Home Shopping Party Games to Play

When hosting a home sales party, add some fun to it instead of having it appear like an infomercial in your home. Creating a variety of games for your guests to participate in will increase the amount of fun they have, reducing their feeling that they’re there for a sales pitch. Giving away discounts and products will help improve the mood of some in the room and give you the opportunity to close sales with those that are getting a discount on your items.

Jelly Bean Hunt Game

  • Before your home party starts, hide jelly beans around several rooms of your house. After all of the guests have arrived, ask them to search for jelly beans, allowing each guest to find up to three jelly beans within a 10-minute time limit. Once the time limit has expired, give each guest a sheet of paper indicating how many points each of the different jelly beans are worth. The point total for each guest is the percentage that she gets off the regular price of the items you are selling. As an extra bonus, have one or two special jelly-bean colors (one of each). Guests can redeem those jelly beans for an item you choose that you are selling that night.

Sly Game

  • When hosting a home shopping party, you will want to have people not only buy items from you but sign up at your party to host their own party. This game allows you to do that by asking your guests to create a list in a hurry. Ask each guest to write down the names of two friends that are not at the party, two family members not at the party, two neighbors not attending the party and two other people at the party. Award a prize to the guest that finishes her list first. When you ask people to sign up to host their own parties, tell them to look at this list, and they’ll realize they already have a guest list started.

Pass the Gift

  • Choose one of the items from the catalog that you sell from, and bring that to the party. Have all of the guests sit in a circle, and give the item to the person sitting to your left. Start asking questions such as who lives the furthest away, who is wearing the shortest skirt, who arrived first and who is the first to present an item from her purse such as a tube of lipstick. Finish the list of questions with having the person holding the gift passing it a certain number of seats to the right, that number should be determined before the party. This person keeps the gift.

Lucky Dice

  • Ask your guests to gamble. Ask them to agree to roll a pair of dice and agree to do what it says on a chart you present based on the roll of the dice. Have six of the numbers require a guest to host her own show for your company within a month with yourself as the referrer. With some companies, this will entitle you to either a bonus or a percentage of her total sales at her party. The other numbers entitle the guest to a discount ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent, depending on the number rolled. Guests are not required to roll the dice, but the chance to get a discount will encourage some to take the chance.

How to Make Little Girls T-Shirt Dresses to Sale

Half the sewing work is already done when you make a T-shirt dress for a little girl. That’s because the T-shirt is pre-made and you only add the ruffled skirt. In this case you will complete the dress for a prototype and then make several more in each size from 2T through 6X. Depending upon whether you sell the dresses at an outlet or online, you must also have a distribution plan. This project will help you decide how to proceed with your idea, understand marketing costs and find a profit line.

Instructions

  1. Make a prototype dress. Sew a hem on both side edges of the ¼ yard fabric. Make a running stitch along one side and pull the material until it is ruffled. Ease the ruffles around the bottom on the T-shirt. Stitch the ends together. Sew the ruffled edge to the T-shirt. Pull out the running stitch. Repeat with each different color until there are three tiers of ruffles. The T-shirt is now a dress and also the prototype for the project.
  2. Calculate the cost of the T-shirt and other materials. Calculate how long it took to make the shirt. Assign a per-hour labor cost and add that to the material cost. This is cost per item. Multiply that number by 2.5 and that is the retail cost before advertising and marketing space.
  3. Determine how you will advertise your dress. Decide where you will market your garment. Take the cost of these two factors and decide how many dresses you need to make to make this profitable. That is your target production. Adjust your profit line but stay within comparable market prices.
  4. When all of your advertising and outlets are in place, proceed with production. You must make many dresses in different sizes to be able to have a good selection. Decide if you will only market one variation of the garment. Each variation in color or embellishment must have an equal number of sizes prepared in advance of sales.
  5. You may decide to hire seamstresses to help with production. Add their hourly wage to your cost and readjust the price per garment.

