How to Get Into Fashion If You’re Too Old for an Internship

Fashion is often considered an industry that privileges the young, a notion that’s hard to argue, given the realm’s preference for teenage models and obsession with 20-something It girls. But the fixation on youth is more than superficial—it has an effect on the fashion career world at large, where internships are often crucial to getting your foot in the door. But are there any exceptions? Must someone get their start in the industry at a young age to succeed?

Curious to know what those who have found success in the industry might have to say about this, I reached out to two ladies who are experts in navigating different corners of the fashion world. Below, PR expert Aliza Licht, designer Cynthia Rowley, style consultant Shiona Turini and InStyle editor Ali Pew weigh in.

Scroll down to find out what the experts had to say!