What to expect from a personal stylist session

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Ever wondered how a personal styling session works? Professional fashion consultant and stylist Shannon Johnson from Living For Style shows how you can transform your wardrobe- and your life – more simply than you think. Here’s a rundown of what a personal stylist does, and how to know if a stylist is for you!


A clutter-free wardrobe at last!

After having my first little boy, I realised that getting dressed for every day activities or a special night out was no longer an easy task. My body shape was different – but as well as that, my priorities were different too. Having my little boy changed my life for the better, but I also felt that I had lost my “mojo”. This realisation was the turning point for me and it inspired me to want to help other mums going through the same stage in life.

I wanted to make getting dressed ‘easy’ for others so they could spend much needed time having fun with their family, so I founded Living for Style in 2012 and it has been so rewarding helping mums like me to get their style back! One of the most rewarding experiences was having a client cry from joy when I found her the perfect black pants. She had never been able to find pants that suited her body shape and it was such a relief for her.

About 98% of my clients have never used a stylist before and they all have lots of questions regarding the services offered. Most stylists offer a Wardrobe Consultation and Personal Shopping Trip so I thought I would list most of the questions that I have had over the years to help you work out if a stylist is for you.

1. What is a Wardrobe Consultation?


A personal shopping trip

Throughout the wardrobe consultation a stylist should:

  • Review your existing wardrobe and advise what to keep or give away
  • Advise what styles suit your individual body shape
  • Create a Shopping List by establishing what is lacking in your wardrobe
  • Create stylish outfit options for you to recreate

2. How do I prepare for a Wardrobe Consultation?

  • To save time on the day, lay out your shoes and bags near your wardrobe, and clear your bed so the stylist has room to lay clothes out
  • Be prepared to go through all your clothes- even you daggy ‘round the house’ clothes that everybody has 😉
  • There is no need to pull out everything before the stylist arrives

3. How long should I allow for the Wardrobe Consultation?

  • Allow at least 2 hours for the wardrobe consultation
  • The Wardrobe Consultation and Personal Shopping Trip are on separate days.

4. What is a Personal Shopping Trip?


Men can enjoy a personal shopping trip too!

A Personal Shopping Trip is a fun shopping experience over 2-4 hours where you will be guided to styles and stores that suit you and your budget. A personal shopping can one-on-one with your stylist or in pairs or groups, and the service is available to men and women.

A stylist will:

  • Teach you how to mix & match
  • Offer direct & honest style advice
  • Give you confidence to dress
  • Give you tips to avoiding impulse buying
  • Make your purchasing decisions easy

5. What should I wear?

  • Skin colour underwear
  • Top/ bottom as opposed to a dress
  • Comfy shoes that are easy to take on and off

6. How much will I need to budget for clothes?

It’s up to you! Budgets are tailored for each client. I have had clients spend from $200 – $15,000! This is something that is worked out at before we meet.

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  1. Kelly drew
    Kelly drew

    Would love to know if available mid October & the cost for consultation & shopping experience. My entire body shape has changed since ivf & baby so have no idea anymore what suits me. Especially as I’m bigger then before

    27 July 2017 at 8:35 pm
    1. Rachel Chappell

      Hi Kelly! You can get in touch with Shannon via her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/livingforstylesydney

      28 July 2017 at 1:40 pm

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