How to Launch a Fashion Career from Literally Anywhere

How to Launch a Fashion Career from Literally Anywhere

Pursuing a career in the fashion industry can be daunting. What’s the first step? Who do you talk to? What should be on your resume?  In a world that seems almost impossible to penetrate if you don’t live in a city like New York or Los Angeles, or aren’t pursuing a fashion-specific major, it can seem almost unattainable.  But though you may be thinking what’s a student to do, I’m here to tell you that it’s 100 percent possible to start a fashion career from absolutely anywhere. 

Where To Start?

Luckily in the digital age, you don’t always need to start in person. With tools like Instagram, Squarespace, or WordPress you can jump-start your fashion portfolio or create a fashion blog to showcase your talents. This way when you’re reaching out to network, you have something to show. If self-publishing isn’t your jam, see if your school has a fashion or lifestyle magazine you can join. Being surrounded by like-minded peers is not only great for staying in the know, but chances are they’re doing really amazing work you can be a part of. Your school doesn’t have an organization you can join? That’s okay too, online communities like College Fashionista, are a great alternative. The most important part is getting your name, work, and talent out there where people can see it.

What’s Next?

Network. Network. Network. Reach out to anyone and everyone because fashion careers are not only made by what you know, but who you know. Start in your area in and reach out to anyone you could potentially learn from. This includes bloggers, designers, creative directors, the style reporter for your local newspaper, boutique owners, etc. Remember everyone has valuable insight, and everyone’s time is valuable.  Make sure that when you contact them you’ve got specific questions on hand or a résumé you can send in. Being prepared will always help you stand out from the crowd. And if they don’t get back to you? Try again, or do some research on your own. NPR has a great podcast called, “How I Built This” that offers insight on how entrepreneurs got their company off the ground. It makes for one inspiring walk to campus.

And Finally…

Be persistent, keep a good attitude, and remember the big picture. Any career worth having won’t come overnight. Keep networking, keep your head up and keep pushing forward. Your time to shine will come, and when it does you’ll be ready.

For more tips on launching the career of your dreams, check out these other articles from boss babes that are making it happen for themselves.

What fashion experiences have you had that have helped you get internships and jobs? Let us know!

Opening image by Sarah Kouadio

  1. First of all I want to thank you for such wonderful advice. As a senior at at the University of Oregon I am currently maintaining a fashion blog, as a required term assignment for a PR class. I have always had a passion for fashion, but I never truly realized I could turn it into a career choice until now. Since I have already started my fashion blog journey, I believe it is my time to start networking. I am definitely inspired by this post and now considering scoping out public relations and advertising jobs within the fashion industry. From this point forward I will explore these job item considerations on LinkedIn while searching for a full time job for after graduation. I appreciate how positive and uplifting you end this post. You have truly pushed me to not only think about my future in a brighter light, but actually take action on it too. I definitely enjoyed this post and look forward to reading more. Continue to share your fabulous fashion posts!

  2. Hey! Thank you for the article. What do you think is the most effective way to reach out to people in the fashion industry who are obviously busy. Would you just continue to email them until someone feels bad and responds?! ;p I am trying to move my jewelry into a direction for large eccentric pieces that would be used for film, photography, concerts, runway etc. check out my IG @sacredsacredsacred for the bigger pieces and for my retail pieces. Thank you.

  3. Thank you for this article! With technology today, we definitely have a myriad of resources to use, however it can be difficult to use those resources in the most effective way possible. I appreciate your discussion on specific steps into making your way into the fashion industry. I also appreciate the emphasis on relationship, as networking is a huge part of the business. Networking also reminds me that in any business, you are working with people and creating a genuine relationship (by your tips, like asking specific questions is great advice) and it’s not just about the logistics.

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