Learn about a local fashionista who’s opening a personalized styling business that not only helps women in Cincinnati but other women around the world.
When it comes to fashion, your personal style is your own story. To help you tell that story is Carrie Hagee, the owner of Storyteller Stylist, LLC.
“Storyteller Stylist, LLC is a personal styling service for women, local to Cincinnati, but also offering virtual styling services for women across the globe,” she says. “I work with women struggling with their day-to-day style, trying to make sense of what looks best on them but on their own, just can’t seem to find it.”
Hagee believes that Storyteller Stylist allows her to be the teacher that tells the story of an individual’s style..
“A storyteller is a teacher, someone who provides direction, the narrator,” says Hagee. “How does this relate to women’s style? I believe we all have an authentic style, meaning no two styles are alike. What works for one woman may not work for another. Yet finding our authentic style can be much more challenging than we expected it to be. We see something we like online or in the store because it looks great on the model or the rack, only to try it on and find it doesn’t make us feel wonderful.”
Instead, we often end up feeling “blah” when we look at ourselves in the mirror while trying on clothes. When this happens, according to Hagee, we often overspend on clothes, end up frustrated, give up, and go back to the few outfits that we’re OK with.
“But, your style should tell your story, the uniqueness of you,” she says. “It should demonstrate the beauty of who you are because you deserve to be the best version of you.”
Hagee’s history with fashion goes back to her college years, when she worked in fashion retail. “It was so much fun styling women when they would come into the store,” she explains. “Showing them the latest styles, what looked best on them, and helping them find the best version of themselves.”
Hagee would research the latest fashions to help her in styling her friends, family, and referrals from friends and family. She’d even make her own mood boards with cutouts from her fashion magazines to help her feel inspired. “I feel personal styling with something I have always had a natural talent for, I know it is something I am just meant to do,” she says.
In terms of credentials, Hagee is a certified personal stylist. She attended the Fashion Stylist Institute where she was mentored by Gillian Armour, a well-known icon in the fashion industry who’s worked on projects in Hollywood, Paris, Amsterdam, and London with celebrity clients and luxury brands. Hagee is also a member of the Association of Image Consultants International and holds other certifications in professional wardrobe/closet edits, principles and elements of clothing design and coordination, color analysis testing, skin undertone analysis, photo shoot styling, wardrobe styling, line rack organization, jewelry and accessory styling and consultation, fashion blogging techniques, and marketing strategies.
At Storyteller Stylist, you’ll find three different styling packages available to fit your needs.
“For my virtual styling packages, we first need to chat so I can learn about what is ailing you about your style, your current wardrobe, what you want to change, and how we can find your authentic style, the style that tells your story,” says Hagee. “I will put together a mood board based on our 1 hour conversation and provide some suggestions for pieces you might be missing. I will also teach you how to put together outfits in your current wardrobe and have a second call with you to discuss styling your new pieces. As part of my packages, I provide a 30 day on-call styling service where you can text me or email me questions you have and provide additional support. I think this is really helpful because during this time, people start to become confident and comfortable with what I have taught them. And once they find their authentic style, it becomes much easier.”
Those who are local to Cincinnati and choose the closet overhaul package will find Hagee visiting their home and doing a 2.5 hour overhaul of your closet with you. “This is in addition to the initial call and mood board creation, follow up call, and 30-day on-call styling service,” she adds.
Later in the 2019, Hagee says that she will offer an additional, unique styling service that she encourages customers to keep an eye out for.
Hagee’s plan has always been to launch a styling business. But first, she wanted to make sure that she had the most experience as she could gain before launching rather than just relying on her personal styling experience.
“It’s important to me that my clients feel they are getting the best service and support for their money,” she says. “I value what they are putting into hiring me as their personal stylist as much as they do. I want them to walk away with the feeling of success and that the experience was totally worth it.”
Storyteller Stylist officially launching on Friday, January 18.