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What Type of Stylist are You?

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

Breaking into the styling industry can be a little overwhelming when you aren't sure what type of stylist you want to be. And if you're anything like me, you probably didn't even realize there was even more than one type of stylist that existed.

Well, my transitional journey from Editorial Stylist to Personal Stylist inspired me to break down some of the most common types of stylists and what they do. Continue reading to learn about 7 different types of stylists.

1. Personal Stylist

This type of stylist consults with individuals on fashion trends, clothing styles, colors and/or body shapes. They typically provide on going services that help their clients combat with their everyday wardrobe challenges.

Like: @LaurenMessiah

2. Editorial Stylist

This type of stylist is responsible for sourcing garments and accessories, and putting together outfits for a photo shoot in a way that captures a vision and is on brand for the designer or publication commissioning the photo shoot.

Like: @Danasia_sutton

3. Wardrobe Stylist

This type of stylist works on television shows like sitcoms, talk shows, the news, ect.

Like: @Shionat

4. Celebrity Stylist

This type of stylist works closely with celebrities and their teams to find flattering looks and styles to help their clients look fashionable and set new trends. They also are consulted when a celebrity is choosing an outfit for a media event, such as a fashion show, photo shoot, movie premiere or press interview.

Like: @Adesamuel @Zerinaakers @Kollincarter @Jasonrembert

5. Fashion Stylist

This type of stylists primarily styles for fashion houses and clothing brands. Their work is also seen on runways during events like New York Fashion Week.

6. Commercial Stylist

This type of stylist works on print/TV ads. Most of the commercials and advertisements you see on a daily basis are styled by commercial stylists who work on set with a team to provide clothing options for the actors/actresses/models.

7. E-Commerce Stylist

This type of stylist works on set styling clothing, shoes and accessories for online fashion brands and stores.

These are just a few of the many type of stylists that exist. As many of the stylists listed fall into quite a few of these buckets; you can too. But how do you determine which one is the best type(s) for you?

Well, when I started my styling career, I wasn't really sure which direction I wanted to go into. I just started styling photo shoots. Ironically, some of my friends were creatives, so I collaborated with them to build up my portfolio. As my portfolio began to grow, I started to grow as well. I began to realize what I enjoyed doing the most and what I least enjoyed doing as an Editorial stylist. Long story short, I got tired of styling models, I got tired of working long hours on set and I got tired of not making any money.

Now, I don't want you to think that all Editorial Stylists struggle because they don't. But my experiences made me realize that Editorial Styling wasn't really for me after all. It took me some time to realize what it was that I enjoyed the most after I actually took a step forward.

Want to work with me one-on-one? Click here to apply to work with me. Once you apply, and your application is accepted, we'll schedule your private consultation where we'll talk through your business and the next best steps.

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