If The Idea Of Networking Makes You Want To Vomit

Networking for fashion designers can be tough to stomach. But when you’re starting a clothing business, making contacts you can rely on, and who can rely on you is critical for your success. Here are Jane’s sure-fire tips for networking, especially for people who hate networking.

When you think about networking, what comes to mind?

Drinking warm beer from a plastic cup smiling at people? No, that was college.

Drinking warm white wine from a plastic cup smiling at people and handing out business cards? Aha, that’s more like it.

And if the idea of networking really does make you want to vomit, read on…

I mean, what do people do with all the cards you hand out? What do you do with all the cards you collect? Going out on a limb here, I’m gonna say… um, nothing.

They don’t get thrown out right away. That would be rude. They just get put in a big pile on your desk. Or get crushed at the bottom of your purse -for a few weeks -or maybe a few months only to remind you of how you should feel guilty about doing nothing with them.

Sound familiar?

There must be a better way…

Jane’s Brain Tips on Networking… and they’re guaranteed Not To Make You Vomit…

What I call networking is about real relationships, not winning a business card popularity contest. It’s about having someone to call when you have an industry-related question. You want to build a “network” of people you rely on and who can rely on you.

I can just hear you asking… How do I do this, Jane? I don’t know anybody!

1) Pick one (or two) industry related groups and commit to attending regularly. Get on a committee and really get to know some people. This way you’ll have a small group of people who know you and (hopefully) like you – a real asset.

But beware…joining a group only for the contacts is a bad idea. Be sure you’re interested in what you’re doing or it will be painfully obvious to the group – and pretty lame.

2) The point of “networking” events is NOT to meet as many people as possible. The point IS to meet some people with whom you will follow up. I suggest you get the other person’s card and write something about them on it for you to remember later. The day after the event, “maximize the relationship” by getting in touch with the people you met. Don’t just write an email, “Great to meet you last night. Would love to get together sometime.”

3) Send them something useful for their business or their life – an article, a YouTube link, a restaurant recommendation; anything that pertains to them that they’ll appreciate. (Check the back of their card to see what you wrote about them!) Then make a note in your calendar and schedule a date to reach out to them in the future. Which leads to my next point…

4) Dig a well before you’re thirsty. This phrase (from Harvey Mackay) is telling you to be a resource for other people before you call them asking for help. If you make it a habit to help people out without asking for anything in return, it will come back to you.
And the last no puke tip…

5) Once every few months, ask someone you admire or respect for breakfast or coffee. Arrive prepared with questions and try to discover the “secrets” to their success. They don’t have to work in the fashion design industry, you can learn from anyone. It will take about an hour of your time and you might be surprised about how much you’ll gain from these coffee dates. Send a hand-written thank-you note after your meeting.

© 2010 Jane Hamill, Fashion Brain Academy

Pinteresting Now Takes on DIY Beauty, Fashion and Health

The social media platform Pinterest is an incredible source for well, anything you’d ever want to know. With so many categories to browse through, you can easily spend hours perusing the website. I know I have spent more time than I’d be willing to admit pinning fashion ideas, hair, and beauty tips in my favorite area of all, DIY. If you haven’t checked out the website already, be prepared to spare at least an hour of your time because it really is an endless treasure trove of inspiring things.

Hair and Beauty
Again, my favorite part of Pinterest is their DIY category and this certainly extends to areas of hair and beauty. I have never been too creative with my own hairstyles, but with step-by-step instructions at my fingertips, I figured why not give it a try? There are so many great tips, it’s hard to find something that doesn’t appeal to me. With Pinterest, everything that’s there has already been pre-filtered by the members that post them to the site. This saves me so much time from scouring the Internet myself.

My favorite things to look at in hair and beauty are pins that aim at taking the mysticism out of seemingly hard to achieve looks. For instance, the hair bow, which I was able to recreate in a matter of minutes on the first try. Other favorites in these categories include ways to maintain your cosmetics and skincare products. The other day I just found a way to repair my broken compact powders and eye shadows by simply breaking it apart, adding alcohol and letting them dry.

I have so many items on my to-do list of DIY fashion projects. In fact after discovering so many brilliant ideas on Pinterest, a friend of mine and I are planning to designate an entire day to crafting. One of my favorite ideas is to create your own studded garments, simply by gluing on the pieces yourself. I plan to do this with a pair of old shoes that could definitely use some updating. I myself have no skill whatsoever with a sewing machine, but for those of you that are, Pinterest has tons of posts on how to create your own stylish clothes.

I managed to preserve a favorite bra of mine that had it’s under wire protruding from the side by using a really simple method. I used some strips of moleskin that I bought at the drugstore and applied them sparingly to the problem area. The strips have the same sort of texture and color that my bra has so it blended in well and did a great job of preventing any further damage (to me and my bra).

I have found a ton of interesting tips to improve the health of my skin. Most of the things posted on the site are either free or very inexpensive, which I of course love. This includes an acne spot treatment and/or mask that consists of dissolved aspirin and water that supposedly reduces redness and swelling associated with acne as well as prevents any future outbreaks.

