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Ever Thought About Starting Your Own Clothing Line? Here’s What You Need to Know

Have you ever found that perfect clothing line and just felt as though the designer drew inspiration straight from your head? It is almost as if the clothes were designed specifically for you because they fall so in line with your likes, dislikes, designs, and taste.

 

 

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It might even cause you to feel a little frustrated because you see how popular it is and you think of how you could be on the designing end of that clothing line. But, guess what? That designer felt that same way at some point. At one point in the life and career of that designer, they were new to the trade. They didn’t quite know what was going on or where to start. And, they probably even found themselves envying over other designers that they thought they could only hope and dream to be.

Even large clothing companies, like GCGme, had to have a beginning. The matter of the fact is, we all have to start somewhere. And, if you feel that fire and passion to join the fashion industry and start your own clothing line, then, by all means, use that fire and passion to create something unique and new. Put that drive to good use and reach for the stars.

But, if you are truly thinking about starting your own fashion line, although the fear won’t magically disappear, it never hurts to be prepared with a little advice first:

 

The commitment is real

You’ve probably heard the saying, “the struggle is real.” Well, when it comes to starting a fashion line, the commitment is real, too.

There will be a lot of trials, tribulations, and frustration along the way. So you need to determine from the beginning if you are in it for the long haul. And, while it might sometimes seem like the biggest challenge in your life, the reward will be even far greater than that.

So, start out knowing that you will need to spend several hours drawing and re-drawing your designs. You will need to be dedicated enough to visit fashion shows, parks, clothing stores, and art galleries for inspiration.

To truly design a fashion line that is from the heart, you need to be prepared to fully engulf yourself in this new commitment.

So, don’t forget – the commitment is real.

 

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You need a gotta-have-it item

The key to reeling people into your clothing line is to develop that must-have item. You have to develop that one article of clothing that nobody can live without. Then, this will take customers from loving that item to them thinking “why not try these out, too” when it comes to your other pieces.

It can be anything from a skirt to a shirt. But, start by developing that one key item that your clothing line is centered around.

Start with a prototype

It is probably no secret to you that manufacturing clothes are not cheap. And, while it might be your best work yet, there is still no guarantee that everyone will just fall in love with it. The competition in the fashion industry right now is fierce. So, you need to be sure you know what market you are getting into.

Instead of just making everything and throwing it out there, start by developing a prototype to show potential buyers what they are looking at. Not only does this save you some money in comparison to developing several of the real thing, but it might just be the deciding factor that lands your brand a spot in your local clothing store.

 

The Internet is your friend

Of course, just about every fashion designer wants to have a brick-and-mortar store. A solid, physical store that has their name plastered everywhere and is just a unit full of their products. But, the overhead on a physical store is quite high.

So, start by setting up an e-commerce store. The Internet is your friend and e-commerce is simply selling your products via the Internet. There are several sites you could use to sell your product at first. Then you could eventually get your own site to market your product using a web hosting platform such as Shopify. It saves you a ton of money, you can operate from home, and honestly, what customer isn’t shopping on the Internet these days?

 

The Final Touches

Nobody said starting your own clothing line would be easy. But, it will most likely be worth it regardless of the outcome. The experience and opportunities you will be presented with will help you in several aspects of life, for years to come.

 

Have you ever thought of starting a clothing line? Did you go ahead with it? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

*Collaborative post.

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Style Icon – Melania Trump

Since the US elections last year, President Trump has attracted a huge amount of bad publicity. His wife Melania Trump was not left out of media attention. Although not attracting attention for political reasons, Melania has been quite a fashion diva. It’s difficult to ignore Melania’s commendable fashion sense as she goes from one event to another looking amazing.

 

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What I like about her style is she’s still in touch with her background as a former fashion model and she rocks almost every outfit anywhere she goes to, whether it’s a formal or a casual event.

In the past couple of months, America’s First Lady has kept a low profile, yet her style speaks volumes. So, I think we can still learn a lot from her personal style. Melania is clearly a woman who knows the value of quality brands. She was caught wearing styles from big names like Dior, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.

