There are many concepts within the fashion industry that I haven’t learned yet. Though I have a lot of room to grow as a fashionista, I have curated a set of principles that have helped me evolve thus far. From playing dress-up to pursuing a degree in fashion/business, the following practices have helped align my future with my deepest passions and values as a fashionista.
When it comes to fashion, it’s necessary to constantly research and analyze trends because they will never stop changing. In addition to trends coming and going, it becomes even more crucial to understand the challenges and detrimental effects the fashion industry deals with. Amongst fashion-related news, fashionistas should be aware of both luxury and low-end designers, as well as their work. That said, research becomes crucial when understanding fashion lingo whether it be a famous designer, a type of fabric, or a style of clothing. With the combination of all four, fashionistas are readily equipped with all the basic knowledge and more to contribute to the progression of the industry.
The next practice, I found to really evolve my sense of style is through creating mood boards. Whether I use them as a guide for what to buy, look for, or create, mood boards never fail to spark inspiration. I found this practice to not only boost my motivation, but also the organization within my creative thought process. When it comes to accomplishing goals, creating these can become very useful when structure, cohesiveness, creativity, and organization are desired.
Arguably one of the most important ideas mentioned, fashionistas should utilize their creative skills every day. It’s amazing how Fashionistas have such deep-rooted passion for creating and curating outfits that it create a priceless form of confidence. It would be a waste to not take advantage and utilize your talent every day. Once practicing becomes consistent, it forces one to advance their skills because they are constantly learning and improving from their mistakes. In addition to advancing skills, having time in the day spent on something you are truly passionate about, can boost motivation and satisfaction making you happier in general. This practice of doing something creative doesn’t have to be a full-on project, it could be as simple as writing down a list of creative ideas.
This next practice involves never letting money get in the way. At first, most people can become discouraged when unable to afford luxury items, or new clothes that fit a certain trend or aesthetic. What people don’t realize is that not having the privilege to buy whatever clothes have a hidden privilege in itself. This hidden privilege is created through the more innovative, and creative ways we can view the fashion industry. That said, it has forced me to view clothes in a different light to the extent that if I see something, I think about whether I could easily make it or find it at the thrift. This mentality has not only helped me find more unique pieces to add to my closet, but also clothing that is more sustainable (thrifted) and ethically produced (made by me). Along with the concept of money, many people don’t realize the number of free resources available for people that aspire to work in the fashion industry. From free sewing labs to free fashion courses online, there are several ways to step foot into the industry without breaking the bank.
Grit can be defined as courage and resolve, the strength of character. After watching a video on grit two years ago, my life changed. Understanding grit has taught me a multitude of priceless lessons that no one could ever take away. It is the power of passion and perseverance that transforms goals into reality. It has forced me to never underestimate myself, compare myself to others, or seek other’s validations. The biggest, most important takeaway, if you want something to happen, make it happen.