How to Get a Personal Stylist on a Budget

I’ll be honest. For most of my life, I firmly believed that ‘stylists are for rich people and celebrities’. I’m sure I’m not alone. They seemed like something only Hollywood elites and socialites benefit from. But my entire concept of styling as a service has been changed recently. Thanks to The stīl Trust.

With The stīl Trust, (pronounced like ‘style’) ANYBODY, can get styled professionally, for MULTIPLE OCASSIONS for about $50. Seriously. I know it sounds too good to be true, so I’m going to share my experience in full. And YES they style PLUS SIZE CLIENTS.

FTC disclosure: this blog post is about a service I worked with in a paid capacity to create content for instagram and other various platforms. The clothing was NOT paid for. All opinions are my own.

How The stīl Trust Works

Setup and Quiz

Its pretty simple really. After signing up (use code CALLIE10 for $$ off your first consult!),  you take an in-depth but easy to navigate style quiz. This is so your future stylist has an idea of what you like, hate, have, and need. It also gives you the chance to specify what kind of events / occasions you need to be styled for. Need a wedding guest look for an upcoming event? How about how to look chic but comfortable during zoom meetings? Date night outfit ideas? They have it all.

One of the BEST elements in my opinion is the ability for you to input items you ALREADY OWN and love. This helps your stylist know both what you tend to like AND potential items to include in looks.

Remember, they are going to provide you the links to purchase anything you need to complete a look, but they are NOT SELLING YOU THE CLOTHING. Which means that you can just fill in where you have gaps in your wardrobe, rather than purchasing a completely new closet (unless you want to!)

Consultation with your Personal Stylist

After you complete your form, you get to schedule a video consultation with your new stylist through The stīl Trust app. Its SO COOL that you get to chat with them face to face, be a little more specific about your concerns and needs, and more. My stylist was so thorough and made sure to ask about anything that may be relevant to the types of looks I was going for.

Styled Looks

A couple of days later, VOILA! I got a message that my looks were ready. My stylist created three looks, and I’m going to share two of them with you because those are the two I actually purchased items for and recreated myself.

I wanted to see where she would go from scratch, so I didn’t include any items from my closet that I wanted to incorporate, but she was so in tune with my style and lifestyle that as luck would have it, I had items (or nearly exactly the same) for both looks and just had to purchase a couple things to complete the ensembles.

Let’s check them out!

Look #1

I was so obsessed with this look instantly. I have boots like this. Leopard is a fave of mine. Plus, I already owned a black Moto jacket and had been wanting to incorporate it more into different looks. The skirt, beret and sweater I bought to recreate this look and because I think they will work with a lot of things I my wardrobe.

Here is how my styled look was sent to me by my stylist. Then you can see the photos of how I recreated it.

Look #2

Before I dive into the second look, I want to ensure you that my experience as a plus size shopper was nothing short of amazing. My stylist sent me links to trendy items that fit my vibe. Several were from brands I know and love. So often plus size people are excluded from any element of fashion that feels luxury. Especially services like personally styling. YOU DESERVE THIS.

Ok, now back to the looks.

This look was something a little bit different from my usual and I LOVED that. Why? Because one of the benefits of a personal stylist is getting pushed *just* a bit out of your comfort zone. It let me wear things I have in new ways AND expand my style horizons. I had a black top I loved already for this look, as well as the jeans. The blazer was an amazing recommendation!

Final Thoughts

I will ABSOLUTELY use The stīl Trust again, and I confidently recommend them. Frankly, I think the service they are offering is revolutionary, and here is why:

  • personal stylist that gets to know your likes / dislikes
  • size inclusive to clients of varying sizes and lifestyles
  • ability to customize looks to YOUR lifestyle
  • affordable and remote (safe!)
  • ENCOURAGES SUSTAINABILITY by allowing us to see the items we already own reimagined
  • Reduces stress around special events

I would love to hear your experiences if you try them out. Don’t forget you’re welcome to use CALLIE10 to save on your first membership.

Have questions? Drop them in the comments and I’ll do my best to share what I know from my experience with my stīl Trust personal stylist!

Callie Richards

I'm Callie, a Southern California based body-positive fashion and travel blogger who helps women discover style and travel that FITS their bodies and their lifestyles so they can live their best, most authentic lives! I test and then share the products and experiences that respect diversity and inclusiveness so that you can shop and travel with confidence without all the research!