The Life of a Personal Stylist

By trudi.bennett
trudi.bennett
trudi.bennett
Trudi Bennett has successfully owned and run her Style Consultancy www.wardrobeflair.com in Wellington, NZ since 2005. She is a frequent motivational speaker for fundraisers, fashion shows & corporate events with experience in TV & radio. A fashion blogger for both MyMag.co.nz & Wotzon.com she has a wealth of experience dressing everyday men and women. Trudi says she is most proud of her work when she knows her clients’ realise anyone of any shape, size or profession can look and feel fantastic
August 11, 2013 Updated: April 24, 2016

When you go to a party and people ask what you do for a job, do you get a standard next question? As a Personal Stylist I do. Men often say “Is there really a market for that?” Women “wow, cool, but what is it that you actually do?” Both regularly ask if they are wearing the right colours. All Stylist’s do things differently, but today’s blog is about what I do and what a typical day and week can be like.

A typical day for me starts with, you guessed it, what to wear? Everybody knows how you look is only skin deep but also that first impressions count. If I talk the talk, I have to walk the walk. Once dressed it’s some work in the office first thing in the morning, replying to emails and talking to clients. One morning I could be doing some local radio chats, another writing my fashion blogs. I will sort the social media for the day, posting on the company Facebook page and Tweeting.

I’ll perhaps then head to a client’s house to do a wardrobe consultation. When a client opens the door I see the standard nervous/excited mix and always do my best to engage the client and set them at ease so they can enjoy their Wardrobe Flair experience as much as possible. We begin with colour draping, which can be a revelation to people as it’s amazing to see the changes in your skin when colours are good or bad. We move on to discussing body shapes & any particular problems with dressing. Once we understand the colours and shape and have chatted about lifestyle and work we check out what is in the wardrobe. Now the client is able to assess their clothing and understand why they haven’t worn something.

I then may head off to a mall, the city or a pre-loved warehouse to shop with another client. I take my notes so I know exactly what we are looking for so we keep the shopping focused and within budget. It’s always great to see the client again after the wardrobe session. They are usually excited to see the visual of all the practical advice already received. The next day I may be presenting a workshop for a corporate conference or seminar. Friday nights are popular for school fundraisers, where I do a 2 hour talk that is focused on people having a good time, laughing and picking up practical styling advice.

I’m passionate about people and helping them feel as confident as they possibility can. I love the variety of the interaction with mums, media, corporates, groups and public speaking. I get hugs and wonderful emails from client’s who feel their life has been changed for the better. Be it in a pair of jeans that makes them feel sexy or them feeling they can finally find clothing that looks great on them.

It takes patience, empathy, high energy levels and skill dressing all body shapes to be a personal stylist. This is an extremely personal experience and I am always in awe of my client’s bravery at tackling this issue which has often plagued them all their lives. I get a huge sense of achievement and reward from helping so many different people, which is why I love my job.

 

trudi.bennett
trudi.bennett
Trudi Bennett has successfully owned and run her Style Consultancy www.wardrobeflair.com in Wellington, NZ since 2005. She is a frequent motivational speaker for fundraisers, fashion shows & corporate events with experience in TV & radio. A fashion blogger for both MyMag.co.nz & Wotzon.com she has a wealth of experience dressing everyday men and women. Trudi says she is most proud of her work when she knows her clients’ realise anyone of any shape, size or profession can look and feel fantastic