5 Things I Wish I'd Known About the Fashion Industry When I Started

I've thought about clothes my entire life. I have fond memories of planning outfits for my various Barbie dolls, forgoing my fourth-grade birthday party for a trip to Gap Kids instead, and spending any allowance I ever earned on something new for my closet.

So you can imagine my excitement when I learned at a young age that I could actually earn a living working in fashion. As I grew up and began figuring out exactly what I wanted to do in the business (I ultimately landed on writing and editing), I spent my spare time learning about the industry—and, more specifically, the publishing world. But TBH, reading every book I could, learning from internships, and, yes, binge-watching The Hills didn't fully teach me everything I needed to know about succeeding in fashion. Sure, I figured it out eventually (I have my dream job now!), but I often wonder if life would've been easier (my magazine assistant jobs were tough!) if I knew more specifics about what I was getting myself into in this oftentimes crazy business.

Now, several years later, there's still stuff I'm trying to learn about the fashion industry, but there are things I wish I'd known way back then too.

Keep scrolling for the seven things I wish I learned at 22. Plus, go a bit further to shop some of my favorite fashion finds fit for any creative job.

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Opening Image: Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème