The Pro’s and Con’s of being a Personal Stylist

Whoever said this was easy, lied!

Yes, it’s an amazing feeling being your own boss but just like everything else, there are some obstacles that you face. As a personal stylist, I’ve experienced mainly good and sometimes bad situations that unfortunately can’t be avoided. But, it’s great to go through these things because they make you stronger and ready for whatever else comes your way.

Since starting my business in 2013, I’ve grown to have a love/hate relationship with this entrepreneur lifestyle. It can be hard at times but very rewarding and fulfilling which motivates me to keep pushing forward.

This week, I decided to focus on the good and the bad that comes along with being a personal stylist. From the outside looking in, it may seem like all fun and games but in reality, it really takes a lot of work to make others look this good.

I could go on and on but I narrowed it down to a list of 7 pros and cons that I feel like we can all agree on. So, do you want the good or the bad first? Let’s go with the good…

Pros:

Help to build client’s confidence

Being able to help your clients feel good about themselves is a big part of the job. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as spending quality time with them. Getting to know your clients is the key to running your business. It’s imperative to know who your audience is and whose investing in your products and services.

Having a great relationship with your clients will more than likely keep them coming back for more. And I’m sure that’s something we all want, right?

Meet and collaborate with some amazing people in the industry

The fashion industry is full of creative individuals who you can learn a lot from. Having the opportunity to collaborate with photographers, fashion designers and even other stylists is always a great learning experience. You never know what types of tips and tricks you can learn from them that could possibly help to take your business to the next level.

In any industry, it’s all about who you know. You may even end of working with someone who refers you to a life long client.

You get to shop for a living 

Yes, shopping is one of my favorite hobbies and being able to do it for a living is fun!

Sometimes, I shop for clients on my own and other times I’m shopping with clients to assist and educate them on specific styles and brands. I would say that shopping with clients is one of my favorite things to do because I’m learning about the clients style while also building a bond.

You want your client to be comfortable with you and your choices so that when they’re unable to physically be with you, you can shop for them and still pull pieces that you know they’ll love!

Flexible schedule 

As an entrepreneur, you’re your own boss and you’re able to make your own rules. There isn’t anyone around telling you when to clock in and clock out and you aren’t obligated to work the typical 9 to 5 hours everyday.

I love having full control of my schedule. Being able to block out time for shopping sessions, consultations and closet cleanses and being able to monitor how many clients I take in during one week is a great thing. I only allow myself to take on a certain number of projects so that I don’t get overwhelmed and so that my time is equally distributed throughout my day.

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Cons:

Don’t always have full creative control

As an entrepreneur, people specifically reach out to you for your services/products because they enjoy your work and love what you offer. But unfortunately, some people don’t even allow you to do the job they’re paying you to do.

I’m sure I’m not the only one whose dealt with individuals who have hired you to complete a task and they’ve questioned your entire process along the way; adding in their two sense that wasn’t even asked for because they’re afraid your work ethic isn’t living up to their standards. This tends to ruin the overall experience for the client and you as an expert.

Sometimes, you’re able to sense how the experience will go after interacting with the client through a consultation. Some red flags would be:

  • Budget consciousness
  • Overly opinionated/anal
  • Unsurety

These are the types of people you want to stay away from. Not everybody is your client and these traits will help you to determine whether it’s a good idea for you to move forward.

It takes time to build a relationship with your clients

Unless you’re a celebrity stylist whose worked with a ton of different people and who has a well-known reputation, you’re going to have to build your book of clients from the bottom up. Your experience, work ethic and professionalism speaks for itself.

Some clients specifically want to work with people who are older in age and have been working in their field longer than the millennial who only has about 4-5 years of experience. Some clients would rather work with someone who has a degree in the field of work they’re offering. Some clients would even rather work with a male opposed to a female.

They’re so many different traits that people look for in someone whose offering the services or products they want. And unfortunately, you may not be that expert that they’re looking for. In situations like this, you always put your best foot forward and try not to let these types pf individuals bring you down.

The pay isn’t always instant 

As a freelancer, you’re obligated to complete a job at a specific time and on a specific day(s) but sometimes, you may not be compensated until a month or two later. It sucks when you’re a full time entrepreneur and you’re only relying on paid gigs that aren’t always consistent.

