People of any age or gender can hire a wardrobe consultant to help them develop a new look, gain more self confidence, adjust after a change in clothing size, when job hunting or to improve their professional image. Wardrobe consultants can provide a complete closet audit and overhaul; image assessment; color advice; or personal shopping for a special outfit, several new pieces or an entire new wardrobe. Clients often seek help with work clothes, weekend wear and cocktail or dinner party attire. Several factors affect the cost of wardrobe consulting services.
Most wardrobe consultants charge an hourly rate for short-term projects or add-on assistance to a larger flat-rate project that they are undertaking with a client. Some wardrobe consultants may operate solely on an hourly basis and provide all services such as closet editing and personal styling at that rate. Hourly rates can be fixed, regardless of the task, or they may vary according to the project. Here are a few examples:
Cynthia Alden Freelance Wardrobe Stylist in North Hollywood, California, charges variable hourly rates.
$25 per hour for basic assignments
- $50+ per hour for styling events
Katelyn Milley, Personal Stylist in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, charges a fixed hourly rate of $85 for personal styling
- Orene Kearn Image & Wardrobe Consulting in Burlingame, California, charges a fixed hour rate of $99
Most wardrobe consultations are a multistep process. The level of assistance the client desires from the consultant directly affects the cost of services. Essentially, the more hours the consultant dedicates to the client, the higher the cost. Often, clients spend more money upfront for a package price but save per hour over time rather paying an hourly rate in smaller increments. Packages can include everything from closet decluttering to personal shopping. Here are a couple examples of package pricing:
One-hour image assessment and wardrobe building plan: $89, a $10 savings over the standard hourly consulting rate
Four-hour package that includes a closet audit, outfit planning and shopping game plan: $320, a $76 savings over the standard hourly consulting rate
- Eight-hour package that includes all of the above, plus personal shopping services: $640, a savings of $152 over the hourly rate
- Three-hour package that includes image assessment and color analysis: $500
Beyond fashion advice, some wardrobe consultants offer complementary services that integrate with their image work. For example, Katelyn Milley, Personal Stylist offers beauty consulting services in addition to fashion:
Beauty product shopping and guidance at the cosmetics counters: $85 per hour
- Two-hour assessment and consulting on haircuts, hair color, skin care and beauty/makeup options: $250