I get asked quite frequently from curious friends and family about my experiences at a fashion based college ( shoutout out to LIM). Most of them are along the lines of Do you dress up every day for class?! or Are all of the girls super catty and snobby?! or my personal favorite, It’s easier than regular college right? Because it’s just about fashion and shoes?
Wonder no more friends, these common misconceptions and more are explained below. Here are 9 struggles/relatable experiences every fashion student basically finds themselves in and sees at some point in their college career.
- Feeling intense pangs of guilt for “bumming” it to class.
Sometimes the thought of putting on a real bra and pants is just too painful, let alone a full face of makeup. What’s also painful is the constant reminder that you look like a peasant with leggings and a tee on amongst a sea of fabulousness.
2. You hear the word “internship” at least 10 times a day.
Do you have an internship? Have you started applying for an internship? Who are you interning for? Who do you want to intern for? Is it paid?
3. The vast majority of males (if not all) are gay and more fabulous than you.
Fierce, fashionable, and always on fleek. I’d take a compliment from a gay guy over a straight guy any day. Seriously, how are they so well groomed ALL OF THE TIME?!
4. You are constantly surrounded by amazing outfits and constantly want to go shopping because of it.
Fashion schools are a melting pot of incredible creativity and style. New style inspiration can be found virtually everywhere you look. It’s amazing getting to be exposed to this insanely stylish environment but *spoiler* it causes intense shopping urges. Having 5th ave around the corner doesn’t really help either.
5. There are always people with shopping bags in class. Always.
Most likely due to what we discussed in point #4. Or because most of us are really addicted to shopping and just can’t resist popping into our fave retailer in between classes.
6. You physically cringe whenever you hear someone pronounce a designer’s name incorrectly.
For instance: Hermès. The H is silent people!!! *sigh* Don’t even get me started on Givenchy.
7. Your library is basically a memorial to every fashion magazine/publication ever printed.
Oh you wanted to flip through the May 1975 issue of Harpers Bazaar? Interested in perusing the styles in Vogue Russia? Not a problem. Any and every fashion mag is at our disposal and it’s absolutely magical.
8. Walking around school can sometimes feel like a catwalk.
Competition is fierce in this industry, and that competition carries over to the style scene. Driven, well dressed women with sassy struts all in one place is sure to create some heat.
9. It’s not all pretty dresses and fashion shows.
Probably the largest misconception about fashion school is that it’s all frills and essentially easier than a normal college. Yes, we get to look at and study amazing designers, visual displays, and clothing. However, there is an immense amount of work and stress that accompanies this. As fashion business students, we are constantly being challenged and pushed to be our best, probably more than your average student. It’s about constant creativity, research, and dedication to being on top of your game. If you aren’t passionate about the industry or your future career, fashion school is NOT for you.