New Year, New You : 3 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Stylist

Hi everyone, I’m Allison, and I am one of Melissa’s styling assistants! I am looking forward to writing posts and sharing my fashion tips with you! 

From the time I can remember, whenever I would tell someone that one day I hoped to become a stylist I would get two questions: One, “Oh, do you mean a hair stylist?” and two, “Why would someone need a stylist?” To me, that last one didn’t even seem like it could be a question. I would think to myself, “What do you mean why would someone need a stylist?!?” Hiring a stylist may seem like something only celebrities do, but it is something that even the most fashion savvy girl can benefit from. In fact, Business of Fashion declared personal stylists as one of the top 6 fashion jobs of the future!

If you are reading this, you probably already know that your personal style is important. Not only are the clothes you wear the first impression that you give someone, but rocking an outfit can make you feel good and is a huge confidence booster! Here are a 3 reasons why hiring a stylist is something to consider, and how you benefit your life when you do. 

  1. Stylists Give You A Fresh Perspective

There are a million reasons why hiring a stylist is the right move, but I will try and keep this short and sweet (you will see I can digress)! Did you set a new year’s resolution to try and open up to new trends? Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who was able to get off that unwanted holiday weight (you go girl!) and you’re in need of new clothes. Do you hate shopping? When you get dressed in the morning, how often do you stare at your racks of clothes and think - ‘I have nothing to wear!’ Or, perhaps you are just tired of the clothes you have in your closet and you want a little revamp to define your style! Does any of this sound like you? A stylist can help you open your eyes to see what you already have, and how you could incorporate new and fabulous pieces that push you out of your comfort zone. A common misconception that people often have is that they cannot hire a stylist because she will throw out all their old clothes, and it will be expensive to buy all new. It always excites me to say that’s far from the truth! Working with the clothes you already have and showing you a new and different way to pair them is all a part of the process. When you are done you will be amazed at how many different ways you can wear the same skirt you have had for years, and how it looks completely different. 

 
I think being fashionable is when a woman takes ownership of herself - whoever she is.
— Melissa de Leon
 

2. Stylists Narrow Your Scope

Another reason hiring a stylist is something to consider is dressing for your body type. We have all been there, desperately trying to make the latest trend work, but it doesn’t exactly look the same as it did on the size 0 model walking the runway. Let’s not even get into the fact that not all trends are practical for us working women to wear into the office. Let your stylist adapt the trend for you so that you’re not missing out and can make the style work for your body and everyday life. A personal stylist will customize fashion knowledge and help curate a wardrobe that is unique to you. 

 
Don’t be in to trends. Don’t let fashion own you, but decide who you are and what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.
— Gianni Versace
Trendy is the last stage before tacky.
— Karl Lagerfeld
 

3. Stylists are Problem Solvers… but We Also Have a Heart

Lastly, and most importantly, when you hire a stylist you are getting someone who genuinely cares about you and how you feel. Think of your stylist as a fashion therapist. Someone who is there to listen, and in the end help you get back to your most confident self. Yes, finding that perfect new dress is so fun, but more than that, it’s seeing that look in your eyes and knowing how good you feel about yourself while wearing it. Helping all people feel beautiful and confident is why we do what we do. 

 
A good personal stylist [has] good emotional intelligence and a motivation to help people, rather than wanting to make it ‘big’ in the business.
— Shaunie Brett