If you’re wondering how to become a stylist, then you’ve come to the right place.
A stylist’s main responsibility is to coordinate outfits in order to make their clients feel great and look even better. Professional stylists often have a wealth of knowledge about dressing for particular body shapes, age-ranges and also know which colours are best suited to different skin tones. A stylist may also work as part of a larger team creating looks for photo shoots or aiding with the visual aspects of a retail environment.
So, if you think you have what it takes to become a stylist, read on. Below are 6 steps to honing your craft.
STEP 1. Gain the correct qualifications
As with any career, it’s vital that you gain some sort of related qualifications before you start your journey to becoming a stylist. There are many courses available online, through schools and universities as well as from certified styling companies. Choose a course that best suits your current lifestyle and that will enable you to earn the skills required for the job at hand.
A good styling related course should teach you what it’s like to work within the industry, the history of the fashion industry, how to identify/forecast fashion trends and the importance of colour.
STEP 2. Research and educate yourself
It’s important that you do rely on your training alone to teach you everything you need to know to make it as a professional stylist. You will need to dedicate a large majority of your spare time to research. Educate yourself on what’s currently fashionable, what the major brands and designers are offering, what is influencing the fashion trends and anything else you deem important. This knowledge can be taken from a wealth of difference sources and is invaluable and will be key to being able to help your clients.
STEP 3. Get hands-on experience
Everyone needs to start somewhere.
Gaining hands-on experience within the industry will benefit you greatly when it comes to going it alone or applying for jobs. One of the best ways to gain experience is to find an internship with a company you like. Most internships are unpaid, but the experience will allow you to get a real feel for what it’s like to work in this competitive industry.
STEP 4. Work on your interpersonal skills
Stylists have to work with a variety of different people, brands, companies and designers so it’s essential that you have fantastic interpersonal skills. You’ll need to be understanding of your client’s needs, be able to communicate your vision and ideas to people clearly and remain professional at all times.
STEP 5. Create a portfolio of your work
After you have gained the correct qualifications and experience you’ll be almost ready to start applying for your dream job. The next step is to create a styling portfolio that showcases your work. There are many websites that can be used to create online portfolios. These websites are also a great place to find inspiration on how you would like to showcase your work as well as allowing others to see your previous work.
STEP 6. Network
Networking is so important in the world of fashion and styling so it’s important that you regularly attend industry events and get your name out there. Speaking with designers, photographers, makeup artists, models and other stylists is a great way of finding out how to find work and gain valuable feedback about your previous work.
The lifestyle of a professional fashion stylist can often be very fast-paced and demanding. Each day will present different briefs and client demands and you may also be required to travel for work opportunities. Being a stylist also requires many hours of research, you’ll be expected to know the ins and outs of fashion as well as keep up to date with fashion trends. Hopefully, the above steps will make your journey to becoming a successful stylist clearer.