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The fourth game in the Style Boutique series, which released on the 3DS in 2017.

This time, your uncle Tim has just gone and left you his boutique so he can travel the world. Fortunately, you have a tremendous talent for fashion, and take to your new responsibilities like a duck to water. In between managing your shop and helping out with your customers' various fashion woes, you find yourself becoming the personal stylist to three aspiring pop singers, and quickly get embroiled in their own personal drama and struggles.

The clothing selection has expanded yet again, and now includes watches, bracelets, and headphones, bringing the total number of unique items up to 20,000. amiibo are once again compatible, but this time they unlock patterns for use in the design feature rather than unique clothes. The beautician now offers nails as well as makeup, and it is once again possible to sell men's clothes, albeit in a different shop which only provides XP and not money.

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The writing was particulary praised by multiple critics, and because the story centres around the music industry, multiple songs were recorded specifically for the game.


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  • Affectionate Nickname: Rosie calls Camilla "Cammy".
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Flora is rather sassier in this game than she was in New Style Boutique, constantly needling Florian about his awkwardness and insisting he pursue his dream of being a stand-up comedian.
  • Big Eater: Camilla samples some of Mike and Madeira's cakes, and they pass. Yes, all 70 pass her lips quite well.
  • Body Double: At one point during Yolanda's storyline, your character helps her evade her mother by grabbing a random lookalike off the street and dressing her up to look like Yolanda.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Yolanda stars in a movie about one, and unbeknownst to her is on the receiving end of one from Fortman.
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  • Bland-Name Product: MewTube is a pretty transparent standin for Youtube; presumably it was started to share cat videos.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Alina seems to have trouble telling where her beloved sci-fi ends and reality begins, referring to Ethan as "Commander Quinn", among other things.
    • Johann is a gifted composer, who constantly misses deadlines because THE CRUEL MUSE HAS WANTONLY ABANDONED HIM!
    • Johann's apprentice, Galliard, seems pretty normal, but NO! WHY! WHY MUST THE MUSE ABANDON HIM SO!
    • Tallulah is mostly OK, but can't grasp that other people don't like bugs as much as she does.
    • Madeira combines this with social awkwardness. When she wants to come up with a new recipe, her approach is to wear clothes that have something to do with what she's aiming for. And her own anxieties mean she goes about buying new clothes in a distinctly circuitous way.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The main characters each have a signature colour: Rosie (pink), Yolanda (blue), Alina (yellow), Camilla (red) Angelique (black), and Ethan (white). Michel's signature look is red, white, and blue, same as the flag of France.
  • Commonality Connection: Each of the main girls finds something in common with Angelique to bond over. Rosie bonds with her over being klutzy farmgirls, Yolanda over having troublesome parents, and Alina over their love of video games.
  • Continuity Nod: Florian/Reed and Flora/Daisy return from New Style Boutique
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Rosie starts out as one, even meeting the protagonist by falling into her; fortunately, her motto is "You can't keep a good girl down". As she gains more confidence in herself, this trait tones down considerably.
  • Ditch the Bodyguards: Yolanda is an heiress, and she has to evade her bodyguard Fortman in order to sneak off and visit the boutique or take a job with the talent agency. Averted after Fortman catches on to what she's doing and agrees to keep her secret.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Or mother in this case. Yolanda must pursue her dreams of being a singer in secret, because her very strict mother expects her to help with the family business. They eventually reconcile.
  • Floral Theme Naming: Florian and Flora are back. And in the post-game you get to meet Rosie's siblings; a sister named Clover and a brother named Heath.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Rosie is the foolish to her sister and brother's responsible. Rosie ran off to the big city to make it as a pop star, while Clover is planning to be a doctor and Heath is on track to take over the family farm. Ethan even points out that Rosie got all the flighty genes in her family.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: Rosie mostly dresses in girly clothes and sings pop songs, but her secondary style in both music and clothing is rock, much to Vincent's admiration.