But having multiple gigs in one week or even in one day is always a good thing. Sometimes, having a part-time job/s to pick up hours when your business is moving a little slow, comes in handy. Multiple streams of income is definitely the key to success.

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These are just a few pros and cons from my list but tell me if I missed any. I’d love to hear what type of challenges, good and bad that you guys face as entrepreneurs.

Photographer: Crystal Brooks (@crystalaegeanb)


The Look

Mustard wrap top: Tobi

Black, printed mini skirt: Zara (thrifted)

Olive booties: Public Desire

Yellow drop earrings: Walmart

 

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Top 5 Reasons Why you Need a Stylist

If I had a dollar for every person who told me they didn’t have a budget for a stylist, I’d be rich!


As luxurious as it sounds, a personal stylist can be of help to anyone who wants to present their best selves to the word. There are so many men and women out there that are constantly attending events, being interviewed and speaking as panelists’ in front of thousands of people with the same stuffy black suit they wore to the last event. No shade (all shade) but who is going to remember you? It’s okay to ask for help when it comes to your image.

I understand that time is of the essence when it comes to those of you who are constantly on the go from one event to the next. And we’re sure procrastination is at an all time high when finding the perfect look for your next event. So why not hire a professional to do the work for you?

Keep reading for our top 5 reasons why you need to hire a personal stylist!

1. Are you scrambling for an outfit at the last minute?


We all hate that moment when we’re asked to attend an event and have absolutely nothing to wear. And of course waiting until the day of doesn’t help.

With the help of SophisticatedChic Styling, we plan ahead. We make sure that your entire look is complete and that it fits properly. During our closet cleanse or private shopping session, we start from the root of the issue. We figure out the overall problem and come up with a solution. We figure out why you gravitate towards specific colors and styles, what parts of your body you like to conceal and even determine your body type. This is all key information we need to properly shop for you and pick out items that can be worn to on multiple occasions, multiple different ways. That way, you aren’t stressing out at the last minute about what to wear to your next speaking engagement and/or event.

2. Are you wearing the same outfit to every event?


Wearing the same outfit to every event is probably the easiest way to be remembered by your audience but not in a good way. 

No matter what, people are always watching you. 

So we’d suggest finding a signature style. Not sure what yours is? As your stylist, we’ll help you pick something that you feel comfortable in and that’s easy to incorporate in each of your looks.

3. Does your outfit wash you out in photos?


Being able to find the right colors and shades of colors that look best with your complexion can be extremely challenging. Just because you like a color, doesn’t mean it was meant for you to wear it. It all starts with your under tones and deciding what category you fall under (warm, cool or neutral). 

Well, as your stylist, we’ll determine what shades and colors best suit your skin tone and then use your one-of-a-kind color palette to choose the proper pieces of clothing for you.

4. Do you find yourself overspending on last minute outfits?


We know. This happens to the best of us. Why go broke spending money on the same pieces that everyone else is wearing when you can put that money towards a stylist to find you an unique look that’s within your budget?

The mall doesn’t have everything. Sometimes, you’ve got to look elsewhere if you want to stand out. Sometimes, it’s good to have a different perspective on fashion to introduce you to some new things.

Let us do your shopping for you and put you in a look that you’ll love and want to wear more than once.

5. Are you having trouble finding clothes that flatter your figure?


We’re all made up of different shapes and sizes meaning that we all can’t wear the same things. We’ll take your measurements and determine your body type. 

By determining your body type, we’ll be able to educate you on what styles work best for your shape and your lifestyle. This will make your shopping trips less stressful and more fun! 

Have I convinced you into investing in a stylist yet? If so, schedule your FREE 15 minute consultation and let’s chat!


Photographer: (@b_sterling)

Models:

Mykia (@mykiathemodel)

Randi (rastabeauty_)

Kristen (@k.mad)

Moncreal (@cumgivedaddi_sum)

Stylist: SophisticatedChic Styling (@sophisticatedchicbrand)

Designer: Kemi (@bronzedroyalty)

Jewelry: Monique of Sky Mints (@shopskymints)

Creative Director: Kharimah (@blackflorasia)

FAQ’s of a Personal Stylist | SophisticatedChic Brand, LLC. 

As a wardrobe styling service, we get asked so many questions about how everything works. From pricing to style tips, the questions are endless. So, we decided to answer a few of those FAQ’s that have come our way.

What type of services do you offer?

