Thanks to technology, there are so many options for those who want to feel amazing in their wardrobe each and every day- hiring a personal stylist NYC isn’t just reserved for celebrities.
Even though hiring a personal stylist is something you can do to help you achieve your goals (and feel more confident), I often hear people downplay the importance of feeling amazing in our clothing because “it shouldn’t matter.”
Think of hiring an NYC personal stylist the same way you’d hire a personal trainer to help you get fit, or a chef to cook you dinner to save you time and eat a delicious meal.
Hiring a personal stylist in New York City is a strategic way to feel more confident in your clothes and improve your professional image.
Most of my clients have never worked with a wardrobe consultant before. But, after we finish working together they are thrilled with the experience.
Here are 8 common reasons my clients have hired a personal stylist:
1. Your body is going through transitions (gaining or losing weight) and you don’t know how to dress for it.
Two images of me- on the left at my leanest, on the right plus 10 pounds.
I’ll be the first to admit- the body that I had at 21 is not the one that I have over 10 years later.
Although I am active, there are times when I feel more bloated, gain weight, or even lose weight. My clients and community have gone through the same thing.
Going through these physical changes can be tricky for how to manage your style.
But you can still dress confidently, no matter where you are on your journey and you deserve to feel incredible EVERY time to get dressed.
An NYC stylist for hire will help you find clothing that work for your current body and any changes you expect to go through.
2. You’re bored with your wardrobe.
A client closet–she wasn’t excited by what she saw.
One of the most common style challenges that I hear from my community is style boredom. Recently, someone shared with me:
“I’m bored, I buy the wrong things and could use some key basics that I can mix and match. I want to look polished and put together.”
And, I get it!
Style boredom happens slowly, over time and then all of a sudden you realize that your wardrobe doesn’t reflect who you are TODAY, you aren’t excited about it and it causes more negative feelings than positive ones.
At Next Level Wardrobe, we use our proprietary Style System to help clients avoid style boredom. We help our clients in New York City build a closet full of well-fitting, high-quality, essentials.
Our system makes it easy for clients to feel excited about their clothes and style.
3. You hate shopping.
A dressing room we prepared for a client. Look how many great pieces (and outfits) he has.
When I worked as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, I remember seeing so many customers come in, look around and have a look of overwhelm.
If I had a dollar for every time I heard a client say they hate shopping, I’d be vacationing every month.
The level that people hate shopping knows no bounds and I get it.
Even though New York has some of the best shopping in the world, the amount of brands, products, styles, colors, and choices can be so overwhelming that for some it’s best just not to even attempt to step inside a store to try to figure it out.
A personal stylist NYC will prepare dressing rooms with clothing options for you in advance (like in the photo above). This means you can just walk in the store and start trying on immediately. No need to search for what you’re looking for.
If you’re especially busy, try a virtual styling service.
4. You’re tired of buying clothing…and then never wearing it.
A client’s closet. It was full of clothing she never wore.
Have you heard that on average, people only wear about 20% of their wardrobe?
What about the other 80%?
Well, most people hold on to it because they think that it will be perfect for X event (that’s not in their calendar), that they’ll be able to fit it again (putting so much pressure on themselves) or it was such a bargain (even though it took 4 hours to find it)
Holding onto items that you’ve never worn and then keeping them in your closet is a constant reminder of the shopping mistakes that you’ve made.
The worst part?
You feel bad every time that you see those clothes!
As a personal stylist NYC, I often tell clients to be ‘ruthless’ with their closets. Not only do packed closets take up a lot of physical space, but they also take up a lot of mental space too.
If you’re having a hard time with this, then I encourage you to add 5 lbs of weight to every piece of clothing in your closet. Do some mental math and get a total of how much weight you have in your closet. If you haven’t done a closet edit in years, then you’ll easily have over ‘300 lbs’ of physical and mental weight stemming from your closet.
Control your closet. Control your style.
When you free yourself from clothing you don’t wear, don’t like, or that doesn’t fit you anymore, you make space (physically and mentally) for items that you actually like to come into your life.
5. You’ve tried doing it yourself but just haven’t gotten it right.
A few of my favorite NYC business casual looks.
Thanks to the internet, there are so many ways that you can update your style– everything from subscription boxes, apps ,and even in-person styling experiences.
Feeling and looking amazing every day is no longer just for celebrities.
I’ve had clients who tried Stitch Fix and Trunk Club in the past.
While it was good for them at the time, especially as their first experience with upgrading their style, they were now craving more personalization to THEIR lifestyle, body type, and style goals.
Curious about the differences between different styling services? Find out which is best for you in my blog post, The Benefits of Working with an Online Stylist vs. Subscription Stylist.
6. You’re up for a promotion and want to be seriously considered.
A client Before and After. This client’s goal was to upgrade her wardrobe for her new role at a big law firm.
You’ve been working your way up the corporate ladder and are up for a big promotion. Or maybe you’re an entrepreneur managing a business, building a team, and meeting clients.
When you reach certain professional levels, people notice the small details that others don’t– your style is one of those things.
This is especially important in cities like New York, where you need to be at the top of your game.
The good news is that your style and how you present yourself are within your control.
My client, Danielle (above), was up for a big promotion.
To enhance her professional image and style, Danielle hired me about a year before she was up for promotion and now feels more confident walking into her office every day.
If you need to improve your professional style, look for an NYC stylist for hire that is an expert in styling successful executives and business owners.
7. You’re declining events because you don’t like anything hanging in your closet.
Soho NYC, where we get a lot of brand + style inspo for our clients.
Sonya, my client in Seattle, shared that she was declining event invites because she wasn’t proud of her wardrobe:
“I would hope I wouldn’t run into anyone I knew. I didn’t feel like I could go out, meet people, go on dates because I didn’t have anything to wear.”
Have you experienced this?
When you have anxiety about what to wear– it can affect you in peculiar ways that you may not realize– declining invites, dates, hiding from management at the airport for a work trip (yes, this has actually happened to a client of mine), and just a general feeling of disappointment.
Remember style is a tool that you can use to your advantage and something that you can control. Finding an NYC stylist for hire can help you do this.
Don’t let your clothing hold you back from living the life you deserve.
8. You’re busy and free time isn’t easy to come by.
What’s the one thing that they always have in common- their TIME! And lack of it.
They are busy working their way up the corporate ladder, starting a business, and spending time with their loved ones. Figuring out what to buy or spending hours wandering around shops (and scrolling through online stores) isn’t worth their time.
So they hire me to do it for them.
In fact, many of my clients report that hiring a virtual personal stylist actually helps them be more efficient with their time. This is especially important in fast-paced environments like New York City.
Ready to take control of your life and style?
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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