How do I become a fashion stylist?
This is one of my most frequently asked questions that I've gotten since I first started blogging and today I decided to give you guys my honest and truthful answer. I hope this helps!
1. You need to have an eye for style.
Do you love fashion and style? Do you have a passion for styling and putting things together? Have people often complimented you on the way you dress or how well you co-ordinate things and "make them work"? A talented stylist has great taste because it's something that comes naturally to her/him. If this sounds like you, then you would probably make a great stylist!
2. Do you need to go to college to be a fashion stylist?
In my opinion, you don't. I went to fashion school just to have a qualification under my belt. However, I feel that great style isn't something that can really be taught...you can teach someone how to dress but you can't teach them good taste, they either have it or they don't. Having said that, if you want to get a degree/diploma/any qualification at all in fashion that's your own personal choice and I don't think it's a bad idea at all! What I'm saying is a fashion degree will not necessarily qualify you as a great stylist.
3. Get an internship.
This is probably the best advice I can give you. It's hard but it pays off because you get an amazing experience, make lots of contacts and you may possibly get the opportunity to network with people from a big deal fashion house/magazine! Like with anything, use your contacts. Use who you know to get to where you want to be...I got my internship through knowing someone who worked at Ralph Lauren but I still had to pester them and hound them with emails for 6 months before I got the job. Check out fashion houses, photo studios, magazines...anything you think would be relevant. And aim high because you never know what might happen!
4. Be prepared to work for free!
Fashion styling is not easy because you need to LOVE it to keep going. Before you have a great portfolio put together, no-one will even speak to you. You need EXPERIENCE! (This is why an internship is important.) You could be the best fashion stylist in the world but if you don't have a portfolio, it doesn't matter because you can't prove it! So when you're in college, or starting out look EVERYWHERE for work. Photography studios, colleges, local magazines...try window dressing, showroom dressing and merchandising too because they're all related to styling! The important thing is that you get lots of work. And when you're doing all this, don't forget to network! Impress people with your talents, your personality, your drive and ambition...they will remember you and possibly help you out in the future.
5. Don't get discouraged.
Even if it means you need to get a part-time job (which could also be fashion related!) to keep on doing what you love, just stick with it and your hard work will pay off. If you have a talent for styling it should be put out there for the world to see and it will! Just remember to have something else to fall back on because this will make things easier for you.
So here are some shots from my own portfolio for you to enjoy!
Choking Music Video, Cork Ireland. This is where I met my fiancé! I styled the band, the actors and and the extras for the video. This was my first ever styling job!
The Style Diet photoshoot in Cork, Ireland. This was before I went to the UK to study fashion, for my college portfolio. I picked 5 models who were all different body shapes and styled them according to their colouring and body type. I called it The Style Diet...
When I was in London, my blog and YouTube channel was just getting popular and I was asked by TK Maxx to model and style a look to promote their dress fest. This was my first ever paid styling job!! I got a £200 gift card for TK Maxx...not bad, huh? View the video here.
One of my more recent shoots I did for the Sunday World Magazine. I styled four looks for a jet-setting model, based around the same basics which could all fit into a tiny suitcase! This was a fun challenge and I got to model them myself which was also pretty cool. View the video of the shoot here.
My main work has been personal styling and image consultancy however I'm not permitted to post pictures of individual clients. A lot of people have asked me "have you ever styled a celebrity, big or small?" and my answer to that is no, at least I don't think so! Although I did once style a pretty successful musician (a girl) once but I'm not naming names!
Let me know if this post helps you and if you have anymore questions! And if fashion styling is something you want to get into, I wish you all the best and lots of luck!