A power suit for a meeting with a big client, a gorgeous Little Black Dress for Friday date night, and a sassy outfit for Sunday family lunch. These are just some of the things which a woman thinks about when they think about dressing up.
According to a study, women spend 17 minutes on average deciding what to wear. That’s on days that are not so special, so think about days when you have a big client meeting, anniversary dinner with your partner, or a party to go to. Clothes speak of the one wearing them, that’s why women spend a lot of time staring at their closets and trying out dresses, pants, and blouses.
When all else fails, you might suffer from wardrobe rage, or an irrational tantrum put off by not having anything to wear. (About 62% of women suffer from this.) So, how do you solve this?
Having a stylist is one answer. You don’t have to worry about mixing and matching clothes. Plus, stylists can give you an image. But, there is one catch, you ought to have that star status (or a million pesos) yourself before you can afford the luxuries of someone who dresses you beautifully each time you need them to.
Your own stylist
Thankfully, girls now need not be Bela Padilla or Sarah Lahbati for them to have their beautiful clothes to be personally picked out. Yes, you can have your own stylist, all for a very small fraction of the cost they normally charge celebrities.
Enter, the first-of-its-kind stylist + clothing subscription service.
“The reality is that it's expensive to hire a stylist even for a day,” says Abbie Mendoza, CEO of one such service operating in Manila, Style Genie. That is why Mendoza wanted to break the common notion that stylists are only for the rich and famous. Basically, girls will actually have up to two clothes handpicked by celebrity stylists for the price of P899.
A new stylist is tapped every month for girls who have ‘nothing to wear’ or just want to feel pretty. Imagine, Carvey Samonte (who has styled Kim Chiu and Bella Padilla), Ica Villanueva (whose clients include Jolina Magdangal and Yeng Constantino), Gilda Dangan (who has styled Maine Mendoza and Lovi Poe), and other celebrity stylists, all at your beck and call in deciding what to wear next.
Kim Chiu styled by Carvey Samonte
Yeng Constantino styled by Ica Villanueva
Still, Style Genie takes into account that each and every girl has a different way of dressing up. You wouldn’t want Yeng’s rock chic look if you’re the sweet Kim Chiu type of gal, right? So, when you have a professional picking out clothes for you, you can expect that the clothes you will get will be accustomed to your taste.
“The stylist will be the one to choose their outfits,” Mendoza shares “There is an element of surprise for subscribers when they receive a box with new clothes. We wanted to go with this concept to give them a completely unique experience each time.”
Dress for the now
Another solution is to dress for the now.
Argie Salango, head stylist of Zalora Philippines, shares that you ought to, “be wiser with your options. Invest in simple, classic, and timeless pieces.”
Go for clothes that are fashionable but not necessarily trendy such as a white, crisp button-down, or that LBD. This also means that you shouldn’t shop for clothes that are smaller just because you are on a diet.
Salango explains this further, “You don’t need a hundred clothes, just muted tones that you can easily mix and match. You don’t need a heavily beaded dress if you don’t have shoes to match it with.”
“If you are going to a party, remember you are not dressing for the queen but for yourself. If you are going to work, then dress appropriately and smartly,” he says. “You don’t have to prove that you are beautiful, just be presentable and plan ahead to save time.”
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