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There are so many types of stylists and services that can be offered through styling. SophisticatedChic specifically offers personal and wardrobe styling services through private shopping sessions, closet cleanses, closet audits, virtual styling, photo shoot styling and video shoot styling.

During our private sessions, we educate you on what silhouettes and colors best fit your body type and skin tone, advise you on fabric types and shop within your budget. This helps you to know exactly what to look for when you decide to shop on your own. We also inform you on how specific items can be worn. We are really big on building a solid wardrobe that includes staple pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways. We then use those pieces to style multiple looks for you.

What are your prices?

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With styling, there isn’t really a set price for each service. Each client we work with is very different and has a variety of needs so, we tailor the price to fit you. We do have average prices for services that are a flat rate while other services are an hourly rate.

If you’re interested in knowing our prices, please send us an email at sophisticatedchicbrand@gmail.com.

How does the process work?

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The process is quite simple. We first schedule a free, 15 minute consultation with you to determine your wardrobe needs and why you need our help. From there, we suggest the best styling service for you with a brief explanation as to why. When you decide to move forward, a confirmation email will be sent with your next steps.

For photo shoots and video shoots, we’ll send you an invoice for 50% of the total cost for confirmation. The due date for the remaining balance will be due on a set date that will be discussed during our call.

For all other styling services, the invoice will be sent upon completion of that service. This allows for any updates to easily be made.

Do you style men?

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Yes, of course! Guys tend to have a lot of trouble with fit and are often stuck with clothes that are either too tight or too short in length. Most of those guys are in between sizes and don’t really know how to handle it. When working with guys, we like to compare and contrast the difference between right and wrong. No, there isn’t necessarily a wrong way in fashion but there is always a better way of how something can be worn.

Being able to show you how one small detail can take your look from one level to the next is very important to us.

Who is your target market?

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Our target market are men and women who are constantly in the lime light and don’t have much time to go shopping and/or having trouble finding the right pieces that fit into their busy lifestyle. Publicists, public speakers, authors, musicians and media correspondents are who are services are geared towards. Do you find yourself impulse buying pieces that you love but don’t really know how to wear them? Or do you have a bunch of clothes and still “don’t have anything to wear”? YOU are our client.

We also target like-minded creatives who are looking to visually enhance their brands through fashion. Those creatives are photographers, models, make-up artists, hair stylists, fashion designers, jewelry designers, boutique owners and bloggers. We work with them to coordinate brand photo shoots, look books, fashion shows and/or events that will use our wardrobe styling expertise to bring their visions to life.

Where are you located? Do you travel?

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We are currently located in our home town, Baltimore, Maryland. And yes, we are always willing to travel to surrounding areas to meet you. If you aren’t located in one of the surrounding areas listed below, we will work with you virtually.

  • Washington, D.C
  • Philidephia
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Atlanta

If you have any questions to ask that we failed to answer, feel free to send us an email. We’ll be happy to help!

Photographers: Eliza Romero (@aestheticdistance)

Model: David Jang (@djang94)

Some clothing: ADayinJune Vintage Boutique (@adayinjune)

3 Fashion Tips for Building a Successful Personal Brand

Your personal brand is a great way to express who you are and what you do without even saying a word. You are the first thing people see when they search your name, so whatever is on the outside has to match what you preach.
In our previous post, “The Power of Personal Branding“, we discussed how to build your personal brand through social media and networking. Now, we’re focusing on the outside and how you can use fashion as a business tool.

1. Know who you are and what you want to represent

What do you want people to think when they look at you? Knowing who you are and what you want to represent is an important part of growing your personal brand. Being true to yourself and understanding what type of influence you want to make on others, will make it easy for you to successfully start and maintain your personal brand.

I’ve always loved fashion so personal styling has organically turned into a career of mine. Therefore, I make sure I always look the part no matter where I go. When it comes to social media, I take full body pictures to draw attention to my entire outfit. Sometimes, I even tag the brands that were featured in each look. This is all a part of my personal brand and show my audience what I am about.

2. Use color to portray your message

After defining your brands purpose, it’s crucial that you pick the right dominant color to represent your brand and appeal to your target audience. This color should appear on all your promotional materials, website and logo. The color you choose should represent your brand in the best way possible.

Color also plays an important part in your overall appearance. How you wear certain colors will attract certain people. Thankfully, the color palette is pretty diverse when it comes to working in fashion.

