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.”
Listen to Bridgette Raes on her radio talk show “Where Are You Going In That?” as she talks about Melanoma Month, the Melanoma Research Foundation and Coolibar.
Sun exposure is a primary cause of skin cancer, but it’s not the only cause. My alert dermatologist questioned a dark spot on the back of my arm, where the sun don’t shine. “Oh, that? That’s a freckle!”, I chirped. Nonetheless, she insisted on a biopsy. Guess what? It wasn’t a freckle! And we caught it before it turned truly cancerous. More biopsies=fewer autopsies.
Get checked early, often and EVERYWHERE!
For those of you who live in New York… my dermatologist is Dr. Debra Jaliman, 931 Fifth Avenue NYC, 212 517-8855. Cannot recommend her highly enough!