic. I’d heard of orthotics before. They are inserts you put in your shoes that improve your balance and reduce stress on your joints.  For every show I see during fashion week I spend at least an hour standing in line. My feet ache for days after. My knee kills me to the point where I take elevators for a single flight.

 Soul Insole Shoe Bubble

I was gifted a sample of Soul Insole shoe bubble.  The bio-mechanically designed shape of the Soul Insole Shoe Bubble effectively redistributes pressure evenly across the foot to relieve pressure from the heel and forefoot. The soft support helps to train your foot to strengthen its natural arch without causing the foot to become reliant on support.  Check out them out for yourself here.

Preventing pain doesn’t just make you more comfortable it encourages you to be more active. I might start walking 40 minutes a day if I knew I could do it pain free. The insoles are made of a medical grade gel that sticks in place but can easily be moved from shoe to shoe. Simply rinse with water and let dry to renew stickiness.

Want your own pair? Leave a comment and you could win a free pair of insoles! And let me know how you stay active?

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The Slim Petite Shopping Guide http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/17/the-slim-petite-shopping-guide/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/17/the-slim-petite-shopping-guide/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:50:43 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18932 It’s hard for the slim petite woman to get much sympathy when it comes to her struggle finding clothing that fits.  In this world, slim equals things like beautiful, enviable, lucky and blessed.  Therefore,  because of the reaction of “boo freaking hoo” when the slim petite woman can’t find clothing …

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slim petiteIt’s hard for the slim petite woman to get much sympathy when it comes to her struggle finding clothing that fits.  In this world, slim equals things like beautiful, enviable, lucky and blessed.  Therefore,  because of the reaction of “boo freaking hoo” when the slim petite woman can’t find clothing to fit her delicate frame, who can blame her for not wanting to talk about it?  Yet this is a very real thing and it is frustrating.

We all know that glamour sizing exists.  Designers have been putting smaller size labels on larger clothing long before there was actually a name for it.  Studies have shown that women buy more clothing when they think they wear a smaller size.  While glamour sizing has been going on for decades, it’s only in the past ten to fifteen years that we have seen the biggest surge in this practice.  If you’re like me, you saw the inevitable train wreck of glamour sizing coming years ago. I was on the show Good Morning America Weekend back in 2005 and talked about this very point.  “Sure, you can put a size six label on a size 10 garment but if it keeps going this way what happens to the smaller sizes?” I challenged.  “We’re going to have to start using negative numbers.”  Today we have sizes like 00, XXS and XXS petite, which is basically the same thing.

Everyone says that Marilyn Monroe wore a size 12 or 14.  Curvy, voluptuous girls love tossing this fact around but neglect to realize that a size 12 or 14 in Monroe’s day was probably closer to an eight today.  In fact, back then there were no sizes that existed below a size six.  Let that sink in, six was the smallest size that was available.

And let’s all not forget that clothing sizing is completely arbitrary.  This is why you can be a size four in one store and an eight in another.  There is no standardization of sizing in the fashion industry.  The size you cling to so dearly is about as real as a unicorn.  Yet, fashion knows what it means to you and fools you each and every time you associate your self worth to the size on the tag.  What adds to the frustration for super small women is when that supposed XS they try on wears them like a tent.  A size XS isn’t a guarantee that a slim petite woman will fit into it, and this is because of glamour sizing.

I am not and have never been considered petite.  Even when I was a size four (which was like an eight in the 90’s), I was still curvy.  I’m 5’7″ with a 34G chest.  The only way I can relate to smaller, slim women is from the eye rolls I get when I explain the difficulties that come from being large chested.  I so wish flatter chested women could understand what it like to lug what feels like two cantaloupes under your tops or what it is like to look inadvertently sexual when it’s not considered appropriate.  I’d also like to take them bra shopping with me.  Yet I still get them “oh please” remarks when I try to complain about how big my boobs are.

