Can you remember when only the wealthy or famous had personal trainers to guide them through their exercise routine, while the rest of us fumbled our way through those scary machines in the gym or tried to keep up with the leotard clad aerobics instructor? Now, most people I know have used a personal trainer to help them achieve a fitness goal, either on a long turn basis, or just for a few weeks. I was one of the first qualified female Personal Trainers in Tasmania in the 90’s, which involved a lot of study, practice and cost, but there were others with no formal training, insurance or study working as PT’s too. Most people these days have the sense to check before hiring a trainer.
Using a personal stylist is becoming much more common these days, whether for a special occasion or for your everyday wardrobe.
Here is a list of things you NEED to check, before choosing which stylist to use, as there is a lot more to good styling than being able to put a nice outfit together.
Training – Ask where the stylist trained and whether it was an online course, or hands-on training. It takes a lot of practice with different body shapes to get it right.
Experience – Ask how long the stylist has been working as a stylist for. Although I believe retail fashion experience is essential to being a good stylist, specific stylist training is also needed.
Diversity in clients – Is the stylist used to working with all different shapes, sizes and ages?
Insurance – A reputable stylist will have public liability insurance.
Can they stick to your budget? – This is important. If you have a limit on your budget but the stylist can’t or won’t work to that, you need to find someone else.
Commissions – It’s important that your Stylist is completely focused on what’s best for you. A Stylist who is receiving commissions from stores or is a direct seller of clothing, lingerie or make-up may not be completely unbiased in his/her advice to you.
Testimonials – A good stylist will have a bank of testimonials from previous clients. Also ask whether the stylist has many ‘repeat’ clients. A client is coming back to the stylist is a very good recommendation.
Are you comfortable with the Stylist? – Are they friendly, down to earth, approachable? You need to feel totally at ease with your stylist – e.g. a middle-aged, overweight, recently divorced woman may not feel comfortable with a young, very glamorous, fashion model type stylist.
Costs – A trained, experienced Personal Stylist will charge upwards of $80 per hour for one-on-one sessions. If you are offered services at less than that, ask about all of the above. You may be a guinea pig.
Police Clearance – if you are inviting a stylist into your home for a wardrobe audit make sure you ask to see their police clearance certificate.