Whether you’re shopping for a specific event, a vacation, or need a whole wardrobe overhaul, a personal shopper can be a great help. Lucky for you, there are a handful of stores in Canada that offer personal shopping free of charge! Even if you’re a self proclaimed fashionista, booking an appointment can streamline the shopping process and make your experience that much more successful. There’s nothing worse than not being able to find an item, or waiting forever for a fitting room. Cut out the grunt work, and have an experienced shopper do it for you.
Hit your closets refresh button and take a look at 6 retailers that offer free personal shopping services below.
While Nordstrom is one of our favourite department stores, browsing the endless sections of clothing can be overwhelming. A little known fact is that the retailer offers free personal shopping experiences for both men and women. Interested in the service? Book an appointment online and a stylist will connect with you via phone or email to gather your preferences, sizing, specific needs, and more. This way when you arrive at the store for your appointment, a fitting room will be stocked full of pieces selected just for you. How’s that for full service?
It’s so easy to get side-tracked in Anthropologie with all the whimsical clothing and #goals home decor — you were looking for a sweater, but purchased a pillow, we know how it is. If you really are in need of a wardrobe fix, next time you shop make sure to book a stylist appointment. Start by filling out the online form which a personal stylist will review with you before booking your appointment. Once you’re actually in the store shopping, you’ve got options: a wardrobe refresh, evening outing, or help buying for others if you’re gift shopping.
Topshop, one of our favourite British imports doesn’t come without experts to style you to the nines. Available at the brands Vancouver Pacific Centre, Yorkdale, and Queen Street locations in Toronto, a personal shopping appointment is only a call or email away. What this entails is a stylist solely to you, no waiting in line for a fitting room, and a dedicated amount of time. They offer three different types of appointments: The Big Event (60 minutes for a black tie event), The Essentials (60 minutes for a wardrobe bespoke to your needs), and The Wardrobe Overhaul (120 minutes for a complete makeover).
Aritzia isn’t only known for the stylish clothing, but also for the retailer’s uber trendy staff. Book a free personal shopping appointment at any Aritzia boutique and the pros there will be more than happy to share some tips, as well as help you zero in on your own personal style. Not only will you be able to skip the dirty work of skimming the loaded walls for items you’ve seen online, but you’ll also be handed other similar options, along with pieces to complete the outfit. Don’t have time for a in-person stylish sesh? Aritzia also offers styling advice over the phone.
Holt Renfrew houses some of the most beautiful and popular designer brands and sorting through them can be, well, overwhelming. Considering anything from Holts will be a big purchase, it’s a good idea to book a personal shopping experience rather than aimlessly draining your bank account. A personal styling session is complimentary and will score you a private room and curated items that will be waiting for you upon your arrival. Sometimes it just feels good to live your best life, even if you leave empty-handed.
Similar to Holt Renfrew, if you’re going to indulge in a designer purchase, do it right and book a personal shopper at The Room inside Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street in Toronto. While the store-within-a-store houses all of its high-end brands and rare finds, you’ll definitely save when it comes to the retailers personal shopping service as it’s complimentary. This Hudson’s Bay location in particular also offers personal shopping with in-store advisors which is an even better option if you’re on a budget.