I may not know personally what it is to be so slight that finding clothing is impossible, but I have worked with many clients who do have this issue, and I can assure you it’s no different than what the plus size woman goes through to find clothing that fits.  In no way am I trying to minimize what a plus size woman goes through to find well fitting clothing.  It can be a frustrating and often demeaning process that no woman should ever have to live through.  Yet, with the average woman over a size 14 in the US, more and more retailers are working to cater to her.  What we need to understand is on the opposite end is another group of women who are finding fewer and fewer places to find clothing small enough.  And because our relationship to how we often see small people as blessed and in no position to complain, nobody seems to want to give the small woman any sympathy.

When I work with a petite slim woman I have to understand how each label sizes so that I can be sure that and XS will actually be a true XS for my client.  Over the years I have cultivated my own list of brands that I shop because they either carry petite clothing or size their missy selection small enough that the clothing will fit.  Check out my recommendations and some shopping suggestions below.

Reiss

For career minded gal, Reiss can be a great resource for slim petite women.  They don’t have a line specifically for petites, but being British, the line runs very small, so small that many of my size four clients have needed to size up to an eight in their clothing.  Reiss does carry XS so it’s worth checking out the line for their smaller sizes.  You still have to try on, however.   In some cases even their extra small sizes swim on my slimmer clients.

BCBG

BCBG is a line that I have always gone to when I have worked with clients who are true extra smalls.  They have sizes as small as XXS which tend to fit my petite slim clients well.  I find their more structured pieces are usually better than their drapey ones for smaller sizing.

Max Mara

Here is what I have found with slim petite clothing.  If you have the money to invest you’ll likely find something that fits.  Mid-range clothing typically has the greatest amount of glamour sizing, but once you start moving into designer price points the sizes aren’t as forgiving.  A line like Max Mara is one of them.  It’s expensive, but one that many of my clients need to size up in making their smaller sizes ideal for the super slim.

Michael Kors Collection

Michael Kors Collection is another designer price point line that runs small and slim.  I’m not talking MICHAEL Michael Kors, the sizing there tends to be more generous.  The Collection line isn’t.  It’s another line where my clients typically need to size up making the smaller sizes ideal for petite slim women.

Ann Taylor and LOFT

Getting back to mid-range prices points, Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor LOFT both cater to the slim petite size customer well.  What I like most about these lines is they usually offer the same looks, and as generously, as in their missy line. I don’t shop there often with clients but many of my clients have told me this is a great resource for finding clothing that fits.

Theory

Thank GOD for Theory’s size P which has gotten me out of more sizing pickles with petite slim clients than I care to count.  Generally speaking, Theory runs small and this smaller sizing is what makes the P size slim enough to fit my tiniest of clients.

MM. LaFleur

I am so grateful for MM. Lafleur’s recent launch of their extended plus sizes.  I’m also happy to see that they have been doing more and more petite sizes as well.  MM. Lafleur is another line that typically runs small (their sizing is very similar to Theory’s) which is what makes their petite sizes so workable.

Banana Republic

Like Ann Taylor and LOFT, Banana Republic’s petite sizing works for very petite slim women.  One of my newer clients came to me because she was tired of always having to shop at Banana Republic.  She had developed a bit of love/hate relationship with them because, while she wanted something different, she was just relieved she could shop somewhere.  It’s definitely a good price point filled with plenty of smaller sized options.

H&M

Fast fashion European lines like H&M and Zara can be great for the super slim woman.  I know my days of even fitting an arm into clothes from these types of places are long gone.  If I can barely get my body into their size larges, their XS’s must be perfect for the petite slim.

Nic + Zoe Petite

Nic + Zoe isn’t a line that runs particularly small.  In fact, I find it can run quite large.  However, what I do like is they offer a petite line that does a pretty decent job of catering to the smaller woman.  I find that often super small clothing tends to be trendy whereas Nic + Zoe has a broader appeal for women who are small but not in their 20’s and 30’s.

Anthropologie

I honestly can’t remember the last time I was in an Anthropologie.  I used to shop there personally and with clients all the time.  Yet, lately, the clothing just hasn’t been resonating.  This does not mean, however, that I don’t applaud giving options to the slim petite.  For those whose sensibilities and styles match the Anthro look, definitely check out their petite extra small sizing.

There are plenty of other lines that do a great job of catering to the slim petite woman. The above are my selections from professional experience.  If you know of any others I’d love to hear them.