It recently made big news that Melania wore Dior on her meeting with Prince Harry. Her black and white checked double-breasted 2 piece culotte suit looked very formal yet fashionable qualifying as a formal attire fit for the occasion.

Due to her status as the First Lady of one of the most powerful countries in the world, she is going to partake in a lot of diplomatic events and, of course, she had to learn to dress the part. She knows how to wear a suit and she knows it. Whether it is a skirt suit or trousers suit, Melania is a master at wearing both without compromising her femininity. With her matching pumps or stilettos, every suit is given that touch of elegance.

 

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Melanie Trump’s Personal Style

If I were to use 3 words to describe her style, I would say: powerful, sophisticated and chic. I love how she blends all this with her choice of style.

There have been times when Melania Trump made really bold choices in her outfits. For example, the bright neon-pink Delpozo coat dress drew a lot of attention during her first United Nations speech. The dress was complimented by pumps of the same colour and she looked great in them.

 

 

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Coats seem to be Melania’s thing as she is seen a lot in them. The black belted jacquard coat captured the mood of the occasion when she and her husband Donald Trump held a moment of silence to honour souls of the victims of the ghastly event on September 11.

Melania is quite a diva even in causal clothes, wearing outfits like a buttoned up shirt and capris or slacks. Despite that, she always knows how to add a bit of class to causal by wearing a pair of stilettos with the outfit.

Her choice of dresses has been simple and chic. Melania seems to be a fan of Monique Lhuillier and her floral number looked wonderful with her matching stilettos.

What do you think of Melania Trump as a Style Icon?

 

How to Make Clothes Look Expensive

There are times when you have to style on a budget, but doesn’t mean that you can’t look like a million bucks. For as long as I can remember, there has been a huge misconception about dressing and making your clothes look expensive. How do we make clothes look expensive? Many ladies believe that they won’t look classy and expensive unless they buy really expensive clothing or accessories. I don’t blame them as looking expensive is usually associated with expensive brands.

 

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I have done a lot of experimenting with my outfits, accessories and grooming, and I have discovered 6 ways you can make your clothes look expensive.

 

Develop a sophisticated carriage

I know that this tip will come as a surprise to you, but the way you wear your clothes plays a huge role in how expensive you look. If you wear your clothes and walk around with a slouch, no matter how expensive the clothes you put on are, you won’t look classy at all.

The secret is in the way you carry yourself. Walk with your head held high and full of confidence. Even with the simplest of all clothing can look very appealing if you wear it with an air of confidence.

 

Make your clothes look expensive with Accessories

The smallest item can make the biggest difference. If you want your clothes to look expensive, then you need to choose your accessories wisely.

Gold accessories can make any outfit look expensive. Pearl necklaces, earrings and bracelets have the same powerful effect. You can also put on large jewellery for that flattering look.

 

Go for black

Don’t under-estimate the power of the colour black. Black outfits are characterized as formal attire. Let’s face it, black looks expensive, whether you wear a black dress, black skirt or a black blouse.

The best thing about black is that it is simple and it goes with anything. It also enhances the beauty of your accessories against the black. So if you wear anything black, you can never go wrong.

 

 

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Stick to classic pieces

Sometimes we get carried away thinking that looking expensive means wearing more clothes than usual. The truth is that you don’t need to go too far or think too hard to look expensive.

Classic pieces like a collared blouse tucked in a black pencil skirt or a maxi dress in a pastel colour can make you look expensive.

 

Have your clothes tailored

Not every outfit comes out perfect. And sometimes with some tweaks here and there, you can make your outfits look fabulous.

Fitting clothing that shows your shape makes your clothes look expensive. Adding a couple of simple embellishments or removing some of the parts that are not necessaries could make the biggest change in your outfits.

 

Keep your makeup and nails neutral

Aside from dressing well, accessorizing and proper carriage, neutral makeup and nails can make you look expensive. You may think that it may not make much of a difference, but that’s not true. Your makeup and nails all have a role they play in your final look.

 

What do you think of these style tips? Do you have any tested and tried tip of making your clothes look expensive?

 

 

 

 

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