I was 11 when I had a Pretty Woman-style shopping montage moment, though instead of being a hooker with a heart of gold, I was a precocious tween looking to up my style game. My mom and her friend brought me to the majestic Galleria to turn the once tantrum-inducing chore of shopping for new school clothes into a “girl’s day.” I remember putting on this really cool probably not cool hat, popping on some oxford shoes, and strutting my stuff out the door. I felt like a like a million bucks. That’s when I knew fashion was transformative.
Many, many (many) years later, I’m having the same feeling gliding out of Nordstrom, shopping bags in hand and a scorched credit card in my wallet. But now I have more help than my mother and the well-meaning mall teenagers could provide: a new fashion best friend helping me find what I was looking for—most of which I wouldn’t have picked for myself.
Armed with 11 years of fashion retailing for Nordstrom and a God-given talent for making things look cool together, Dina Giambrone loves being a stylist.
“I just love that one-on-one experience,” Giambrone said. “It’s like shopping with your best friend. I want people to feel good—I don’t leave my house if I don’t feel good. I want people to experience that. People don’t know that fashion should be fun. That’s where I come in—to teach people to make their style reflect them.”
Interested in having a style revolution moment of your own? Here are some of her top tips to get the most out of your styling experience.
- Be Open: You don’t know what’s going to look good on you, so be ready to try everything on. If it doesn’t work, she’ll tell you.
- Have a Real Budget: Their job is to help you find items in your price range and accessorize it for a cool look. Don’t throw out a crazy low number and hope to get a new wardrobe or an amazingly high one and get sticker shock. That said, shop the sales (they have great ones a few times a year) and save up to 40%.
- Have a Good Time: Dina’s number one rule is making sure people feel good. If the outfit is stunning, but you’re sulking—it’s not for you.