Fashion Consultant

Fashion and wardrobe consultants sometimes called image consultants are fashion professionals who help clients choose their colors patterns and designs of clothing as well their hairstyles or general grooming that will suit and flatter them or that are appropriate for events such as job interviews. In some cases clients are executives that want to project a professional image. According to the website www.wisegeek.com fashion and wardrobe consultants may also work with companies or corporations giving advice on dress code or guidelines for how employees should look so that the company projects the desired image. Many fashion and wardrobe consultants specialize in advising clients of a certain age or gender and some even serve as personal shoppers for their clients. According to the website www.ehow.com there is no formal education requirement for becoming a fashion and wardrobe consultant other than a high school diploma or the equivalent. However many individuals who aspire to this career attend community colleges or vocational schools where they take courses in fashion design and merchandising. The website httpeducation.yahoo.net suggests that retail experience such as working in a department store or boutique is a good strategy for becoming familiar with clothing prices and trends and it is also a way to get experience in customer service. It is helpful to develop a portfolio of “before” and “after” photos of clients if they give their permission. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job opportunities for fashion and wardrobe consultants will increase in the coming decade. According to the website www.ehow.com the average annual base salary for this profession is approximately $39000.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $39500
High Salary: $44000
Low Salary: $35000
Tasks: Provides fashion guidance to clients.
Helps clients learn to dress appropriately for various occasions.
Works as a personal shopper.
Educates clients on the use of accessories.
Also Called: Image Consultant
Fashion Professional
Clothing Expert
Image Consultant
Additional Resources: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-wardrobe-consultant.htm
http://www.ehow.com/about_5373462_wardrobe-consultant-job-description.html
http://education.yahoo.net/articles/prepare_for_a_career_as_a_wardrobe_consultant.htm?wid=7