Nowadays it just seems as if everyone has a clothing line. Every time that I get on instagram, I see someone advertising another what many call “instagram boutiques.” These boutiques tend to be solely online and sell just about the same wholesale clothing items that the other ones do. Fast fashion is reaching a whole new level and just about anyone can start their own clothing line now.
One of the main things I have noticed is that these lines pretty much all generate that “Kardashian” style of clothing which is okay. With that you can probably throw in the “instagram models” as well. I feel as if instagram has opened up the way for more models that are different in the way of body type, skin color, hair type, height, etc. to be represented in the fashion industry.
I do not necessarily think my stance on this subject is negative, I think that it highlights the growth in the apparel industry and differences within it.
Back on Novemeber 1st, 2014 I launched my clothing line; TJ Sewer, LLC. I started out working on my own, but as time went on, my business started picking up so I decided to hire help. In the video I tell you all about my experience at my first textile show, how I started my business, what type of people I hired to help me grow even more and my role in my business as of now. In this video, I also talked about my experience in getting contacted by my first store. This video was recorded last month, so my clothing has been in a store for about a month now. I will do a future video on my experience thus far and how you can get into a store yourself. If you have any other questions that I did not answer…
I just got back from NYC on Saturday. The trip was a week long and it was for a class called “Fashion Study Tour” and as a part of it we visited various fashion companies. We were told that we had to dress professionally on these visits. However, the majority of my classmates did not follow that rule.
Instead of dressing professionally, they dressed as if they were in a Free People catalog. I do not know if they think just because they are fashion majors/minors that the standard of professional wear does not apply to them. Personally, whenever I am told to wear something professional, I wear something that I could wear on a job interview. We spoke to a fashion market editor for a magazine while there and he had my same sentiments. A nice blouse and nice pants or a skirt is all you need. Sure, once you get hired the attire may be more laid back and up to own discretion. My professor likes to say “creative professional” which means to wear the typical outfit, but throw in a pattern or color without it being too distracting or overwhelming.
My point is that no matter what your major is or what you plan on doing with your life, it is important to know what professional wear is and how to dress that way.
One thing that I do to switch up my look is to not wear the same outfit twice. By that I mean if you’re wearing a striped sweater, blue jeans, and brown combat boots, the next time you would keep the same pieces, but wear wine colored pants. You can also add something to it to make a statement like a scarf or a chunky necklace.
It’s an easy thing to do when you don’t want to spend money buying new clothes, but you want to change up your look. Plus, it finally gives you a reason to pull out all of those clothes you having in your drawers and closet.
Here’s an example of Kim Kardashian implementing this idea:
My Twitter feed went crazy when Rihanna appeared on the red carpet, but I actually love her in this Giambattista Valli gown. I think it is so feminine and elegant. It is definitely different from her usual style, but she’s one of the few that can actually pull this off.