Dear Career Girl:
How can I learn fashion styling on my own while I'm in high school? Thanks!
Fashion styling is an exciting career to get into. There are quite a few career paths you could pursue as such.
In Los Angeles, it's all about celebs. Whether it's red carpet, magazine editorial, or public appearances, celebs often hire fashion stylists to put their looks together.
In New York, it's much more about magazine editorial. Fashion stylists pull samples from showrooms and top designers, before the looks even go into production, so that magazines can shoot their editorials in advance of the season.
If you want to learn fashion styling while you're in high school, the best thing is to start styling your friends. Visit their closets and put together looks, mixing accessories and layers they might not have thought of.
Another great way to get experience is to start a fashion blog so that you get used to talking about clothes as style, crediting the designers and labels you wear. Once you begin to establish yourself as a fashion professional, reach out to retailers and ask them if you can borrow their clothes for photoshoots. Often department stores will work with credentialed stylists, charging a restocking fee.
For summer, you may want to consider working in retail. It's excellent experience for someone getting in to the fashion industry.
Also, keep in mind that when you're ready for college, FIDM offers a Visual Communications degree that prepares grads for careers as stylists—so that's always an option, too.
Good luck to you, Lydia!
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