As a stylist, the colors in my wardrobe are constantly changing. Depending on my mood or where I’m going, I gravitate towards black or brown or red. Some stylist may even stick to one specific color which is great too, but it’s kind of hard to just choose one.

Need help finding YOUR color? Stay tuned for our latest e-Book coming soon.

3. Identify your signature style

We were all taught to never judge a book by its cover but when it comes to your brand, you have no choice.

Now that you know what you want to represent and your dominant color, you can now determine your signature style. The first thing people see when they look at you is your outfit and you should want to make a good first impression. What will people remember about your appearance? A signature look is memorable and can be anything. Here are some examples:

  • A red lip
  • Fun hats
  • Scarves
  • Blue sneakers

These are just a few ideas on how you can stand out from others in your industry. Whatever you choose to be your signature style, wear that style A LOT and others will start to remember. You should want to be remembered for all the right things and nothing less.

Without a strong personal brand, it will be difficult for you to reach your customer base. You should want your potential clients to trust you, come back for more and refer others.

Ask yourself, “does your appearance match what you’re selling”?

The Look 

Camel tie detail blouson sleeve sweatshirt: Missguided (Sold out)

Katie cut out mesh midi skirt in camel: Boohoo (Sold out)

Pink mules: Uptown Cheapskate (Thrifted)

Finding your signature style can be challenging but with a little help from a personal stylist, you can get the job done.

Want to turn heads at your next event or speaking engagement? Want to represent your brand in the best possible way? Email us at sophisticatedchicbrand@gmail.com or schedule your FREE consultation today!

Schedule your consultation 

Photographer: Crystal Brooks (@crystalaegeanb)

How to Clean out your Closet with SophisticatedChic

You ever come back home from a long day of shopping and realize that you don’t have any space in your closet for your new things? Even your dresser drawers are filled to the brim. At this point, you realize a change needs to be made.

And by change I mean giving up some of those pieces that you haven’t worn, let alone, touched in years. Those pieces that are just taking up unnecessary space in your closet that is much needed.

No, closet clean out’s aren’t easy. They can be very overwhelming and time consuming especially when you have a ton of clothes and shoes over flowing your closet space. But it’s definitely possible and can be completed in just 5 simple steps!

Keep reading to learn about our closet clean-out process.

Step 1: grab 3 bins or garbag bags and label them “Keep”, “Give Up” and “Maybe”

Organization is key when it comes to cleaning out your closet! Being able to determine what pieces are going and staying will help you to save lots of time and stress.

Step 2: Start from one side of your closet and gradually move to the other side

Pull out each piece of clothing, try it on and ask yourself, “Will I ever wear this?”. If your answer is no, toss it in the “give up” bin. If you’re answer is yes, place it in the “keep” bin. If you have no idea and want to think on it, drop it in the “maybe” bin. Try not to spend no more than 5 minutes on the decision process of each piece. Depending on the size of your closet and the amount of clothing you own, it will take a few hours to finish.

Step 3: After deciding what you’re going to keep, hang each item back in your closet and organize them by like pieces (ex. shirts with shirts)

At this point, your closet should be empty. If you completed the first 2 steps correctly, then you’ll be able to easily determine what pieces are to be hung back in your closet and organized.

Step 4: Create a shopping list of the items you need in order to fill the gaps in your wardrobe

Now that you know what you’re keeping, you can decide what gaps you need to fill in your wardrobe. Go back to your “Maybe” bin and see if any of those pieces can be paired with anything in your closet. This will make it easier for you to determine what to keep and if it can actually be worn with something you already own. From there, you’ll be able to determine what other pieces are needed to complete your wardrobe and add them to your shopping list.

Step 5: Complete steps 1 through 4 with a professional like SophisticatedChic!

The inability to let go and get rid of things that you don’t necessarily need can be an issue when cleaning out your closet alone. Over the years, you may have grown emotionally attached to your clothes because they bring back so many memories or were given to you by someone special. This makes it that much harder to let it go. But with help from SophisticatedChic, we’ll be able to educate you on what pieces you should and shouldn’t keep based on your needs, body type and everyday lifestyle.

