Men's fashion may not get quite as much attention as women's, but if you are interested in working in the industry, you can be part of changing that. It's still a tough and competitive business, so you'll need to do everything you can to help ensure that you have what it takes to succeed.
Choosing Your Focus
What do you want to do in fashion? You should think about what position you want to have. Do you want to be a fashion designer, or do you want to be the one who tells the world what designers are doing, working in public relations or journalism?
Fashion merchandising and marketing are also possibilities in this area. If you study fashion production, you will be learning about the process from the very beginning, from obtaining textiles through manufacture and getting the finished product to retailers.
If you are interested in economics or green manufacturing, this might be an interesting area for you. Styling and visual presentation will give you the opportunity to design the environment where fashion is shown, such as showrooms, exhibits and fashion shows. Finally, you might have a passion for fashion photography. Find out as much as you can about the industry and try to apply for schools that have a strong program in your area of interest.
Paying For School
College can be expensive, but you can pay for it in several different ways. Your own savings, scholarships, grants and loans can all provide money for college. Even if you don't qualify for federal loans, you may be able to finance making your mark in the industry with loans from a private lender. Shop around for the best interest rates and repayment plan from these lenders.
Making the right connections as you plan your career and getting internships can be crucial, and sometimes your first job out of college can come from an internship. Be open to the opportunity of interning in fashion even if the actual position is different from the corner of the industry where you see yourself eventually.
Some internships are paid, but this is not always the case. If you can't get a paid one and can't afford an unpaid or low-paying internship, any kind of experience can be helpful, including working in men's retail fashion. You should also look into joining any relevant professional organizations and trying to attend conferences and seminars both online and offline.
Find Your Strengths
It may sound like a cliche but be yourself. In a creative field like this, you are the brand, and what you are uniquely able to bring to the world of fashion can be the very thing that leads to your success. Follow your favorite designers and influencers online and think about your work in relation to theirs and what you think you can bring to the industry.
Experimenting with your own fashion can help you find those strengths as well. Fashion is an art form, so as is the case, with any kind of art, you can take inspiration from many things: cinema, paintings, nature and much more.