Why I Will Never Want a Career in Fashion

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One of the most-asked questions I receive from family members and strangers is if I would ever want to pursue something fashion-related as my full-time job. In fact, when I was a senior in high school, people would often ask me, or even assume, that I would want to study fashion in college. Obviously, I took a very different route by studying criminology and geography. I started college wide-eyed and undeclared, but I always knew fashion was on the list of things I did not want to study. When people asked me again during my Graceful Rags tabling event last week whether or not I wanted a career in fashion (or if I would ever blog full-time, if the opportunity presented itself), I was not surprised to find that my answer was still a quick and unequivocal “no”.

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Why, then, would someone who loves fashion as much as me—a near-adult who still frequently hosts fashion shows for herself in her closet and who spends her free time obsessively logging cost per wear in an Excel spreadsheet—pass on a career in fashion?! It seems like a dream job for me, right?

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Wrong. The answer has always been very simple: I have never wanted to pursue a job in fashion because I don’t think it would ever be challenging enough.

Don’t get me wrong—fashion blogging is very difficult. It’s way harder than it looks and takes significantly more time and strategy than simply posting a picture of yourself online every once in a while. And while I’ve never had a real job in fashion, I can only imagine that the selling, buying, and forecasting that occurs in fashion merchandising jobs are also very difficult. In fact, the industry is notorious for being cutthroat, and I highly respect anyone who works in fashion.

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Of course fashion-related jobs would present their own set of challenges, but I guess I just can’t imagine myself in a career completely unrelated to the sciences. I’ve always been very curious and enjoyed school (for the most part, even if I say otherwise), and in high school, I was convinced I wanted to study a hard science like biology or chemistry. I quickly realized those majors would be a lot more stressful than what I was wanting, but I still consider myself a scientist at heart—always looking to problem solve and approach even day-to-day dilemmas through the lens of the scientific method.

I just happened to fall in love with criminology my freshman year, but I also realized it was too fluffy for me—I wanted something more concrete and testable than the wishy-washiness of the social sciences. That’s why I added geography (which yes, is still a soft science) but at least it involves chemistry, biology, and physics when studying topics such as the composition of the atmosphere, biomes, and remote sensing.

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Who knows, maybe I am not giving fashion enough of a chance. Perhaps there is a job out there that would perfectly meld my love of clothes with my need for the scientific method. But even then… part of me fears that having a job in fashion would ruin my love for it. A passion for clothes is something I will always be able to pursue, every morning, when I wake up and get dressed. If I turn that into a job that becomes something stressful and necessary to pay the bills, would I look at it differently? Even my blog, which I started as a way to share my love of fashion, has some days turned into nothing more than a demanding to-do list item.

That’s not to say I haven’t imagined myself in various fashion positions over the years. Watching “The Bold Type” made me dream of working at a fashion magazine, and the thought of styling celebrities for red carpet events is exhilarating, to say the least. I could be happy in any fashion-related job… but I do not think I would be satisfied.

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I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be blogging, but it will likely only be a few more years—I can’t imagine myself getting married, having kids, and sharing the whole journey on the internet, like several influencers out there. There are lots of things I would like to remain private, and I am becoming increasingly tempted to delete all social media and return to my status of living under a rock. I will make that leap someday. But I also know it will feel like a part of me is missing without my blog.

So no, I never plan on pursuing a career in the fashion industry, nor do I ever plan on blogging full-time (if I ever even made enough money to do so). I have always and will always love fashion, but it belongs as a hobby in my life. I look forward to starting a personal styling side business eventually, like when my kids are young and I want to spend most of my time at home with them, but even that would only ever be a side business—a hobby that just happens to make a little bit of income.

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What about you, have you ever considered a job in fashion? Would you want to or do you already blog full time? I completely understand why other influencers are so drawn to that dream—it seems like a really fun job and I commend them; it’s just not for me.

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And lastly, I want to say a quick word about this outfit. This Cabi sweater cracks me up because my mother sent it to me freshman year of college, which was absolutely shocking. She has a very modest style and would not approve of this outfit or cropped items—which begs the question, why did she send me the most cropped sweater ever?? She said she saw it at a Cabi trunk show layered over a chiffon tank top (which she also got me). That layered look is… unusual, to say the least. Yet it’s also difficult to wear this sweater alone because it is so cropped. I had only worn it twice before, but my cost per wear spreadsheet was screaming at me to wear it more. I decided to style it for class on Tuesday with these grey jeans and black accessories for an edgy look. I love how the outfit came together, but that sure is a lot of very pasty stomach on display! Definitely out of my comfort zone.

