Hiring a Personal Stylist: My Second Session with DC Style Factory

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This is the third in my series about hiring a personal stylist. Read my reason for hiring a personal stylist here, and read about my first meeting with a personal stylist in this post. Today I will recap my second visit, which was creating outfits and actual styling of looks.

Since my last visit, the mail woman, UPS guy, and FedEx delivery people have become my BFFs. DC Style Factory will shop for you, go shopping with you, place orders for you, or you can place online orders with a list they provide. I chose to place the orders myself so I could try on within my tight schedule, and also when possible, use my affiliate or Ebates links. As items arrived, I would take selfies in my bedroom full-length mirror and send them to Rosana of DC Style Factory. I’d share some bits about what I thought of the item and fit, but Rosana is so pro she could look at a grainy selfie and be able to tell if an item is worth trying, worth altering, or should be immediately boxed up and sent back. So by time I had my second appointment with DC Style Factory, we all had a good feel of what we were working with.

Hiring a personal stylist - my experience with DC Style Factory by Wardrobe OxygenFor the styling session, Marisa and Rosana usually arrive with a rolling rack to house outfits. I own one, so it was one less thing for them to bring with them. However, they brought discs to go on the rack to label outfits for each event on my agenda. Rosana also came with a bag full of accessories just in case they were needed to complete looks. They also brought their laptops and notebooks for notetaking, and phones for taking pictures.

Session with a Personal Stylist - Wardrobe OxygenI tried on all the new pieces and the three of us dug through my closet, jewelry armoire, and drawers to complete looks. It was like getting ready with friends, but really fashionable and knowledgeable friends who aren’t afraid to be brutally honest. I know my body and my personal style, but it was really cool to get different perspectives. They styled this dress with my silver mirror finish pumps; I would have NEVER thought of that combo and would have gone with classic black or nude pumps or my black strappy heels. But it worked and I loved how it’s a dressy shoe but a lower heel. They styled a magenta and blue maxi dress with red suede platform sandals; again I would have never thought to combine the two but it looks so good. Rosana whipped out her accessories and loaned me two vintage bags and a pair of earrings and they were the exact things the outfits were missing.

My experience working with DC Style Factory - Wardrobe OxygenWe figured out seven outfits together from earrings to shoes and I loved all of them. They all worked together, told a story, and were completely true to my personal style. The pieces I bought were pieces I knew I’d wear like crazy, and I loved how I incorporated pieces that were years old but with the styling they felt brand new.

DC Style Factory left me feeling really jazzed about the experience and my wardrobe for the conference. We had everything covered except a bag to go with one dress. They sent me a list of options to order. I wasn’t feeling any of them; they recommended a cobalt blue bag which would look amazing with the dress but I knew wouldn’t be a color bag I’d use on a regular basis.  A day later, I received my Wardrobe Itinerary; a seven-page PDF that had photos of each outfit laid out with the accessories and which event the outfit is for.

DC Style Factory Review - My Experience Hiring a Personal StylistA week after this session, Rosana came to my house to figure out which pieces we needed to get tailored. While here, I showed her the blue bags I ordered and she agreed none of them were awesome enough for me to keep. She suggested I grab an ivory bag I had for a different look and we loved the final result. I was so happy, this ivory bag was one that cost more than I would usually spend on a clutch, but it was so utterly badass (you can see it in this post, though the lighting that day didn’t help with seeing the cool detail). I loved that this bag would work for two looks at the conference as well as for my life beyond this trip.

DC Style Factory has a list of tailors in the DC Metro area that they trust; I met Rosana at one in Silver Spring a few days later with a chiffon overlay dress, chiffon overlay jumpsuit, blazer, and lined pantsuit. The alterations came to $120 and the pieces were ready a week later.  When you read this I will already be at the rewardStyle conference with my fabulous wardrobe!

I know my body, I know my personal style, and I know how to shop. However, everyone can use a second opinion. Lately, life has been so hectic it’s been hard to be creative or have the time to focus on my style. Hiring personal stylist helped me get ready for this conference with less effort or time. It helped me get back on track with my style, and it also boosted my confidence. To have a rolling rack of super cool fashion, much from already in my closet, that all fits and flatters was awesome and inspiring. It’s encouraged me to be more choosy with my shopping – do I really need that item? Am I just being swayed by the bargain? Would I be happier if I instead used that money to tailor something already in my closet? It also got me outside my style box; I realized I get too matchy-matchy and there’s something elegant about having one item not quite right in an ensemble. I also found that I like how I look in smaller earrings; I was always go big or go home with statement earrings or nothing at all. Now I have smaller earrings that still pack a punch (worn in this post, I hope to have a better view of them in a future post).

