Personal shoppers and stylists aren’t just for celebrities. 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. Here’s what you need to know before you hire a professional to help with your wardrobe.
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. After all, your wardrobe should reflect your lifestyle.
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 stuff you don’t wear and how to acquire investment pieces. Any New York stylist worth her Louboutins has professional relationships with designers, labels, department stores and boutiques in the city, so before you retain services, be sure to ask what relationships your stylist has. Based on these relationships, a stylist will be able to put you in touch with friends-and-family discounts, secret sales and trunk shows, so don’t be shy about asking.
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.
Phil B. Gomez is one of New York’s chicest underground stylists, working with Rose McGowan, Susanne Bartsch, Nelly Furtado and Parker Day. 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.
firstname.lastname@example.org, Styled by Phil
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.
email@example.com, I Still Love You NYC
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 (in which 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.
+16467097700, BU STYLE
Sheyna Imm is a personal stylist who does everything from wardrobe and accessories to make-up and hair for individual clients. Her editorial work can be found in SPIN, Nylon, Maxim, Interview, Purple 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.
+16463012988, Sheyna Imm
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.
Rent the Runway offers garment and accessory rentals that flex with your lifestyle, with different plans for personal needs. In addition to browsing the service’s 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.
+18005090842, Rent the Runway