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How to be a style adviser

This week Rene Gray, senior luxury retail recruitment consultant at Freedom Recruitment, tells you how to become a style adviser.

“A role as a style adviser is a demanding and sometimes hectic occupation. It’s one of the very few specialist roles in retail sales that encompasses a high level selling abilities with a technical knowledge of production. Day to day you will be setting up and attending appointments with clients and conducting consultations and fittings. It will be your job to ascertain their needs and select relevant garments to match their requirements. It’s also about building rapport and understanding what is going to make the client look and feel great.

Vocationally there are several routes you can take to start you career. Studies in fashion styling, fashion design/production or tailoring are extremely advantageous, but not key.

Managers that are hiring look for an impeccable sense of personal style, as well as a strong understanding of current fashions and trends. Successful candidates are normally confident and empathetic sellers, as you will be working closely with your clients while maintaining their trust in you and your abilities.

Training is very often on the job, but you could also pick up valuable experience from a studio production or personal shopping background.

Salaries can vary dramatically depending on which part of the country you are working in and the price point of the product you work with. You should expect anything from £18,000 to £24,000, excluding benefits or commission.”

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