It’s easy to think that having a personal stylist in Los Angeles is only for A-Listers. But trust me. You don’t need a red carpet premiere or a blue check by your Instagram handle to get expert advice.
I believe everyone (celebrity or not) deserves to love their clothing and feel amazing while getting dressed every morning. On top of that, the right wardrobe can boost your image along with your confidence.
For any professional in LA, a personal stylist is key. If you’ve never worked with a fashion consultant before, think of it as an investment in your career. Like networking or finding a mentor to show you the ropes.
Interested to learn more? Keep scrolling for my top six reasons to hire a Los Angeles personal stylist.
1. You need help deciphering the LA workwear rules
Are you new in town?
When transitioning your wardrobe from the east coast to the west coast you’ll notice a huge difference in style. Honestly, transitioning your wardrobe from anywhere else in the country to the west coast is a major change.
I recently made the move to LA from NYC. I found it essential to switch up what I considered workwear. What flies in NYC doesn’t always make the cut in LA and vice versa.
It’s no secret that LA style is decidedly casual. The city is synonymous with a laid back attitude, which can make it hard to decipher what to wear and when. Where is the line of too casual for the office versus just casual enough?
A personal stylist has all the answers. They can help you pick key casual pieces that achieve that relaxed Angelino vibe without looking sloppy.
Another bonus of having a wardrobe consultant? They’ll not only decode the west coast dress code, they’ll also know local brands to add to your closet.
As a personal stylist in LA myself, I always suggest my clients dig into the city’s rich denim industry. Mother is a great LA brand for women with a wide range of super-soft jeans.
For men, I suggest Paige. It’s the perfect local label for wearable, well-fitting denim that can go from the office to a rooftop bar.
2. You need to dress for a new role and aren’t sure where to start
A client Before and After. This client’s goal was to upgrade her wardrobe for her new role at a big law firm.
When you’re leading a team, it’s important to make the right first impression. Studies show that the first few seconds you spend with others leaves a lasting impact on how they perceive you.
And that’s before you even open your mouth.
Your wardrobe is a major part of this. Think of the phrase, “dress for the job you want.” If you have a professional, put-together outfit, you seem more trustworthy and capable.
Clients often come to me when they’re starting a new position or anticipating a promotion. They need help dressing the part.
I can help them find clothing that matches the message they want to convey and fits their personal brand.
Next Level Wardrobe client getting pinned by a skilled tailor to get his perfect fit.
Fit is also a huge part of this. If you’re wearing ill-fitting clothes, you’re less likely to seem on top of things. Most people need alterations in at least three major areas: length of pants, sleeves, and body fit.
Stylists are fit experts. They can guide you to clothes that compliment your features and connect you with tailors to alter your clothes.
3. You don’t have time to shop
When it takes an hour to get from one side of town to the other, who has time to shop?
Just because LA has a chill reputation doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Amazing food, bustling nightlife, booming industries, entertainment galore—you name it, Los Angeles has it.
So, it makes sense that residents are famously short on time and famously stuck in traffic.
As a successful professional, you don’t have time to spare. My clients don’t want to spend their rare free time wandering around a mall or scrolling through online stores. Especially when they could use that time with their loved ones or doing what they actually love.
That’s where my LA personal styling team at Next Level Wardrobe comes in.
We handle everything from curating their closet, to picking out outfits, to handling shipping and returns for my clients.
A stylist gives career-minded people an efficient approach to fashion.
4. You’re not sure how to adjust your wardrobe for LA weather
If you’re new to Los Angeles, adjusting your closet to fit LA’s weather patterns is a top priority.
Since LA doesn’t have traditional seasons like other parts of the country, your current wardrobe may feel unbalanced. Heavy coats and winter items are out of place, and you may lack sophisticated warm-weather options.
There’s also color to think about. Cities like NYC lean into dark, moody color palettes. LA sunshine calls for lighter tones.
By hiring a personal stylist in Los Angeles, you’ll have the help you need adjusting to the weather. These experts can pare down your closet and identify gaps in your wardrobe.
For example, an essential for LA-based workers is a lightweight sweater for layering during cool, desert mornings and nights. Local brand Naked cashmere offers timeless options like this mock-neck above.
5. You’ve got a closet full of clothes you never wear
A client’s closet. It was full of clothing she never wore.
We’re all guilty of having bought something we thought we were going to love and then never wearing it again.
In fact, an international 2018 study showed people don’t wear at least 50% of their wardrobes. Within that study, the US had the second highest percentage of unworn clothes at 82%.
So how does this happen?
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Most people often shop without a clear purpose. They go in looking for one thing and end up buying five other items. This is especially common during sales when it’s “too good of a deal” to pass up.
Another justification for bad shopping habits is buying something “just in case” a situation to wear it comes up. If you don’t have an event on the calendar, don’t shop for it.
Even on shopping trips when people can’t find items to love, they still want to buy something. By not leaving the store empty-handed, they avoid feeling like they’ve wasted time.
Before you know it you’ve filled your closet with shopping mistakes. What’s worse is you don’t want to get rid of those clothes out of guilt.
There’s no sense in having a closet that doesn’t bring you joy or worse, makes you feel bad!
With a personal stylist in LA, you’ll have an expert who can help you take control of your closet again. They act as an impartial third party who can be ruthless with your wardrobe so you can cut the fluff.
Then, they put together a concise shopping plan and hand pick clothes they know you’ll use and love.
6. You want to build a long-lasting wardrobe without looking like an LA influencer
LA is the land of these internet tastemakers. From an innocent trip to the grocery store to a Runyon Canyon hike, you can’t get away from them.
In such a buzzy city, it’s tempting to fall into the trap of buying whatever’s trending on your Instagram feed.
If I only leave you with one thing it’s that a flavor of the month isn’t the same as true style.
A personal stylist from Los Angeles will help you strike the balance between practical, sophisticated staples and trend-aware touches. They can discern what innovations in fashion are here to stay, and which don’t deserve a second glance.
Ready to update your La La Land life and style?
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Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals.
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