 

 

 

 

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Five Ways to Wear Straight Leg Cropped Jeans http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/16/five-ways-to-wear-straight-leg-cropped-jeans/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/16/five-ways-to-wear-straight-leg-cropped-jeans/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:04:54 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18923 Like every other fashion trend, jeans cycle through their own share of changes over time.  Remember how low the rises of jeans were in the early 2000’s?   And then, in what seemed like overnight, boot legs were passé when skinny were in.  Boyfriend jeans jumped on the scene quite a …

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straight leg cropped jeans

Like every other fashion trend, jeans cycle through their own share of changes over time.  Remember how low the rises of jeans were in the early 2000’s?   And then, in what seemed like overnight, boot legs were passé when skinny were in.  Boyfriend jeans jumped on the scene quite a few years ago, the boot leg seems to have gone long enough now that they oddly look fresh again, rises are getting longer and recently we’ve been introduced to cropped straight leg jeans as a trend.

Cropped straight leg jeans is a close cousin on the boyfriend style only without the cuff or tapered ankle.   What they do share in common is a more relaxed leg which feels like a nice change from having to pour ourselves into super skinny jeans.

While it may seem like a relief to see jeans with a little more breathing room, cropped straight leg jeans do come with their own share of dressing challenges, some which I will address below in the outfits I put together using this pair from AG to give you some looks to inspire you.  And don’t forget to check out the additional styles to shop for at the end of this post.

Five Ways to Wear Straight Leg Cropped Jeans

Outfit #1

Straight Leg Cropped Jeans
This is such a fun summery look for the season consisting of a bright pink swingy sleeveless top from Lush and straight leg cropped jeans.  The possible problem with this jeans silhouette is that it can make the lower half of the body look square and boxy because they fall straighter from the hip and don’t taper.  To mitigate the potential square, widening look, I simply added some height with a block heeled pair of sandals from Nine West.  When you lengthen an area you also optically slim the appearance of it.  Finishing the look, I added this fun, colorful chevron clutch from Rebecca Minkoff and drop earrings from Kendra Scott.

Outfit #2

straight leg cropped jeans

The color combination of this outfit may be a bit jarring to some, but I like taking risks with color on this blog to give you some ideas you may not have considered.  Looking past the colors (you can certainly go with a tamer option), showcasing the waist when wearing straight leg cropped jeans can help create proportional body balance and to avoid looking boxy.  I styled these jeans with a wrap top from J. Crew, purple block heel pumps from Margeaux and finished the outfit with a green crossbody bag by Pop & Suki and layered Y necklace from Karine Sultan.

Outfit #3

straight leg cropped jeans

The soft, shaped layering of this blush jacket from BCBG adds some waist definition to this more relaxed top from Vince Camuto.  By also pairing these heeled sandals from Splendid with this outfit, length, and therefore, less boxiness, is achieved.  I finished the look with a layered crystal lariat from Bp. and white bag from Aldo.

Outfit #4

straight leg cropped jeans

In this look, I styled this tunic top from Hobb’s with the straight leg cropped jeans to create a great dressy casual look.  It doesn’t take much to make this outfit complete.  I added a pair of red wedge sandals from Louise et Cie, a dark navy bag from AllSaints and earrings from Robert Lee Morris.

When it comes to choosing ankle straps and straight leg cropped jeans, be careful.  Ankles that are heavy can look extra heavy and stumpy when worn with ankle straps and this style of jeans.  Try creating a more seamless look by not breaking up the ankle with straps.

Outfit #5

straight leg cropped jeans

Flats don’t need to be avoided when wearing straight leg cropped jeans, you just need to be careful of the shape you choose.  Because of the straighter nature of this silhouette, make sure the style hits high enough of your waist that the natural shape of your waist and hips are shown.  When jeans sit too low they cut right across the wider part of the hip area and optically creates a squarer appearance.

For a casual look, I styled this outfit with a graphic t-shirt from Sub_Urban Riot, a lightweight cardigan from Bobeau, silver slip on sneakers from Frye and a navy backpack from Rebecca Minkoff.

Shop for Straight Leg Cropped Jeans

Ready to add some straight leg cropped jeans to your wardrobe?  Check out these styles.

