Did you know Coolibar employees are some of our best customers? After receiving our shipment of new Wide Leg Pants for women, a number of the Coolibar ladies immediately snatched them up. Now, Coolibar employees Heather, Jennifer and Julie share their thoughts on these comfy UPF 50+ pants. They also share some pictures showing how they style the pant.
Coolibar Wide Leg Pant
– Smooth fold knit waistband
– No-squeeze top keeps pant comfortably in place
– Wide leg (12″ opening on bottom)
– Lightweight and breathable
– Drapes effortlessly
– Silky soft aire SUNTECT® polyester/spandex blend
– Rated UPF 50+
“I love my Coolibar Wide Leg Pants! I was in New York last April and searched the city over for a pair of brightly colored wide leg pants just like this, with no luck. I found a few but they didn’t fit right, the color was wrong or they were way too expensive. Lucky for me, I found them right here at Coolibar. I love these pants because the fold top waistband is flattering, they are amazingly comfortable, they’re silky-smooth and are extremely light weight. They have easily become my go to pants that I put on after work or for a Saturday afternoon in the city.” – Jennifer
“I love the new Coolibar wide leg pant, because it can be dressed up or down. Yesterday I wore them lounging in the humid MN weather and the pants kept me cool. The fabric is amazing and very soft! Pictured is my beach look. When I go to the beach I like to be covered up with layers that can be taken off when I go swimming. Thanks to these pants, I don’t have to apply sunscreen every time I get out of the water.” – Heather
“The wide leg pants are so comfortable! I love the lightweight silky material and the yoga inspired fold waist. I pair my pants with a lightweight tank top for a day time look, and throw over a jacket for going out at night. This is my go-to pant for the summer!” – Julie
Since 2002, Style Expert Bridgette Raes has transformed the wardrobes and styles of hundreds of clients. She is the president of Bridgette Raes Style Group in New York and author of the book Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want. Her witty, down-to-earth and educational advice has made her a sought-after writer, spokesperson and style expert for many media outlets. Now, Bridgette brings her expertise to the Coolibar Blog to show us how to prepare our wardrobe for warmer weather in a trend setting way.
“The warm weather is here! It’s time to get out and enjoy the sun. Getting enough sunshine is important for your health and wellbeing, but too much sun can be very dangerous. With Skin Cancer Awareness month this May, I thought it was important to write a blog that showed you how you can safely enjoy the sun this summer….while still looking fabulous.
I decided to take some of Coolibar’s more popular pieces, all that have UPF 50+ and 98% UV Protection to show you just how easy it can be this summer to look good and care for your skin at the same time.
For this first look, I took Coolibar’s ZnO Harbor Hoodie in a classic navy and white stripe and paired it with some trendy red cropped pants. Colored pants are so popular for summer and the overall look, worn with a pair of metallic wedges and an easy tote offers a timeless nautical style that is perfect for summer, be it for boating, going to the beach, the park or attending a barbecue with friends.
Bright colored tunics and color blocking are two big trends right now. To address both, I took Coolibar’s ZnO Bayside Tunic and paired it with white Bermuda shorts and a pair of bright green sandals. For more protection, I added Coolibar’s very versatile Sun Hat. This is a great look that can be worn for just about anything you may be doing out and about this summer from a day out sightseeing to a casual dinner out with your mate.
For the beach, Coolibar’s Print Ruche Swim Shirt in this trendy zebra print is so exciting. Not only can the chlorine and salt-water resistant swim shirt be cinched up and worn in the water, but it can also be worn as a tunic-length cover-up. For additional sun protection (and style) can throw on Coolibar’s Packable Wide Brim Hat and a pair of their fabulous sunglasses. Yellow is one of the “it” colors for summer. I went with a trendier yellow for that extra punch. Lastly, a black straw bag and you can take from the beach to the street with this two-for-one piece.
