Is styling as a career the right path for me?

The fact that you’re checking out the FAQs on School of Style is your first clue. 🙂

Do you love fashion? Have your friends or family always commented on your style?
Are you a Vogue junkie? Are the red carpets more exciting than the awards shows?
Do you have a job that leaves you feeling unfulfilled and blah?
Where does your mind wander when you let it?

If the answer is style then you know you’re on the right track.

Check out this video about Getting Your Styling Career Started.

Is the fashion industry difficult to break into?

The short answer is: yes.

But don’t worry! That is why School of Style was created!

The fashion industry can look a bit like a maze from the outside, but on the inside it’s actually quite simple. School of Style takes you inside, demystifies the industry, and helps get you to work.

By completing one of our signature certification classes, you’ll be totally prepared to launch your career as a stylist as soon as you graduate.

Here’s your first lesson for free from School of Style founders Luke Storey and Lauren Messiah.

Will I be able to find a job after completing your classes?

School of Style prides itself on being the gateway to the fashion industry for aspiring stylists. No matter which class you take, you’ll be prepared to get to work.

SOS + good old fashioned hustle = endless job opportunities!

We also give you the added bonus of career preparation (much unlike most university programs!) which includes access to our alumni club, Style Society, for graduates of the Fashion Stylist Certification 9-day course.

Style Society give you unlimited continued learning, access to the private Facebook group where questions are answered each week, tons of perks and discounts from our favorite showrooms and studio services, and jobs sent right to your inbox from our more than 700 industry contacts!

Do I need to have experience in the fashion industry before attending School of Style?

Nope! An interest in working in the fashion industry is only the real requirement– we teach you everything you need to know to work as a stylist, but obvi you’re gonna want to like fashion.

Think of School of Style like a career bootcamp– you can definitely utilize any previous experience, but ultimately we will teach you how to become a Stylist from start to finish.

We have students from all over the world, every age and experience level take our classes and launch successful careers in fashion. If they can do it, so can you!

Want proof? Watch this. And watch this!

What can I do now to prepare myself for a career in fashion?

Taking a School of Style class would be our number one suggestion!

And while you’re waiting for your class to start, study up on designers, trends, magazines, other stylists and photographers and get familiar. (Who would’ve thought your Vogue subscription would be a business expense?)

Check out our YouTube channel for tons of lessons to help you get a leg up for your first day at School of Style.

Here are a few of our faves: video, video, video.

How much money can I make as a stylist? Can I make a living doing this full time?

Depending on the level of client you are styling, the sky is really the limit. You absolutely can make a living doing this full time!

Be aware that like any creative career, there can be some growing pains– a certain amount of assisting before you start to key style as a Fashion Stylist or a period of ‘test clients’ for Personal Stylists.

Many students take BOTH the Fashion Stylist Certification and the Personal Stylist Certification classes so that they can supplement their work/income with Personal Styling while building their book. Having both certifications can also be helpful if celebrity styling is your goal because often a celebrity stylist tackles both!

We offer bundle discounts for students who want to enroll in both classes. Email [email protected] to get hooked up!

What is the difference between fashion styling and personal styling?

Great question!

They truly are different career paths. The easiest way to think of it is, “Who are you styling?”

Fashion Stylists style models for runways or editorials, celebs for red carpets, clothing for advertisements, look books for designers, etc.

Personal Stylists style REAL people by curating their closets to fit a ‘personal’ style. Sometimes, these people are celebrities.

Often, stylists will do a bit of both so understanding the skills required for each job is a great idea. 🙂 We offer classes in both!

Watch this video of SOS Co-Founder and CEO Lauren Messiah about a day in the life of a Personal Stylist to see if that’s the kind of career you’re after.

Check out these grad success videos to get a better sense of what a day in the life of a fashion stylist may entail.

PS: If you’ve taken a class/started your career and want to expand your business (and double your income!) check out our Online Menswear Certification class.

Which class should I take?

Totally depends on your goals.

Check out “Fashion Styling vs Personal Styling” to get a sense of the career paths.

Of course, many students take all of the classes– in which case the question isn’t “Which should I take?” but “Which should I take first?”

Can I afford to attend an SOS class? Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

Here’s another question: Can you afford not to? We are the premier fashion and personal stylist school in the world, launching the careers of thousands of Stylists in the past 10 years.