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Friday’s Fab Find: Savvy Infusion Water Bottle http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/13/fridays-fab-find-savvy-infusion-water-bottle/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/13/fridays-fab-find-savvy-infusion-water-bottle/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:41:06 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18920 April is going to have a theme: Let’s get healthier! Like most people, I had a New Year’s Eve Resolution. To go vegan, to workout 2 hrs a day, to give up booze and sugar. And I stuck to that resolution…FOR HOURS. Then I gave up. But the bottom line …

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Savvy Infusion Water Bottle

April is going to have a theme: Let’s get healthier! Like most people, I had a New Year’s Eve Resolution. To go vegan, to workout 2 hrs a day, to give up booze and sugar. And I stuck to that resolution…FOR HOURS.

Then I gave up.

But the bottom line is: I’m not getting any younger and I need to develop good techniques to stay strong and healthy. The ‘all at once’ strategy does not work. I’m determined to replace bad habits with healthful ones, in a workable practical way.

One AWFUL habit I have is soda. I drink way too much. I have for my entire life. It has terrible effects on my health. I’m starting there. Trying to switch out soda for water was horrible. My body missed the sugar and caffeine, and water is boring! There are flavored waters like Hint but they are expensive. Is there a better way to break the soda habit?

Savvy Infusion Water Bottle

I’m so happy to have been gifted the most amazing Savvy Infusion Water Bottle.  The bottles contain an interior basket which you fill with cut up fruit, fresh herbs anything you like! You can refill it up to three times and it will still retain flavor.  Check the bottles out here.

Drinking infused water is so much better for you than soda, plus you’ll get your eight glasses of water a day in no time.  Many people report who have used the Savvy Infusion Water Bottle no longer have to ‘force’ themselves to drink water because they can flavor the water to their liking and actually enjoy it.

The Savvy Infusion Water Bottle is also ecological as drinking that much bottled water would require transportation, plastic bottles and storage. There’s a carrying handle so it’s easy to transport to the gym, work, wherever.

Want a bottle of your own? Leave a comment and say why and you could win.

And let me know your tips and tricks for quitting sugar. What ways do you wish you were healthier? What techniques do you use to keep active?  Let’s get a dialogue started!

 

 

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Casual Raincoats That will Keep You Dry and Stylish http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/10/casual-raincoats/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/10/casual-raincoats/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:33:15 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18909 Maybe it is because I spent time in rainy Portland Oregon last month or maybe it’s because the saying April showers brings May flowers is in my mind and I realize I don’t own a good slicker, but I have casual raincoats on the brain.  I’m not talking about a …

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casual raincoats

Maybe it is because I spent time in rainy Portland Oregon last month or maybe it’s because the saying April showers brings May flowers is in my mind and I realize I don’t own a good slicker, but I have casual raincoats on the brain.  I’m not talking about a stylish work trench, I’m talking about a style that you can wear on the weekends or with a pair of jeans.

Oddly, may raincoats out there aren’t weatherproof.  I’m not exactly sure why.  Isn’t that the point, to keep yourself from getting soaked?  Who cares if a raincoat is stylish if it doesn’t function as such?

Anyway, I put together some looks using casual raincoats and also added a few styles at the end of the post.

Casual Raincoats That will Keep You Dry and Stylish

Outfit #1

casual raincoats

This first casual raincoat is actually a rain cape from Mackage.  Don’t worry, it has sleeves.  It’s packable and can be transformed into a backpack and has a hidden hood.  I styled this rain cape with a linen blend sweater from Theory with a pair of cuffed jeans from Madewell.  While the shoes may not look rain-friendly, they are.  All of Aquatalia’s shoes are weatherproof, even their sandals.  You can wear these chic heeled mules in the rain without worry about damaging them.  For accessories, I added this bag from Vince Camuto, a terra cotta scarf from Chan Luu and brushed teardrop earrings from Halogen.

Outfit #2

casual raincoats

This next raincoat is from Moncler.  It has a detachable hood and drawstrings that can adjust the fit.  The raincoat is water repellant.  I styled it with a pair of navy ponte pants from J. Crew, a grey sweatshirt from Sweaty Betty, hot pink Hunter rain boots, a nylon crossbody bag from Longchamp and layered necklace from Panacea.

