Fashion forward: how to stay ahead of the game in the fashion industry
Whilst some people are blessed with a natural sense of style others can find following fashion extremely difficult. But the truth is that fashion, styling and design are all very personal and there are actually no rules or guidebook that we should be following. That being said, there are a number of tips and tricks that can help you stay ahead of the fashion game.
- Enroll in a Fashion Styling Course
There are various stylist courses and seminars that you can attend in order to learn the basics, such as how to dress your unique body type and dressing age appropriately. Educating yourself via a course is a great way of gaining first-hand experience of the fashion industry, and identifying how to research and keep up to date with the latest trends.
- Experience the Runway
One of the best ways to stay ahead of the game is by attending runway shows. Most designers and fashion labels will show their collections twice a year and these shows are always the best place to see the latest trends. But it’s not only what the models are wearing that you need to pay attention to. Being surrounded by like-minded fashion enthusiasts and how they dress for fashion shows will also give you lots of inspiration for your own signature style. And whilst you don’t have to take what’s on the catwalk literally, it’s important to take note of what colours are being used as well as materials, prints, shapes and the cut of the clothing on offer. Knowing what to look out for when these key trends begin to filter through to the high street will really give you a head start when choosing the season’s must-have pieces.
- Read Fashion Publications
Fashion publications of any kind are an excellent starting point when it comes to finding out what’s hot and what’s not in the fashion industry. The beauty of fashion publications is that they are so easily available. Whether you choose to pick up the latest copy of vogue at the local newsagents, or choose to stay updated with an online fashion bloggers website, either way, these publications will give you an insight into what the trendsetters are loving and loathing.
- Stick with Social Media
Social media sites are also a great place to keep up to date with what the biggest names in the fashion industry are loving. Fashion enthusiasts, bloggers and designers all use social media to advise, promote and showcase how to style the season’s biggest trends. Sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook all allow you to follow designers, celebrities and any other fashion icons that you can draw inspiration from.
- Go Window Shopping
A really simple way of staying ahead of the game is to stay up to date with what’s available in stores. Take some time to explore the shops, taking note of window displays and how key trends are being styled on mannequins. When window shopping, it’s important to avoid only looking into styles you’re comfortable with. Instead, explore new stores you have never bothered to visit before and try on styles that you have never experimented with previously. Doing so could really open you up to new ways of expressing your individual style. It may also be a good idea to take a look at what’s available online; the newest trends can often be available online long before they are available in store, so dedicate some time to online window shopping too.
Hopefully, the tips listed above should give you some inspiration on the easiest ways of keeping up to date with what’s happening within the fashion industry. Your sense of style and individual tastes when it comes to fashion should come from your heart. Those who understand this simple rule are sure to go far when it comes to making a fashion statement.