I don’t want to sit here and brag (totally not my style), but I am fortunate enough to say that I now have my dream job. I’m the West Coast style director at Who What Wear. How cool is that? Like most things, though, the journey wasn’t necessarily easy—but I set a goal and followed my dream until I achieved my version of success. Now, that’s not to say there’s not more to come, but right now I couldn’t be happier.
So how did I land a coveted editorial role in fashion? Below, I’m sharing my journey, including the tips that helped me climb the corporate—well, fashion—ladder. These tricks will apply to those of you interested in scoring a gig in fashion, but many will apply no matter what industry you’re in.
Keep scrolling to learn more about my career path. Plus, go a bit further to shop stylish 9-to-5–appropriate items to impress.
While your interests will undoubtedly evolve and change over time, I identified what I truly love early on in my college career, and then I figured out how to make a career out of it. The old saying is true: If you find something you love, the money will come because you’ll work that much harder to achieve your dreams. I’m originally from Wisconsin and went to school in the state, but I always loved fashion, theater (I love entertaining), and magazines, so an adviser of mine suggested majoring in communications, where I could use my creative passion to pursue a job in public relations or journalism.
A camel-colored blazer feels incredibly fresh for the season.
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Give your basic black pencil skirt a break.
We'd suggest wearing this dress just like it's show here—over trousers for a forward-feeling look.
Every woman needs the perfect tote to throw her entire life into and go.
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There are so many things right with this blouse—the beautiful print, gorgeous fabric, and the on-trend pussy bow to name a few.
You can dress these cropped pants up with a blouse, blazer, and heels or down with a pullover and flats.
The perfect bag to wear when you're racing between meetings.
You'll literally want to live in this gorgeous cashmere sweater.
The perfect ring to wear every single day.
You seriously can't go wrong with pointed flats for the office.
This is one way to stand out in your next board meeting.
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Opening Image: Sandra Semburg