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If you’re interested in pursuing fashion in a professional way, you’re probably wondering how the act of shopping and interacting with vendors and storeowners will change for you. As a personal stylist, there are several ways in which you could effectively go about acquiring clothes, shoes and accessories for your clients, depending on your specific role. Here are some routes to familiarize yourself with:
Designer Showrooms- In most major cities, well-known designers have either permanent or seasonally rented showrooms in which they can platform their latest collections. These showrooms often offer special sample sales, allowing style professionals with inside knowledge of industry events to by upcoming product or style trials at reduced prices.
Retail and Department Stores- Depending on your client, you will likely spend a lot of time in regular retail and department stores as well. Specifically when working with more budget-minded individuals, this is probably where you will find the most financially responsible options in clothing, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, etc.
Boutiques- Boutiques are basically like fashion retail stores, but they tend to carry more limited, exclusive merchandise options that you might not find somewhere more mainstream. If your client is the type to desire a more eclectic look, boutiqes are likely the best place for you to go.
Outlets- Typically located in more secluded suburban areas, outlets offer last-season and excess designer stock merchandise at a substantial discount. This is absolutely your best option if a budget-minded makeover is what you’re working on.