Wardrobe fashion stylists are responsible for dressing clients in stylish clothing that fits appropriately and is tailored to the particular occasion or event. They locate and match clothing, shoes and accessories to create outfits that satisfy clients. Wardrobe fashion stylists may work for a company such as a clothing store, clothing brand or consulting agency; they may also work on a freelance basis (either per job or as a personal stylist) and work at events such as fashion photo shoots and fashion shows. Depending on their employer, these stylists may earn commission based on the clothing sold and/or have sales goals that need to be met.
Wardrobe fashion stylists must have extensive knowledge of current fashion trends and brand names, as well as an in-depth understanding of the history of fashion. Knowledge of body styles and anatomy and a high degree of creativity are also important to design flattering ensembles and create styles which will catch others' attention. Communication skills are beneficial for working with models, make-up artists and clients.
A college degree is typically not required for this position, and prior experience is highly beneficial; many wardrobe fashion stylists have worked in other fashion-related positions before becoming professional stylists. Some employers offer paid and unpaid internships to learn the business of fashion design, and postsecondary degrees are also available in fashion.
Wardrobe Fashion Stylist Tasks
Build and strengthen store culture and visibility, including for visual displays.
Represent the organization's brand.
Work with clients to identify appropriate wardrobe choices for a variety of situations.