Fashion stylists select colors, fabrics and styles to dress people in many different ways. Fashion stylists prepare people for one-time events, such as weddings, high school proms and other occasions and work with people regularly to compile outfits for careers. Fashion stylists, sometimes called image consultants, work with all members of society, including celebrities and middle-class citizens.
Image consultants essentially help people decide what clothes and shoes to wear but take many factors into account to pull together perfect outfits. These professionals consider influencing factors such as personality, activities people enjoy and clients' desired images and body types. Professional stylists select attire based on income and allotted budget as well. Stylists dress men, women and children. In addition to choosing wardrobes, some stylists offer services in makeup, hair styling and even home decorating and design. Fashion stylists enjoy more freedom in the amount of formal education required for landing a job. No standard tests or degree requirements exist for fashion stylists. However, many take courses or enroll in classes at colleges and specialized schools. Although some stylists work for companies, others embark on individual business endeavors. Entrepreneurial stylists often take additional classes in business, management and finance to understand the aspects of owning and operating businesses.