Healthy Fashion Q + A

Healthy Fashion Q + A

In this post, I am going to share with you a few things about the healthy fashion industry and a few things about myself in regard to fashion.

I answer these specific questions:

  • What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion?

  • What are the most important segments of the fashion industry?

  • What do you think are the current and future trends in fashion?

  • What does fashion mean to you?

  • How would you describe your personal style?

  • What hobbies do you have?

What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion?

It was the beginning of my young adulthood when I knew I wanted to pursue fashion. That was the age when I knew I was going to work in the fashion industry. Also, growing up in childhood, I always had my favorite pieces of clothing. I wore them every day when I had the chance. I think this was a sign that I have a strong connection with my wardrobe and fashion.

I was around 16 years old when I decided that I wanted to go to fashion school. I went to fashion school right after I graduated from high school. I checked out many different fashion schools, but I really wanted to live in California, and I loved the idea of moving to a city like San Francisco. I always dreamt of living in California. San Francisco is a fun city.

I attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco when I was about 18 years old. Prior to that, I was working in fashion retail. I started working in fashion retail when I was around 15 or 16 years old. I worked at Gap and a couple of other retail stores.

When I first attended the Academy of Art University I was 18 years old; then when I was 20 years old I took a few years off of school and then went back in my early 20s. Unfortunately, I never graduated. I only had 2 semesters left! It’s okay, I can always take courses later, but I might not. I really don’t need to, but taking fashion courses is a lot of fun! There is a lot of stress involved too! I remember having panic and anxiety when I had to take tests.

After I went to college, I ended up working more and more in fashion retail. Fashion retail is a passion of mine. I worked in fashion styling, visual merchandising, and retail management. I decided to pursue fashion retail, working at several different shops, from small boutiques to large corporate stores, because I have a lot of enthusiasm for fashion retail. Also, it was because I moved and traveled a lot and because it is just who I am. I was able to work at over a dozen different shops (and dozens of other jobs non-fashion related) and learn new things. If I had stayed working at only one shop, I wouldn’t have learned as much about fashion as I know now.

Fashion retail was a lot of fun. I loved the customers, the clothes, the collections, and the fellow employees. One of my favorite parts was styling the customers and helping them.

I loved getting dressed up for work. I always tried to look very fashionable, and I think that helped me when I was a stylist and selling clothes. Sometimes I had a lot of clothing in my own closet when I was a stylist; other times I had less, but I always dressed well.

I first started styling when I was in high school—I learned to style myself. I would remember owning tons of clothing in high school. Clothing allowed me to express myself. I loved to style my outfits and wear different styles of clothes. I loved putting together different outfits. I loved to upcycle my clothes. I would take the arms of a knit sweater, cut the sleeve off, and turn the sleeve into arm warmers or leg warmers. I styled different clothes in a way that created a new look and a new style.

What are the most important segments of the fashion industry?

I believe the most important segments and parts of the fashion industry are all parts of the fashion industry. I think that we have to use every single piece of the industry in order for the fashion industry to be successful.

But, I believe some of the most important parts of the industry in relation to my career and what I do are the textile industry and the fashion design production industry. We need fabrics, and we need fashion designs and fashion patterns. We need textile manufacturers, fashion designers, and patternmakers. Of course, we need apparel industry workers to sew the clothes, too. They should be seen more.

If we didn’t have textile manufacturers, if we didn’t have pattern makers and designers, we wouldn’t have stylish clothes that we “want” to wear. So, I believe the most important segments of the industry are the textile industry and the fashion design production industry. Yet, I do believe that all parts of the fashion industry, and even indirect parts of the industry, like the beauty industry or the hair and makeup industry, are very important to the fashion industry. There’s no fashion without hair and makeup!

What do you think are the current and future trends in fashion?

Some of the current trends that I love are long blazers—officewear blazers worn casually or for work. Cropped cardigans are really cute with camisole tank tops. I love the sweatpants with mid-length cardigan button-down sweaters! Puffed sleeve blouses are definitely trending. Long skirts with cropped tops are trending.

Current and future trends, I believe, are athleisure, minimalism, urban streetwear, casual wear, and formal wear that is casual. I think we are coming to a point where we want to wear fashion that is comfortable for us. We want to dress comfortably. Also, I believe the future of fashion is luxury fashion. That is affordable luxury wear. Not just luxury wear, which only a few can afford the luxury.

Luxury wear can be found in all markets in the fashion industry. Whether it is mass, contemporary, ready-to-wear, or haute couture, all of these markets do sell luxury apparel. It is just a matter of finding it. It is a matter of finding the pieces that are considered a luxury.

To me, the future of fashion is fashionable ergonomic clothing. Casual, stylish clothing. Casual clothing that is dressy. Casual wear that is dressy-looking, that is stylish, that has a taste level that we can all love. The clothing can have any aesthetic— all clothing is included in all style genres. It is a matter of comfort, fashion ergonomics, luxuriousness, and other factors.

What does fashion mean to you?

I will quote Coco Chanel’s quote: “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. ” -Coco Chanel

Fashion is in the air, fashion is what we breathe, fashion is in the streets, and fashion is everything. I think that is why I love fashion so much; it is so much a part of everything. Fashion is so very much connected to who we are and so much connected to our environment.

Fashion is not just about clothes. Fashion is about anything we are interested in. That’s how I have connected the wellness trend, health, healing, New Age, and the holistic healing arts to fashion. These are all my interests, and they all can connect with the clothing that I wear.

Fashion means to me all of my interests in association with clothing. Style can be very personal. That is why everyone has their own “personal” style. This is because we are representing our own personal, individual interests.

How would you describe your personal style?

I would say my style is very athleisure, very minimal. It is a little bit urban and street. It is also activewear-like. My personal style—if you saw my wardrobe, you would see that 80% of my sweatshirts and sweaters are dyed with pastel-colored dyes. I wear colors like light gray, pastel lime green, pastel orange, and pastel hot pink. I love pastel colors. But, then again, I also like dark colors—black, forest green, dark red, and navy blue. I have several tops and sweaters in darker colors, and most of my leggings are dyed black.

I love to wear leggings. Leggings are never out of style. They’re a classic, like any other kind of pants; a trouser or bootleg pants.

I think my personal style will evolve too. I am working on purchasing more novelty tops, more dresses, and more clothes that are a little bit dressier.

What hobbies do you have?

Some of my hobbies include listening to music and cooking homemade meals. I have been practicing yoga, specifically yin yoga, recently. I practice the violet flame meditation and pray. I love to visit energy vortexes around Southern California and travel to the West, Mid-West, and Northern California Mid-Coast to visit energy vortexes.

I love my aromatherapy sessions and lighting candles. I love walking for exercise. I love shopping. Whether it is window shopping or shopping for food and clothes, I love visiting malls and clothing stores. Whether I purchase clothing or not, I like to see the trends, what is selling, and what is in style.

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