Choosing a stylist is a very personal experience that can often be intimidating and confusing. But if you are considering changing your style or updating your wardrobe, hiring a personal stylist is a great option for you.
However, before even thinking about the things to consider when hiring a stylist, you must be wondering who a personal stylist is and what they do. In this blog post, we will give you information on what a stylist does and the 8 things you could do to find a good stylist for your consultation.
Who Is a Stylist And What Do They Do?
A stylist is a consultant who helps you select clothing for events, public appearances or editorial features. They are also known as personal stylists, wardrobe stylists or fashion stylists. They are often hired by celebrities or A-listers.
Nowadays, a new branch of personal styling has emerged. Here the stylists help improve the wardrobes of female executives and CEOs or just about anyone who requires their assistance. This democratized way of styling ensures that everyone has access to a team of stylists who have worked in luxury fashion, with celebrities and A-listers.
Now that you know who stylists are and what they do, let us tell you some of the things we recommend you should consider when trying to find a good stylist. These are the best 8 things you could do to find a good stylist.
The Best Things You Could Do To Find a Good Stylist
- Decide What You Want
The first step in finding a stylist is to figure out what you need their services for. When you have a clear goal in mind about your expectations from a consultation, it is easier to find an image consultant for those specific needs.
Even after you find a stylist, to make the best out of the situation, you need to communicate to them exactly what you want. The more they know about your preferences, likes and dislikes, the more they can work to find things that suit you. This is essential in creating a professional relationship where everyone benefits.
This is an extremely important aspect when selecting a stylist. Anyone who has a good personal style is not qualified enough to be a professional stylist. An image consultant goes through rigorous training and has extensive knowledge of fashion. They have the know-how to advise you on how your body shape, face shape, colouring and lifestyle should be complimented by your clothes. Not only do they already have deep information about personal style but they continue to grow their knowledge as they get experience with different clients. The conclusion? You get a stylist who not only knows what they are talking about but also has enough client experience to help you get what you are looking for.
- Past Work
You need to assess the past work of a stylist to see how they have worked with clients whose style is similar to yours. Not only this, having a look at a stylist’s portfolio will give you an idea of how they work with clients whose style is completely different from theirs. Dive in deep and don’t be afraid to ask questions about their work.
- Reviews and Testimonials
It is not just enough to have a look at a stylist’s portfolio before hiring them. You should also look at the reviews and testimonials of past clients. This will help in understanding a client’s experience with the image consultant and their process. You can also contact the client and get a more personal review of their styling sessions with the personal stylist.
- Social Media and Website
Most stylists have their own websites and social media pages, especially Instagram and Facebook. The stylist’s posts, Instagram stories and their overall online profile is a great way to get to know them a little. Through their socials, you can get to see their values, their work process and how they approach a client before you book an appointment with them. If a stylist does Q/A’s on their social accounts, you can also ask them a few questions to get an idea of how a consultation might work.
- Their Style
Take a look at the style of a personal stylist. But make sure that you do not disregard them if their style does not match yours. A good stylist not only knows how to dress others but is also a good advertisement of the services offered by them. This is where a stylist’s personal style comes in. They should be “walking the walk” of style as a promotion for their company.
- Range of Services
If you are looking for a stylist for a specific purpose, it might be a good idea to hire one who offers many options. It is likely that after a good experience with that first consultation, you will go back for more problems you need their assistance with. In such a case, it is also important to keep your budget in mind so that you hire someone who can give you the most value for money.
- Talk Before Booking an Appointment
If after covering all the points mentioned above, you still feel unsure about hiring someone, just give the stylist a call or set up a meeting to talk to them before booking an appointment. In this meeting you can clarify any doubts you might have about the process of personal styling, the stylist’s experience, their services, how the process works, etc. Most stylists are more than happy to talk to prospective clients before a booking. This helps both parties build a rapport and understand the expectations before getting to work.
These were just some of the things we at Styl-Inc recommend you could do to find a good stylist. For more information about personal styling, contact us at Styl-Inc and our team of expert stylists will get in touch with you.
About The Author:
Shravani Priya, a grad from Pearl Academy is now a stylist at Styl Inc. Working in the fashion industry for the past two years in assorted domains, she has gained extensive knowledge about authentic style, seen through her written word, editorial and commercial work. Shravani is pragmatic and acclimates to her role as a content writer, content creator and personal stylist. She enjoys writing as well as imparting her expertise through all mediums of communication.