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Top 10 Careers in Fashion

I have been struggling greatly on career choices in an industry full of change choosing a career seems almost impossible. I look and look through websites but struggle to find things that are obtainable for someone in my entry-level worthy position. I think this will help you significantly, getting quick job titles on your mind to get you started in your search for a career that will put you one step further in this fashion world. Another tip, start out in retail as soon as possible while you are in college because, most of the careers in fashion require at least 3 years of retail experience. Any retail experience will do, from working in a grocery store, a coffee shop, a clothing store, or any job with the title of “Sales Associate.” A good way to know what a career entails is to look up current positions that are open and just look at what your responsibilities would be since they will vary between different companies and industries.

Also, I would like for you to remember that the salaries I have listed below are the minimum or average amounts these careers will get you, that does not mean you cannot achieve a greater salary. The more experience under your belt the more valuable you can be to your company or brand you work for. These salaries also vary by region and the region I had chosen for my examples is Los Angeles.

Education in any industry is very helpful for the background knowledge you can gain from school and it boosts a resume. But just because you can get away with not having a degree for certain job position does not mean it will be this easy everywhere. A lot of places offer tuition assistance, so take advantage to reach your full potential with your career. One thing that you can do now is start a portfolio, whether it is your writings or designs, it will allow the hiring manager to see your potential.


10 Careers in the Fashion Industry

  1. Sales Associate

    This job entails working directly with the customers on the sales floor to find what they want and need, ensuring a smooth sales transaction from them entering the stores to the second they leave. Customer service is the building blocks of retail, it is an entry-level job with an education requirement usually of just a High School Diploma. They typically make minimum wage or $9.75 an hour, which is usually $33,000 a year.

  2. Purchasing Manager

    A Purchasing Manager controls and organizes the inventory department/retail stores. Maintaining records of the said inventory that was ordered and received. Also responsible for directing and planning the purchases of all store materials, and seeking new vendors. These skills are often from a degree in Fashion Merchandising, Production and Manufacturing, or Business. They typically have an average salary of $100,000.

  3. Visual Merchandiser

    A career in Visual Merchandising consists of promoting the image, products and/or service of a company. They focus on the creation of window displays and in store product organization and set up within the department and retail stores. Usually each store has their own individual floor plans but do not get this career confused with Display Designers. They recommend a degree in this field, preferably in Fashion, Marketing, or Interior Design. Typically, this career has an average salary of around $30,000 a year.

  4. Display Designer

    A Display Designer is a career path in designing mass-produced displays, stands, and occasionally the point of sale through displays. Depending on the company the responsibilities of this career are completely understanding the product/service, agreeing on a budget, and creating aesthetically pleasing display stands that attract customers. A degree in Interior Design or Architecture is preferred for this career. The typical Salary of a Display Designer is $52,000.

  5. Wardrobe Stylist

    Otherwise known as a Fashion Stylist, the Wardrobe Stylist is in the profession of choosing the clothing and accessories for advertising, performances, and public appearances. Advertising in this example would consist of magazine spreads and fashion brands. Performances such as concerts, movies/tv shows, and music videos. An ideal degree in this field would be a bachelor’s in Fashion Merchandising, with Fashion Design courses to get a good understanding of fabrics and draping. The average amount a Stylist makes a year is $64,000.

  6. Brand Representative

    Also known as Brand Ambassador, the Brand Representative can be more so a seasonal or part-time worker rather than full-time employees, depending on the job that needs to be filled. Typically, someone hired to represent a brand has to raise awareness within the company’s target market and increase their sales. Ways these representatives promote the brands is by getting public figures or well-liked individuals to pass out products or post about their products on social media. Although you do not need a degree to pursue this career it is highly recommend going for a bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship or Merchandising. They usually earn around $35,000 a year.