How to Create a Fashion Doll

Fashion dolls can bring us back to our childhoods or reflect our adult love of great clothes. Creating your own fashion doll can be a fun pastime. If you’re lucky, it can make you very rich. Barbie is the standard by which all fashion dolls are measured. In recent years, however, plenty of competition has diversified the field. How do you put all of your ideas together and turn your brainstorm into a reality?

Instructions

  1. Brainstorm all of the possibilities, and then narrow them down to the ones you like best. What is the overall focus of your fashion doll? What is the hook you’ll use to separate your fashion doll from all of the others on the market? Decide whether you want your doll to wear high-end fashions or the kind of clothing most kids have in their closets.
  2. Make dozens of drawings that represent the final representation of your fashion doll and its clothes. Put all of these drawings together into a presentation you can show off to friends and family. Get their feedback, and decide which changes you want to make. These ideas should all represent the attitude of your fashion doll, the story behind the character and the unique position it holds in the marketplace.
  3. Build a prototype of your fashion doll’s body. Think about the bodily proportions your doll will have and what it means to the attitude of your doll’s fashion world. You will want this to look as close to the final product as possible so your vision will be clear to those who see it. First, sculpt your doll’s body out of clay or plastic or any other material that will maintain the shape. Next, you need to make a mold. This is easier than you might think. Purchase latex mold-making compound from any crafts store. Mix the compound with water to the consistency of ketchup. Pour the compound into a very small, thin cup or vase and then insert the doll sculpture you made. When the compound dries, you can remove your sculpture from the mold. All you have to do is pour melted resin or plastic into the mold, let it set and voila, you have your doll’s body.
  4. Clothe your doll. You have many options. You can fill your doll’s closet with best of the doll clothes in your collection. If your fashion doll is a sassy punk rocker, then you can put holes and tears in clothes from another doll and put them on yours. For an original wardrobe, refer to the sketches you made. Recreate those clothes using leftover pieces of fabric. Draw the clothes on paper, and cut them out to make a pattern that you can transfer to the fabric. Since doll clothes are so small, you might want to forget about using a sewing machine and simply hand sew blouses, dresses, jeans or anything else you want your doll to wear.
  5. Add these prototypes to your presentation. Be sure to make your doll’s environment so you can show off how kids will play with your fashion doll. Does your fashion doll enjoy spending time at the beach? What about a mansion? Maybe your doll would even fit in on a farm.
  6. Build your doll on a large scale, and sell it wherever you can. If you don’t have the means to do this on your own, you’ll have to make contact with toy companies and convince them to hear your pitch. Then you’ll have to convince them to produce your doll and all of its accessories.

Back to School Fashion Tips for 15 Year Olds

Back-to-school style is a new take on the old you—about reinvention and transformation. If you’re working on a budget, don’t let it hold you back. You are a budding fashionista, capable of accomplishing anything, ready for the coming year’s challenges. You are undaunted by financial fashion restrictions, able to set your style apart from the norm without breaking the bank.

Style Tips

  • Build your new fall look around pieces from your existing wardrobe. Treasures you might have forgotten are simply waiting for reinvention. These building blocks are referred to as “basics” because they are not too extreme and possess classic elements of style. Regardless of current trends, timeless fashion always looks right. Examples include a pearl-button cardigan, your fave jeans, a pleated plaid skirt or every fashion magazine’s favorite: “the little black dress.”

    Reuse favorite pieces, but twist them up this time. Change them around. Make them fresh. Try new accessories, alterations or slight tweaks.

    Stay true to your style. Remain you. Copy no one. Use other people’s style statements as inspiration, but never become a fashion copycat!

    Remain within the boundaries of good taste. Feel comfortable in your skin and in your outfits.

Shopping Tips

  • For one-of-a-kind style, buy resale. This is one way fashion-savvy fashionistas find unusual pieces to enforce their personal style.

    Save money by holding a clothing swap over the summer. Have everyone bring what they are tired of wearing and swap out wardrobe. Don’t can it! Bag it. Meet at a favorite gathering place and trade away.

    Shop the swap. From 1950s coats to castaway couture, swap-meets are treasure troves of forgotten fashion. Thrift stores, resale boutiques and Internet auction sites are also fashion goldmines.

