When we think about jobs in the fashion industry, we often immediately think of designers. But if you have a knack for fashion (just not in the same way designers do), there are a lot of other avenues your career could take. Let’s discuss!
If you’re a natural team leader, then being a creative director may be the career for you. As a creative director, you lead the conception, design, and execution of everything a brand puts out. This is one of those jobs where networking will get you far, so you’ll want to make sure you’re working in the field and taking advantage of every opportunity you can.
Are you amazing at putting outfits together? Are you creative and open to an array of styles and vibes? Then perhaps you should consider a career as a stylist. You could work for a brand, a retailer, or a personal client.
Just like the name says, fashion buyers buy. Not only are you responsible for choosing the next season’s stock, but you also often negotiate pricing and delivery. So aside from being a trend forecaster, you need to have pretty strong people skills.
Yes, this is an actual thing; no, it doesn’t involve coaching people through their shopping addictions. Being a fashion psychologist means that you get into the minds of consumers through studying and researching habits. Not only is a general interest in fashion important, but you’ll probably want a degree in psychology or sociology.
As a trend forecaster, you don’t get to choose the trends, but you do look at data, statistics, and socioeconomic factors to identify new trends and predict how those trends will translate to in-store purchases. Retail experience and extensive knowledge of fashion history look (and sound) great in interviews.
No matter which type of fashion career you are seeking, here are some important skills you’ll want to sharpen:
- Creativity and an eye for what is and isn’t visually appealing
- A strong sense of style yourself
- The ability to manage several projects at once
- Attention to detail
- Basic knowledge of texture, color, and quality fabrics