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Melanie J Utz

Posts: 10

Denver, Colorado, US

I've heard of Sammydress.com  through this website and also from friends, so before I buy clothes from the site I'd like to ask 2 questions,

1. Is the site a complete scam?
2. Are there any other sites I could use for cheap clothes that is safe, and similar to their prices?

Let's face it! Buying a whole new wardrobe for shoots gets expensive!

Apr 27 13 07:01 pm Link

Wardrobe Stylist

Tiffany_B

Posts: 1338

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US

Melanie J Utz wrote:
I've heard of Sammydress.com  through this website and also from friends, so before I buy clothes from the site I'd like to ask 2 questions,

1. Is the site a complete scam?
2. Are there any other sites I could use for cheap clothes that is safe, and similar to their prices?

Let's face it! Buying a whole new wardrobe for shoots gets expensive!

Maybe I'm missing something but if you've heard about the site from friends (who I'm assuming are people you trust) why the question about whether or not if the site is a scam? Maybe it's just me BUT in the event that I tell someone about a site it's usually one that I've had some type of personal interaction with...

In the event that your friends may have just mentioned it to you in passing there are a number of things that you need to consider beyond the questions you've asked. The first is relative to the sizing of the pieces, keep in mind that the country is based in Asia and so the sizing is going to to be different than what's available state side. I had a personal shopping client insist on ordering a dress from a similar site based on the price and her measurements are such that she generally fits into a small/medium, she ordered a large based on the available size chart conversions and the piece was incredibly tight. The second thing you need to consider is the amount of money you're going to spend on shipping and potentially returning garments that don't fit. Finally, you need to keep in mind the time that it may take for garments to arrive, shipping dates from overseas are always a gamble because there's no guarantee your order won't get held up by customs.

I understand that buying a whole new wardrobe just to shoot in can get expensive but based on your portfolio you're shooting commercial-esque images which means that worst case scenario you should be able to use items like ones you already have. You're 5'4 and you'll only go on shoots where you can bring an escort both of which limits greatly the type of modeling you can or will be asked to do so I see your logic in not spending a great deal of money on clothes for images.

In the event you want more editorial or artistic looks then contact a stylist. We're like fairy God mothers and God fathers who come to set and bring clothes and shoes and accessories and while many of us charge its often a lot cheaper in the long run then spending money on pieces you'll wear once. A beginner will likely even do a TF* shoot. If you live somewhere where a stylist isn't accessible there are still other options like borrowing from a designer directly or getting creative and contacting local theaters or boutiques etc. to see if you can borrow pieces. I don't mean to come off as harsh but I don't understand models (especially those who are members of this type of community) who don't realize that buying clothes isn't (and shouldn't be) their sole option...

Apr 29 13 02:37 pm Link

Photographer

S de Varax

Posts: 7271

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tiffany_B wrote:
In the event you want more editorial or artistic looks then contact a stylist. We're like fairy God mothers and God fathers who come to set and bring clothes and shoes and accessories and while many of us charge its often a lot cheaper in the long run then spending money on pieces you'll wear once.

I want you for my fairy godmother big_smile

Apr 29 13 04:06 pm Link

Wardrobe Stylist

Tiffany_B

Posts: 1338

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US

S de Varax wrote:
I want you for my fairy godmother big_smile

Your images are STUNNING! If you don't already have a fairy godmother offering you styling goodness it's likely because the universe won't allow quite that much awesome.

Apr 29 13 04:31 pm Link

Photographer

S de Varax

Posts: 7271

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tiffany_B wrote:
Your images are STUNNING! If you don't already have a fairy godmother offering you styling goodness it's likely because the universe won't allow quite that much awesome.

it's cos you need to move here from Pennsylvania big_smile

edit for OP- you can try sites like romwe, asos, topshop (on sale), nastygal, etsy, ebay. it also depends on what you'll be shooting a lot of- say if you're specializing in pin up or latex and they're plenty of specialist sites......try also trades with other models or resell wardrobe items to buy new ones (MM has a marketplace). OP shops are awesome for bargains but you'll have to search!

for model basics you need a nude bra, black tank top, slim fitting jeans, black heels, maybe nude heels, a swimsuit.
also try accessories to jazz different outfits up, I find scarves remarkably useful.

