A few days ago, I wrote about finding your career niche. If you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out. Not to toot my own horn, but I think the article has some great pieces of advice. The advice would be really useful to anyone trying to figure out their life goals.
In that article, I recommended that you determine what your skills are, and list them under two categories: Career Skills and Hobby Skills. But just because a particular skill is categorized as a hobby skill, that doesn’t mean you can’t earn from it. Case in point: under my Hobby Skills, I listed fashion styling.
I love giving makeovers and helping people decide on what to wear. But I knew I would never be able to make this my day job. So it was just a hobby. But even so, I still figured out how to earn as a remote fashion stylist.
The money I earned is purely supplemental - they won’t buy me a new house or send my kid to college. But hey, I’m still earning from what is “just” a hobby. No complaints here!
If you’re a budding fashion stylist, here’s a list of sites where you can find remote online stylist jobs. They all give you a great opportunity to earn from your styling skills and fashion knowledge
What is a Remote Online Stylist?
The opportunities that are available in the sites I’ll be listing will be a little different from traditional styling jobs. In the traditional set-up, you meet the client, get to know them, and then make a selection of outfits based on the client’s personality. Sometimes, you will have to choose an outfit for a specific even, like a wedding or a fundraising gala. But one thing is constant - you need to physically meet your client.
There are a few key differences when you work as a remote online stylist. For starters, you don’t have to be physically present, which makes the job so much easier. Next, you’ll be working through web-based companies, which can either match you with individual clients or ask you to create an outfit for a pre-specified demographic. In the latter scenario, you become a sort of fashion curator, which is still pretty awesome!
You can’t beat the convenience of being a remote online stylist. You don’t have to run around town pulling out clothes from shops and hauling clothes racks to clients’ homes. It’s a home-based job, and because it’s home-based, many of us can participate in the field.
Where to Find Remote Online Stylist Jobs
Okay, you if you want to give this type of job a try, here’s a list of companies where you can start searching. They’re all rock-solid and give you the opportunity to share your fashion knowledge and outfitting skills!
On Bombfell, clients answer a bunch of questions to help you pick the right clothes for them. Once you’ve selected the clothes, the client will pre-approve them before they ship. When the client receives the clothes, they’ll have seven days to try on everything. They can send back the clothes they don’t want and pay for the ones they decide to keep.
This puts a bit of pressure on the stylist, since the stylist’s role (in addition to picking clothes for the client) is also to sell clothing. So it’s a bit of a bummer when I pick something out, only to have the client send it back. But that’s part of the job.
But what I like about this job is that I’m still working directly with the client. In addition to that questionnaire, I can also chat with the client to get to know their preferences, tastes, and background. Just because it’s online doesn’t make it anonymous.
Requirements on Bombfell
Since you’re coordinating directly with the client, Bombfell is understandably very particular about qualifications and skills. To become eligible to even be considered for the job, you will have to meet the following requirements:
- Possess a college degree
- Have a couple of years of experience in the fashion industry
- Have a positive attitude and possess great customer service skills
- Have strong written communication skills (remember, you’ll be chatting a lot with clients)
You also have to be from New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut to apply. That’s because they will require you to attend meetings and training seminars in Bombfell’s headquarters in Manhattan. Yes, the job is done online, but those in-person meetings are done to ensure Bombfell’s remote stylists are kept up to speed on the various developments within the company.
2. Stitch Fix
Stitch Fix operates a bit like Bombfell. Men and women provide some info on their fashion preferences, and a team of stylists send them a subscription box filled with items of hand-picked clothing. The clients can keep the items they want and send back the ones they don’t.
These subscription boxes are sent monthly, meaning you’ll always have something to do. It’s awesome to curate clothes for people on a monthly basis. You can almost see their taste in clothing develop and change as the months go by.
As a remote stylist for Stitch Fix, you can opt to work part-time, which means being on-call for 15 to 29 hours each week. You can apply for a full-time position after 90 days.
Requirements on Stitch Fix
To work as a remote fashion stylist on Stitch Fix, you will need to meet the following skills and qualifications:
- The ability to help women find their personal style
- Have a deep love and passion for fashion
- The ability to establish a rapport with clients and build strong relationships with them
- A self-starter, and able to manage schedules
- Have a keen eye for detail
Take note, if you get accepted, you will have to take a six-hour training session in one of their offices. That means you’ll have to be from any of the following cities:
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco
If picking out clothes isn’t your thing, you can be a jewelry stylist - Rocksbox lets you do just that. Rocksbox is a shopping service for jewelry pieces. Each month, you will send a curated box of pieces to clients. You’ll be selecting jewelry from popular jewelry houses, such as House of Harlow.
Like in the previous two companies, you will be getting info on the client’s preferences and personalities, then curating the jewelry based on that information. Work hours are pretty flexible - anywhere from 10 to 40 hours per week - but you have to be willing to work on weekends, which is peak time for clients.
I love the idea of working as a jewelry stylist because accessories can be used more often. When someone wears a dress, it’ll be months (or even years) before they wear it again. But a client can always wear a particular piece, like a ring, and make that a signature element of their outfits.
Requirements on Rocksbox
To work as a remote jewelry stylist for Rocksbox, you will need to have the following skills and requirements:
- Familiar with current trends, and able to predict new ones
- Know how to make good use of customer feedback
- Self-starting and self-motivating
- Have good computer skills
The Verdict: Legit or Scam?
Bombfell, Stitch Fix, and Rocksbox are all legit! They all require extensive training and specific skills, but that comes with the territory. If you possess the skills and traits they need, give this a try! Picking out clothes and accessories is a super-fun and rewarding occupation.
This article covers my opinions about Bombfell, Stitch Fix, and Rocksbox. Now it’s your turn to share! Have you worked as a remote online fashion stylist?
Let’s hear your stories!