In a recent post I let you guys know that I was up for a wee promotion at work! Well what I can tell you is that the job would be a Personal Shopper/ Stylist. I know, its pretty fantastic. It’s a really exciting opportunity. Part of the presentation that I need to put together is a blog post about personal styling. Here it is! I’ve just written about what I think being a stylist is all about and then a little about my personal style! Feel free to add anything via comments, or any advice if you’re a stylist yourself or if you’ve went to a personal shopper. It’s all a very new experience for me and I want to take it in and learn as much as I can.
Being stylish is all about being comfortable in what you are wearing. You have to experiment and try lots of different things, maybe a few fashion miss haps, but that is how you learn what doesn’t work and you can focus on what does. Being stylish isn’t about the clothes you buy its about how you wear them, and how much confidence what you wear gives you.
I’ve said it loads of times on the blog, I don’t really I have any particular style. I just get up and whatever mood I’m in that day I will just wear whatever reflects that mood. I’ve always been interested in clothes since I was a kid and always knew that fashion was my “thing”. I’ve collected clothes all my life and I’ve always been a lot braver with what I wear than most other people, which hasn’t always been a good thing. I still experiment with clothes and new styles now, and I don’t think I will ever develop any one particular style.
I take inspiration from lots of things, movies and costumes, past trends, loads of fashion blogs, magazines and people on the street. I’m always asking people where they got things – I love when people ask me that, its such a boost! – I tend to just throw things together just to see what goes, some things are just accidents that end up working.
I love anything that’s a bit tacky and out there and I will buy anything that’s a bit out of the ordinary. I love clothes that have a story behind them. I mainly shop on the high street as its much easier as I like to try things on, but I do look on EBay a lot. I love vintage stuff and will troll through tons to find something special, that’s why vintage is so wonderful, the stuff is unique and has a story behind it, plus you’re not going to see anyone walking down the street in your dress. I also do weekly trips around the charity shops and loads of my favourite pieces have come from charity shops.
(Like this Guns N Roses tshirt!)
I think this love of clothes and fashion and the wide variety of things I take inspiration from, makes me a good candidate to be able to advise people, who maybe need a little help with fashion. I love clothes and creating looks and if you help someone feel better about them then that makes the job even more rewarding.
That’s what makes a good job, loving what you do makes you better at doing it.
What makes a good stylist?
Styling is all about making the customer feel good. A good stylist will listen to the client and what they want, they will advise the client on what styles and colours will suit them best. They will show the client how to wear the clothes in ways that is best for their body shape. They will also advise on how to accessorise outfits and help customers to find their personal style. The most important goal of being a stylist is to make the customer feel comfortable. If a customer comes in and leaves looking good they will feel even better and will be more likely to return. Stylists will need to be friendly and open towards customers; they must treat each client differently and approach each of their needs differently. Stylists should be patient too as it may be difficult at times, but being patient and staying calm in these situations will give clients more confidence in you.
Building relationships with customers: What I would do.
Building relationships with customers is the most important aspect of personal styling and shopping. Listening to what the customer wants is important thing in order to give them exactly what they are looking for. However building a more personal rapport with the customer ensures you become a better stylist, as you will get to know the customers on a more personal level. Knowing the customers on a more personal level means you have more variety in the things you cans style them in. It will enable you to be able to and become more confident in recommending things that they perhaps normally wouldn’t choose, but will like, in turn they will become more comfortable and more trusting in you and the things you are recommending to them.
Selling to customers: Making selling easy.
Selling to customers is easy if you listen carefully to what the customer wants. Each customer will have completely different needs and expectations’, so being able to listen closely is crucial. Customers who come to stylists/personal shoppers tend to know that they are looking for something but are unsure of specifics. Customers know they need an outfit for an event/occasion but what they need is advice and guidance on what will be suitable and look good for whatever they need it for. If you can identify the customers’ needs and wants quickly then it will make selling products much easier.
Wish me luck guys!
Paula .. x