How Do My Personal Styling Services Differ?
And when I say ‘personal stylist’, I’m probably the opposite of what you expect most personal styling services to be about.
And here’s why..
I’m A Fashion Expert
Firstly, I’ve worked as a global Fashion Designer for 15 years so I understand garments INTIMATELY! This means I can provide you with all the information you need about fabric, fit, construction, design details etc. because I’ve been dressing people in clothes all my career. I give major insight in to the industry and impart fashion advice that will last a lifetime.
—— MARKET RESEARCH ——
I conducted some interesting market research when I asked people struggling with their wardrobes and appearance why they wouldn’t book a session with a Sydney image consultant, to find out what their barriers were.
They fed back 4 main points which are all really valid and are ironically, completely the opposite to how I operate my styling service!!
“I think a personal stylist would throw out my wardrobe and make me buy lots of new designer clothes”
False. I pride myself on offering creative personal styling services with a resourceful, sustainable approach, focusing on optimizing what you currently own before buying anything further. This is why my PERSONAL ANALYSIS & WARDROBE MAKEOVER SERVICE (session 1) is the main service I promote.
Don’t buy more! Let’s shop in your own wardrobe first to see what we can re-work
I love that light bulb moment when a client realizes that almost everything he/she needs to look and feel great is already inside their closet, it just needs a professional to breath new life into it, read more about it on my PERSONAL STYLIST SYDNEY page
” I was nervous about Kim seeing my clothes as I didn’t feel I had many, but she showed me how to work with what I had, and to put them together in different ways! Certainly one of the best gifts I’ve got myself 🙂 Thanks Kim!! ” – Naomi Taylor
” Kim is awesome! Reconditioning my wardrobe and coming up with ‘looks’ I didn’t even realise I had in there! ” – Kerri Dougan
I’m actually against mindless consumerism therefore I coach my clients to think more carefully about every single item they put in their wardrobe from now on, even if it only costs $20! Read about my sustainable approach here. To quote Vivienne Westwood ;
BUY LESS, CHOOSE WELL
My Independent Personal Shopper Approach
Generally we focus on the middle market although I take certain clients to a wide variety of brands, from Kmart to Zimmerman – and often within the same shopping session! Unlike personal shoppers who work for a specific store, I don’t have to make sales so there’s never that uncomfortable silence! I encourage your feedback about the outfits we’ve tried on that’s all part of the process of getting to understand YOU and finding your fashion style.
” Kim is able to inject a breath of fresh air to your appearance, I felt more confident in my new outfits and the good news is that it doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy lots of new things (unless you want to!) ” – Jo Nichol
“I feel like the personal styling process would cost me a fortune”
False. I can completely change the way you think about your clothes for $170 in my EXPRESS MAKEOVER
For those on a budget, this is a cracker of a service, even if I do say so myself!
With the Express Makeover there’s no PERSONAL SHOPPER so you don’t need to feel pressure to spend any additional money, but you can book in if, and when, it’s right for you.
Otherwise, if you book a different makeover service, we can cap our time and focus on the main area you’re struggling with, no problem. My image consultant services are designed to SAVE YOU MONEY and work with what you have, not cost you a small fortune.
Let’s Do The Math
I often generate around 70 brand new outfits during a WARDROBE MAKEOVER session, if you wear these 5 times, that’s almost 1 years worth of new outfits WITHOUT SPENDING A PENNY MORE ON CLOTHES – all for the cost of a few hours with me (or the equivalent of a new frock for some clients)
70 BRAND NEW OUTFITS, WORN X 5 TIMES = 350 BRAND NEW OUTFITS.. FROM WHAT YOU ALREADY OWN!!
Then, when we start outfitting those expensive purchases you hardly wear or those pieces still with their price tag on (pretty much all my clients have at least one) you really understand the added value you gain from money you’ve already spent! (and isn’t it reassuring to see your ‘big ticket’ purchase become more versatile?)
