My first approach with personal styling happened watching Rachel Zoe styling celebs for the Oscars on E! TV. Then, I decided to rip up my Master’s degree in economics and decided I had to become a stylist in order to write some good advice on my yet-to-be-created website. 2 years ahead, and …here we are!
Here’s how to become a stylist.
The first thing you need to know is that you don’t actually need any formal qualifications to become a stylist.
However, the industry has grown so competitive over the last ten years that it can be hard to get noticed, without accreditation from a recognized academy. The good news is that, with help from the right provider, you can complete an approved course and get your certificate within days.
Keep reading to find out what it takes to be a stylist and why this career is a dream for many aspiring fashion fans.
Before you find out how to become a stylist, decide on WHAT kind of stylist you will be!
There are many different kinds of professional stylist, so you should think carefully about your ideal working environment. The most recognizable role is that of the personal stylist.
As a personal stylist you’ll mostly get hired, on a private basis, to provide fashion, makeup, and hair advice to a particular client. In some cases, it will be a long term job. In other cases you’ll get to work as a stylist for the clients of high-end brands and department stores.
Editorial stylists perform a similar role, but they specialise in creating photo shoots.They select the outfits and get the models ready for the photographer.
Then, there are wardrobe stylists who are involved in artistic projects, like finding the perfect costumes on film sets, tv shows and things like these. It is more about getting the look for the character right than it is dressing people in fancy clothes.
Finally, commercial stylists work with businesses on advertising campaigns.
What will be your responsibilities as a stylist?
Every stylist is different, so no two roles are the same. Nevertheless, some skills are common to most positions. You must be willing to learn about different types of dress, specifically in terms of their impact on body shape. It is how stylists help clients to pick clothes which flatter their shape. The majority of clients are female, so it is imperative that they feel able to trust their expert.
If you are in charge of the styling for a photo shoot, the expectation is that you will manage the whole package. It is a very exciting and rewarding career choice, but it also involves a great deal of hard work. There could be late night shoots, tight deadlines, and demanding models… ever heard about the crazy requests on Naomi?
How to become a stylist: making the right decision
Before you enroll in a course to become a certified stylist, think about whether you have the right personal skills for this industry. Social butterflies tend to thrive, because the job requires constant communication with models, photographers, vendors, and suppliers. You have to be confident and have a relaxed manner, which puts clients at ease.
The need to make direct assessments about body shape, which means that tactful, warm people are ideal. On top of all this, you have to take great pride in your appearance. Stylists are impeccably dressed and always well groomed. They have a passion for fashion, so they always know about emerging trends and make it their duty to be a trailblazer.
Ready to find a job?
Do you feel becoming a stylist could really be what you’re looking for? Then the time may have come to take things further!
As mentioned, you do not have to be formally accredited to work in the industry, but it is hard to compete without a practical qualification. Many courses are available as intensive learning experiences, meaning you can complete them in less than a week (sometimes in days..!). The result is an officially recognized skill set, which can get you a job in many different companies.
Cover photo via @styledbykasey, all the pictures via Instagram