While department-store personal shoppers will help you find looks and offer anecdotal style advice (which is free for you, although they usually make a commission on the clothing they sell you), professional, dedicated stylists want to get to know you and learn what your comfort levels are—not just in fashion, but in life. Stylists view their work as a collaboration with each client, and will help you achieve a certain style goal. They will work with your existing wardrobe while also suggesting ways for you to purge and acquire.
Whether you hire someone to help you clean out your closet or choose your next look, remember that this process should be fun, not stressful. Peruse the following list of individual stylists and personal shoppers in New York City and get ready to make your style overhaul an enjoyable experience.
1. GILT by Appointment
The designer discount emporium GILT has a personal shopping service, so you can browse the latest trends, and how to wear them. Book an appointment online to visit the retailer’s showroom where you can shop a wide collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories. Solo sessions or group appointments are available. The personal shopping service is free, you just have to register to become GILT member (which is also free).
929-287-5786, firstname.lastname@example.org, gilt.com
2. Styled by Phil
Phil B. Gomez is one of New York’s most chic underground stylists, working with Rose McGowan, Susanne Bartsch, Nelly Furtado, and Parker Dey. In other words, Gomez works with fringe talent who buck style trends rather than kowtow to them. His editorial work can be found in Paper, Posture, Nylon, Out, Glamour, and Galore. Additionally, he founded Fashun Tweek, a forum during New York Fashion Week for emerging designers to show in innovative platforms. He is available for individual styling consultations and is a best fit for someone whose look is avant-garde.
3. BU Style
Certified in Image Consulting through the Fashion Institute of Technology, Natalie Tincher of BU Style offers personal shopping and styling services, as well as her signature closet sort and purge package (where she guides you on how to clean out your closet). She also holds workshops on everything from finding the most flattering looks to learning how to accessorize.
646-709-7700, BU STYLE
4. Sheyna Imm
Sheyna Imm is a personal stylist who does everything from wardrobe and accessories to makeup and hair for individual clients. Her editorial work can be found in SPIN, NYLON, Maxim and Culture Trip. She can do modern and chic as well as elegant and sophisticated. The fact that she can do make-up and hair makes her super versatile, and worth every penny.
5. Carrie Morrissey, I Still Love You NYC
The indie brand I Still Love You NYC, which features laser-cut acrylic jewelry craft-made in Brooklyn, is run by CEO and designer, Carrie Morrissey. Morrissey also freelances as a closet organizer, who can help you sort, save, and purge your wardrobe and help you plan your next look. And speaking of looks, Morrissey specializes in drag, punk, and outrageous aesthetics.
If you’ve ever shopped this retailer, you know that there are floors of looks to choose from. Personal shopping services are available at all New York City Topshop locations. Personal shopping and styling services are ideal for wedding, black tie, and special occasions, but also if you just want to update your look.
7. Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway offers garment and accessory rentals that flex with your lifestyle, with different plans for personal needs. In addition to browsing their selection online, you can set up a consultation with a personal stylist who will work with you to find a look that meets your style needs. You can also email a stylist at any time, even once you’ve left the store with your rental.