Being a consultant in the fashion industry requires a lot of dedication and time. At the same time you will need to be knowledgeable and up-to-date with the latest fashion trends as closely as possible. A fashion consultant can be helpful in any fashion oriented career such as in writing, designing of clothes, manufacturing or running a business. Here are a few tips that will help you if you consider taking up a consultancy job in this particular industry.
Learn about fashion
It’s always good to know the history of fashion before you venture in to this field as it is understandable that a consultancy job requires a vast area of knowledge and know-how’s on the industry-including its history and the changes that have occurred thus far. Learning some fashion lingo to complement when you are talking about it will also help in making an impression.
Keeping up with the trends
Reading fashion magazines like Vogue will keep you up to date with the latest fashion trends and the Vogue that is published in your country will also help a lot. Overall, getting yourself equipped with magazines, books, newsletters and newspapers related to fashion will be of great advantage. This is a must as this is what your clients will want at the end of the day from you, your expertise on the field. Apart from magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar etc, attending fashion weeks in your city or watching them on television will give you an idea of fabrics, colors and many other styles that are on trend. However, always be mindful of what suits your specific target clients.
Develop your own unique style
In this industry being individualistic and unique in your own style is what will set your reputation and make an impression. So don’t be afraid to experiment with your own clothes and some outfits you own may be totally revamped on your own to make it look unique and fashionable. This is a great way of making your mark at the start of your journey. When people start noticing you and your style, the word will naturally get out and is a great tactic to market your services. Of course, this is if you don’t overdo it and make a positive impact in the people’s minds so that they too would want to follow your style.
As a consultant, it would be vital to create a fashion journal that depicts your eye for fashion, your unique style and trends. You can also draw outfits that you think would suit on various body sizes and shapes and give recommendations. These will add value to your services.