I think every successful stylist can attest to the fact that their stylist kit is very important in guaranteeing that a job or photo shoot runs smoothly and, ultimately, that the final product is executed as planned (along with talent, creativity, etc. of course). At a recent photo shoot, as I was constantly rummaging through my stylist kit throughout the day, I got to thinking that a lot of the items that are so essential to the jobs I do are also essential to the successful fashionista. After digging through the many compartments of my stylist bag, I compiled a list of my most important items that every fashionista (and stylist for that matter) should know.
Safety pins can be used for a myriad of things, from altering a blouse to accessorizing. Round cotton pads are useful for blotting tears without messing up beautifully done make up, for adding a little “oomph” to your bra, filling out a bow tie, and for removing make up and nail polish. A lint roller should have a permanent home in your bag (I use mine every day!).
A rat-tail comb is useful for finding the part in your hair and for sectioning your hair when flat ironing or curling it. Aside from the obvious, bobby pins can also help hide a bra strap that is showing. Double stick tape is essential for garment placement, for sizing rings, and for helping collars lie flat.
A sewing kit is useful for many possible problems, such as fixing a loose button. Aside from healing cuts and scrapes, band-aids can be used as nipple covers or extra shoe padding in the heel of your shoe. Iron-on hem tape is great for temporary hems, fixing a hem, and even for trying out alterations (for example, the length of a skirt) before committing to it.
A fashionista would be hard pressed to encounter a wardrobe malfunction she could not fix with these essentials at hand.