It’s not always easy to keep up with the Joneses in the fashion industry. The pressures of deadlines, unreasonable customers and the ever-changing fashion landscape can take their toll. For the fashion savy, a little creative thinking can go a long way.
Fortunately, there are a few tried and true methods for beating the odds. Some tips include investing in a slick sketch book, a decent marker, a good quality paper and a couple of colored pencils. Another is to get in touch with the right people. With a bit of luck, you can find yourself a steady stream of work.
A fun and informative way to do this is to organize a design competition. This may seem like a daunting task, but it can be made easier with a cleverly disguised timer. You can assemble a small but select group of colleagues and gamify the process. One fun challenge is to create the most elegant and interesting design. Afterward, a small smattering of designers can present their creations to the judges. After all, the winner will walk away with bragging rights for a year.
If you can’t commit to the idea of designing your own clothing line, you might consider freelance gigs. Not only is this a cheaper alternative, but it can be a great way to test the waters before jumping in full time.