Fashion and wardrobe consultants, also known as image consultants, help people improve their physical appearance by selecting a new wardrobe, organizing the client’s closet, and coordinating outfits for a special occasion. If you have good people skills, enjoy keeping up with the latest fashion and style trends, and have a keen eye for detail, becoming a fashion and wardrobe consultant may be a great career path for you. Here’s what you need to know about becoming a fashion and wardrobe consultant:
What Fashion and Wardrobe Consultants Do
Fashion and wardrobe consultants assess the client’s current wardrobe, style and preferences, and will create a recommended wardrobe based on the client’s needs. Some consultants are hired to put together a wardrobe for a special occasion, while others are hired to give the client a complete makeover. Some of the typical activities and tasks a fashion and wardrobe consultant is responsible for include:
– Performing a color analysis
– Organizing the client’s closet
– Providing samples or ideas for new outfits
– Doing fittings
– Hosting a seminar or private event to educate clients about wardrobe, color and accessories
– Demonstrating the latest trends and styles
– Giving advice on hair style, makeup and grooming techniques
Where Fashion and Wardrobe Consultants Work
Fashion and wardrobe consultants can work independently and offer services to private clients, or they may work for exclusively for department stores and boutique stores, helping clients find their ideal outfit from only the store’s inventory. Fashion and wardrobe consultants may also work for an agency that dispatches consultants to work with different clients on an as-needed basis. Most consultants do end up traveling to different stores or client locations, and may need to attend seminars and workshops to increase their skills.
Fashion and wardrobe consultants can be trained to work in a particular niche. For example, some work only with television personalities, corporate executives, or with women who want a new look. Others may work with beauty pageant contestants, aspiring models or music artists.
Fashion and Wardrobe Consultant Training
There is no formal degree program or training required to be a fashion and wardrobe consultant, but successful consultants may have a background in fashion merchandising, fashion design and makeup artistry. Many fashion and wardrobe consultants learn their skills and acquire specialized knowledge on the job. If they are working for an agency, the consultant may need to undergo a formal training program.
Training institutes, such as the New York Image Consultant school, offer multi-day programs where students complete courses such as:
– Wardrobe and Style Analysis
– Color Analysis
– Personal Shopping
– Menswear markets
– Running a Consultant Business
Other training schools, such as the Impression Strategies Institute, offer an Image Consultant Training& Certification program where students learn how to become a certified image consultant. Courses include body language skills training, presentation skills, setting up a home studio and wardrobe amongst others.