What to expect from a personal stylist session

The question ‘What am I going to wear?’ is an age-old one that crops up no matter what the occasion. 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?

  • 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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Shannon Johnson is a Personal Fashion Stylist and Founder of Living for Style. Living for Style has helped over 400 mums reorganise their wardrobe and rediscover their style. With over 10 years experience in fashion, she has the knowledge and know-how to give you the opportunity to feel confident and shine. Shannon is currently based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and is mum to two boys, aged 6 and 3 years. Living for Style offer's One-on-One styling, including wardrobe detox's and Personal Shopping Trips, Shopping Bus Tours to the Sydney Outlets and Skype Styling. Take the pain out of getting dressed in the morning and book a session with her today!


  1. Kelly drew

    July 27, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    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

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