Outfit #3

casual raincoats
This last casual raincoat is from The North Face.  It’s a breathable, waterproof Gor-tex and has a warm-to-touch backer fabric eliminates the need for a liner and features a removable drawcord hood.  I styled this casual raincoat with a pair of black jeans from Treasure & Bond, chelsea rain boots from Sam Edelman (which I own in green and they are fabulous), polka dot silk utility shirt from Vince, black and white backpack from Steve Madden, red scarf from Echo Design and black earrings from Kate Spade.

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On the search for your perfect casual raincoat?  Check out these additional styles.

 

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Five Ways to Wear Loafer Flats http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/09/five-ways-to-wear-loafer-flats/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/09/five-ways-to-wear-loafer-flats/#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:23:57 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18898 Every Monday I sit down to write my blog posts for the week.  I create the collages for these posts on Polyvore a week or so before so I am prepared.  Imagine my surprise this morning when I went to Polyvore to grab the images I created and the site …

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Every Monday I sit down to write my blog posts for the week.  I create the collages for these posts on Polyvore a week or so before so I am prepared.  Imagine my surprise this morning when I went to Polyvore to grab the images I created and the site was gone, completely gone, like it never existed.  Apparently, the site was shuttered last week without much notice when it was acquired by the high-end fashion retailer Ssense.  If you try to go to Polyvore you get redirected

Like most Polyvore users, I was more than a little pissed off and inconvenienced by this news.  Polyvore made it super simple to create quick outfit collages that I used for my blog posts.  As a result of this, I now need to take time to figure out an alternative way to do it, time I don’t have, and making these collages won’t be as fast.  So bear with me as I readjust.

The good news is, I was able to download the last outfit collages that I am using this week.  After this week I’ll be winging it as I find a new way to quickly create looks.  The last thing I have the time to do is take photos of myself like other hardworking bloggers do.  My brain would explode if I had multiple photoshoots scheduled into my weeks.

Anyway, for now lets savor some of these last outfits I created.  Today’s post is about loafer flats as requested by a reader.  What I like about these shoes is the loafer/flat hybrid makes them look sleeker and more refined than a classic clunky loafer while also looking more professional than a pair of ballerina flats.

Five Ways to Wear Loafer Flats

I put together five outfits below using this pair of loafer flats from Steve Madden in a classic camel shade.  Check out the looks and shop for loafer flats at the end of this post.

Outfit #1

loafer flats

When I think about loafer flats I immediately think of chic preppy looks.  I imagine cute little skinny ankle pants, trim ankles (because I don’t have trim ankles) and sharp flat shoes.  Inspired by this idea, I styled the loafer flats with these plaid pants from Banana Republic, a chambray shirt from J. Crew that I layered under this bright orange chunky sweater from Topshop.  I finished the outfit with a pair of hoop earrings from Rebecca Minkoff, brown bag from ED Ellen Degeneres, and gold link bracelet.

Outfit #2

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If you don’t like heels, loafer flats can be a suitable alternative because they look professional enough to be worn with suits and tailored pants.  I styled the loafer flats with a black pantsuit from Boss Hugo Boss (link to jacket, link to pants.)  I finished the outfit with a tan top from Lafayette 148, tan bag and necklace from Alexis Bittar.

Outfit #3

loafer flats
Showing the versatility of loafer flats, I styled this outfit much more casually using this skirt from Vince and side tie t-shirt from Madwell. I finished the outfit with a denim jacket from J. Crew, statement necklace from Stella & Dot and circle handbag from Baggu.

Outfit #4

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In this next look I styled loafer flats with a dress.  I like the way the more streamlined style adds more professional sophistication to a dress than rounder toe ballerina flats would.  I styled the shoes with a navy dress from J. Crew and finished the look with a snakeskin tote from Banana Republic, bracelet from Anna Beck and necklace from Gorjana.

Outfit #5

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This last outfit I styled for super casual days.  I styled the loafer flats with straight cropped AG jeans, striped tee from Vince, printed scarf from Nordstrom, navy bag by Tory Buch, silver earrings from Robert Lee Morris and sunglasses from Bp..

