This month is a big one for us here at The Paid Stylist. We’re celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Sort, Shop and Style styling process.
At the heart of the Sort, Shop and Style is a commitment to making each client experience memorable by providing styling services that are efficient, compassionate and effective.
To celebrate, we’re sharing our best tips to help you become more efficient during your styling sessions. We see established stylists struggling most with managing their time during consultations so this week we’re sharing some tips for cutting down your styling session time and maximizing the number of outfit options you can create for a client during a session.
Master Your Set Up
Staring into your client’s closet trying to decide where to begin making outfits can be a bit daunting. Taking a little bit of time to set up at the beginning of your session will help you be more efficient. Start by organizing clothes outside of the closet so you can see everything you have to work with. A portable garment rack can help you stay organized or you can create piles sorted by garment type (tops, bottoms, layers, dresses, etc). Line up shoes and accessories so you have everything on hand you’ll need. Before you start, ask your client if there are any specific pieces they are having a hard time incorporating into their outfit repertoire so you can be sure you make outfits with those items.
Last, bring along a plain white sheet to you styling sessions in case your client does have neutral background that will help outfit details pop in photos.
Use Bottoms As Your Outfit Guide
Most clients have more tops than bottoms so when you’re trying to figure out where to start creating outfits, begin with bottoms. Adding different top and layer combinations is an easy way to maximize the number of outfits you can create in a short amount of time.
Add Shoes + Accessories Later
If your aim is to get the most amount of looks during a styling session, photographing accessories and shoes separately will save time. After you create and photograph outfits you can add in shoes and jewelry using a photo collage or look book app. This will cut down the time you take looking through all of your options and making sure each shoe or necklace looks good in the photo. These items are often hard to see in a pictures and getting multiple options in one photo can look messy. Adding these details in after will help keep your lookbook shots clear and uncluttered.
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