This week we’re thrilled to introduce you to Committed Program Alumni Kristen Cass.
Kristen runs her personal styling business, KC Styling, from Wichita, Kansas. Today she shares why she decided to take the Committed Program after launching her personal styling business, how the program gave her the confidence to say “yes!” to some big styling opportunities, and her best styling tricks and tips.
What led you to The Paid Stylist? When did you finish The Paid Stylist program?
I completed The Paid Stylist Committed program in November 2016. I came across The Paid Stylist programs in 2014 when I had the idea to pursue personal styling but had no idea where to start. I ended up starting my business on my own and regularly checked The Paid Stylist blog for tips. A year later, I was getting overwhelmed with the back-end of my business and recognized I needed professional help if I was going to move forward. Joining the Committed program was the best decision I've made for my business! Michelle and her team were beyond helpful and encouraging, and still are today. Because of their training and encouragement, I’ve had the confidence to say YES to every opportunity that has come my way, including a recent local news style appearance and styling a magazine shoot. I’d enroll in the program again in a heartbeat.
What did you do before you became a personal stylist?
Before I started my styling business, I worked for several years at a trendy mall store, a few local boutiques including a bridal boutique, and organized closets for friends. Each retail position taught me about different aspects of style and dressing women. Before I discovered personal styling as a career, I moved into administration and corporate event planning, which I still do today. I also volunteered for a youth program for eleven years to fulfill my passion for serving others, and that paired with a passion for styling and growing women’s confidence was the perfect combination in becoming a personal stylist.
Where in your city is your favorite place to shop with clients? Any hidden gems you'd like to share?
Each client has her own personal style and wardrobe needs, so I’ll pre-shop three to four stores near Towne East and Bradley Fair that fit her style. For wardrobe staples (quality + classic), I love Banana Republic, Backroom at The Limited, Loft, J.Crew Mercantile, and Talbot's. I work with all ranges of budgets, so we'll mix it up with budget stores like TJ Maxx as well as high-end boutiques. Many stores I work with offer special promos and discounts to my clients. My favorite store is currently Versona, full of trendy pieces that won't break the bank, and I can't resist a stop into The LBD, etc for special pieces. I'm personally super thrifty, so another place I often shop for myself is Name Brand Clothing - I love the hunt and my heart sings when I find an Anthropologie dress for $13!
What are your favorite styling tips and/ or tricks?
I believe looking great is really simple once you understand the basics of how to dress the lines of your body. Every body is different and unique, you just have to find a few silhouettes that you look and feel great in, then switch up the colors, patterns, and textures.
I also don't believe you have to be creative in order to make an interesting outfit. There is so much inspiration online - I search Pinterest all the time for outfit ideas. Get specific- search "olive pant outfit" or "red blouse outfit" and look at all the color combinations and details of what they have in their outfits, and try to recreate the look from items already in your closet.
Follow Kristen as she grows her personal styling business on Instagram @kc_styling.
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