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How To Become A Fashion Expert

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I don’t know everything. I didn’t know New Mexico was a state until yesterday. I also don’t know everything about the fashion industry, but I would say I know more than the average Joe. I also know that we are constantly bombarded with information from the fashion world and it can be hard to determine what is reliable. I thought that I would break down my favorite resources that I use to keep up with the ever-changing industry because staying educated is key to creating a future in fashion. Just in time for September too! *wink wink*

The biggest advice I can offer is to read. I don’t mean skim Vogue every month and call it a day either. Nothing makes me cringe more than people assuming that Vogue is the best source of fashion news because that is totally insane. It’s a good source, but for reasons I’ll get to later.

I’ll start with what I read daily. First and most importantly, is the Business of Fashion. Most fashion students are required to read this and that makes total sense because it is a wealth of information. I recommend signing up for the daily newsletter to get an easily decipherable list of the most important articles.

I also try to read The Fashion LawThe Fashion Law every day. This is another typical requirement for fashion students. This isn’t the most interesting material in my opinion, but it still full of important current fashion events. Fashion houses are constantly suing, being sued, threatening to sue and all other kinds of legal stuff, so there is plenty of articles to read daily.

For a more fun daily dose of fashion, I read Manrepeller. This is a fresh and lively website lead by Leandra Medine, who I absolutely adore. Her approach to dressing yourself and the way she writes is absolutely fun. All of the contributors really understand her vision and it makes for great daily content. They also have a great social media platform that is worth following.

Lastly, I have to stress how beneficial your social media feed is. Following fashion update accounts on Twitter can really help strengthen your fashion knowledge because you get a good dose of information just from scrolling through your feed. My all time favorite account is @THEIMONATION. The person who runs the account remains anonymous, but their content is spot on. They are timely, opinionated, educated and everything the fashion industry needs. Their website also has a handy dictionary of important fashion figures and it is a great reference.

The other outlets I’m gonna talk about all occur at different intervals. The timing of articles and videos honestly just depends on what is going on in the fashion world.

Something I look forward to every week is having Vanessa Friedman in my inbox. If you don’t know who she is, which you should, she is the Chief Fashion Critic and Fashion Editor at the New York Times. Every week she does a recap of everything that happened in the fashion industry since the previous Friday and she calls it Open Thread. If you have any interest in a future in the fashion world, I recommend you worship every word she says.  

Someone you probably haven’t heard of is Luke Meagher or HauteLeMode. Luke is my absolute favorite YouTuber and he should be yours too. He has some of the most informative fashion videos out there, impeccable style and brutally honest opinions that are so rare to hear. I thoroughly enjoy every video he posts.

There are a couple documentaries that I want to mention too. My all time favorite is The September Issue because the world of Anna Wintour is fascinating. I watched it right after I watched The Devil Wear’s Prada for the first time and it was reassuring, to say the least. Next in line is The First Monday in May which breaks down the craziness that is the Met Gala. Dior and I is another great one that follows the total legend that is Raf Simons.

Lastly, I’m going to throw in something somewhat controversial. American VogueAmerican Vogue has been a symbol of fashion for 125 years now, but we all know the mess that it has become. The stories aren’t as genuine and so are the cover stars, but the one thing that remains in tact is the ad campaigns. This is where the controversy comes in because some people are very vocal about their distaste for the magazine’s reliance on brands, but I disagree. It might be my interest in advertising and PR shining through, but I love the ads in Vogue. Seeing glossy pages filled with the most glorious high-end designs is one of the most satisfying parts of my month.

I hope this was somewhat helpful to someone! As I mentioned before, I don’t know everything about fashion whatsoever, but all that I do know I know from everything I put in this article. Enjoy these tips as much as I do!

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Written by Madi Carpenter

A fashionista fueled by coffee.

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