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Friday’s Fab Find: Bodyworks Ball and TravelFit Kit http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/06/fridays-fab-find-bodyworks-ball-and-travelfit-kit/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/06/fridays-fab-find-bodyworks-ball-and-travelfit-kit/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:23:44 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18895 One of my biggest goals in trying to foster healthier habits is simply this: I want to feel better. I’m not 23 and haven’t been for a very long time.  My body doesn’t bounce back the way it used to.  I’m starting to feel aches and pains. The fact that …

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Bodyworks Ball

One of my biggest goals in trying to foster healthier habits is simply this: I want to feel better. I’m not 23 and haven’t been for a very long time.  My body doesn’t bounce back the way it used to.  I’m starting to feel aches and pains. The fact that I’m hunched over my computer for 10 hours a day cannot help.

Currently I’m trying to use Yoga to increase my fitness and flexibility. However when I’m been sitting at my desk for hours trying to find a free area in my office to practice some Vinsaya poses just isn’t practical. My petition to have an on-site on demand masseuse is going over about as well my request for pajamas Tuesday.

Bodyworks Ball

One of the most amazing things about writing for Bridgette Raes’ website is sometimes I’ll put out a request for products for beauty or wellness. Then I’ll be presented with a product that even though I didn’t know it existed, if I have to live without it now, I’ll die.  You’ll take my Bodyworks ball from me when you pry it from my cold dead hands.  Check it out here.

Bodyworks Ball is a simple self massaging tool for instant easy relief of neck cricks, shoulder knots, sore hands and feet. It’s perfect for relieving “tech neck” from hunching over devices. It was originally designed with Olympic athletes in mind. The goal being to provide them with a quick easy way for them to give themselves massages while traveling. The Bodyworks ball packs away so easily and only weighs 8 lbs!

The amazing BJ Dowlen, founder of Bodyworks Enterprises and inventor of the award-winning Bodyworks Ball, wasn’t satisfied with created a portable lightweight massage tool. She set out to solve another dilemma’s for travelers.  Fitting a workout into your day is tough enough when your routine is set. Traveling creates a whole host of problems that will put staying fit on the bottom of your to-do list. Enter TravelFit, a kit containing exercise bands, a door anchor, core discs, and 52 video workouts you can view on your phone or computer, all in a carry bag weighing under 2lbs!

Bodyworks is so excited about their products they are offering a free Bodyworks Ball and a free TravelFit bag. We’ll have two lucky winners this week!

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Circle Handbags for Spring http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/03/circle-handbags-for-spring/ http://bridgetteraes.com/2018/04/03/circle-handbags-for-spring/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:14:45 +0000 http://bridgetteraes.com/?p=18886 What I like about trends in accessories is that they can easily be used to update the look of what is already in your closet.  Take circle handbags, for example.  They’re a hot trend this spring at all price points.  Basically, it’s a new shape in the very versatile crossbody …

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What I like about trends in accessories is that they can easily be used to update the look of what is already in your closet.  Take circle handbags, for example.  They’re a hot trend this spring at all price points.  Basically, it’s a new shape in the very versatile crossbody bag category.

I have some styles for you to check out at the end of the post, but before you get to those, check out some outfits I put together using this handbag trend.

Circle Handbags for Spring

Outfit #1

circle handbags

Using this first affordable style from Sole Society, I styled the bag with a pair of cropped wide leg pants from L.K. Bennett with an abstract floral blouse from Reiss.  I finished the look with strappy sandals from Stuart Weitzman and drop earrings from Kendra Scott.

Outfit #2

circle handbags
This next more casual look I styled with this blush pink circle handbag from Madewell.  The cropped jumpsuit is from J. Crew and I finished the rest of the outfit with a pair of wedge sandals from Louise et Cie, a pendant from Stella & Dot and straw hat from Nordstrom.

Outfit #3

circle handbags
In this last look, I used this Rebecca Minkoff circle handbag when styling this look.  The rest of the outfit is comprised of this peach jacket from Theory, a tan and white striped t-shirt from Boden, olive pencil skirt from Banana Republic, nude pumps by Nine West and rose gold layered necklace from Karine Sultan.

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