Why You Need a Personal Stylist

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Before you get angry, it’s not because you have bad taste. Everyone could use a stylist, and below are the reasons why; you’ll find that none of them have to do with having bad style.

Time
A majority of my clients (about 90%) are working men and women. About 70% of those working men and women are also parents. Now, I don’t know about you, but I see what it’s like for parents, and working parents, and I really don’t know how they do it. Just trying to get away for an hour or two in an attempt to find an outfit, or a piece (much less an entire wardrobe) is nearly impossible. Just this weekend I had a friend who needed to find a top, and her biggest struggle was finding the opportunity to break away from work and the kids to even shop. As a stylist, this is what I do for you!

An Honest Pair of Eyes
It’s hard to shop alone. If you don’t know what you’re looking for or what suits you, it can be an overwhelming task (to say the least). Now, before you say it, I’m going to tell you – I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to hear about your “Free” Nordstrom stylist, or your “Free” Bloomingdales stylist. I know you THINK they’re free, but they’re not. First of all, these stylists are employees of the shop that you’re in, so right off the bat, they have a vested interest on selling you what’s in that particular store. Beyond that, these employees are commissioned! So not only do they have a vested interest in selling you pieces in their particular store, they also have an interest in finding you the most pieces at the highest prices in order to make their commission. That’s not at all to say that every commission based stylist is a money-hungry liar, but it is to say that you looking your best and feeling your best may or may not be their #1 priority. When working with an actual personal stylist, you are paying for expertise, time, and experience. At the end of the day, I could charge a ton for my time, but if I’m not good at what I do, and my client’s aren’t satisfied, my clients will not return, and I’ll never have new ones. I have a vested interest in YOU. I don’t have loyalties to shops, brands, or price points – you are my main concern. Commissioned employees, however, always have an influx of new clients walking into their shops daily. If they have a client that is dissatisfied, they won’t have to worry about finding another.

Understanding You
You’d be surprised (or maybe you wouldn’t) about how many of my clients tell me: “I have no idea how to shop, what looks good on me, or what I need”. That is one of the top complaints from my clients. A personal stylist’s job isn’t to make you into someone new, it’s to draw out who you really are. As a personal stylist, I’m not looking to change you, or make you into something you aren’t, I’m looking to understand you, your preferences, your lifestyle, and build you a wardrobe that accommodates your life. Beyond that, a stylist can give you guidance on your body type, ideal silhouettes, colors, patterns, etc. There is a lot more to flattering clothing than the size, and a personal stylist will help you understand all of it.

Confidence Building
A personal stylist will help you put your best foot forward. Sure, clothes are important, but a good stylist wont’ just be about the clothes. They’ll understand you, and what makes you feel your best so that you can be your best. They’ll talk you through pieces, looks, and why they’re important. A good stylist knows that it isn’t just about trends, but about a client’s needs, whatever they may be. A good stylist will build a wardrobe for you that will not need their constant guidance, they’ll give you the tools you need to be able to wake up every morning, and dress with confidence knowing that you look great. A good stylist will teach you how to be self-sufficient, while still giving you the guidance you need from time to time.

Saving Money
I know you may think hiring a personal stylist is for the elite, or not affordable, but that’s really not the case. If you consider how much time, and money you spend shopping for yourself (especially if you don’t like or know how to shop). Consider how much money you spend on pieces you don’t like, that you never return, likely because you can’t find the time. Or how about items that you over-paid for because you were in a time crunch. And think about how much time you spend buying and then returning (assuming you do return items). Not to mention a closet full of pieces that you could do without simply because you’re buying to fill a closet that you feel has nothing for you. Beyond that, a personal stylist will be able to make use of pieces you already have. A good stylist won’t let you “throw it all out and start over”. A good stylist can make things work. If you really do the math on it, I think you’ll find that investing in a personal stylist will actually save you money in the long run.

These are just the top 5 reasons my clients willingly hire me, but there are plenty more. I have a variety of styling packages, and am happy to build packages for client’s specific needs.

 


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Candace Hanna