What Equipment Does a Fashion Stylist Use?


Fashion stylists play an invaluable role in the magazine and advertising industry and are responsible for making sure photo shoots and fashion layouts look as impeccable as possible. However, they cannot do it on their own and rely on essential items and equipment often called a "fashion stylist kit" to make their job easier.

Wardrobe Essentials

  • Magazine and advertising layouts strive for a look of perfection, but fashion stylists know anything can happen to clothing with wear during a photo shoot. To keep attire looking its best, fashion stylists often carry hand steamers and stain removing pens like Tide's To-Go pen. Lint rollers or brushes are also a must, as are garment bags to keep the clothing as wrinkle-free as possible. A stylist may also want to keep tags and a small tagging gun on hand to label the outfits and keep them organized.

Quick Repairs

  • Not every outfit will fit every model the same, so fashion stylists are never without travel sewing kits and a pack of safety pins. She can tailor the clothing to the model's shape and quickly mend any items that get torn or damaged. A de-wrinkiling spray and can of Static Guard also can give a model's ensemble a quick fix.

Shape Makers

  • Even a model's body is not always perfect and they often need items to add to their shape or camouflage any flaws they may have. Fashion stylists are on hand with clear straps for bras, cleavage enhancers, as well as tummy and control shapers like classic girdles, control top pantyhose and items from Spanx, the popular body-slimming apparel worn by many celebrities.

Skin and Nails

  • A travel manicure set and small pack of baby wipes are essential items for a fashion stylist's kit. Baby wipes can clean up any sweat or makeup that runs, and if a model's fingernail is damaged, a quick filing can take care of the problem so it doesn't show in photos. Fashion stylists may also want to keep hand sanitizer around to help keep the models and photo set as germ-free as possible.

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