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Aesthetic touch

Do people repeatedly tell you that you have an impeccable sense of style? If yes, chances are that you will do quite well as a stylist. Styling is one of the most popular career choices available today, as it gives you enough freedom to let your creativity flow.

education Updated: May 23, 2012 12:44 IST

The lowdown
Do people repeatedly tell you that you have an impeccable sense of style? If yes, chances are that you will do quite well as a stylist. Styling is one of the most popular career choices available today, as it gives you enough freedom to let your creativity flow. Stylists decide what their clients wear, and how they wear it. They mix and match various fabrics to give you a distinct look. They try and change the look of their clients by helping them experiment with different clothes, accessories, cuts, designs and colours. Not just clothes, but stylists also guide their clients on body language and posture. You can make or break your client’s image, so you need to be very careful about what you are doing. Celebs flaunt certain styles, that become style statements. Aamir Khan’s goatee in Dil Chahta Hai, for instance became a rage with youngsters and continues to be associated with his character in the movie. Similarly, when Vidya Balan was styled by Sabyasachi in Paa, her look became an instant hit overnight and got her rave reviews, which has become her trademark look of sorts now. This is the power of a stylist!

Clockwork
11am: Meet client and understand their requirements. Discuss colour combinations and take them shopping
Noon: Reach the market/mall
1.30pm: Lunch
2.30pm: Select the right outfit, keeping in mind cuts and colours
3.30pm: Meet another client and discuss various looks
5.30pm: Leave for home
7pm: Head to a party

The payoff
Starters usually make around Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 per assignment. With experience you can start making between Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 50000 per assignment. If you have the talent and an eye for style, the sky is the limit

Skills/TRAITS
In order to become a good stylist one has to have:
* Have interest in fashion
* Be updated on latest style trends
* Have an eye for detail
* They should enjoy shopping
* Must be detail oriented
* You should be able to think out of the box, and come up with funky, creative designs
* Above all, they need to have excellent interpersonal skills required to interact with a number of people they come across everyday

Getting there
After Class 12, one can get into a fashion design programme offered by a recognised college. Or, one can enrol in a regular bachelor’s programme and try to intern under a stylist and pick up styling tips on the job. Another option is to train at fashion magazines and help in organising fashion shoots. These experiences will help you gain a smooth entry into the profession once you graduate

Institutes and URLs
* National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi
www.nift.ac.in
* Pearl Academy of Fashion www.pafm.in
* National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
www.nid.edu

Pros and cons
* You might have to struggle in the initial days of your work
* Your work must gain recognition else the job can prove to be a failure
* You create new style trends

In the fashion world, things move fast. You may find yourself climbing the ladder really fast, but be patient. The growth is generally slow Nisha Khundnani, a stylist in Mumbai