It’s almost like you can’t afford NOT to see me 😉
” After seeing Kim I have used LESS money buying clothes as I only buy what I really need or what really suits me. It’s simple now! ” – Outi Mustonen
I’m a Personal-Stylist-Problem-Solver
Throughout my career I have learnt to find creative solutions to problems and that’s all fashion is – problem solving, “what do I need to wear for my tasks today?” . Therefore I suggest resourceful ways to save you time and money such as:
- Un-clip and remove the strap on your day bag to transform in to a clutch bag for an event. Easy!
- Make alterations to pieces that don’t flatter your body shape or lifestyle so you actually wear them
- Hire an event outfit rather than purchasing which saves money AND is a more sustainable approach to fashion
Here’s a couple of other HANDBAG STYLE HACKS to help make your money go further
” I was actually a bit concerned when my wife said she had booked a session with a personal stylist as I thought it would bankrupt me, so I was amazed when the credit card bills have been coming in LOWER! Not what I expected “ – Paul Browning
“I’m concerned a personal stylist would put me in uncomfortable outfits”
False. I pride myself on being able to pair style WITH comfort and strongly believe you don’t have to choose one over the other. I’m a busy working parent like so many others, which means I generally have to be practical in the way I dress – but that doesn’t mean boring or ‘mumsy’. During my 18 years in the fashion industry, I have designed thousands of items that have clever little details added to ensure all day comfort as my aim was to drive sales and entice customers back to purchase again.
‘Clothing comfort’ can be broken down in to 2 areas:
1. Practical Comfort:
My understanding of fabrics and garment construction are key to creating a comfortable outfit for your body shape, the position of a dart for example can makes all the difference, so once you understand these fashion tips shopping becomes more rewarding. Some clients can’t wear heels so I introduce them to fantastic flat shoes, other clients want their jackets to feel like stretchy cardigans. I work within your parameters to deliver practical yet stylish choices.
2. Personal Style:
Finding YOUR fashion style is the other important factor to feeling comfortable with the image you share with the world – your PERSONAL BRANDING. I’ve dressed 2 very similar looking clients in identical outfits, but the way they ‘wore’ them was very different and that’s down to their personal style and individual aesthetic attitude.
I IDENTIFY, EMBRACE & ENHANCE your clothes style as it becomes very obvious when a person has been over-styled or dressed in something that’s just not ‘them’.
You should wear your clothes, your clothes should not wear you.
It’s amazing how when we wear an outfit that feels WRONG we think about it all day, but when we wear an outfit that feels RIGHT we don’t think about it at all – which allows us to have head space for other, more important things!
Ready to start your style journey? Then contact me to book in
” Getting Kim’s help was the BEST investment I’ve made for/in myself, no exaggeration ” – Karlien Voges
Here’s 2 videos to help make your skirts more comfortable:
“I don’t really do “fashion”
We all take part in ‘fashion’ whether we like it or not as we have to dress ourselves every day and what we wear speaks volumes about who we are.
However, ‘fashion’ is often perceived as high-fashion catwalk shows which can be a little odd as their main aim is to shock to gain media coverage, or edgy fashionista style which let’s face it can be downright ugly! For women I call the latter ‘the man repeller effect’, that outfit that’s trendy but your partner just doesn’t ‘get it’!
The fashion I promote is neither of those (unless you want my help in these areas!). This is an inspiration board showing how to look ‘contemporary’ rather than ‘fashion forward’ HOW TO LOOK CONTEMPORARY IN AW18
All of my clients are unique but one thing I have learnt that no matter what their age or sex, every single person wants to look and feel:
And that’s the fashion style I deliver and everybody has their own version of what that looks like, and feels like, for them.
I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE ABILITY TO LOOK GREAT ALL THE TIME & ELEVATE YOUR EVERYDAY
” I now feel very EMPOWERED & MOTIVATED to improve my style and wardrobe ” – Petria Jukes
I care about my clients and love helping them. The reason my clients keep coming back is because I make a difference to their lives, saving them time & money whilst elevating their personal style.
I can show you how easy it can be to transform your self image to give you head space to think about more important things in your life.
Positive self image = positive living.
Contact me and lets elevate your image today!
“ It was AMAZING. I wish I had done it sooner “ – Zeena Skelly