The Life Of A Fashion Major

The Life Of A Fashion Major

The good, the bad, the ugly

For the past six months or so, I have dedicated my life to all areas of fashion, and I have a few experiences which have stuck out throughout these months. While sitting in the warehouse with a Starbucks, feeding my fabric pieces into the needle of the sewing machine, I often reflect on my achievements in this industry.

While returning to campus after dressing models in New York City at New York Fashion Week, I dived right back into my fashion assignments, being reunited with the warehouse I practically live in.

I have noticed as a fashion major, that over time, I truly have learned I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I have been able to uncover my love for the entire fashion industry, whether through constructing garments, designing garments on fashion sketches, or attending NYFW to see what the backstage aspect of the industry is like.

It is the most rewarding feeling to spend months of your life running on little-to-no sleep, feeling at times like the exhaustion might take you over, yet uncovering some of the best experiences possible in the industry of fashion. On top of that, creating garments you’re incredibly proud of is the most rewarding aspect to me in the end.

Often in a major like this one, others find it difficult to consider the amount of work, stress, fatigue, and energy it requires. The dedication needed for this major is extreme, yet when it is time to present my final projects, I look at my work and am able to see the weeks of sleepless nights paying off in the perfected garments.

I always consider myself lucky to be in one of the most rewarding majors—understanding that this hard work is all part of doing something I am in love with.

Being a fashion major, you’ll learn so much about yourself. You’ll learn how to work yourself to your best potential, how rewarding it is to dedicate so much energy and time to something you’re so proud of, and you’ll truly begin to visualize yourself in your future in the fashion industry.

The best feeling ever is taking a step away from the craziness of fashion, and realizing all you want to do is return back to it. I find myself away on vacations or quick weekend trips, and missing the feeling of achievement from designing clothing that I am so proud of.

All-in-all, being a fashion design major is hectic, for sure, but it’s the best kind of hectic there is.

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3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

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7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

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1. Ruffled Tube Tops

Got the stamp of approval from the Queen of Coachella herself, Vanessa Hudgens.

2. Peasant Dresses

This is a really cute look. If you go for the velvet look too, make sure it's not on a day you're outside the whole time because then you will sweat a lot. So... not graduation day.

3. The Ruffled Off-The-Shoulder Look

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4. The Regular Off- The- Shoulder Look

This is great to wear at a family reunion or dinner on vacation.

5. Baseball tanks

The tees were very popular during the fall, and now that it's summer, your shoulders can come out to play.

6. Keyholes

This look can work for your summer internship or a party, depending on what you wear it with.

7. Sheer Tops

Something underneath this is a must, but whether that's a bra or a tank top is up to you.

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This trend started with Samantha from Before I Fall, and before long tons of teen stores started stocking this style of shirt.

9. Lace-up everything

This one doesn't seem to be going away any time soon. It's timeless.

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If you decide to wear something like this keep your accessories minimal so the outfit can be the main focus.

11. Cropped Tube Tops

Even though Chanel's here is quilted, a cinched, peasant style is used more for every day. Unless of course, you are one of the Chanels and this is what you wear to your nursing school residency.

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Yellow is THE Gen Z color, as evidenced by many of their VSCO's.

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16. Deep v Necklines

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17. Lace Jumpsuits

This is a good way to wear lace if you're headed to a business casual event or are going out to dinner with your family.

18. Transparent bags

Chanel has come out with a collection of transparent bags, and other fashion brands are following suit.

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