In the summer, most of us get outside to exercise. Often when working out we don’t think about how the sun could be damaging our skin. There is a way to look stylish and be sun protected while getting your heart rate up. Coolibar’s Swim Bike Run Jacket that has stylish contrast piping gives you a high performance jacket that can also be worn in the water. Paired with their swim active capris and one of their fabulous hats, I threw in some additional pink accessories to inspire you to get out and get moving…while protecting yourself.
Lastly, a tank top and capri jeans. Who doesn’t have this look in their wardrobe for summer? It is important to point out that if you’re looking to protect yourself from the sun this summer it does not mean that you have to get rid of your entire wardrobe. Coolibar offers great ways to add protection to your existing style. Every woman owns at least one cardigan in her wardrobe. It’s a great piece to grab when you get chilly. I love Coolibar’s ZnO Sun Wrap, particularly in their olive fatigue, which works so well with the most popular color of the summer season, orange!!!! Worn with a pair of sandals, and one of Coolibar’s protective sun hats, you’ll be styling and saving your skin at the same time.”
Coolibar clothing designer Alicia Pizzo came to Coolibar in 2011 with the goal of bringing excitement to our sun protective line. This role is extremely personal to Alicia as both her mother and grandmother battled skin cancer, so she works hard to create sun protective clothing people will love wearing. Alicia shares her inspirations for Coolibar’s summer 2012 UPF 50+ women’s line.
1. What Coolibar piece are you most excited about this summer and why?
So many! I’m excited about our ZnO Summer Skirt in particular as it offers the same waistband as our ZnO Beach Pants that our customers love. It’s also the beginning of our expanding sun protective bottom collection. In the future, I look forward to introducing a maxi skirt and capris as well. For tops, I’m thrilled to offer thumbholes in the Harbor Hoodie and the Stash Pocket Swim Shirt since it provides more coverage and keeps the sleeves in place when moving or swimming.
2. What trends are hot this summer that you’ve incorporated into Coolibar wear?
We’ve been seeing a lot of nautical stripes, so we’ve incorporated this timeless look into numerous ZnO pieces such as our Harbor Hoodie, Henley, Polo Dress, Henley Dress and Summer Skirt. We also used a bright color palette, and bright colors are huge this summer. I’d also like to point out that sun protection is on-trend, as we’re seeing pale toned models and celebrities protecting their skin with hats and more cover-ups.
3. How do you come up with new ideas? What inspired you in Coolibar’s current designs?
I find inspiration from many different sources: travel, people watching, and this year attending the American Academy of Dermatology conference to gather feedback from dermatologists. Right now I have a postcard from Brazil and a birthday party photo on my desk wall along with other inspirational photos.
4. Has keeping sun protection in mind throughout every design been a challenge this first season? If so, how have you overcome this challenge?
Definitely! Balancing coverage with an exciting look and fun shapes has been a challenge, especially working with new necklines that provide coverage. Having great fabric to work with really helps! Trial and error always helps too.
5. Do you believe part of your personality shines through any one Coolibar piece in particular?
I would say all of them to a certain extent. If I had to choose one in particular, it would be the Harbor Hoodie because of the fun pattern, comfy feel and casual look that can be worn practically anywhere.
6. Anything else our readers should know about fashions this summer or Coolibar pieces in particular?
Have fun and mix it up! Focus on adding color in new ways. I love mixing blue, yellow, green and coral together during the summer. Pairing stripes with solids is a classic as well.
Summer is nearing, and if you’re in the market for a new show-stopping wide brim hat we want to let you know what to look for this season. Coolibar trend seeker and buyer Amy Jo Henriksen has spent several months looking for hats that not only look great, but provide sun protection to keep your skin looking flawless!
Amy Jo, where do you look when deciding what hats to buy for upcoming seasons?
We review the current trend forecast for colors and shapes and travel to trade shows to see what is new and exciting for the coming year. We also watch what is out in the current market by spending time at other retailers.
What do you see being trendy this summer in hats?
We are seeing animal print accents. Wide brims continue to be popular and a nautical feeling has come to the foreground in color blocking and stripes.
