LoveToKnow spoke with Payal Jaggi, Image Consultant and Stylist about teen fashion tips. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the fashion industry or simply looking for budget friendly fashion tips, you'll find it in this interview.
About Payal Jaggi
Payal Jaggi is an experienced fashion manufacturer, designer, and stylist. She has over 15 years of experience in production, buying and sourcing. She started her career in the fashion industry in India after graduating with a bachelor degree in business management from Annamalai University and completing coursework in Fashion Design from IIFT.
She has traveled all over the world learning from the biggest fashion capitals about style and trends in various countries. She was the CEO of her own apparel manufacturing company in Australia until moving to the United States. Presently, she is an image consultant and wardrobe stylist helping individuals find the perfect ensemble for any type of event.
Tips for a Career in the Fashion Industry
If you are interested in pursuing a career in fashion, find out the truth about the fashion industry from Payal Jaggi.
Interview with Payal
What attracted you to the fashion industry?
Glamour was the main attraction but once you get into the fashion industry, you start to find out that behind the scenes isn't as glamorous as you may think. There are a lot of things that go into fashion such as product development, knowing your market, channel distribution etc. that are not glamorous.Another attraction is the dynamics of the fashion industry. Fashion changes rapidly and never becomes stale. This industry always throws new challenges towards you and it's never boring. Power is another attraction. Fashion makes you look good and feel good.
What advice do you have for teens who would like to get into the fashion industry?
Do your homework and research the fashion industry. Chart your strengths that would make you either a good designer, marketer, merchandiser, buyer, stylist, etc. If you are creative, you may be wonderful at designs. If you are able to close well, you may be best at fashion sales or buying. When looking for a fashion degree, make sure you get one from a reputable college specializing in fashion.
What is one of the biggest challenges of fashion?
The fashion industry lags in advanced technology. Apparel and retail businesses are slowest to adopt new changes in an otherwise extremely dynamic world.
What is one of the most rewarding things about being in the fashion industry?
The most rewarding thing is the dynamics of fashion. It's never boring because it's always changing. It's great for someone with a small attention span and who loves fast paced environments.
Helpful Teen Fashion Tips
The following teen fashion tips will help you create your own style and shop for budget friendly items to add to your wardrobe.
Advice from Payal
What is your advice to teenagers about fashion?
Growing up in a developing country meant shopping for clothes only for an occasion such as a festival. Shopping was never a recreation or a pastime. Hence, the needs and the wants were clearly imbibed in my system.The best thing to do is not follow a fad just because it's in! Learn to know your body and create your own style, which is timeless. Complete the outfit and finish your look with other existing clothing items.
Learn to recycle your clothing by piecing and matching clothes together. Learn to maximize what you have. For example, use a brooch or a pin on your jeans or bosom or throw a scarf around your neck to update an old ensemble.
What would you like to say to teenagers whose body type is not the thin portrayal these magazines include?
This is a sensitive age, you want to look like someone else and be a diva star. However, follow your own statement of style and people will follow you. Remember, people will remember your style not your body size. It's how you carry things. Make the best with what you have and stay healthy.
Do you have any fashion tips for teens on a budget?
Use accessories to create completely new outfits. Take a colorful scarf or a piece of vintage jewelry to update your look and create your own style. You can find these scarves in your grandmother or mother's closet. You can also visit consignment shops for scarves and other accessories. They can immediately transform you into a savvy girl. Create your own sense of style and stick with it for a while. Remember, recycle if you can, mix and match with new stuff and old.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Be original - create your style and let people follow you.
For more information on Payal Jaggi and fashion, visit her blog at Payal Jaggi.