A lot of people have anxiety about the idea of hiring a personal stylist. There is a really common misconception that personal stylists are only for celebrities; that’s really not true at all. Sure, it’s becoming a lot more common now, but every day women have been hiring personal stylists (also commonly referred to as image consultants) for years.
So, what’s the problem? Well I’m going to walk you through the misconceptions and explain the truth of the matter, and hopefully you’ll leave with a better understanding of it all.
I Can’t Afford A Personal Stylist
Ok, this could very well be true -but there’s also a really solid chance it isn’t. The misconception here is that style is only for the elite, and for those who can afford it because stylists are outrageously priced and only put you in designer clothes, and that’s just not true. The fact is, there are many personal stylists out there all with varying rates and services. I think the idea of the service being so personalized scares people into thinking you’ll be spending $10,000 for an hour of someone’s time; and while that may be a few stylists out there, that certainly isn’t all of us (or even the majority of us). You just have to do your research.
I Don’t Want To Look Like The Person I Hire
I hear you, but a good stylist has no interest in making you look like them. I certainly have no interest in making my clients look like me (see what I did there? Because I’m a good stylist…see what I did?). A good personal stylist knows that style is PERSONAL and all about you. It’s not about the stylist and what they want to make you look like. A good stylist (this is where your research comes in) takes the time to listen, and ask the right questions. They take the time to understand you, and to help you develop your style (if that’s where you need assistance). Sure, every stylist is going to push you just a bit (as they should) but a good personal stylist is going to help you bring everything that’s inside of you, outward. That’s all. They’re not there to change you or make you into some prototype. They/we are there to enhance you, not change you.
I Don’t Want To Have To Call A Stylist Every Time I Get Dressed
Neither do I! A big part of hiring a personal stylist is the learning. Listen, I’ve often been told that I’m teaching myself right out of a job because I teach my clients everything they need to know. All the wisdom I have, I impart on my clients. The fact is, it’s really important for my clients to understand how and what I do. My goal isn’t to have my clients dependent on me for all things style. I want them to learn, and have that type of freedom so that if and when they want to style themselves, they can! My clients come back to me over and over again because they know I know what I’m doing, and they often just don’t have the time or energy to put themselves together. A personal stylist is there to help you and teach you, so that you can fly on your own one-day little dove…if that’s what you want to do.
I Can’t Afford Designer Clothes
Neither can I! I’ve been doing this a long time, and I have yet to put any of my clients in designer clothes. I’m not sure where this misconception came from…probably from confusing personal stylists with celebrity stylists. A good stylist is not only cognizant of your budget, but will make it work! Not only do I take client budgets seriously, it’s always my personal mission to come in under budget. Style is not about spending a ton of money, and a good stylist knows that. I can’t tell you how many of my clients are blown away by the fact that I take their budgets seriously and by the deals I’m able to score. My integrity is a real thing, and I’m not about to let you throw away money you don’t need to. Your deal is my deal, that’s important to me and should be to any personal stylist. Beyond that, I don’t ever make suggestions on what a budget SHOULD be. Only you know what you can afford to spend on a wardrobe, it’s my job to make it work!
What other misconceptions about hiring a personal stylist do you have? I’d love to hear them so I can help clarify.