Bridgette Raes is one of the most respected, seasoned and sought after personal stylists in the country. She is the president of Bridgette Raes Style Group and author of the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want. Her witty, down-to-earth advice has made her a sought-after writer, spokesperson and style expert for countless media outlets worldwide.
Bridgette’s style expertise is regularly featured in People StyleWatch, Real Simple Magazine, The Boston Globe, StyleList.com, MSN.com, iVillage.com, and more. Her television appearances regularly include CNN, The Daily Buzz, Good Morning America and well as over 100 appearances on local networks from coast to coast.
In her 20 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 designing. 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 clients all over the world.
Bridgette’s popular blog has been called “The thinking woman’s guide to style” and is read by hundreds of thousands of women monthly. Through her blog, Bridgette is able to deliver her decades-worth of fashion knowledge, that was once reserved exclusively to her clients, to a larger audience of women. Her goal with her blog has always been to give practical, sensible and realistic style advice while answering the whys of fashion. Bridgette believes that once women know why clothing does or doesn’t work they can make repeated successes and avoid failures.
Bridgette’s 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.
As a writer, in addition to her blog, Bridgette’s love of accessories has given her the opportunity to be the current accessories expert guide and writer for About.com. She also spent a year as the Fashion Category Expert Writer for Answers.com, worked as the Style Contributor for Vogue Patterns Magazine and writes regularly for many other print and online publications.
Bridgette lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with her husband, New York City real estate professional Frank Mazzola, and their two rescue cats, Clementine Buttons and Titus Sexyface.
Just don’t call her a fashionista. She hates that word.