Tuesday Ten: Fashion Industry Jobs

Find the right fashion industry job for you

One thing that I’ve learned about the fashion industry over the years is that it’s multifaceted. Branches of the fashion industry grow and stretch beyond being the head of a label and designing clothes. Sure, the industry as a whole is very creativity-oriented. But if sketching and sewing aren’t strengths that you possess, there are still more options out there for you than you might be aware of. Having a career in fashion might look like being buried in clothes all day, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.

I’m grateful to spearhead two clothing lines that I love so much, but Paper Crown and LC Lauren Conrad didn’t just pop up overnight. A lot of hard work and sleepless nights go into building your dream career, and you aren’t a one-woman show when you get to the finish line. What makes a clothing line and the fashion industry as a whole so functional is the village that it took to make it successful. Each one of the positions that I’m listing below plays an important role in making the industry what it is today. Keep scrolling to see 10 jobs that you can work towards if you love fashion…

1. Intern
Being an intern is one of the most valuable experiences that you can give yourself. By interning, you’re given the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a potential career—and decide if you want to continue pursuing said career. If you’re a student I strongly advise you to polish up your résumé and tackle as many internships as you can during your university years. Also, many internships can actually lead to jobs. I have hired interns that I was impressed by. Think of it as a very long job interview.

2. Creative Director
A creative director helps dictate… well the creative direction. They create a vision for the overall brand and usually are the head designer. As a brand grows and enters different categories the teams grow as well. A creative director makes sure that the branding messages is strong throughout.

3. Brand or Sales Representative
Being a brand or sales rep requires having an extensive knowledge in the company that you work for. Typically, brand and sales reps work closely with buyers, bloggers, and editors so that they have an inside look at the newest collections for upcoming seasons. This may be a customer service type position, but it will give you a leg up in the industry.

4. Editorial Assistant
While editorial assistants do have a hand in helping out in all areas of the office, most of your time will be spent aiding copywriters. Tasks might look like research, proofreading, or writing articles. If you consider yourself a strong writer and well versed in the fashion industry, this position could be for you.

5. Marketing or Social Media Assistant
Let your passion for visuals and social media shine in one of these fashion industry positions. A marketing or social media assistant should not only be social media savvy on all platforms, but be a self-starting content curator. Social media strategy is key in this position.

6. PR or Advertising Account Coordinator
While you may not be working hands-on with clothing or product, the role of a PR or advertising account coordinator is just as important. Account coordinators help assist account executives in their day-to-day tasks. This might include maintaining client records, processing internal information, sitting in on meetings and conference calls, and administrative duties.

7. Design Assistant
If you’re interested in design and garment making, this role is for you. Design assistants work hand-in-hand with designers by either creating new material or assisting with current designs. By doing this you’ll become familiar with just how much time and energy goes into a label as well as all of the other rewards and challenges. This is a valuable opportunity for those of you who eventually want to become a designer of your own label.

8. Merchandise Buyer or Assistant Buyer
Being a merchandise buyer or assistant buyer means that you’re in charge of pulling product for a company. Your roles and responsibilities include buying product, assessing what product your company should be selling, and determining how much of that product your company might need. The best buyers know to stay ahead of trends and have a knowledge of what their customers are always looking to purchase.

9. Chief Operations Officer
Being COO means being fully responsible for the efficiency (functionality, financially, growth, etc.) of a business. The COO maintains and controls all business operations. This means having the ability to converse and persuade by way of people skills, while also being able to productively lead your team. A COO is not only a business acumen but also extremely well versed in the world of fashion. Your main goal is to secure and maintain function to ultimately drive growth. Decision-making and problem solving are key in this position.

10. Stylist
From outfitting client wardrobes to styling models and everything in between, stylists have a knack for knowing their fashion. Stylists are used in every aspect of the entertainment industry—from television shows to red carpet events, there will always be talent that need to look their best.

While this may seem like an extensive lists of jobs related to the fashion industry, I have probably only scratched the surface. My overall point is to show all of you creative and unique ladies and gents out there that you have options!

Which one of these positions sounds most interesting to you?

I’d love to hear about your dream job in the comments below.

XO Lauren

Photos: @papercrown on Instagram
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  • Nikki McFarlane

    Love this so much!! I’ve wanted to work in fashion ever since I saw Lauren’s first fashion show on Laguna Beach and now at the age of almost 29 (in 1 week) I am about to start my second year at university in the UK studying Fashion Marketing. I’m hoping to be a buyer when I graduate. Thanks for the tips. 💕

    • LaurenConradOnline

      How fun! We know you can do it. Can’t wait to see where you go! xo

  • Kayla Turke

    How would someone go about applying for an internship for the LC headquarters?

    • LaurenConradOnline

      Hi Kayla! If you’re interested in becoming an intern, contact us through our contact form here: https://laurenconrad.com/contact/ and select “Job and Internship Inquiries”. 🙂

  • olaide

    For me….chief operating officer….and i*’m looking for an opportunity to do so. I have the finance experience and I love fashion*….

  • Pauline Verzola

    My dream job is to become an assistant buyer and eventually the GMM. Please hire me.

  • Jacqie Brooks

    Dream job? Editor at WWD. Now I just have to get my one lucky break (or a writing job in general, tbh, that isn’t unpaid).

  • Thank you for sharing these! Being an editorial assistant sounds fun 🙂

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

  • Nandini

    I’d love to become a Creative Director or work in the Editorial area. Currently, I work in advertising, so I just need to figure out how to get my foot in the door for fashion. 🙂

  • Actually getting a job is the question hahaha

  • Ashley

    You didn’t include Merchandise Planner or Allocator

  • Axelle

    I’ve studied Marketing and Communication. And I’ve worked at a Marketing departement for over 3 years, social media is my thing! Unfortunately, the fashion business isn’t that amazing over here in Belgium. Your work is amazing Lauren! Good luck x

  • Alexa Giraldin

    I’ve looked into internship inquiries a few times but never heard anything back at all. I graduated from FIDM and am looking to get my foot in the door somewhere! Working for Lauren Conrad would be a dream.

  • ari michael

    Marketing and social media could be exciting to tackle in the fashion industry! Creating all the pretty visuals would be my favorite aspect since I love doing that now!

    http://www.creatorshaven.com

  • Thank you so much for sharing all of these potential jobs! 🙂 I think the positions in editorial, social media, and marketing are more suited for me, since I love creating content, whether that’s through photography or writing <3

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Petra Solomon

    Thank you a lot for sharing ten Fashion Industry Jobs….! 🙂
    http://www.ballychohan.co.uk

  • I’m very interested in being an editorial assistant, or anything related to writing and editing! That sounds like my dream job.

    blushandfairydust.blogspot.com

  • I’ve always wanted to be a designer and I’m still chasing that dream! Although, buying and styling (and even social media!) sound like fun options too!

    Liz

    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

  • Elena Anzures

    Social media and styling would be the dream, especially for the LC team! How would you recommend I find a fitting internship for the spring semester/summer if I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico? Considering fashion is not popular in Albuquerque but I go to college here and I’m unable to transfer any time soon..