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.


Claudia Alvarado

After receiving my certificate, I’ve worked for celebrity stylists Erin Walsh, and Johnny Wujek. Now I work as a Full time E-commerce stylist from Dailylook.com and have worked for Agaci.com and GSlovesme.com running daily photo shoots with agency models. I am living my dream.


Tonya Lombardo

Since graduating SOS, I have worked with a TON of celebrities and high-level stylists.  Shakira, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Giselle Bundchen (3 times!), Alicia Keys, Drake, and Pharrell are just a few of the celebrities that I have worked with.  My highest profile job so far was my recent work with Beyoncé on the Formation video, the Superbowl 50 Halftime show and the just released Lemonade video. I have no doubt that I would not be where I am today without School of Style.


Ali Levine

I am always able to find work, thanks to the teaching tips and School of Style’s amazing references and job opportunities! I was the Key Stylist on a Music Video for Hi- Lo, which was a fantastic opportunity. I’ve worked with Americas Got Talent, Grace VanderWaal, Lisa Vanderpump, Bellamy Young, loads of private clients, music artists, and many actors and actresses. I’m also working on some big covers for 2017 editorially and I was recently on fox Vegas and KTLA as a fashion expert.



Reichelle Palo

Since graduating in 2011, Reichelle has worked for some of the world’s most powerful stylists including: Rob and Mariel, B. Akerlund, and Arianne Philips. Reichelle has even been able to take on a few jobs as a key stylist for red carpet events, fashion editorials, and press events.


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.


Kerry Robinson

SOS has helped my career by transforming me into a high fashion editorial monster in the best sense. After taking the classes I have become more confident and versatile in the industry. I’ve gained tons of connections and have already worked on some huge jobs.


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.


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.’


Christy Bamber

Being a lifestyle blogger, my career focus was a little different from many others in the course. I wanted knowledge to give me confidence to write about fashion. This intense 9-day course provided so much more than what I expected. Luke’s realist education about the world of styling provides a roadmap on how to be successful in this industry, without giving false expectations.


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