Do you think we’ll see a lot bigger brims out this summer?
I believe there will be a great mix of brim sizes this summer. For those who want great sun protective coverage the wide brim hat is the best accessory in the market. For those who are active the 3”+ brim width allow for more function and versatility.
What would you recommend wearing to a summer wedding?
Our Chlorine Resistant Bucket Hat is a customer favorite. It’s easy to pack, easy to adjust and you can wear it in or out of the water without worrying about it fading or getting crushed. It’s a go to piece that coordinates great with our sun protective swimwear.
What Coolibar hat style are you most excited about?
Our Fedora Sun Hat for ladies is a great style that is on trend but offers a 3” brim which is difficult to find on most Fedora hats in the market today. Traditionally, the fedora has a small brim width which does not offer the optimal sun protection. We are excited to have an updated modern shape which can offer the level of protection our customers expect from Coolibar.
What is your favorite Coolibar hat of all time and why?
I love the Shapeable Travel Sun Hat. It’s constructed of ribbon which allows it to be packed flat or rolled for travel but always returns to its original shape without looking damaged. It’s lightweight and offers great coverage with its 3¾” brim. I think the size and shape look great on everyone and love the wonderful colors its available in.
When recently browsing the web for a new story idea, I came across this site called ModelKarma, a website for aspiring models, pro models and modeling industry professionals started by the famous Thomas Zeumer, supermodel launcher. While clicking through some of their pages that provide advice for models, I was hoping to find plenty about protecting skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. While somewhat disappointed by the small amount of information on this subject, I was relieved to see one post reminding models to protect their assets, meaning their looks or skin from ultraviolet radiation.
I think many of us know that over-exposure to UV rays can lead to skin cancer down the road. However, the cosmetic damage the sun does to skin can also be significant. As you age, your skin will start to show spots and wrinkles even more so if you haven’t been properly protecting yourself from the sun. The writer of the article on ModelKarma dramatizes it even more by saying, “Basically, [the sun] makes you look fried well before your years, thus killing your career before you are done!”
The article goes into detail about protecting yourself from damaging rays by using sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection. It reiterates the Skin Cancer Foundation’s advice on how to properly use sunscreen to get the best result as well. While I agree that sunscreen is essential when choosing sun protection, the article failed to mention sun hats and sun protective clothing. It’s our hope at Coolibar that in the future sun protective clothing and hats will be talked about equal to sunscreen, as they’re an unbeatable match for keeping skin healthy and young looking.
I wish to add the other ways to “protect your assets” to their list, including wearing a hat with a three inch brim or greater that has a tight weave and a high UPF rating. Not only can you find hats that are glamorous in themselves, but they’ll protect your eyes, ears, nose and sometime even neck depending on the brim size. Also, wear sun protective clothing, especially when outdoors for extended periods of time. Remember, most summer clothing allows UV to penetrate right through the garment, so you’ll have to apply sunscreen underneath if you’re not wearing UPF clothing.
All of us at Coolibar are glad to see professionals in the modeling industry discussing the need for sun protection. Every time we see a new Marc Jacobs skin cancer prevention shirt or a fashion editor talking about the pale skin trend, we know we’ll start seeing a shift in the way many of us protect ourselves from the sun.
Economization is the keyword when planning for any vacation. Many of us go through exhausting efforts to spend less, carry less and worry less. Accomplishing these three objectives doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you know the pre-travel task to focus on – your packing list.
New York Style Expert Bridgette Raes agrees that packing less and focusing on bringing versatile items is important. In an interview with She Knows Beauty and Style on packing stylish for an international beach getaway, Raes says, “Remember very little of what you pack should only be worn once. Keep pieces simple so that they have more mix and match ability and don’t forget accessories either. They can easily take a look from day to evening, or change up an outfit when you wear it more than once. Plus they take up very little space.”
