Styled for success: Hannah Davis
After a career break to raise her family, Hannah found her calling as a personal stylist for shoots and shows with The Image Consulting Company. Here, she tells us about her journey to her dream career.
Tell us a bit about what made you want to become a personal stylist. How did you get into it?
Like many women I took a career break to bring up our children. I had previously been a specialist personal tutor at Swindon College. After nine years out, I wanted to get back into work, but I decided it was time to find something I loved and had a passion for. I had seen The Image Consulting Company popping up on Instagram and thought that the work they do looked interesting. I eventually met with Emmeline, who told me all about their personal stylist course and I decided this was something I wanted to do for me. Being a stylist is really my ‘dream job’! I haven’t looked back since.
You‘ve recently worked a bit with The Image Consulting Company. Tell us a bit about what you’ve been up to.
I’ve had some fantastic opportunities with the company so far, working on some brilliant events including Bristol Fashion Week, Quedam Fashion Show and a new event with Intu Shopping Centre in Derby. I love doing live fashion events as there’s nothing like the buzz of being in amongst all the latest trends and chatting to shoppers. It was a lot of fun.
I’ve already learnt so much from doing this. No two days are ever the same in this job. One of the things it prepares you for is how to approach retailers and build a good rapport with them, which is important for a stylist to be able to do. I’ve also seen first hand how much hard work goes into each event behind the scenes. It involves a lot of planning in advance and lists – I love a list!
Now that you’re a professional stylist, are there any questions that people ask you again and again?
The first thing people say when they find out I’m a stylist is ‘will you shop with me?’ People always think being stylish is about spending a lot of money and shopping a lot, but there’s so much more to it than that. Sometimes it’s about mixing up different items you already have in your wardrobe in new ways, putting together colours and patterns you may not have thought of before. Being a stylist is not just about shopping – you need to get to know the person first, find out about their likes and dislikes, look at their body shape and what colours work on them.
How would you describe your personal style? Do you have an ‘on duty’ style when you are working and is it different to what you wear at home?
I would describe my style as funky and edgy. I like to mix dressy and casual items and I love bright colours. I don’t always follow trends, for me it’s about feeling comfortable in what I’m wearing. I love my Converse trainers, so whenever I can get away with wearing them, I will – even on a night out!
What’s the best piece of style advice you’ve ever been given?
Comfort is key. Always wear something you feel comfortable in and make sure you’re wearing the right size.
What’s the best part of your job?
When I’m styling an individual, it’s all about the end result for me. Seeing a client feeling satisfied and confident in what they’re wearing is a big reward. If the person feels good in it, that gives me a buzz. When I’m fashion styling the pace is much faster and I get a real buzz seeing the end result in a much quicker time scale. I love being constantly on the go.
What would you say to people who might be considering doing the personal stylist course?
I cannot recommend the course enough. Before starting, I wasn’t too sure which direction I wanted to head in within the industry. I soon discovered that styling for events and shows was what I wanted to concentrate on. I’ve gained so much confidence from doing it. The course was really well structured and presented, and Emmeline was always on hand to answer any questions we had along the way. Doing this course has made me more determined to succeed and has opened up so many opportunities for me. If you’re thinking about doing it, I would say ‘go for it’!
Follow Hannah on Instagram @fashionstylefile