When you hear the word fashion designers, you instantly think of famous designers such as Dior, Chanel, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, and etc. You aspire and want to be as great as them.
You have a passion for fashion, you love to sketch, and you have a great eye for detail. However, is fashion design the right career for you?
Before making any big leaps into the unknown, you need to assess yourself. Who are you and what is your drive? What are you most passionate about? Most importantly, stay focus on who you are.
Love of Fashion
Growing up, my parents always said: “You can become whatever you want. We are in America. It’s the land of opportunities.” On the contrary, they also told me I should become a doctor, nurse, and etc. But I knew that wasn’t what I wanted.
I liked fashion, from the nitty-gritty to all the allure and glamour it came with. However, how do you know what you want to be if you don’t know what you want?
I knew my passion was in the art of manipulating fabrics, embroidery, and beading. I loved embroidering paj ntuab (Hmong story cloths) and draping fabrics on my Barbies since I was a child.
Therefore, my decision to go into fashion design was not a hard choice. The decision came naturally to me. I chose to do what I love. Although my parents didn’t really agree, they went along with it.
Assessing myself, I knew I had already acquired most of the skills that were needed in this career. This helped pushed me even more in the direction of a fashion designer. You can read my blog on the 3 must have skills you need as a fashion designer here.
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Finding the Best for You
Besides those essential skills here are some other ways you can assess yourself to see if fashion design the right career path for you. Start by thinking of the following things: your personality, passion, talent, and finances.
Does fashion fit into your personality? Do you like to DIY or add special touches to your clothes to make it unique? If you like standing out by wearing something custom made then fashion would be a great start.
All personality types can be found in the fashion field, therefore by being focused on who you are, it will help you find the right footing in the fashion world.
Take a deep breath and deeply reflect on who you are, what you stand for, and what you would like to show the world about you, your style, and your clothing creations.
It may be trivial and you think it’s unnecessary but truly think about your personality and what qualities make you unique.
Personally, these reflections have helped me retain my core values about who I am and what I want to show the world. Sometimes during troubled times, these reflections become the foundations that kept me going. I believe that if you reflect and define who you are, it will help you in the future as well.
Ask yourself, do you have a great eye for details? Can you pair colors and patterns for various styles?
Raw talent in the fashion field is viewed as a rare gem. However, everything can be taught. Therefore, if you have a knack for colors then you’re off to a good start. If not, then it will take some time to learn it.
Being able to pick out fine details and styles will benefit you tremendously. It will help you to understand how to create an outfit from the inside out. Once your designs are created, they will be more aesthetically alluring to people. That is why having talent will allow you to start off running and going faster.
Do not worry though. If you do not have the talent, put in some hard work to learn the craft and process. Once you have learned about it, you can test it and gain experience. You will be more than ready to get going after obtaining the experience. Even talent can’t beat experience.
In the fashion industry, you can get many different jobs with a fashion degree. I will dive deeper into this in my next blog. Anyways, if you plan to work for corporate then you wouldn’t need to worry so much about finances.
However, when it comes to being an independent fashion designer, finances play a very important part. Why do I need to know about money? Money and fashion projects go hand in hand. The reason is that you need money to fund the materials to turn your ideas into reality.
With one project or multiple projects, you must always stay on top of your project finances.
Knowing your finances will allow you to make better decisions and ensure that your projects are appropriately funded and successful. I wrote a blog post about budgeting and handling your finances for your project in the link below.
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If you’re still questioning if fashion is the right path for you, I suggest you take the time to assess yourself. Think about the goals that you’ve set for yourself and if a fashion career aligns with it. Stay focus on who you are.
If you’re still unsure, take a couple of classes. Also, take a tour of fashion schools and meet with their alumnus to get a better feel for fashion design.
I wish you all the best of luck finding your own path in the fashion field. If you haven’t yet, join my email list to stay up to date on my blog.