Loving fashion is one thing, but loving it to the point you want to make a living out of it is a whole other level. So many people wish they could pursue their passion for fashion and style for a living and yet don’t know how and where to start. This is why we have the fabulous fashion stylist Mayar Badie from Style Memoire By Mayar to let you in on what it takes to become a fashion stylist.
How do I start building a reputation as a fashion stylist? Like, do I need a portfolio or clientele or how exactly do I start?
You can always start with styling family, friends to grow your network. Then you can build a bigger network by sharing your own work on the friends you styled and even your own outfits. Videos, pictures, and blog posts are great tools to establish your credibility and reputation and to show the world your talent. The tricky thing about reputation is that you need something substantial to build it around. Getting an internship somewhere as a fashion stylist can be a great way to do that, to gain experience and start creating a name for yourself.
What ways I can distinguish myself from other Fashion Stylists?
If you really want to distinguish yourself you need to stick to your gut and be true to who you are as a stylist. Being genuine is the best way to get credibility from your clients. Also, do a lot of research, educate yourself using the internet, books, anything you can get your hands on to really hone in on your own personal signature style as much as possible.
What are the different ways I can use fashion styling to make a living?
You can do a lot of things.
- Celebrity styling
- Personal Styling
- Editorial styling (magazines)
- Styling for TV shows, series, music videos
- Contributing writer/ collaboration on blogs and online magazines
- Work with brands
Not every stylist has to do social media work but if you manage a good following with good engagement level then, of course, you can use your online platform to grow your business as a fashion stylist.
How can I calculate my hourly rate, what range is acceptable so I can know if I’m over or undercharging?
There are two methods of doing this. One is “Market Pricing”. Do your research, find out what the market is charging and find out where you want to place yourself in that range. Do you want to offer a premium service or do you want to appeal to a wider audience, these are questions to ask yourself. The other method is just you deciding for yourself how you value your own hourly rate. The second method just needs you to be in a certain place in your career to be able to really do that with confidence.