by Valerie Demetros
Once considered an indulgence of the wealthy, hiring a personal stylist is becoming more commonplace.
The time and money you invest in a personal stylist is an investment in your day-to-day life just like a hairstyle, mani-pedi or personal trainer. Hiring a personal stylist can help you project the image you want or even help find your style.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “You only have one chance to make a first impression.” And unfortunately, people form an opinion based on what you are wearing and how you carry yourself.
In an instant, your image conveys elements of your success, character, personality and style. A personal stylist can help you blend your “inner” image with your “outer” image.
Which leads to the most important part of styling; what to wear.
Just about everyone has stood in front of a closet with absolutely “nothing to wear.” Although most people have plenty of clothes, a huge portion of them are outdated, don’t fit, are the wrong color or size or just don’t go with anything else.
Sound familiar? The first thing a good personal stylist will do is sort and arrange your wardrobe, determine what should be donated or tailored and then create a list to complete your wardrobe. Your stylist should assess your body shape, personal and professional image and lifestyle to build a wardrobe fit for all your needs.
One of the best things about having a stylist is not having to try on several sizes each time you shop. When your stylist helps you build your wardrobe, you will get the right size, the right cuts and right silhouettes each time without the frustration.
Imagine shopping without wasting your time trying on items that don’t fit or regretting those impulse buys (remember that neon tank top?). By not buying what you don’t need or avoiding fashion mistakes, a stylist can save you time and money.
Have you ever wanted a specific piece, like a good pair of black pants or a sweater for an upcoming ski trip? There’s no need to spend the day hitting multiple stores and wasting an afternoon or even spending all day online.
A good personal stylist will have relationships with stores, designers and tailors and will know where to get the best deals, quickly and with less hassle.
And not only will they help you find the perfect black trousers, but you’ll be able to pull many different looks together quickly with your personal lookbook, which is a book of complete outfits styled with existing pieces in your closet and photographed.
It’s a simple tool you can use any time. Going shopping? Check the book for what you need. Pulling together an outfit for a dinner party? Check the book and grab a look you know will turn heads.
You can stay updated on what’s in fashion and new items, thanks to your stylist. It’s time to be the best version of yourself with less stress. Your newfound confidence will be your reward.