  7. Production Assistant

    Being an entry-level position the Production Assistant starts at the bottom, making copies and assisting crew when needed. Generally, they are the support and assistants to the designers and producers, doing research or collecting and managing projects. Occasionally dealing with the paperwork between deals, and purchase orders. Even though these seems tedious and not the most ideal job it does require a degree in Fashion Design, but the experience and exposure does open a lot of doors. The typical salary of a Production Assistant is $30,000.

  8. Fashion Journalist

    A Fashion journalist is someone who writes about the fashion world in a magazine or website. With a constant need to stay up on all the fashion trends and who wore what, they might get the opportunity to attend trade shows or fashion shows. Literacy skills are key, so  bachelor’s in English or Journalism is recommended. The typical salary for a journalist in this industry is $44,000.

  9. Fashion Illustrator

    A Fashion Illustrator is typically a person with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. These individuals will need a good understanding of imagery software type programs, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Also creating things like lookbooks, designs for garments, and ways to communicate a fashion concept through media. These talented people usually make around $48,000 a year.

  10. Fashion photographer

    A career in Fashion Photography displays fashion in various concepts and really tailors itself to each brand and what they want their viewers to see. These individuals work in places like Elle, Marie Claire, or Vogue. They do not limit themselves to just magazines, they also work directly with the designers, promoting their brands. For this type of job internships are important to getting your foot in the door to this industry as well as a High School Diploma. If you want to extend your knowledge into a degree that is always a plus, but make sure to have at least two years’ experience in photography. The salary for this career is about $59,000 a year.

Fashion tips you should know before traveling to Italy

I am currently in Rome, Italy attending John Cabot University for study abroad and I did not bring the right clothing. Assuming since it is hot here, one would think dresses, shorts, and sandals. Well you are sadly mistaken, because everyone wheres pants all year round. The only difference from winter to summer is a jacket. I first got here wearing a romper and the stares are endless, trust me, Italians are the best at staring. Especially if you are wearing stuff that shows off your knees, midriff, cleavage, or butt. The first thing I did when I got to Italy was go shopping because I needed pants and fast. The palazzo pant is the pants to own if you are visiting Italy (get them in every color possible).

I looked up Italian fashion before I came here and nothing warned me about pants or the stares. But if they see your knees they automatically know you are a foreigner. If I can do anything to help you on your journey it is proper attire, whatever you do bring non-holey jeans and lots of black. I am making this blog for those who have yet to travel to the beautiful country of Italia.


Clothing Stores that are big in Italy:

  • Zara
  • Michael Kors
  • H&M
  • Calvin Klein
  • Versace
  • Patagonia
  • Gucci

 


 

Street Style Fashion in Italy:

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What: White Embroidered Blouse
Where: Boohoo
Price: $22
Black Ruf Blouse
What: Black Ruffle Blouse
Where: Boohoo
Price: $26

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What: Leather Jacket
Where: Zara
Price: $70

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What: Denim High-Waist Jeans
Where: Zara
Price: $70

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What: Suit Pants
Where: H&M
Price: $25

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What: Summer Scarf
Where: Zara
Price: $13

Black Jumpsuit
What: Jumpsuit
Where: Boohoo
Price: $35
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What: Platform Sneakers
Where: H&M
Price: $30

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What: Palazzo Pants
Where: Zara
Price: $50


*Stay safe my friends.

Petite & Proud

To all those beautiful petite humans out there, I want to dedicate this post to the ones who can not seem to find that perfect fit. I have a roommate who struggles to find clothes that fit her right, so I will not say I fully understand but I do see the struggle. I am going to have multiple places to find clothing for petite body types as well as garments that I think will be fitting for the upcoming seasons of Spring/Summer 2017.

