Flipped Kouture Q&A
So how does a consult work anyway?
We arrange an appointment at our office. Then, prior to the consult, I suggest you take a sheet of paper and begin writing down all your questions -- this way, you won't forget anything you want to discuss during our time together. DO round up any magazine photos, catalogues, etc. of clothing/items you like to assist me in identifying your taste. I also suggest you take notes during the consult to refer back to later as needed.
As we discuss your needs/desires/questions during the consult, I'll not only provide you with an array of ideas and feedback, but I will also explain the underlying design principles involved so you'll understand why I'm making specific suggestions -- this way, the process of designing the looks becomes "demystified" for you. I'll also be providing information (as needed) that will aid you in any upcoming purchasing you're planning to do -- i.e. aspects you may not be aware of such as fabric types, widths available, textile contents, and other specifications...and, of course, you'll also come to know why these sorts of considerations can be key in making informed purchasing decisions.y these sorts of considerations can be key in making informed purchasing decisions.
What do you charge? And what will the consultation consist of?
I charge by the hour with a 1-hour minimum is $50/hr. And for those clients who are not able to meet me in the office due to work schedule I have instituted a $10 per visit gas surcharge which has to be pre-paid prior to the appointment.
During the consult, we can concentrate on one design, or multiple designs that can be also calendared out based on the need-- whatever your design questions, I'll work quickly and thoroughly to provide you with the information, advice, and ideas you need in order to move forward. The majority of consults are 1 hour in length.
What if I need more than one hour?
I'll be happy to oblige although usually it's helpful for scheduling purposes if you indicate this possibility at the time of booking your appointment. Practically speaking, it's my policy to wear a watch to my consults and advise you as the hour is nearing conclusion. This way, if you feel you need more time, I can stay for a while longer (I bill in 15-minute increments)....or....go ahead and just wrap things up -- the choice will be yours. This is my way of demonstrating respect for your time as well as your budget.
Will you shop for me....or with me?
While it's my goal to equip you to shop on your own, I'm nevertheless delighted to shop for you (this is often a time management issue for many of my clients -- they're simply too busy). I'm also happy to accompany you to stores directly. The advantage for you is a savings of time and usually $$ too as it's my policy to pass along any "trade discounts" directly to you (when available) -- often resulting in my services being "no charge" to you once these savings are passed along to you. My expertise will also prevent you from making costly mistakes. LEARN MORE about this unique benefit of working with me....
My charge for in-person purchasing assistance is DISCOUNTED to 50% of my normal rate (see fee chart at the top of this page) which is to offset time involving driving/parking, waiting on sales personnel, etc. For this service, time is charged round trip within the Dallas County area.
Online purchasing assistance is also available at the regular hourly rate.
What is a fashion stylist/ designer?
Professional fashion stylists/designer, also referred to as wardrobe consultants, help clients craft their image, whether it be casual or formal, social or professional. Through this collaborative process, clients can easily project their most confident and authentically beautiful self to the world.
What can a fashion stylist/designer do for me?
A fashion stylist can guide you in developing and expressing your unique sense of style! Stepping out into the world in a wardrobe with the right look and the perfect fit can inspire you with confidence like never before. Looking your best makes a strong impression, heightens your profile, and others respond to you positively, which draws more success into your life.
What’s it like to work with Tina?
As a professional fashion stylist/designer, Tina will provide you with a completely personalized experience. She begins by listening carefully to your needs and what is presently occurring in your life. Fashion styling/designing is incredibly valuable at transition times, such as when you are embarking on a new career, seeking a promotion, dating, graduating college, entering or re-entering the workplace, or preparing for a special occasion. After discussing your goals, Tina then takes into account your physical attributes, lifestyle, and personal fashion preferences, in order to help you develop your signature look.
Often after the initial consultation with Tian, you may request that she visit your home to evaluate your current wardrobe. This helps her determine what clothes are outdated or ill-fitting and whether some garments can be updated for the style or season with strategically added layering pieces, accessories, etc.
You will enjoy working closely with Tina. She is engaging, kind, patient and fun to spend time with. She also stays connected to the fashion industry, in touch with key players and other designers and monitoring industry publications and buzz. This allows her to make the most fashion-forward recommendations to you, regarding tomorrow’s trends as well as classic couture.
What do we do first?
As your fashion stylist, here’s a list of the steps Tina guide you through:
Discuss your goals.
Consider your lifestyle, body type, budget and style preferences.
Assess your current wardrobe, if requested.
Develop your optimal wardrobe – one that is highly flattering and fashionable.
Provide guidance through Fashion Match materials and photographs.
Provide personal shopping, if requested.
How much does fashion styling cost?
You will discover that Tina’s fashion stylist service pays for itself by creating a new level of self-confidence which invites greater personal and professional success. Plus, it means no more money wasted buying clothes that don't fit and you never wear! Due to her depth of experience, Tina knows how to help you tailor an updated wardrobe for a reasonable out-of-pocket expense.
Initial consultation: $50 (up to 1 hour)
Closet check-up: $75 per hour
Personal shopping for client: $50 per hour
Personal shopping with client: $100 per hour
Dressing for special occasions, events: $125 per hour
Wardrobe photo shoot: $200 per hour
Custom design clothing: priced per item
Alterations or tailoring: priced per item