Seamless success: 4 tips for breaking into the fashion industry

Stevie Cape is a young designer at Terry de Havilland. The designer shoes are stocked in some of the world’s most famous luxury stores, and the brand lists Paloma Faith, Lady Gaga and Cara Delevingne as fans.

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Stevie's top tips

It can be difficult to know where to start, with so many routes, courses and apprenticeships available to fashion enthusiasts these days. Having once been in a similar position, here are my top tips to help you get your foot in the door.

Find your dream role

The fashion industry can be complicated, with so many possible roles, so start by identifying what your dream job is.

Deciding whether you want to be a buyer, designer, marketer or anything else and researching the job thoroughly will give you a good idea of what you’ll need to do to land this career.

Work experience and internships are key

This really is the key to breaking into the fashion industry — dedicating your time to your passion will benefit you greatly and make it more likely for you to succeed. 

You need to be motivated to work for what you want, as well as being prepared to miss out on some things now to get to where you want to be in the future. 

You’ll gain skills and knowledge first-hand from fashion experts and make a name for yourself — and if you make a good impression they might even offer you a position! 

Start a blog 

Setting up a blog is completely free, and you can easily use it to show your own style and personality. The blogging and influencer industry is at an all-time high, so immersing yourself in it sooner rather than later is best.

Use your blog frequently to post unique and impressive content, acknowledging current trends and incorporating these into your posts.

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Many bloggers also choose to use their social media platforms as ways to share their content, with many fashionistas uploading outfit photos and tagging brands to get noticed — this could potentially present opportunities with these companies if they like your style, so be sure to do something that makes you stand out against the crowd!

Create a portfolio

Show future employers what you’re capable of by creating a portfolio. This will be a good talking point in any interviews, as well as allowing you to show off your creativity. 

Things as simple as keeping a book of the designs you hope to see come to life in the future can be a big help in selling yourself to the employer, as well as motivating you to achieve your goals.

 
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"Show employers what you’re made of..."

 

The fashion industry is extremely competitive, but don’t let that stop you. Show employers what you’re made of by following my top tips for breaking into the industry!

Stevie Cape

Careers, FashionWeb editor