Lauren Conrad separates fact from fiction about the real world fashion industry

This month on has been dedicated to spring fashion. There’s something so refreshing about starting fresh with a clean slate. Or in my case, a slate full of bright florals and pristine pastels. All month long my team and I have been shedding light on this season’s hottest trends and advice on how you too can make a career out of fashion. Over the years my readers have often asked me for tips for getting into the fashion industry. With almost a decade of experience under my belt, it’s encouraging to take a step back and really analyze all that I’ve learned throughout the years. During my time of reflection, I’ve realized that there are plenty of misconceptions about the fashion industry that are mistaken for truth. So I thought it would be helpful to those who are looking to break into the fashion industry if I debunked 10 of the biggest myths circulating the fashion world. Before you believe everything that you hear, keep scrolling…

1. You must buy all designer clothing.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Having great style doesn’t mean that you’re spending a fortune on your wardrobe. This is one of the main reasons why I love my LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s line so much—fashion should be both chic and affordable. Don’t break your bank and fall into the trap of thinking that your closet has to be filled to the brim with designer names.

2. Fashion is always cutthroat.
While things can get pretty intense in the industry and you need to be resourceful and hard worker to make it, what I love most about today’s assortment of girl bosses is that most of them prefer collaboration over competition. The overall mindset that the fashion industry is a dog-eat-dog world is beginning to change and its resulting in so many beautiful partnerships.

3. You need to have retail experience.
Retail experience can only help you, not hurt you. But it is true that you don’t need to have retail experience to get into the fashion industry. There are plenty of career and internship paths that don’t have so much to do with clothes as they do other skills. If you’re interested in pursuing a fashion industry career outside of design, I recommend taking a peek at this post. It truly takes a team of professionals to execute a successful brand.

4. You’ll be chained to your desk 12 hours a day.
There’s no escaping your desk altogether, but there are jobs in the fashion industry that require hands-on attention. Whether that’s facilitating photoshoots, running around town for fittings and errands, or filling sketchbooks with design material, there’s a lot to be done that doesn’t require you to be glued to your desk.

5. You need to go to fashion school to get a job in the industry.
While going to a fashion and design specific school will help you hone your craft, there are plenty of universities that offer majors that will help you get a leg up in the fashion industry. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you need a bachelor’s degree in fashion to succeed either. For example, Team LC is made up of women with diverse backgrounds in English, public relations, and even advertising.

6. You’ll have to do crazy tasks for your boss.
I’m guilty of performing some crazy tasks while I was an intern, but truth be told you most likely won’t be doing anything outrageous. A little variety in day to day tasks is always fun and keeps the job interesting. Don’t worry, there won’t be any tracking down of an unpublished Harry Potter book like Andy did for Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada.

7. You have to be a size zero.
Every body type should be celebrated. End of story.

8. Fashion Week is glamorous and filled with parties.
Working in the industry, Fashion Week is extremely busy and consists of blood, sweat and tears! It takes a village to execute a smooth runway show, and even then, there are sometimes some bumps and bruises along the way. Celebrating afterwards looks like a lot of tired individuals excited to clink together flutes of champagne though!

9. It’s hard to make friends in the fashion industry.
This myth needs to be debunked ASAP. I have had so much fun collaborating with brands and designers that I love. Making friends makes the fashion industry a much happier place.

10. Everyone is always wearing heels.
I do love a good heel, but most of the work that needs to be done is usually done in my favorite pair of white Converse or LC Lauren Conrad flats, to be honest.

And there you have it! I always want to be honest with my readers, so I hope that by shedding light on these fashion industry myths, you’ll be as encouraged as ever to follow your career dreams.

Are there any other fashion industry myths that you’d like me to debunk? 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

XO Lauren