Hello and Welcome! This is my first time ever writing a blog. I have been procrastinating since I launched Privee by Priya six months ago. In fear that no one would want to read what I have to say – which might still be true! But I realized that I have an opinion and an argument I want to make. To hire or not to hire a stylist?
I recently moved to a new home with my two tween daughters and husband. As excited as I was about a new space and decorating, I realized very quickly that designing for the new home was beyond my area of expertise and completely outside of my comfort zone. I do not know how to measure, I do not understand window treatments, and I do not know brand names of furniture manufacturers. The list goes on!This was a strange dilemma for me since I am good with colors, fabrics, fashion, style, and trends. I am a stylist after all. These are two completely different skill sets as it turns out! So, I hired an interior designer. Did I need to? If I wanted to reduce my level of stress, save money by not buying the wrong furniture pieces, and create a beautiful cohesive space then HELL YA, I needed a designer! I wanted to look at my new surroundings every day and be satisfied that they were absolutely perfect for the space.
A stigma seems to be attached to hiring a personal stylist. My clients often wonder “is it necessary?”, “am I being frivolous?”, “am I being materialistic,shallow, or vain?”. Here is my response to these doubts. Finding your personal style signature will…
- Boost your confidence
- Help you speak an unspoken language about who you are and what you represent
- Buy back precious time getting dressed and belaboring decisions on what to wear
- Most importantly, it will make you FEEL like a badass (or whatever it is that you desire to feel)
It is not about how you look in the mirror but how your clothes and style make you feel CONSISTENTLY.
If you are not ready to pay for a personal stylist then try these steps:
- Self evaluate your closet. Ask yourself questions like “when was the last time I wore this?” “does it fit?” “is it still in good wearable condition?” ”can I donate it to a person in need?”
- Ask friends or family members with great style and brutal honesty to help you do a closet purge. Make piles of clothes to keep, donate, consign, or tailor.
- Shop with these friends and family members only after the closet purge to receive truthful opinions.
- Look to social media and follow style icons such as an Repeller, Song of Style, Sincerely Jules, or Olivia Palermo. Emulate their styles.
If you have tried all this, but are still guilty of only wearing 20% of what you own, cannot describe your style, and do not feel comfortable EVERYDAY in your clothes then you, my friend, need a personal stylist.
A bientôt chéries.