Personal stylists don’t need a lot of supplies or gear to do our job well (a huge plus when you’re trying to run your business on a budget). But, there are a few key items that make working with clients during a closet edit or an in-home styling session a little easier for you and a little nicer for your client.
Collapsible Garment Rack
Seeing everything in your client’s wardrobe can be tricky when it’s tucked inside their closet which is why a portable garment rack can really save the day during a closet edit (or a styling session). But, finding a garment rack that’s portable, light and sturdy is difficult so we’re big fans of the Fol-D-Rack. It’s can hold up to 150 lbs, is easy to open and close, and it only weighs 13 lbs. For $79 it’s totally worth the investment.
If you’re looking for some affordable hangers to bring along, these plastic combo hangers are a great deal for a box of 100.
Having a hand steamer with you during a styling session isn’t a necessity but it’s a nice touch when you’re putting together outfits and notice a garment that’s a mess of wrinkles. Not only do wrinkled items look bad in a look book, it’s one more thing for your client to remember to take care of. Several of our stylists use the Pure Enrichment PureSteam Fabric Steamer and love it. It heats up in under two minutes, has an eight-foot power cord and only weighs 1.2 lbs so it won’t weigh you down. Plus, you’re clients will really appreciate the thoughtful gesture.
Fabric Laundry Bags
We’re big proponents of stylists making their clients lives a little easier and donating their unwanted clothes after a closet edit. You can use a trash bag but it’s a lot more profession to opt for reusable fabric laundry bags instead. Plus, treating your client's old treasures with a little respect shows your client respect as well. H&M home carries large, durable options in five neutral colors. They also carry some great laundry bags with lettering if that’s more your style.
Tag For Tailoring Notes
After a closet edit (or a styling session) your client will likely be left with a pile of clothes that need to go to the tailor. The only problem is that by the time they get around to it, it’s possible they’ll forget exactly what they need the tailor to do to each garment. To help your clients remember what to tell their tailor to do, we love including our tailoring notes on a simple craft tag with a ribbon and safety pinning it to the label of a garment.
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