  • Gratuitous French: Michel in peppers his dialogue with French words.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Two of Alina's songs are in untranslated Japanese. Given Alina's personality, this fits.
  • Idol Singer: Rosie, Yolanda, and Alina are all trying to become pop stars.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Downplayed compared to Fashion Forward. The protagonist is still knowledgeable about makeup and hairstyling, but this time it's presented as giving advice to the professionals on what styles would work best for their customers rather than doing it herself.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Johann is a Nice Guy despite his eccentricities, and at night he apparently feeds stray cats in the park.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Cammy is the stuck-up cool girl who still goes out of her way to help out Rosie. Why, Rosie would never have gotten where she is without Cammy's help!
  • Malaproper: Cece the hairdresser is constantly mixing up words and syllables in her speech.
  • Market-Based Title:
    • In America, it's Style Savvy: Styling Star
    • In Japan, it's Girls Mode 4: Star Stylist
  • Meaningful Name: The main girls. Rosie Mayfield, Yolanda Artemisia, Alina Golding, Camilla Scarlet and Angelique Noir.
  • Metalhead: Hitomi, although she slowly opens up to the idea of other music genres with a little push from her sister Momo.
  • New Game+: Lets you replay the story from the beginning all over again without losing your funds, stock, wardrobe, makeup, furniture or achievements. You're also able to change your shop assistant.
  • Nephewism: Your boutique is passed down to you by your uncle. None of your other family members even get so much as a mention.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Alina during her storyline when Melvin figures out that she's Alinatron.
    • Yolanda gets a big one during her storyline when Margot barges in on an interview she's doing, having finally worked out that her daughter is Lady Moon.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • Apparently Margot can't recognise her only daughter if she simply wears different clothes.
    • Alina dons a pair of glasses while she's out in public so that people don't recognize her as Alinatron. However, Michel the baker sees through her disguise early on, and her friend Melvin catches on eventually as well.
  • Perky Goth: Alina's preferred styles is lively, but her secondary style is goth.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Rosie is the most overtly girly of the characters, and her primary colour is pink.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Alina gets to sing the theme song to her favourite anime
  • Pungeon Master: Florian and Michel constantly play with words, even occasionally getting into a pun-off. Alina confuses Michel by making a pun about something other than bread.
  • Reality Ensues: Yolanda, Alina, and Rosie each have very different styles in both fashion and music, and when Ethan announces he intends to have them work together as a group, the girls are clearly uncomfortable with the idea. They need to take the time to get to know each other first.
  • Secret Keeper: The protagonist helps Yolanda and Alina keep secret the fact that they're pop stars from Margot, Fortman, and Melvin. Fortman himself becomes this partway through Yolanda's story.
  • Shout-Out: Yolanda stars in a movie about a woman protected by her bodyguard, who develops feelings for her.. The title of Yolanda's film is "The Bodyguard Strikes Back."
  • Supporting Protagonist: More than ever, the PC in this game is a Candide-like figure who plays a role in other people's stories.
  • Retcon: The sporty style is gone, with those clothes now being classified as lively, basic, bold, psychedelic or boho-chic.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Camilla and Rosie's relationship can come off as this.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: All of the songs were dubbed into English except for two of Alina's songs, "Dosukoi Koi Koi! (Break It Down)" and "Twinkle Fantasia". Given that the former is a bright, frenetic J-Pop song that wouldn't be out of place in a DanceDanceRevolution game, and the latter being a more traditionally Japanese-themed song, it still works, especially considering the kind of character Alina is. They are still sung by Alina's English vocalist, though.
  • Tsundere: Camilla behaves this way towards Rosie.
  • True Blue Femininity: Yolanda is associated with the color blue, and her primary style is feminine.
  • Walking the Earth: Your uncle gives you management of his boutique because he wants to explore the world and find his true calling.
  • Wingding Eyes: The characters' eyes all have little stars in them.
  • You Are Grounded: The climax for Yolanda's story. After Margot figures out her daughter's secret, she has Yolanda confined to the Artemisia estate. Fortman goes to the player for help in breaking her out.

Alternative Title(s): Style Savvy Styling Star

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