In the Bag
Just like a painter who needs paints, brushes, palettes, and mixing trays to produce a masterpiece, a wardrobe stylist requires numerous tools aside from clothing and accessories to create an impactful look. Depending upon how many items a stylist purchases for their kit, they are often carried in a small bag. However, after numerous shoots I seemed to have gathered up a few more useful items which has inevitably made me graduate into a ginormous tote. If you have ever thought of becoming a wardrobe stylist or just curious what goes on behind the scenes of a photoshoot, take a dive into my bag of tricks! Here are a few (not all) of the items I recommend having on hand:
Clips (small and large) – These are probably the absolute most important tool in my bag. Although, I am given the model’s measurements prior to the shoot, the model often doesn’t fit the clothing exactly. The clips, which I recommend getting in both small and large, are super helpful in tailoring the garment so that it looks flawless on camera.
Deodorant sponge – This is the best utensil to clean deodorant off of clothing. Although the light white marks don’t seem that noticeable, believe me, they will be on camera.
Handheld steamer – Photo studios usually have a steamer, however, it’s always a good thing to have one of your own. It could be in use by another stylist or you never know when it could stop working. I had a steamer start spraying water on a recent shoot and I was so thankful I had brought my own.
Hosiery – In case I want to change up the model’s look.
Lint roller – It is very important you get rid of all the little fibers laying on clothing, especially for those close up shots. These sticky rolls do the trick!
Lotion – Although the makeup artist usually has lotion on hand, I carry some along with me just in case. If the model has dry hands, legs, or arms, it’s important that you smooth them out.
Painters tape – Used to protect the bottom of shoes. Although a lot of the shoes I borrow are samples, I often tape the bottom of the shoes with tape to prevent further damage. Painters tape is super easy to remove so it’s perfect for shoots.
Scissors – I most always use these on every shoot.
Sewing kit – You never know when a button is going to pop or a seam will let loose.
Shout wipes – Aka life savers! These little pieces of wet paper, I swear, take out any little stain.
Stylist tape – To prevent any wardrobe malfunctions. I use these strips to prevent a blouse from gapping and to create a temporary hem.
Wrinkle releaser – I often use a steamer to get rid of the wrinkles, but this little spray bottle is helpful when I am on location.