A lot of women live for fashion and yet never think of turning their passion into anything more than that. However, I’m here to tell you that fashion doesn’t have to just be a hobby, it can be so much more. The truth is that any passion can be turned into a career, it’s just a case of putting in the time and effort to get to where you want to be. The question is, where exactly is that?
There are a lot of fashion-related careers, which can make choosing just one path a little tricky. To find the option that’s best suited to you, it’s just a case of thinking about your interests, skills, and experience. The fashion industry is vast, which means that no matter what area of fashion you’re interested in, there’s sure to be a career that’s a perfect fit. You just need to figure out what the career could be.
To inspire you to take the leap and start a career in fashion, I’ve put together a guide to how to go about it. I’ll be focusing on the best ways to get a foot in the door of the fashion industry, as well as sharing a few of the most interesting fashion-based roles. I hope I can inspire you to go after your dreams!
Think about your interests, skills, and experience
The first step is to take the time to concentrate on your interests, skills, and experience. You’re passionate about fashion but what are your other interests? This is important as it can point to what area of the industry would be best for you to go into. Perhaps you are a keen writer, or love dealing with customers in a retail environment? Think about the things that you love doing, as these may help you to find your perfect career path.
In terms of your skills and experience, write a list of all the fashion-related skills/experience you have. If you don’t have any that’s okay, instead, write down any other skills. Such as having a degree in a certain topic, being a skilled drawer, or a keen sewer. Maybe you’re mad about accessories and love to create your own, or perhaps you spend your spare time sketching shoe designs? Or maybe your Instagram is packed full of Fashion posts, and you’re a social media whizz? These things might not seem relevant, but when it comes to finding that perfect role, they will be.
Get some work experience
The first step to getting your foot in the door of the fashion industry is work experience. It doesn’t matter what the experience is or where it’s just about getting to know other fashion lovers. Have a look at your local jobs site for any work experience opportunities. It may also be worth sending emails to companies, enquiring about opportunities.
Work experience is crucial because it gets you that foot in the door, and gives you the chance to network and make connections. Just like any career path, when it comes to success, it’s all about who you know. Of course, what you know is also important, but when it comes to job opportunities, getting your name out there is a must. For doing this, work experience is ideal. If there isn’t any work experience available where you live, perhaps you could try shadowing instead? This is another great way to meet like-minded people and get your name out there.
Look at your career options
As I’ve mentioned above, there are a lot of fashion-based career options. The area that you go into will depend on a range of factors, including your skills, interests, and experience. There are plenty of options; it’s just a case of working out which one would be best for you. Often, with these kinds of things, it’s a case of trial and error. It might take you some time to work out which area of fashion you enjoy working in, and that’s fine.
The best areas to start off in are retail, design, or the media. Retail is a great place to start off as it’s easy to get into and has lots of career advancement opportunities. If you’re artsy and love to draw and paint, then a design-based career could be ideal. Of course, you’ll most probably start off as someone’s assistant. But the opportunities for advancement are good, so you’ll soon move up the ranks. As for the media side of fashion, there are many options. The most popular of which are journalism, blogging, public relations and social media management. These are all great options if you like the idea of being a freelancer, as you can do these types of roles from just about anywhere.
Make your own opportunities
If you’re as passionate about fashion as you say you are, then you’ll make your own opportunities. If there're no roles around that are suitable, your best option is to consider launching your own fashion business. As I mentioned above, going freelance could be a good choice as this allows you to work from anywhere. As does launching your own small business.
You could choose to launch an ecommerce store selling unique fashion accessories, using products from elf 925 and other sites. Or, you could opt to start a fashion blog and freelance on the side. What you choose to do is completely up to you. Whatever type of small business you opt to start or freelance path you go down, it’s important to take your skills into account. If you do this, you’ll find that you’re much more successful.
Apply for internships
Last but not least, consider applying for internships. Even if you’re planning on going freelance or launching your own business, internships can be a great opportunity. Spending time in a professional fashion-based environment will give you the time to learn the best ways to work.
As well as giving you career ideas. While you’re interning, you’ll probably come across jobs that you didn’t even know existed, inspiring you to work even harder. There are so many benefits of interning, from meeting new people to acquiring new skills. Take advantage of every opportunity, as each one will take you closer to where you want to be.
See, turning your love of fashion into a career is most definitely possible. I’m not saying success will come easily, but if you’re willing to put in the time and make an effort, you’ll get there.