16 Things Fashion Students Are Tired Of Hearing

16 Things Fashion Students Are Tired Of Hearing

Because there's a difference between fashion marketing and management, fashion communication and fashion design.

The fashion industry. A mythical business entity that seems to exist in a world of glitz and glamor. As fashion students, we become accustomed to certain questions, comments and opinions on our chosen line of work. Here is a culmination of the assumptions fashion students are tired of hearing.

1. It must be so nice to have an easy major.

Like all programs, fashion students are required to complete gen ed requirements. Moreover, there's more to our classes than merely shopping and looking at fashion shows. Our curriculum combines consumer behavior with graphic design, marketing and accounting.

2. You seem too smart to be a fashion student.

Because no one pursuing a career in a $1.2 trillion industry could be intelligent or anything.

3. Can you hem my jeans?

First of all, not all fashion students are design students. Contrary to popular belief, there is a wide assortment of fashion programs. Fashion marketing and management (also called fashion merchandising) focuses on the business of the industry, meaning our classes center largely on marketing and finances. Fashion communication emphasizes journalism, while students also learn graphic design and photography skills. Fashion design tends to be the only major where students actually make garments.

Second of all, even if I were a design student, there's no way I would spend my already precious time to hem your jeans for free.

4. Can you give me any outfit advice?

Just because I'm studying clothing, doesn't mean I will instantly know your style. Fashion is subjective. That's part of the appeal. If we're friends I'd be happy to offer my opinion, but when random strangers ask for style advice, things get weird.

5. Did you see last week's episode of "Project Runway?"


6. So you're just in school until you can find a husband, right?

Yes. I spend $40,000 a year, work for free at my unpaid internships and suffer chronic sleep deprivation due to deadlines solely to meet a man. After all, there are so many straight guys in my classes. How ever did you know?

7. You're basically Elle Woods, Blair Waldorf, Miranda Priestly, etc.

As much as I appreciate the comparison, pop culture does a horrendous job of reflecting our industry. While some representations are more accurate than others, movies and television shows tend to be very ineffective portrayals of the fashion industry.

8. How much are you judging me for wearing sweats right now?

I'm not. I promise.

9. Aren't you worried work will get in the way of having a family?

Is this 1954? Yes, a career in fashion is demanding, but no more demanding than a career in politics, medicine or teaching.

10. You know the industry is really competitive, right?

Really? I had no idea. It's not like fashion students are encouraged to intern every summer from freshman year to graduation. Thank you for opening my eyes.

11. So your life is pretty much the real life version of "The Devil Wears Prada?"

Well, given that they they were professionals running a major fashion magazine and I'm a college student I'm going to go with no. I've never had the option of experience of trying to track down an out-of-print "Harry Potter" book for a professor's children, but I'll keep you posted once I officially join the workforce. Now that J.K. Rowling is writing again, you never know.

12. You must have so much free time.

HA. Say that to the three midterms, two presentations and three essays I had to write this week alone, on top of working on my senior capstone.

13. We should go shopping together sometime.

I appreciate that you want to spend time together. Really I do. But can we wait until after the autumn/winter shows have ended? Please? Between classes, market research and ceaselessly following each of the collections I could use a little bit of a breather. Any chance you might be up for coffee or a movie?

14. How do you expect to find a job with such a specific degree?

Yes, a fashion degree is highly specific, nevertheless the fashion industry is a hugely profitable entity. An increasing number of colleges have begun offering fashion programs. Fordham University recently unveiled a fashion law program. Clearly there's a demand for the major.

15. I'm so into fashion. I'm in Forever 21 like all the time. I'm basically a fashion student.

One of the beautiful things about fashion is its ability to transcend boundaries, offering all people the ability to represent themselves in their apparel. That said, a degree in fashion is much more than shopping.

16. Yeah, I could never study something so superficial.

Please stop talking.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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Let's Talk More About Lori Laughlin Facing Up To 20 Years In Prison When Brock Turner Got 6 Months

And he was released three months early for 'good behavior'... after sexually assaulting an unconscious girl behind a dumpster.


To start, Lori Laughlin messed up royally, and I don't condone her actions.

If you live under a rock and are unaware of what happened to the "Full House" star, here's the tea:

Lori Laughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli — and like 50 other celebrity parents — were found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and paid a $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and honest services fraud. You don't need to know what these mean except that she paid $500,000 to get her two daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade Giannulli.

I know you're wondering why they did it — tbh I am too — however, these parents paid the University of Southern California to give admission to her daughters in through the rowing team on campus, despite neither one of them actually playing the sport ever in their life.

Yeah, Aunt Becky messed up and should face punishment, but why is she facing up 20 years when men like Brock Turner are sentenced only six months for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster at Stanford?

I hate to bring up the gender card, but I'm pulling it: Why is Lori Laughlin — a woman who with bad judgement who used money to give an upper-hand to her entitled daughters — face more prison time than a man who willingly raped a woman who wasn't in a right state of mine (or any at all!) behind a dumpster of all places.

The answer? Because the system is a mess.

Yeah, Aunt Becky paid for her daughters to get into a school, giving disadvantages to students actually deserving and wanting to attend a college. Her act was immoral, and ultimately selfish, but it doesn't even compare to what Brock Turner did, and it doesn't even effect others as much his rape survivor.

The most that will happen to the Giannulli girls is an expulsion and a temporary poor reputation, however, Emily Doe (the alias of the survivor) will feel the consequences of the attack forever.

There should have been a switch:

Lori Laughlin and the Target guy should have had to pay other students tuition/student debt while facing prison time, while Brock Turner should have had to face over 20 years with more consequences.

But, that'll never happen because our system sucks and society is rigged. I guess our society would prefer a rapist walking around more so a woman who made a poor choice by paying for her daughters to go to a college.

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