If you’ve seen paparazzi shots of stars leaving Whole Foods looking like they’re in a Mr Porter catalog, you know what a professional stylist can do for you. But who can afford that? Megan Collins, the highly personable and knowledgeable founder behind The Style Girlfriend, has just introduced a service that works like a personal stylist—without the high cost. Just fill out a questionnaire about your style and needs, then schedule a one-on-one Skype chat with a personal shopper assigned to peek into your closet and go over your budget, your body type, your style icons, and more. From there, you’ll be emailed a curated shopping list with items sourced from all over the web and chosen especially for you (at multiple price points, based on your feedback). Your personal shopper will curate outfit ideas and offer advice and styling tips for how to wear your new pieces together with the stuff you already own.
TIMING: Only as requested.
PRICING: There are two flat-fee options (neither include the clothes). A Wardrobe Refresh is $79 and will find you four to six pieces. It’s ideal for a specific occasion, like a party or interview. The Wardrobe Reboot is $199 and is meant for a more dramatic overhaul: It includes 12-15 pieces. Prices include one round of revisions.
PROS: Since your personal shopper is hunting all over the internet, the variety of brands is endless and the clothing options they present can be discounted or on clearance. There’s no commission, so there’s no pressure to buy stuff if you don’t like it. The styling advice is also priceless.
CONS: You’re in charge of pulling the trigger and buying the clothes (which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your personality). The styling fee does not include the clothing.
IDEAL FOR: Guys who need style advice and someone to do the legwork of editing the endless options out there.