A closet clean out should never be done alone. Contact us to for a FREE 15 minute consultation and schedule your first closet clean out today!

sophisticatedchicbrand@gmail.com

443.204.3949

Styled by: @sophisticatedchicbrand

Photographer: Crystal Brooks @crystalaegeanb

Four Ways are Better than One | How to Stretch your Closet

Versatility is key when it comes to balling on a budget, which is what most of us are doing in our early 20’s. We all want to look like we’ve “got it” when we actually don’t. But who wants to go broke while doing it?

This week we’re discussing how to style one piece of clothing, four different ways. The ultimate way to save money, while still looking very chic. Keep reading for some easy style tips and tricks for styling this mesh 2-piece dress from Baltimore’s very own, Royaltique.

All Black Everything

(This should be easy)

This look will take you from desk to dinner in a flash. Black is the classiest color of them all and is seen in every women’s closet. Grab your favorite pair of black wide leg trousers or cigarette pants and layer this sheer little number right over top. Tuck in the white tee shirt underneath to accentuate your waist and hips.

Metallic Funk

(This isn’t for everybody)

For those of you who have a fun personality and enjoy being the center of attention, show out with this funky look.

Pair the same top with a skirt. Here we styled the the white/lavender sheer top with a metallic, gold skirt for a funky vibe.

School Days

(Easy, breezy, comfortable)

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Fall is coming and the only way to transition into the new season is with transitional peices. Layer a light jacket over top for those chilly days. Or switch out the white layering tee for a simple, long sleeve turtle neck for the ultimate fall look!

Crazy. Sexy. Cool

(Classy not trashy)

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When in doubt, remove the bottoms for the go-to GNO look and the perfect date-night ensemble. This look is super easy and very tasteful. If you don’t want to show a lot of skin, slip on a pair of leggings and some knee high boots.

Investing in transitional pieces like this really helps to build the foundation of your wardrobe. But being able to find clothing that falls into the category of every season can be a tricky task. Not too sure how to go about finding pieces like these? SophisticatedChic can help.

We specialize in one-on-one shopping sessions where we not only shop for you but also educate you on what colors, styles and brands for your body best. Interested? Be sure go leave your information below and we’ll get in touch with you!

All looks styled by: SophisticatedChic

The Best Times to Shop 

Man listen, shopping has always been one of my favorite hobbies! But when the prices aren’t right and the selection isn’t quite there, the experience is just pointless.

If you’re a savvy shopper like me, than you’re always looking for a good deal. Shopping out of season has been known as the secret to success in fashion. Because retail stores are always ahead of the game, you have to stay somewhat behind to get more bang for your buck.

Keep reading for some of the best times to shop for clothes.

End of the Season

We all know they’re four seasons in the year but we really only shop for two. In the world of fashion, we combine spring/summer and fall/winter. I’ve worked in retail for over 4 years and caught on to how everything works.

When a season is ending, say winter, almost everything from puffy coats to gloves go on sale. This is an easy way for the stores to make room for the upcoming spring season and the perfect time to get a deal on a puffy coat.

Back to School

Even if you aren’t a student, it doesn’t hurt to catch those September sales on those last minute summer pieces and a few fall must-haves. Most department stores have “back to school” sales to help prepare students for the school year.

Depending on where you live, the weather can still be very warm during this time. So, I tend to gravitate more towards transitional pieces that can be worn now AND in the fall when the weather breaks.

Day after a Holiday

Great deals are always being promoted leading up to and during a holiday but what about the day after?

Black Friday and December 26th (the day after Christmas) are one of the biggest days of the year to shop retail. Just about everything in the stores is marked down and customers are also returning and exchanging those Christmas gifts they didn’t want.

During this time, most of the department stores and malls are flooded with people, so if you want to avoid the long lines go early! Most people are usually on vacation so they want to sleep in. This is the perfect time to make your move. Try starting your day around 8am to get in and out before the crowd surfaces.

Shopping online is also a great way to avoid dealing with lots of people.

If that wasn’t enough, here are a few of the best months of the year to go shopping for specific items!

The best month to buy a winter coat

  • January

The best month to buy sneakers

  • November and April

The best month to buy a suit

  • January

The best month to buy a swimsuit

  • September

The best month to buy jeans

  • October

Need to go shopping but don’t really know what to look for? SophisticatedChic is doing 3-hour shopping sessions for just $75. Let’s take a trip to the mall and fill the gaps in your wardrobe.

Send us an email for details to sophisticatedchicbrand@gmail.com!