Before you get angry, it’s not because you have bad taste.
1. Saving Time and Money
- You are looking for something in particular and you are ready to go on your shopping tour asking in each store to each sales assistant where you can find it. This is going to take from 2 to 4 hours and most of the time you come back home without having found it.
- You are looking for new inspiration because you are bored to wear the same old 4 pieces but when you get into the stores you end up buying things that look exactly like your old 4 pieces because trying new things is terrifying, make you feel ridiculous, out of your comfort zone and looking like somebody that is trying to hard.
You came back home and you either wasted time and money.
A personal stylist knows exactly where to find that particular thing you are looking for, without having to browse around the city for hours, and she is going to give you at least 5 different variants for that thing you are looking for.
And overall, she knows where to bring you and what to pick to help you to jump out from the quicksand of your "same 4 pieces" so if you spend money in new clothing, you make sure that those clothing are actually new, not a new version of the old ones.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Confidence Building A personal stylist will help you put your best foot forward. Sure, clothes are important, but a good stylist won't 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.
The clothes we wear tell the world who we are at first glance, and when something's off in our closets, our whole personality takes a hit.