Apr 29 13 05:26 pm Link

Photographer

Thomas Van Dyke

Posts: 1769

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Melanie J Utz wrote:
...Buying a whole new wardrobe for shoots gets expensive!

Melanie, at your level of attainment it might be wise to explore the thrift shop options in your market... Many stunning items worn but once grace the racks of shops in my locale... However we now work primarily with clothing designers thus wardrobe is seldom an issue...

Tiffany_B has shared tenured wisdom here... please consider her guidance...

Also study castings carefully, look for gigs that involve a full team i.e. wardrobe stylist... That said, owing to your stats working with clothing designers is highly unlikely... Why? they design for 5'9" size zero for Couture... and size 4 or 6 for prêt-à-porter  I collaborate with many and their first requirement when casing is height and dress size... there are no exceptions here...

Our studio has amassed a considerable collection of wardrobe over the years oft in exchange for services... many of the agency worthy talent also will work for clothes... something to keep in mind...

btw, the quality of the fabric is oft far more important than the brand label, the sooner you learn how discern the differences the more effective you'll be in styling ensembles which translate elegantly on camera... there is a VAST difference between silk verses polyester satin...  the reflectivity of silk velvet verses synthetic velvet is HUGE... this becomes a critical factor in lighting a set...

Keep in mind size is secondary, you would be amazed at how many shoots have talent in garments which have been clipped to the max... but length can't be accommodated through clipping... sorry

In the end it is the creative director's vision that must be meet on commercial work... the wardrobe stylist is entirely under the sway of the AD... beauty is and remains in the eyes of the checkbook holder i.e. client or their assign for commercial work... experience is a brutal teacher...

all the best on your journey...

Apr 30 13 06:40 am Link

Wardrobe Stylist

Tiffany_B

Posts: 1338

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, US

Here are some other options you may want to consider that may be more cost effective in the long-run (considering the length of this I didn't just want to tack it on to my original response):

1) Get pieces that can be worn multiple ways,

This website shows a hi-lo skirt styled three different ways as a skirt, worn as a top and worn as a dress: http://www.fastfoodandfastfashion.com/2 … skirt.html

This one shows different ways to style a button up shirt: http://myclosetinsketches.com/2012/12/1 … button-up/

This image shoes how flats can be dressed up just by tying a ribbon around your foot: http://tinywhitedaisies.tumblr.com/post … e-heart-it

This image shows the many ways scarves can be worn: http://www.repinly.com/popular-pin/72905/1/repins/30/0/

This video will show you numerous ways to repurpose a man's dress shirt, as a note though for this to work you need to size up by 2 sizes e.g. if you wear an xs you'll need a men's medium: http://www.colourheelsdiary.com/2011/07 … r-you.html

2) Embrace the DIY aspect of fashion. Here are a few simple ones that should help:

Shoulderless blouse: http://www.minipennyblog.com/2011/07/sh … e-diy.html

Color block skirt (this one requires zero sewing): http://www.lionstigersandfashionohmy.co … skirt.html

Two color leggings: http://fashionmutant.tumblr.com/post/22 … o-make-two

3) If you're going to spend money make it count.

Girl Props does free shipping within the U.S. and has a nice mix of basic and bolder pieces. http://www.girlprops.com/ I've seen earrings for as low as around $4

Make Me Chic is a great place to pick up shoes that look up to the minute in terms of trend without spending huge amounts of money http://www.makemechic.com/

Finally thrift stores and their more hi-brow sister the consignment shop are good places to search things out if you're patient.

Apr 30 13 07:44 am Link

Hair Stylist

Brad Lewis Hair

Posts: 12

Cleveland, Ohio, US

I bought a cool jacket from them. I took a while to get it but it was exactly what they said it was and i love it.

May 02 13 08:03 am Link