The fashion industry can often seem like a daunting one to break in to, and it’s understandable why: often you visualise that the people you’ll be working with to be extremely well-dressed, completely self-centered and incredibly pretentious. Whilst that may be true some of the time, you’ll often come into contact with people that are somewhat human!
Saying that you work within the “fashion industry” is incredibly vague due to how many elements there are that make it up, which means that often it is also hard to find a way in. Before landing your first job, you’ll be asked hundreds of times if you have experience, and if you don’t it can be very embarrassing!
The thing is, getting work experience in fashion isn’t actually as difficult as you may think! Thanks to there being so many different sectors within the business, there are also so many people who are willing to help you out. Here are my top tips on how to get work experience when working in fashion.
If you read my recent post on Slow Fashion, you’ll know that the topic greatly interests me and that I have been trying to make some changes for the better with my shopping and clothing habits. (If you want to know why then head back to the Slow Fashion blog and you’ll find the large majority of my reasons). Anyway, having found several inspirational bloggers and a ton of pins on Pinterest discussing the benefits of building a capsule wardrobe I’ve decided to give it a go from the next season (autumn). If you’re curious about what a capsule wardrobe is, why I’m building one or have any questions, then hopefully this piece will answer a few of them. You can also check out my Pinterest board dedicated to the challenge here; this is where I’ve done a lot of my research and found some fab inspiration.
Slow fashion has been a hot topic amongst those in the industry for some time now, with some emphasising the need for people to adopt a lower rate of consumption and to strive for better working conditions. Whilst others are sat trying to pump out as many new designs, as cheaply and as quickly as possible to meet consumer demand. At this point, it seems quite hopeless that we will ever find a happy medium between the two, but the more people are educated on the topic, the more people that can make informed decisions on what they buy and who they choose to buy from. If you’ve never heard of slow fashion before or want to know more about why this is such a controversial issue in the industry then read on!