8 Garments for the Season of the Petite

Tops

Mesh top
Petite Mesh Smock
Price: $22
100% Polyester

Tee + Corset
Petite Tee w/ Corset
Price: $25
100% Cotton

Cropped sweatshirt
Petite Cropped Sweatshirt
Price: $20

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Petite Smock Top
Price: $43
100% Polyester


Bottoms

Embroidered Shorts
Petite Denim Shorts
Price: $65
100% Cotton

Ripped mom jeans
Petite Ripped Mom Jeans
Price: $53
100% Cotton


Dresses

Nude BodyCon
Petite Midi Bodycon Dress
Price: $43
100% Polyester

Balck Pep Dress
Petite Mini Dress w/ Pep Hem
Price: $43
100% Polyester


Here are some links to other clothing sites that accommodate the petite body type: ASOSBoohooTOPSHOPNordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and J.Crew.

The Truth about Plus Size Fashion

Our society has an ideal image of what beauty is and when  you think of society’s ideal image of beauty it is usually a white woman, blonde hair, thin, fit, perky breasts, tight butt, and a good smile. What you are not realizing is that only a tiny portion of women fit this criteria. Because I know when I go jean shopping I never find a pair that fit my waist and thighs at the same time, they are usually perfect on the thigh and loose on the waist or perfect on the waist and tight on my thighs. For the record, there are a lot of other problems with this industry and sizing, such as petite women, thick women matter too; it is easier to find clothes when you are small than it is when you are thick. I want to raise awareness that most women out there have wider waists and ticker thighs that deserve attention.

  1. Requirements for non-plus size models

Even when it comes to runway and the fashion industry models are expected to be 5’9”-6” tall, between the ages of 16-21, no more than 130 pounds, bust size 31″-34″, waist size 21″-24″, and hips should be between 30″-33″. This leaves women who are over this size to be considered a curvy or plus size model. Meaning that Gigi Hadid, the model below, is not considered ideal because her waist is “too wide” in the industry’s standards.
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  1. No standardization on clothing sizes

The standard on the sizes for clothing are non-existent in the United States. For example, a pair of size 6 jeans at American Eagle is not the same size as a pair of size 6 jeans at ASOS. And at ASOS there are actually a variety of companies under there site that all have different sizing’s depending on the companies and there standards.

FunFact:

Did you know the average pant size of women in America is 16, yet most plus size models are size 8 and up, but do not usually exceed size 14.

  1. Outfit of the week for Plus Size

Here are some clothes from ASOS that are for curvy women specifically for size 14 and up.

Ribbed Long Sleeve Top              Peg Pants                Mink Bow Sleeve Jacket
$25                                     $38                                    $53

  Nude Satin Heels                   Bolo Bracelet                  Open Stone Ring
$32                                         $8                                     $18.50

Fair Trade Fashion

This blog is dedicated to all those people who are working in sweatshops and who are in poverty stricken environment. It is a major issue that we as a society need to recognize this epidemic, and grow to support fair trade. I will be sharing different clothing companies that are working against sweatshops, having safe, & clean environments for their employees. As well as, quality and respect towards their employees. Here are some Fair Trade Companies and Brands that have dedicated themselves to equality.

Fair Trade Brands

My Sister

            Feminist Unisex Tee                    “I Don’t Buy It” Unisex Tee
This company’s mission is to prevent sex trafficking, educate society, empower the population, provide after-care for survivors and offer help to at-risk women through the sales their products.

Everlane

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100% Human
This shirt is from a collection focusing on equality/human right, and not made in sweatshop like environments within the United States. For every item bought they donate $5 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

ASOS Green Room

        Lightweight Wine Sweatshirt        Oversized Nude Pullover Hoodie 
Both of these garments are part of a project by ASOS and their mission to make less of a negative impact on our world, with a sustainable and equality outlook

Urban Renewal

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Bleached Cosmic Sweatshirt

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Vintage Denim Levi’s

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Remade Bleached Denim Jacket

This is part of Urban Outfitters attempt to reuse old garments and make them into a recycled garment to limit waste withing our world.

Here is a list of other Fair Trade Companies to look at while online shopping:

Birdsong
Alternative Apparel
Mini Mioche
HOPE Made in the World
Noctu

Closet Too Small?