It may seem expensive to hire a personal stylist, but I think it’s a good investment if you feel lost with your style. It can keep you from buying so much, and give you direction. I’ve been lazy with tailoring and letting things work with a belt, a cuffed sleeve, a higher heel. This experience reminded me how a well-fitting piece is far more stylish (and also makes you look thinner!). I don’t have the desire to buy more, because I feel confident in the pieces currently in my closet.

Want to see what I’m wearing to the conference? Follow me on Instagram where I’m sharing InstaStories each day of each look, photos of the event and what I wore, and more. When I get back I’ll be sure to have a few outfit posts and a full recap of the conference!

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  • Thrift Store Mama May 22, 2017

    Wanted to let you know that I’m in the process of hiring a stylist here in the Denver area. I’m using Thumbtack to find the stylists (as well as referrals) but I’m nervous that they may not have had adequate experience with plus/cusp size clients so I’m going to ask them to do some reading on your blog beforehand. I am going to follow your formula of two visits with shopping inbetween.

  • Lorena Lorena May 11, 2017

    I have to say this is something I’d love to have done for me. Its certainly an eye opening experience .

  • elena April 27, 2017

    Allie, I’m totally in love with that off the shoulder red and blue floral gown!!! Is there a link I’m missing? I tried screenshotting and going to the like it site, and I saw the picture of the gown there, but no buying information ~most likely user error on my part, but if you have the time to tell me the name of the brand and style, it would so kind of you. Thanks!

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen April 27, 2017

      It’s Donna Morgan. It may be showing no info because it seems to be sold out everywhere. Nordstrom: http://bit.ly/2pr7rob Modcloth: http://bit.ly/2qkc5Bx however Donna Morgan told me on Instagram they’re coming out with it soon in a different color combination!

      • elena April 27, 2017

        Thank you SO much, Allie~I really appreciate you taking the time to respond!

  • crtfly April 23, 2017

    Were you able to get everything in your carry-on or did you have to check some luggage?

    Chris

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen April 26, 2017

      For a fashion blogging conference I didn’t even try to do carry-on. Especially taking blazers, I didn’t want them crushed. Oh, and the crazy amount of shoes I took! I went Southwest which lets you check luggage for free.

  • Bridget Wall April 22, 2017

    It looks like it’s been quite the experience, and it seems like it’s a great investment!

    Also: for the low-budget among us (recovering grad student here, hi!) — doing a full closet clean out with a friend can get you farther than you think, and friends can be a great resource for new ways to mix and match.

  • katharina4853 April 21, 2017

    We have seen this in the past, especially with celebrities. they look great and do their own hair, makeup and wardrobe fashion . . . and then somehow all of a sudden this same person seems to look more beautiful, interesting, and comfortable than before and yet we don’t know what it is. It’s usually a stylist. I think you looked great before but I am loving the results you shared from your stylist experience. Beautiful with a touch of magic. Congratulations 🙂
    I someday would like to have an opportunity to do this too.

  • Jodie Filogomo April 21, 2017

    It’s so nice to hear your experience Allie!!
    I know that sometimes a different perspective is really the best recipe for an outfit, because no matter what, we all tend to get stuck in ruts (good ruts maybe, but ruts all the same!!)
    Have a great time at your conference!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Glamagrrl April 21, 2017

    I cannot WAIT to see you post about that pink and blue dress!!!
    Also, I totally have that pink rug 🙂

  • Ginger April 21, 2017

    You’ve convinced me to buy a rolling rack.

  • Heidi April 21, 2017

    LOVE the jumpsuit (and the posts from the conference!) – where did you find it?

  • Little Black"domicile"! April 21, 2017

    This makes a good point for all of us, no matter our speciality, we can all learn for another with an objective point of view. Can’t wait to see the new get ups!-Laurel Bledsoe

  • Elizabeth Fitzsimmons April 21, 2017

    As you already know, I love love love Rosana and DC Style Factory. I absolutely agree that hiring a stylist is a terrific investment in helping you feel your best every single day!

  • Patricia April 21, 2017

    This just drives home the message that even pros like you sometimes needs an outside eye. Very helpful series!

    • Patricia April 21, 2017

      And the outfits you’ve posted from this have been hitting it out of the park!

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