Ask any Stylist and they will tell you of the many clients they have worked with that want designer style but. Clients walk through the door armed with style ideas that they've seen on the runways at Fashion Week or in the latest edition of vogue, and as Stylists we get excited at the thought of shopping at the most exclusive designer stores. But more often than not the excitement soon dwindles when we see the budget and we wonder how we can meet their designer demands with only a high street budget. So how can a Stylist meet their client's desires without breaking the bank?
1. First and foremost, it's important to be open and honest with your client's about their expectations. Be clear about what their budget will afford them and don't promise something that you know you can't deliver.
2. Explore what they really like - Go through each picture they have brought you and find out what it is about each piece of clothing that they are attracted to. Is it the color? Is it the material? Is it the shape? This will help you identify what to look for as alternatives but staying true to what they like. They may have chosen an outfit because the color stood out to them rather than the style, so you can look for options in that color that are different styles.
3. Say hello to Polyvore.com - If you haven't already discovered Polyvore then you need to! It's one of the best online sites for Stylists and it will make your job so much easier. Polyvore has many uses, including creating look books and mood boards, but one of the great things is it's search and shopping ability. If your client has brought you a picture of a designer dress then you can use the site to search for alternatives that match it's style, shape, color etc. You'll not only be given options that match the item you are looking for but it will also give you the price and where you can buy it.
The images below are of two quick searches I did on Polyvore using the styles, one-shoulder shirt, and a-line leather skirt. It's really that easy to find the designer styles for a high street budget!
And finally, if you do find yourself with a client that has designer demands but only a high street budget, don't stress out! Flex your creative muscle and have fun with it!
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