Lauren Conrad's tips for breaking into the fashion industry.

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying our Ask Me Anything month here on One of the questions that I get asked by readers very frequently is how to pursue a career in fashion. I’ve given my advice on this topic before, but now that I have almost 10 years of experience under my belt, I thought I’d share my knowledge once again. Here it goes…

Don’t Confuse Loving Fashion With Wanting to Work in Fashion

Working in fashion is not always as glamorous as it seems. Just like any other highly competitive industry, you put in long hours and a lot of hard work to get where you want to be. It’s easy to confuse loving fashion with wanting to work in fashion, but they are two totally different things (kind of like how reading for pleasure is totally different than reading for a class you’re taking). For some people, it might make more sense to pour your effort into another career, and then spend some of those hard-earned dollars on a shopping trip! You have to really love the whole fashion industry to want to make it your career.

Explore Your Options

A lot of people might think that working in fashion only means being a designer or a magazine editor. But there are so many different roles within the industry. Keep your options open and find the position that is really right for you. Every fashion brand needs publicists, stylists, sales executives, marketing managers, and more to keep everything running. Find a way to apply your unique talents to a job that really suits you. Click here for some good resources on how to land an internship or job in this industry.

Intern or Assist

Learning from experience really is the best way to get started. If you’re still in school I recommend seeking out internships in the fashion industry. They will help you figure out what you want to do, what you don’t want to do, and give you an opportunity to learn from the ground up. If you’re already in the working world, be open to assistant positions. Even if it means getting coffee for someone, you will also be learning valuable skills at the same time. Stay humble, be nice, and I promise you will work your way up. Many successful fashion industry pros started out as someone’s assistant.

There you have it! I hope my tips inspire you to work hard and pursue your dream job.

Have any more questions for me?

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XO Lauren

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  • Gautam Menon

    If you don’t mind me asking, which college are you attending?

    • Elizabeth

      I attend The Art Institutes of St. Louis.