With this in mind, our designers at Coolibar devised some simple warm get-away travel solutions that will save you the packing space, checking that extra luggage and of course, keep you covered from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
1. A single Packable Wide Brim Hat is a must whether you’ll be spending time on the beach or sightseeing. Look for a hat that’s crushable, has a high ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), and can be paired with beach, casual and even dress wear. Floppy brim hats tend to be the most versatile.
2. Pack one bottle of broad-spectrum sunscreen to apply to exposed skin, including your face. In order to prevent having to pack multiple bottles for multiple purposes, find a sunscreen such as Cotz that’s oil-free and won’t clog pores so you can wear it on your face as well. Also, make sure the sunscreen you bring is water resistant and blocks both UVB and UVA rays (or contains ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide).
3. UV Swimwear is a necessity in sunny climates. Bring your bikini, but look for a cover-up or a Swim Jacket that can slip right over your suit. Cover-ups also work for bumming around the local town. If you want more leg coverage, pack a pair of Swim Capris to match your cover-up.
4. A packable dress can be accessorized to look different and be worn more than once during your vacation. It should be made of a wrinkle resistant fabric that can easily hang in the bathroom while showering to release the wrinkles. Something like a Shirt Dress will fit right-in at the resort night and day.
5. Both sun protective and chic accessories including a colorful scarf and a variety of jewelry will help you make outfits look a little different each time you wear them. Having a scarf handy is also an easy way to get instant sun protection for your décolletage, which is often neglected and vulnerable to sun damage . And don’t forget a good pair of sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.
Take your favorite Coolibar pieces from summer to fall. Scroll through our album of hot looks for fall days that are so fabulous, they’ll blend flawlessly into your wardrobe. You may even see something new in our UPF 50+ line that you’re missing.
Coolibar designers have taken the time to pair customer favorites with hot trends for fall that you likely already have in your closet or jewelry box. Every collage below shows in detail how to create each unique look.
Style Idea 1: Coolibar Shirt Dress – Pair with a trendy fedora style hat, like the Coolibar Fairway Golf Hat. Add color with a multi-toned bracelet and a bright green necklace. Complete this ensemble with a pair of knee-high brown leather boots. Add some fun tights for a breezy fall stroll in the park.
Style Idea 2: Coolibar ZnO Sun Wrap – Layer over a tank, such as the Coolibar Basic Sun Shell, and wrap a belt around the undershirt to really flatter your mid-section. Intensify contrast with turquoise, gold jewelry or metallic sunglasses. Finally, lace-up some ankle wedges for look that commands attention from bystanders.
Style Idea 3: Coolibar ZnO Long Sleeve T-shirt – Add bold prints like a leopard scarf to give black a fierce look. Ruby red accessories and heels give your sharp assembly even more of an edge. At last, tuck your shirt into a skirt that falls just above your knees and sits at the waist, like the Coolibar Wrap Skirt. Just wait for the whistles of admiration to start once you walk out the door.
Style Idea 4: Coolibar Pin Tuck Blouse – Keep it simple and elegant with lustrous accents and pearls. Add even more shape to the waistline with a metallic skinny belt. Slip on your favorite pair of skinny pants, preferably a neutral tone; and to top it off, opt for a brimming hat, such as the Coolibar Montauk Sun Hat. Now you’re ready to hit the town in ultra feminine fashion.
Style Idea 5: Coolibar Essential Blouse – Light lilac and pink tops really shine when up against charcoal and grey compliments, such as grey business slacks. Take a piece of silver jewelry you’ve had put away forever and make it like new again while adding more polish to your look. This outfit is perfect for the office, but please feel free to take it out to lunch with a floppy hat, for instance, the Coolibar Packable Wide Brim Hat.
We’re extremely excited to have Alicia Pizzo Eakright join Coolibar’s merchandising team. Alicia will be taking on the role of Design Director for women’s and children’s clothing. The blog team decided to get to know Alicia a little better and see what we can expect for next season’s Coolibar designs.
What inspired you to get into clothing/fashion design?
I grew up sewing and designing clothes with my mom, it just seemed like a natural career move.
What helped prepare you for working in this industry?
