Last Edited: 31 Jan, 2024
Author: Cristina Holm

Are Image Stylists worth the investment?

My guidelines for you to know what’s right for you

 Here are seven key considerations for you:

1. Would you like to boost your confidence and self-esteem?

A professional Image Stylist can help you enhance your appearance which in turn can dramatically boost your confidence and self-esteem.  If you are stuck in a rut and think that your current image is holding you back and you want to make positive changes, then hiring a Stylist might well be worth the investment.

2. Are you seeking to climb the career ladder or starting a new job?

Have you heard of the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”?  A Professional Stylist can guide you on appropriate attire and grooming in order to present yourself in a way that you make a positive and lasting impression when applying for a job, starting a job, or as you navigate climbing the career ladder.  

3. Objective feedback from an expert

A professional Image Stylist will know which clothes will best complement your body shape, height, and lifestyle, and equally as important, which ones don’t!  Likewise with colours, they’ll be able to tell you which tones will enhance your complexion and which ones you should avoid. 

4. An expert saves you time and effort

A professional Image Stylist knows their business inside out.  They will be able to source the right garments for you and at a price point that you can afford.  They can accompany you shopping for clothes or even go shopping for you, saving you lots of time and effort.

Perfect for busy working professionals, busy mums and for those who simply don’t like shopping!  

“Have you heard of the saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?”

5. Make the most of clothes you already own

A great Image Stylist will be able to help elevate your existing wardrobe by showing you how to create different outfits from the clothes already in your wardrobe.

This often involves guidance on alterations or repairs which most of us don’t ever consider. 

6. Dressing for a special occasion?

If you have a special occasion coming up (like a wedding, job interview or special event), a professional Image Stylist can help you create a polished and appropriate look that aligns with both the occasion and is also comfortable for your personality.

“A great Image Stylist will be able to help elevate your existing wardrobe by showing you how to create different outfits from the clothes already in your wardrobe.”

7. Save you money in the long run 

By knowing which styles and colours suit you and which to avoid, you will make better, more informed decisions about the clothes you buy and stop you making costly mistakes.

Putting that into perspective, the average UK wardrobe is filled with clothes of which between 30-60% we never wear!

You’ll learn how to create totally new outfits from garments you already own without the need to buy more clothes.

You will be guided to build wardrobe capsules, appropriate to your lifestyle, where the mixing and matching of just a few key staple garments can provide lots of alternative looks for a relatively small outlay and means you need far less than you thought.

To summarise

Hiring a professional Image Stylist can be an investment, and the cost can vary depending on experience and their training as well as the services offered.

They can help you improve your image which can have a positive, often transformational impact on your life, career, or self-confidence, and can change the way you shop for clothes so you ultimately save money.

Use my guide above to consider your budget and weigh up versus the benefits you seek.

I also recommend you do your research on the stylist before you decide to proceed.

What’s their experience?  Do they look great in what they wear?  Have they been a seamstress or tailor to understand the construction of clothing (which is key for alterations)?  Do they work full-time or is this a hobby?  Where do they shop and how knowledgeable are they with all the brands, including shoes and accessories?  Do they have lots of reviews and testimonials?

Speaking of which… naturally I’m a little biased, so here are some recent new client reviews for yours truly:

Cristina’s Client Reviews

Cristina Holm

Cristina Holm is one of the UK’s leading personal stylists. Cristina is based and operates from her studio in Warfield, Berkshire (United Kingdom).  She serves clients locally and internationally.

Cristina is also the founder of My Secret Stylist, the UK’s best kept clothes shopping secret.  For only £35.99 per year, you can find and ‘see in seconds’ clothes which complement your body shape across all the popular brands.  For more information, go to