The Pros and Cons of being a Fashion Stylist

I have been doing a lot of research on what it takes to become a fashion stylist. I recently came across an article about being a personal stylist and personal shopper on Seventeen magazine’s website. The name of the article was “dream jobs: be a personal stylist” written by Katie Law. http://www.seventeen.com/college/advice/personal-stylist-vanessa-valiente The article included an interview with current celebrity stylist Vanessa Valiente, which provided a better insight as to what it takes to be a fashion stylist. Some of the topics discussed in this article were: pros, cons, what will you do, how to get started, and the average salary.

Some of the key learnings from this article were: what it takes to become a fashion stylist, what the job entails, and the expected salary. I learned that in order to be a fashion stylist you have to be very knowledgeable about fashion and what garments look best on each client. It would be beneficial to possess a degree in fashion design, marketing, merchandising or costume design. Having some background information about fashion will make it a lot easier to understand different body types and styles. Another thing that I learned from this article is that being a fashion stylist isn’t just glitz and glamour, it takes a lot of hard work to become an established stylist. You definitely have to be a people person, because 99% of the job consists of working with clients. You must be able to tailor to their needs and wants in this profession. Another requirement is the ability to access clothing from different retailers. So it is important to know how to build relationships with retailers and designers.

Lastly, the expected salary of a fashion stylist varies from person to person. As a freelance fashion stylist you will set your own desired pay. The salary can range anywhere from $20/hr-$2,000/hr or $2,400/Yr-$300,000/Yr depending on your strength, skills, number of clients, and marketing techniques. So the possibilities here are endless. It’s all up to you and what you bring to the table. Reading this article left me very optimistic about career as a stylist. I’ve always wanted to own my own business, so being a freelance fashion stylist is right up my alley. I love working with people and developing the best look for each and every client. I currently possess skills in fashion styling thanks to my internship at a boutique over the summer. I plan to perfect my craft everyday by continuing to do research and earn my Bachelors degree in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising in May 2013.

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