Starting out as an assistant 8 years ago and learning from the ground up…lots of experience!
Where do you get your design inspiration?
I get a lot of inspiration from traveling, people watching and doing trend research online.
What are you most excited about now that you’ve started working at Coolibar?
I am excited to get to know everyone here-it is really fun to work at a small company again. As for the product, I am looking forward to introducing many exciting new styles to the line-up for women’s and kids.
What trends do you see being big for 2012?
For women’s-I think we will see another wave of American inspired sportswear with classic themes (like nautical styling). For kids, bright bold graphics will be everywhere!
What are your hobbies outside of the office?
Hanging out with my dogs (Beagle and Steve), playing with my new baby (Bee), making jewelry, yoga, going to comedy shows (my husband is an actor at the Brave New Workshop http://bravenewworkshop.com/) concerts, dinner with friends, reading, travel…
What’s your favorite Coolibar product and why?
I am still getting to know all of the Coolibar product, but so far my favorite product is anything in the ZnO fabric, it is AMAZING!
We look forward to seeing Alicia’s new apparel designs this upcoming season!
You’ve heard about the dangers of tanning, and worry about UV rays causing skin cancer and wrinkles. You want to protect yourself, but you don’t want to look like a beekeeper at the beach. Sound familiar?
We at Coolibar have a few simple tips on incorporating sun protection into your beach wardrobe. It’s easy and you get to keep your bikini! By adding key beach accessories to your broad-spectrum sunscreen and sunglasses you’ll be ready for a worry-free day at the beach.
Add a Wide Brimmed Hat
Big hats are hot this season! Not only do they look good, they provide excellent sun protection. Wide brim hats, with 3” brims or greater shade your face, ears and neck and the enormous 8” brim beach hats even protect your chest and shoulders. Not to mention they keep you cooler since you’re not exposed to as much direct sunlight.
Add a UPF50+ Cover-Up
Sun protective cover-ups, tunics and sarongs are essential sun protection accessories and can block up to 98% UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. In fact, CNN reported that sun-blocking styles are A Healthy New Fashion Trend. The beauty of the cover up is its versatility. Cover-ups offer shoulder, chest, back and arm UV protection depending on the design. You can wear it or take it off according to the amount of sun you’re exposed to.
You’ll only need to apply and re-apply sunscreen to the exposed areas of your skin.
These tools are your best defense against sun’s rays. So, grab your hat, sun tunic, broad-spectrum sunscreen and sunglasses for your next beach adventure.
You’ll look great and your skin will thank you for it!
Before Jennifer’s recent trip to Hawaii, she packed her sun hats, sun protective clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses in order to avoid bringing back a flamboyant red tone as a souvenir. So, did her pre-planning help her avoid a painful situation?
For the first time in my life I returned from a sunny vacation without a single sunburn! The idea that this fair skinned, red haired woman can spend a week in sunny Hawaii and not get burned is a new concept for me. I’ve spent countless hours in the sun with my darker complected friends only to contend with the pain of sunburn in the places I missed with sunscreen or in some instances a full out sunburn from not re-applying sunscreen at all (having too much fun to stop and re-apply) . Terms like lobster and tomato have been used to describe my skin’s reddish hue after a day on the beach…and I felt like a fool when I changed for dinner and my cute new sundress was overshadowed by my flaming skin!
I’m a proud 5 year Coolibar employee. When I was interviewing with the company, I remember thinking, “I don’t get it, isn’t all clothing sun protective?” I’ve since learned that not all clothing is equal in its ability to protect from the sun, plus it doesn’t matter if you’re not willing to wear it. So now, thanks to Coolibar, I’ve got my arsenal of UPF 50+ hats, swimwear, clothing, sunglasses, and dermatologist recommended sunscreen. I can spend endless hours in the sun, feeling glamorous, in my Coolibar stuff and I don’t have to worry about sunburn, skin cancer or wrinkles. I say, bring on the sun, I’m ready for it! I heart my Coolibar!