How I Broke into the Fashion Industry

I get a ton of emails asking me how I got my start as a stylist/ fashion expert. There is a common misconception that I got where I am today overnight. That it was just dumb luck, that I happened to know the right people, or that I was just at the right place at the right time.

While some of the above is slightly true, the real truth is that I worked my butt off. I started at the very bottom and worked my way up. I still have a long way to go career wise but as a teacher and a mentor to many aspiring stylists, I have a few things to say on the topic. 425696_383238658413712_1621175357_n

My love of fashion started at a very early age (we’re talking 5 years old, people). I jumped right in by learning how to sew (thank you, Grandma). I made clothing for my Barbie’s, hair scrunchies (memba those?) that I sold a local craft shows, and finally garments for myself.543639_295030130567899_1310406714_n

In high school I designed and made the clothing for our high school fashion shows. I was so in love with fashion that I decided to go to college to study fashion design (parents were less than stoked).208915_442772899126954_1413687102_n

After 4 years I decided design wasn’t for me. I low paying job offer will do that to a girl.  I moved back home and started working retail. A post-college slap in the face.


I an effort to move out of my parent’s house I got a job at AOL working as an executive assistant. Out of sheer boredom I started a blog where I styled people virtually.

In a way, my blog launched my career.281584_383238695080375_1365481210_n

For years I worked fashion-related office jobs to pay the bills but my I wanted to break away from my desk so bad.  I signed up for classes at School of Style (where I know work) and learned how to become a stylist for actual humans. I quit my job and I was off and running.

Well, kinda.

For 2 years I interned and assisted. I needed to build a foundation first by learning from others. Once I had a foundation built I was able to branch off on my own.522844_381433468594231_947564482_n

Today I work steadily as a stylist and a fashion expert.  This career was years in the making. So for those that want in, be ready to humble yourself and work hard. Feed your career and one day it will grow into something beyond your wildest dreams.

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4 thoughts on “How I Broke into the Fashion Industry”

  1. Thank you for sharing your story! I agree with the being humble part and even when you make it, I believe it’s still a requirement in order to continue elevating. Much props to you and I wish you continued success! God bless! 🙂

  2. Unfortunately many people will always believe those who are successful got their thru dumb luck. Its just a way to make themselves feel better about their own lack of ___ (fill in blank with success, love, money, achievement, etc……).
    Your success is a great example of what ambition, hard work and commitment will achieve. Good for you!!!

  3. It’s been SO fun to follow your story and get to know you via Glam/the industry, Lauren. Thanks for sharing this story – you’re a continued inspiration! Looking forward to seeing you soon (I hope). xo H

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