As always, thanks for stopping by the blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s topic below!

 

Miles of smiles,

Grace

 

Black Cropped Sweater: Cabi, $89 | Grey Jeans: Express, $19, last worn here | Black Knee Boots: DSW, $100, last worn here | Sunglasses: Sungait, sent to me by brand, last worn here, buy exact here | Snakeskin Belt: Francesca’s, $9, last worn here | Black Fringe Purse: Gift, $50, last worn here

16 comments on “Why I Will Never Want a Career in Fashion”

    1. Thank you Mireille! I’m glad you liked the post. I think I had more fun blogging back in the day when I just did it to do it, instead of putting myself under so much pressure nowadays, haha!

  1. What a great post! Fashion is a trillion-dollar global industry with boundless opportunities to express one’s creativity in exciting and diverse ways, but I could never imagine myself doing it unless it would be working as a sustainability officer. The harm the fashion industry is causing to our environment is undeniable and something has to be done about it. Thanks for sharing, and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

    1. Yes, it is so damaging! Being a sustainability officer is a really interesting idea – I wonder if I would enjoy that. I have taken several sustainability courses in my geography classes and am always thinking about how they relate to fashion!

  2. The majors that you chose are so interesting. I studied Criminal Justice for awhile but then when I realized the only thing I could do with a Criminal Justice was be a social worker (unless I went to law school) I changed majors. Such a fun, edgy look.

    1. I get that! People are always asking what I want to do with criminology and I always tell them, Uh, I don’t want to be a cop or parole officer, nor do I want to go to law school, so I don’t know. Haha. I enjoy learning about it but not sure how much I’ll actually use the major!

  3. Grace, I really enjoyed reading this post and your thoughts about careers in fashion. I feel pretty much the same as you. I would be happy in a career in fashion but I doubt I would ever be satisfied! I went the whole retail management route in college and right after, but that was a horrible job choice for me! I am blessed to be able to make a little extra income from my blog and keep it as a hobby that nobody depends upon. But I am equally blessed to be able to stay at home and do my hobby at my leisure.

    I love this outfit on you, by the way! The cropped top is super sassy but you are definitely rocking it!

    Shelbee

    1. Thank you Shelbee! Exactly, blogging is so flexible and I love that it can be done whenever you have a free moment. I tried a couple times to work at a boutique during college, just for fun, but nobody will hire me because I have no retail experience! Not sure how I’m supposed to gain experience if all the jobs require a year of prior experience… lol.

  4. There is nothing wrong with being passionate about something other than blogging, like the sciences! For me, blogging has been a great creative outlet and extra $$ for shopping. I’ve also never looked at it as something I would pursue full time, and I also have always said that if it becomes burdensome, or feels like a chore, I will stop. It’s good to know what you want and don’t want. =) I’m very excited to see what career choices you make after college to follow your passion!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    Amber

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    1. Thanks so much, Amber! I’m impressed that blogging has never felt like a chore to you before. As much as I love it, I do try to stick to a strict posting schedule, which sometimes means having to create content when I’m not in the mood. You photos are always so great; I’m always so impressed by your blog!

  5. This is a great monochrome outfit on you – you rock the cropped top! 🙂

    I agree with you – I love my blog and it’s a great hobby and I’m pleased I generate a little income from sharing things online but it will never be my main income earner. I like keeping it as a hobby and being able to take breaks away from it. I prefer my day job, I don’t know enough about the science (for want of a better term) behind fashion and style and I think knowing would take the joy out of the fun I have. I’m an introvert and the fashion world always seems so extroverted – blogging is the sweet spot for me 🙂

    Hope you are having a good weekend 🙂 We went out to a market day this morning and the kids enjoyed the petting zoo.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Mica – you make some really good points about being able to take a break and also the fashion world being extroverted! That’s such an interesting insight. The petting zoo sounds super fun! Hope your week is off to a great start.

  6. I really loved reading this! You and my daughter are so much alike! It’s good to have a range of interests. I have a full-time job and do my blog for fun. I’ll stop when it’s not fun anymore. Love this edgy look!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    1. Thanks so much, Jill! I’m always so impressed by you bloggers who have such great content and full time jobs at the same time. I’m sure it takes a ton of time and effort! Glad to hear it’s still fun. 🙂

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