You Don't Have to Be a Designer to Work in Fashion

Growing up, I was dead set on becoming a designer. Blame it on my Barbie Fashion Designer PC game, but I was so laser-focused on what I wanted that I sketched my prom dress when I was 10 (spoiler—it didn’t make the cut senior year). At the time, I thought there was no other way to break into the industry, especially once I graduated from college and had to start looking for jobs. It turned out I wasn’t great at designing, despite creating the chicest ensembles for my Barbies, but I did have an eye for fashion trends and writing about them. Then it hit me: I could be a fashion editor.

What I’m trying to say is that there are a dozen other jobs within the fashion industry that might not be as noticeable when you’re in school. Take everyone at Who What Wear, for example. Throughout my time here, I’ve met and become friends with some of the industry's brightest, including Michelle Plantan, our executive director of creative strategy. She heads up our social team, and she’s kind of la magnetic force around the office (also, her wardrobe is perfection—so many vintage pieces!). I wanted to chat about her career journey to give you all a glimpse into just one really cool job within the fashion industry. Keep reading to find out if this could be the career path for you…