Taking a School of Style class is an investment in your future, much like going to college– except the difference is after you graduate we give you the resources to actually start working!

(Shoutout Style Society and the Personal Stylists Network!)

As we are a career training program, not a university, we do not offer scholarships or financial aid.

But before you freak out: we offer affordable payment plans to make the classes accessible to everyone who is really committed to getting their career in fashion started!

Check out this tutorial on how the payment plans work.

Am I too young to attend School of Style? Am I too old to attend School of Style?

Nope. And also nope!

Whether you are just starting out or making a big career change, SOS welcomes you with open arms and is committed to your success.

Check out this video for a little peak:

How to Break Into The Fashion Industry After 30

What kind of support do I get after I graduate?

Besides having fans for life, (have you checked out the hashtag #ourgradswork yet?!) School of Style offers many opportunities for continued education, career growth and networking!

The pinnacle of grad support comes from Style Society, our Fashion Stylist Certification alumni club.

With Style Society, graduates are offered a members-only online platform with exclusive content like lesson videos and trend guides. They also are given the opportunity to apply for hundreds of internship and job opportunities that come through our offices from top Stylists and other industry contacts. Too good to be true? Well, add in the Style Society Black Card, the membership card that gives its holder access to TONS of discounts on studio services, showroom rentals and styling kit materials as well as FREE access to our bi-yearly Summit of Style class.

Oh, the perks of being an SOS grad! PS: #ourgradswork


Christin Galarraga

When I moved to LA I knew I wanted to do styling full time but I didn’t have the connections to open those big doors for me. School of Style opened those doors, and also gave me the tips and tools I needed to compliment what experience I already had. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today in my styling career.


Genevieve Tate

Thanks to SOS and the Style Society grad program, I’ve worked a lot with stylist Marni Senofonte as well as Beyoncé on ‘Project Lemonade’, her Super Bowl performance, the ‘Formation’ video and the ‘Formation World Tour’. I’ve also worked on two seasons of ‘How to Get Away with Murder.’


Amber Alexandria

SOS has showed me how to run a styling business, taught me the fundamentals of the industry and opened doors that I didn’t know were possible to open. My first job was with Bea Akerlund’s styling team. We shot two of Beyonce’s music videos for her first visual self-titled album. Through SOS I also worked with Rushka Bergman on Nicki Minaj’s Pink Print World Tour.


Nikii Watson

SOS helped my career by teaching me the business of styling. Yes, I love fashion, shopping, pulling clothes, and being on set – however learning how to monetize and operate, as a business has been most beneficial. Since graduating from School of Style I’ve worked with Ellie Kemper and Emily Blunt for the Oscars.


Paula Parisotto

If you are interested in a career as a wardrobe, or personal stylist you cannot not attend School of Style.  The knowledge, insider wisdom, experience and opportunities you will gain in a relatively short amount of time would otherwise take you years to acquire. Plus you’ll get jobs immediately after graduating. It’s a no brainer.


Sarah Nearis

SOS taught me the core foundation of styling as a business, how to make it profitable and what it takes to make a great assistant. With those tools I’ve been able to freelance and assist some amazing stylists, having learned so much though the amazing hands-on experience of the classes.


Lydia Michael

Without a doubt, the best thing about School of Style is the network and opportunities. SOS sends high-profile job opportunities in the fashion industry to grads frequently as well as invites to some really cool networking events.


Kenzie Marie

I’ve always loved fashion and couldn’t wait to become a Stylist. As a graduate you become eligible for all the internships that are available, and the staff really try to support you as much as possible! I cannot wait to get my career started as a fashion stylist…all thanks to School of Style.


Holly Katz

Having a previous fashion education from another university didn’t compare to learning what we did in such a short time at the School of Style. It’s a different experience working with people currently in the industry vs. people who worked in the industry 25 years ago. School of Style’s main focus is getting you to work immediately.  No other program has your ‘personal’ career development and interests at heart.


Keri L. Henderson

The best thing about SOS is the opportunity it affords you once you graduate. I would have never made the connections I did or have the opportunities I’ve had if I had not taken the SOS course. In just a short time I’ve received an internship and a paid assistant stylist position through referrals from people I met on SOS jobs.


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