Personal Styling Explained
Hello, to introduce myself as Lisa a personal stylist and fashion designer based in London - I also work in the surrounding counties. I have been working in the fashion industry as both a fashion designer for brands and a stylist for the past 2 decades.
Whilst the term fashion designer is fairly self-explanatory, personal stylist seems to invoke more of a need for an explanation. Indeed when scrolling through the search terms on my website: www.alwaysstylish.co.uk every so often the phrase ‘What is a Personal Stylist?’ or ‘Who uses a Personal Stylist?’ would appear. Which led me to write this blog post explaining more about the role of a personal stylist, who uses them, the benefits of using one and how you should go about choosing a stylist.
What is a Personal Stylist?
Fashion Stylists work with models, wardrobe stylists more commonly work in tv or theatre. Personal stylists work with individuals helping their clients put together outfits and make fashion choices. Personal stylists are also known as image consultants, personal shoppers, style consultants, fashion advisors, with all titles essentially performing the role of a stylist for individuals.
Ideally personal styling starts with the stylist going through the client’s wardrobe ascertaining what they have, what fits, what can be given away and what needs to be bought to create a fully functioning wardrobe. From then its onto personal shopping to buy everything that’s needed to complete the wardrobe. With most clients seeing me another couple of times the year for either tops ups or if they have a special event to go to.
The main part of my job is to listen and understand a client’s requirement and to ensure I deliver a premium service with a style that works for that individual. We are all unique and our style need to represent that. The aim is for the client to come away with their confidence boosted, looking great and feeling good about themselves
Who uses a personal Stylist?
The main common assumption is that women from their 40’s upwards, make up the majority of my clientele. When in actual fact the reality could not be further from this. My clients on the whole are 50 % women and 50% men, of all ages and budgets.
In fact, there are many types of people who require and benefit from using the services of a stylist and personal shopper. Here are just a few reasons:
Guests attending weddings or red-carpet events
Interns or graduates starting their first jobs
Guys needing a bespoke suit, but having no idea where to start
Bridal Styling & Custom-Made dresses
People buying gift vouchers for partners/sons/daughters
Women on maternity leave returning to work
If you’re stuck in a style rut
If you want to expand your style to stand out from the crowd
Clients with time constraints
A life changing experience
Companies updating their image
What are the benefits of using a Personal Stylist?
A stylist can save you time and money. How many times do you buy something on impulse, in a hurry and probably in the wrong size? I will focus on buying the right pieces for you and style you in items which will integrate seamlessly into your existing wardrobe.
Show you how to outfit build, complete with accessories
Advise you on where to spend and where to save money.
Show you which trends work for you and how to wear them.
Help you develop a clear idea of what styles and labels suit you best
As an experienced designer I navigate the world of bespoke clothing for you
How to do I choose a Personal Stylist?
The personal styling industry is largely unregulated and anybody can set themselves up as a stylist. When booking a specialist such as a plumber, heating engineer or doctor you would expect them to have the relevant qualifications and experience. That is exactly what you should look for in a stylist.
Do they have a fashion related degree – I have a Ba (Hons) Fashion Design – a diploma from a reputable institute such as the London College Of Fashion, solid retail experience or have worked in the media and with people in the public eye? As well as looking at social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, be sure to check LinkedIn, so you can see evidence of a credible work history.
If you can’t get a feel for the stylist from their website, phone for an informal chat or if possible arrange to meet for a quick 20 minute consultation. This is something I always offer and is greatly appreciated by potential clients. Hiring the right personal stylist is a great investment, that will pay you back time and time again.
All of my services are available either in person or remotely – so wherever you live, we can still work together. Personal shopping takes place in London, the wardrobe edit at your home, is available in London and the surrounding counties. Online styling happens wherever you are.
Thank you for reading!