Seek Complete Fashion Guidance From Fashion Designers Book

A good fashion designers book is one of those things that every fashion enthusiast must own. Not only can a good book introduce you to the best of the latest style collections in the most appropriate and systematic way, but it can also help unleash the creativity in you. A good book does not only teach, but it also helps you realize what your aspirations are and what you can do to make your own style statement.

While selecting a fashion book, it is a good idea to make sure that it contains the kind of stuff that matches your needs and tastes. For instance, if you are mostly into casual wears, then there is no point in buying something that deals with formal suits and ties. A good idea in such cases is to instead check the famous magazines and see how much you like them. If the magazines are too expensive you can keep a watch out for garage sales, etc, where you can get second hand magazines at really cheap prices.

For the more serious learner, however, it is a great idea to opt for something that is less commercial and teaches style more directly and seriously. Find out about the books that designers in fashion prescribe for their students, since they make great options.

Also, once you have purchased a fashion designers book, take adequate care to keep it well. Do not do away with those books just because you are tired of seeing the same things again and again.

Collect them and store them away if needed, because there is quite a good chance that someday in future you would want to dig them out again and refresh your memory with the same things you got tired of earlier!

High School Fashion – Is Your Fashionable High Schooler Bound for the Fashion Industry?

If you have a teenager, chances are that you are already well aware of the way that they dress. Even teenagers that don’t think they are getting dressed up for school are getting dressed up more than most present day adults ever did.

It is something about schools in which the kids seek each other’s approval and high school fashion helps them do that. High school is like a fashion show, and due to the fact that not every kid’s parents can afford Gucci and Fendi, that may or may not be a good thing. There are various components of high school fashion that kids seem to care about that relate directly to the industry today.

The Shoes

When you are a teenager, the shoes matter just as much if not more than the rest of the outfit. These days in fashion, the shoes are another important facet of the outfit that is similar to what is going on in high school. Okay, so designer shoes are not nearly the same as the Air Force Ones that kids are sporting in their high school fashion ensembles these days, but they are still important.

The Jeans

Ripped jeans, cut off jeans, holey jeans-you name it, high school fashion [http://www.fashion-school-info.com/high-school-fashion.html] has it. Does that sound familiar to you? Battered jeans are all the rage these days; models in ripped up jeans are up and down the runways like wildfire. Many people think that this doesn’t matter, but it has more similarities to realistic fashion than people think.

The Shirt

The shirt is another important part of high school ensembles, but what type of shirt can change on a day to day basis. Polo shirts and certain types of tee shirts are the rage in high school and since there is a dress code they have to drastically tone down what is on the runway. Outside of high school, though there are many different styles going on with both males and females that are worth noticing. New spins on 70s and 80s clothing styles are great for shirts these days, and they are also great for high school fashion as well so long as things are kept rather subdued and appropriate for a learning environment.

High school fashion is an important part of the regular fashion industry these days. There are so many ideas that are inspired by what teenagers are putting together, and for good reason. Kids have some good ideas as to what looks great; perhaps even your child has that knack for fashion that you should look out for.

Fears Behind False Fashion

False Fashion is it for you? What you have to bear in mind when keeping up with all the newest trend is, that never once were you in the designer/s thoughts when putting his/her creation together.

How many times have you cringed at styles knowing at the back of your mind how hideous you would look dressed in what was designed for the catwalk?

Top designer labels do not come cheap and can be quite expensive leaving you broke because you want to keep up with the Jones’s
Ever felt stupid when attired up to nines to stop the jibes from your friends, keeping up with fashion is all well and good, but if you are not comfortable with your appearance then do something about it. Start by ignoring nasty remarks, true friends do not pass judgement unless in your favour.

It makes sense to put your own fashion ideas to use and into the bargain cost effective. Design your own label? Who knows may be your friends will want a piece of the action. Top designers started this way.

When out shopping; find a shop selling quality gear for half the price of what it would cost to dress in designer gear. You will find similar or duplicated designs to the latest craze in most stores. Is the content of your wallet/purse holding you back from making a purchase. Then get yourself to the local second hand shop and pick up a bargain.

Stick with the trend by wearing the colours in fashion. Charity shops donate to good causes, so as well as looking a million dollars you help the starving people of the world.

Uneasy with the new boob tube where the bare fleshy stomach is on full view, then narrow it down to a glimpse for the onlooker, add a little lace tassels or beads.

Belts do not do down well for the pleasantly plump, okay so we find an alternative. Gather leather strips, braid/plait them together then hang the twisted menagerie loosely around the waist add a little glitter to spice it up, this will not only look effective but complement your size.

How to get away with no boots if money is tight

Buy a closed in shoe then get a matching pair of coloured knee/ankle length socks and hey presto from a distance a pair of boots How good is that?

What is the point of expensive designer labels when the only person that gets to see that new outfit is you? all because the bank balance states 0.00 where you do not get to party till your next payday, and by then with the fashion industry as it is, the oufit may well be past its sell by date.

False fashion is what it is. Your height, weight, skin type was never taken into account by the designer unlike the rich stars. How on earth can you look your best by other folks choices? Think about it if anyone knows what will suit you? is you.

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