Here is a first hand Look Inside a Wardrobe Stylist’s Kit!
That kit being mine. 🙂
I get emails on a daily basis about people wanting to intern with me, work on shoots, shadow me, and even more questions about what is needed on each and every shoot. I figured, what better time than now. I just updated my kit and business is busier than ever so I am fully stocked with the essentials. Keep in mind, every stylist’s kit will vary depending on the type of wardrobe styling work they do. I style more corporate advertising, commercial work + the occasional fashion spread and have listed what I need/use every day out of my styling kit.
(Not everything is shown – That would have been too much stuff!)
What’s in my kit?
First things first… You need a BAG! A sturdy one that is VERY easy to carry. I have an over the shoulder tote that holds everything and is extremely easy to carry.
A TAG GUN with plastic refills in black and clear! The most important item in my kit!
Lotion – Gets rid of static or if a model has dry skin.
Sewing Kit – Complete with a seam ripper.
Bandaids – I can’t tell you how many times models need these for uncomfortable shoes.
Blue Painters Tape – Used for taping the bottom of shoes.
Double Sided Tape
Gaffer Tape – Best tape to hold things in place.
Quick Fix Tape Strips – For easy hems or holding clothing in place.
Zip Lock Bags – Great way to hold tags and receipts on set.
Sharpie – To label bags and receipts.
Protector Hoods – So you don’t get make-up on clothing.
Nipple Covers – Pasties
Wire Ties – When you need to shorten necklaces!
Dainty Necklaces, bracelets and rings – You will always need these! Something will always be too chunky…
Different colored safety pins – For hemming pants or holding clothing in place.
Binder Clips in all sizes – When you need things to fit/look perfect!
Different color camisoles for women – VERY IMPORTANT!!! People forget camis or use if you pulled something that is too shear.
Undershirts and/or Wife Beaters for men – Men sweat a TON! Save the clothes = Save Money!
Nude Underwear and Nude Bra – I can’t tell you how many shoots I have been on where the model will be wearing light colors and they only brought black or multicolored underwear…
Panty Liners – For lingerie or bathing suit shoots.
Sweat Guards – Men sweat A LOT! And when there’s not a huge wardrobe budget and you are shooting outside, these babies come in handy.
Portable Hand Steamer – I bring this in my kit and my industrial steamer as well.
Blow Dryer – I can’t tell you how many times I needed this on set with Bounty Paper Towels or if my steamer decided to get leaky.
What else do I need on set that I can’t live without?
Industrial Steamer – I would recommend 2 of these… You never know when you will be on set and your steamer decides to stop working!
Rolling rack – Multiples at times so make sure you are prepared.
Bag of snacks and water! This is probably the most important as you won’t have time to take a break and eat on most shoots.
Comfy clothes and shoes! You will be standing constantly and walking/running around like a crazy person.
A significant amount of garment bags and hangers. I have bags and bags of hangers and garment bags at home when I get those crazy shoots with 45+ models/talent needing 20+ outfits a piece.
Iron – for those hard to get out wrinkles.
You are probably thinking, This is a TON of stuff to lug around to every shoot. This is literally what you will need on almost every shoot you are hired for. Keeps you in shape! 🙂