Over the years I have styled my own shoots many times, got involved with the styling and helped out with everything from outfits to choosing a makeup artist, to doing my own makeup, to finding locations, scouting places to shoot, and this has been for product advertising shots and for shoots that ended up being editorials in magazines. Although you don't always have to spend a lot of money to have a nice looking outfit for your shoot.
I usually shop at H&M, Forever 21, Zara, Guess, but I have also pulled clothing from designers and showrooms when I have shoots for a magazine editorial, or I bring some cool items of my own to the shoot.
I love getting accessories at H&M, and also I love working with aspiring designers, and I go to tradeshows sometimes, and also some boutique stores to check out some new designers as well.
I love adding a splash not a hurricane of something with personality in the shoot too sometimes like a crochet bikini, my cute vivienne tam cap jacket, or a trendy colorful pair of Betsey Johnson shoes.
I just bought a red leather clutch with roses on it in Monterrey, Mexico that I plan on using for an editorial shoot soon and on the go around the city!
You can find great earrings at H&M, and if you don't have the money or ability to get a great jacket or dress, then stick to low ending it, but have the accessories stand out with some cute earrings, a scarf, a handbag, a hat, you don't have to spend mega bucks to look great, but add some personality within your accessories and remember, if the photo is for your modeling portfolio or your modeling compcard: "make it look like an ad!" Agents and clients want to see that!