Last night I was putting my laundry away and realized I was trying to do the impossible. I literally have no room in my closet for anymore clothes or items of any kind. I decided to make a blog dedicated to creating more space in different ways, because sometimes you just need a little help. For example, maybe you have a studio apartment and need to create a makeshift closet. Here are some helpful tips to keep your closet organized to create a stress free environment for you.

Holders

cactusGarment Holder: Cactus
Price: $20

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Garment holder: Wall Hook
Price: 2 for $10

Makeshift Closets

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Or just add a little assistance: Garment rack
Price: $40

closet-orgGarment Holder: Expandable Closet
Price: 115$

Do It Yourself

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This is the end result of a glorious idea to hang jewelry or shoes
You could buy this ladder for $98
Or you could save $30 and DIY
First Step: Buy this ladder for $50
Second Step: Buy this paint for $12
Step Three: Spray the ladder, let it dry, and Ta-Da

Makeshift Dresser

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Dresser: Metal Shelf
Price: $50

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Corner Dresser: Metal Shelf
Price: $55

Pure Decoration

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Personalize you own: Neon Sign
Price: $95

10 things you need for Spring/Summer 2017

Back in Sept., the trends for Spring/Summer of 2017 walked the runway. For the ones who missed the array of colors and intricate designs, I want to give you a quick recap so your sunny days are better days. Key fabrics to look for this year are Denim, Mesh, Nylon, & Lace. Gender neutral clothing is not stated in these shows, but they are implied with this upcoming evolution for a gender fluid society.

Must have runway styles:

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Whose Design: Dolce & Gabbana
What to look for: Over-sized Boyfriend Hoodie
Where to buy: Fenty Over-sized Hoodie

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Who’s Design: Céline
What to look for: Sneakers
Where to buy: Adidas

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Whose Design: Wolk Morais
What to look for: Metallic Mini Dress
Where to buy: Bronze Metallic Dress

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Whose design: Alexander Wang
What to look for: Slip
Where to buy: Blue & Lace Slip

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Whose design: Valentino
What to look for: Leather
Where to buy: Vegan Leather Top

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Whose Design: Dolce & Gabbana
What to look for: Mesh Maxi
Where to buy: Iridescent Mesh Maxi

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Whose design: Versace 
What to look for: Nylon Coat
Where to buy: Nylon Windbreaker

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Whose Design: Marques’ Almeida
What to look for: Mesh
Where to buy: Mesh Top

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Whose Design: Marques’ Almeida
What to look for: Vertical Stripes
Where to buy: Striped Top

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Whose Design: Alexander Wang
What to look for: Denim
Where to buy: Denim Jacket

 

Sites found in this blog post: ASOS, JSW Vintage, Vogue, Urban Outfitters, and Adidas.

Social/Political Attire Fitted for the Movement

January 21, 2017 – I embarked into my first march for something I believe in. It was the women’s march for political and social equality for all genders. I made a sign that stated “stand up for religious freedom,” and my friend had created a sign “keep your politics out of my uterus.” It was a very empowering and emotional experience and I would give anything to be there again. The topics were as broad as healthcare under the affordable care act to reproductive rights. The point of this blog is to shed light on all the political/social movements in our world that remain effected today. Here are some t-shirts I found that help impact different social movements across the globe.

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Who: Black Lives Matter
Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Price: $19.99

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Who: Allriot
Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Social/Political Movement: Awareness on Climate Change
Price: $25.00

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Who: Human
Fiber Content: 25% Cotton, 25% Rayon, 50% Polyester
Social/Political Movement: LGBTQI+
Price: Originally $28.00, current sale $19.99

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Who: Happy Hippie
Social/Political Movement: Homeless/LGBTQI+ Youth
Price: $24.95

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Who: Free The Nipple
Fiber Content: 100% cotton
Social/Political Movement: Women’s Rights & Gender Equality
Price: Pre-Order $34.00

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Who: Feminist Apparel
Social/Political Movement: Ending Sexism & Rape Culture
Price: $29.95