Styling training and materials science

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Styling training

Do you want to offer unexpected services such as Personal Shopper / Style Advisor in your store or other locations? Smart is a cost effective, basic training in style. The course teaches you basic skills that you can then continue to perfect while interacting with real customers. Personal shopping is a new category of “future professions”, and with online sales increasing, the need for high service levels in physical marketplaces increase. As time becomes more and more important to customers, demand is on the rise for knowledgeable and time efficient service while shopping for clothes. Train and prepare your staff for the future!

Styling Training is a basic training where participants learn how to guide customers to their own style according to each customer’s personal characteristics. This in turn leads to increased sales and more satisfied customers, and the training is popular with shop owners, retailers and schools alike, that want to give their staff and students the best possible abilities in store environments.

The course consists of videos and assignments where participants get the opportunity to test their skills in styling. The assignments are also available in PDFs that participants may print and complete, either alone or with colleagues. The purpose of the course is to teach the participants to use their knowledge of classic style and start forming a personal expression with regard to the client’s personality, needs and circumstances.

The course is completed with a diploma test, and your participants will receive a physical proof that they are now ready to work as professional fashion advisors and personal shoppers.

Course content Styling training

  • Introduction

    A short introduction to the course and teachers.

  • Color theory

    Here we practice viewing colors. Which ones are warm and which ones are cold? What is the difference between a base color and an accentuating color? A good section to keep in mind for things to come.

  • Color matching

    In this section we learn to distinguish between different colors, and their part in the environments you will be working in and with. How to harmoniously match colors is just as important as knowing when not to match, to accentuate or disturb a pattern.

  • Optical illusions and patterns

    When lines and patterns cover different parts of the body, the impression as a whole will be affected as you can bring out, or even "hide", certain parts. In this section we learn how to be smart about lines, patterns and color combinations.

  • Women's proportions

    A well trained stylist can measure up a client and read her bodys' proportions just by looking at her. It's never just about how tall or slim a person is, it's about the ratios between the different parts of the body.

  • Styling women

    In this section we practice putting together different outfits, with regard to body type, silhouette and colors, to create a unified whole. The clients personality also plays an important role in suggesting clothes or accessories.

  • Men's fashion

    Men's fashion is not trend driven in the same way as women's fashion, and there are classic outfits and combination that almost always work. This section also covers a bit of fashion history, and shows how it has shaped men's fashion of today.

  • Styling men

    Does a striped shirt work with a spotted tie? And what body type should have slim cut shirts? This section covers men's styling based on proportions, body types and personality.

  • Faces and shapes

    Each face is unique, and our most important feature when it comes to expressing one self. Here you learn how to use the shape of the face to enhance or tone down different facial features. We work with glasses and hairstyles from a stylists point of view.

  • Dresscode

    Dresscodes are the rules for dressing up on formal occasions. What does suit and tie mean, for example?

  • Teacher's guide

    Lärarhandledningen är till för lärare och fungerar som stöd när du hjälper dina elever att genomföra kursens moment. Här finns allt från övningsexempel till förslag på arbetsmetodik och litteratur.
    The teacher's guide helps and guides you in helping your students completing the different sections of the course. We've filled it with everything from tutorials to suggestion for methodology and literature.

  • Become certified

    Efter genomförd utbildning har ni möjlighet att bli diplomerade Style Advisors. Testet består av en teoridel, ett praktiskt prov och kunskap om textilier.
    Upon completing the course, you have the chance to become certified Style Advisors. The exam concists of a theoretic part, a practical test and a knwloedge test on textiles.

Materials science

Materials science is a course that is often particularly appreciated by the fashion industry and retail staff, but also used as a follow-up or advanced program in secondary schools. In eleven different sections, we will teach you about different materials, and the different ways they are used in textiles. Participants will also learn more about the differences between different fabrics, their properties, and which applications they may have for a customer.

The course is designed to combine theory and practice, and experience-based learning process also makes the knowledge “stick” easier. The theoretical knowledge is simple and based on what you need to be able to meet the customer’s requirements. The educational video clips are supplemented with downloadable documents for self-study, and each section ends with a test to confirm learning.

Course content Materials science

  • Introduction

    A short introduction to textiles.

  • Cotton

    Cotton is a versatile material. In this section we go through its properties, types etc. and of course also the different types of cotton fabrics. We also look at the environmental aspects of cotton.

  • Flax, hemp, ramie and jute

    In this section we look closer at natural fibers and their different properties, strenghts and weaknesses. Environmental aspects, stain removal and laundry advice is a natural part of the education.

  • Sheep wool

    Did you know there are sixteen different woolen fabrics? That, and a whole lot else is being taught in this section, dedicated to sheep wool.

  • Misc. wool

    In this section we add to the knowledge of wool, with information about wool from animals other than sheep.

  • Silk

    Silk, originaly from China, has been made for over 4000 years and today the knowledge of how to make it has spread all over the world. And although silk can only come from a butterflies cocoon, the raw material can be turned into many different types of fabrics.

  • Synthetic fibers

    Synthetic fibers such as polyester have many special properties that make them suitable for some types of clothing, and unsuitable for othes. Here you'll learn more about their proprties, environmental impact, laundry advice and stain removal.

  • Artificial fibers

    Cellulose-based synthetic fibers, rayon fibers, are the foundation of a group of so-called "Man-made fibers". Here you will learn the pros and cons of this common material.

  • Microfiber

    Would you recommend microfiber in a coat? And which other uses does it have? Here, we go through pros and cons, and of course also things like laundry advice and stain removal.

  • Leather

    I det här avsnittet går vi igenom läderarbeten genom historien, processen från råhud till läder, skillnader mellan infärgningar och mycket mer.
    In this section we go through leather work throughout history, the process of turning rawhide into leather, different stainings and much more.

  • Blended fabrics

    All fibers and fabrics have their pros and cons, and by blending and mixing materials, their properties can be enhanced or changed. Learn more about it in this final section.

E-LEARNING - A digital classroom

The S.m.a.r.t. concept is based on self studies online, accompanied by excercises in store environments as well as exchanging experiences with colleagues. E-learning is an exciting and smart way of learning!

Does e-learning really work?

Yes! More than 1000 students in Sweden us the S.m.a.r.t. Styling training every year. Our school clients are experienced educators: they use S.m.a.r.t. as an argument as to why student should use their particular programs.

Lower costs and higher leverage

The built in scalability of e-learning enables us to offer these types of programs at lower costs, compared to onsite education. The practical steps of the program ensures an experienced based learning, something that has proven to be very successful.

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