7 Things to Know About Working with a Personal Stylist

Dener Personal Stylist FAQ's

Dana Lynch, Personal Stylist

A lot of web sites have a page for “FAQ’s.” I don’t…no particular reason. Or perhaps I prefer to  answer questions individually. Nevertheless, for today’s blog post,  I’m answering the questions and comments I get the most. These are definitely things to consider when you’re considering hiring a personal stylist or image consultant.

And if that’s not on your “to do list” we’ll just get to know each other better!

Q: Where do you shop for your clients?

A: Where I shop for you is usually dictated by your personal style and budget. I shop at a variety of department stores, specialty stores and boutiques. In terms of areas, I find Cherry Creek and Park Meadows to have the best selections, while outlying malls typically have smaller inventories of both size and styles.

Now that I also work with clients in Northern Colorado, I’ve been branching out to some other stores in the area and having incredible success.

Just the other day, I shopped with a client who works mainly from home in Loveland…but wants to feel cute and professional. We completely refreshed her casual day wardrobe at Old Navy! They carry a style called the Pixie Pant that’s great for her and other gals with slim hips…great style, even better value!

Lastly on this…it’s been happening slowly over the past few years, but brick and mortar stores, are carrying less and less merchandise, making on line shopping a necessity if you want a good variety. I guide my clients to the very best choices and help determine fit and flattery when the clothes/shoes arrive.

Q: How do you choose the clothes for your clients to try on? Isn’t it hard not to pick things out that are your personal style?

A: Before I step foot into a store to begin personal shopping, we’ve discussed your personal style at length,  and I have your style recipe. I’ll also have your shopping list. We may be starting completely from scratch or filling in with pieces to make your wardrobe work harder for you. No matter what you need, I’m searching for clothes to match your personal style; fit your lifestyle; and budget and flatter your body type.

Quite honestly, I’d be really bored at this point if I were imposing my style on you! I totally celebrate each client’s unique taste and style.

Q: Are you used to working with petite or plus sized women?

Absolutely! Because petites often have a hard time finding clothing or aren’t sure how to alter their clothes, a large percentage of my clients are under 5’4”.  Some women can only wear petites and others wear petites on just the bottom or top.

I also have some fantastic places to shop for my plus sized clients. And sizes beyond the standard size 14 are becoming much more available in the stores. It’s exciting!

Q: Do you have to see the clothes in my closet before you shop for me?

A: Even if you absolutely abhor what’s in your closet right now and are ready to set fire to it, it’s helpful for me to see you in a few pieces.

Sure there are questions you can answer that give clues to your body type, but seeing you in various garments lets me to determine not only your figure type but areas where you’re struggling with fit. We all have a few variations to our main body shapes.

And let’s face it; trying on your clothes is more comfortable for us both than having me stare at you in your underwear.

If it isn’t convenient for me to see your closet, we can definitely make other arrangements to see your clothes.

Q: Your web site says you specialize in professional dress.  Can you help me with casual clothes?

Again, absolutely! Because our professions take up a majority of our waking hours, many women devote most of their clothing budget to work clothes. The fact of the matter is all of my clients have complete lives. I love helping my clients look and feel great whether it’s for dating, the kids’ soccer field or travel.

On the flip side of casual, I also love helping my clients with their attire for weddings or black tie events.

And comments  I hear frequently…

Your clients must be rich!

As an image consultant and stylist, I work with a variety of clients, and I’ve never asked to see anyone’s bank statement, so it’s hard for me to comment on their wealth status. What my clients do have in common is that they’re all busy and they want to look and feel beautiful and confident and be able to get dressed with ease!

You’d laugh if you saw my closet!

Everyone is different. Some closets are uber neat, others are disasters. (My own closet lies a bit to the left of uber-neat, lol!)

Some closets have beautiful clothes, (sometimes begging to be worn.) Others are minimal. While I think I have a great sense of humor, I have done  hundreds of closet edits, and I can honestly say I’ve never laughed at a closet.

My only concern is helping you organize in a way that works for you, and helping you curate a wardrobe that makes your heart sing!

There you have it! I certainly get other questions, but these are ones I get quite a bit. If you’re curious whether my services are right for you, please feel free to contact me or schedule a free 60 minute consultation. And as always I welcome questions and comments on this blog post. I’d love to hear from you!

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