Signature Style

  • Signature style is about giving fashion your own unique twist. Mix something basic with something unexpected: glam earrings with old jeans, high-class pumps and your schoolgirl skirt or a felt hat topping off a classic sheath. Keep odd pairings down in number. You are going for a unique style statement, not the look of fashion-confusion.

How to Start an Urban Clothing Store

Urban clothing is all the rage amongst the young and hip. From hip-hop stars to rebellious teens, Urban clothing is consistently in demand. Starting an urban clothing store could put you on the path to community popularity as well as financial success.

Instructions

  1. Find a supplier. You can start by looking for independent labels in your area. Small, independent labels will not only be less expensive for you to carry (thereby increasing your profit margin), they also allow you the opportunity to be the founder of the next big thing. Even if you have no independent designers or suppliers in your area, you may be able to find some online. When buying in bulk, be sure to negotiate additional discounts for your purchase.
  2. Find a location for your urban clothing store. You can look for a location to lease in a mall in order to take advantage of established customers, or you can try to find a freestanding location. Determine how much room you need by writing down what you plan to carry. Most urban clothing stores not only carry pants and shirt, but accessories including hats, belts and shoes as well. Make sure you add extra room to store stock. Be sure to check the zoning and code information to ensure your compliance with business zoning standards and code requirements.
  3. Subscribe to magazines that feature urban clothing ads and photo spreads. This will help you to stay on the cutting edge and keep your store stocked with the styles everyone will be looking for.
  4. Take out a loan for start up costs. Not only will you need your origination costs for opening the store, but you should plan on three years worth of operating expenses (including payroll and advertising costs), since that is how long it takes most businesses to make a profit.
  5. Create an advertising plan. You will want to have some sort of advertising plan in place to attract customers. Sales, coupons, TV and radio ads, newspaper and magazine ads are all options. You may also want to consider direct advertising (postcards and letters) directly to your target market.

How to Dress Like the Spice Girls for Halloween

The classic Spice Girls line-up: Sporty, Ginger, Posh, Scary and Baby.
The Spice Girls formed in 1994 in Britain as a pop music group famous both for their girl-power songs and splashy fashion. Each member had her own signature persona and crafted a public image to match. Although the Spice Girls officially disbanded in 2001, they have made several reunion appearances and never really left the tabloid scene — and they remain an instantly recognizable group costume for any five friends. Look to their movie “Spice World” or their live performances for inspiration.

Ginger Spice

  • Ginger Spice, a.k.a. Geri Halliwell, was known for her cheeky, over-the-top style. In particular, she wore a Union Jack mini-dress for the 1997 BRIT Awards and an American flag bustier for the MTV Video Music Awards that same year. Either outfit plus a red wig or hair color would capture this Spice Girl’s look perfectly. Wear red, white or blue go-go boots to complete the outfit. Feel free to add a fur or feather boa, too.
    Ginger Spice, second from left, in her flag bustier.
    Ginger Spice, second from left, in her flag bustier.

Sporty Spice

  • Sporty Spice, whose real name is Melanie Chisolm, was known for her casual style. To reproduce her look as a costume, pull your hair back into a high, slick ponytail and don a sports bra and shiny track pants. If you want more coverage, choose an English soccer jersey instead. Add a pair of fashionable athletic shoes — preferably Adidas or Reebok brand — and you’re set.
    Sporty Spice goes extra-sporty for a charity racing event.
    Sporty Spice goes extra-sporty for a charity racing event.

Posh Spice

  • Posh Spice is perhaps better known now as Victoria Beckham, the wife of English soccer star David Beckham and a tabloid fixture well-known for her cutting-edge style. A pageboy wig, an oversized pair of sunglasses and a black strapless minidress will convey the right attitude for Posh. As for accessories, choose strappy, glittery heels — the highest you can stand — and a gold tennis bracelet. Most importantly: Never smile.
    A little black dress and large black sunglasses equals a classic Posh look.
    A little black dress and large black sunglasses equals a classic Posh look.

Scary Spice

  • Mel B, a.k.a. Scary Spice, favored trousers, preferably low-cut flares, over dresses or skirts whenever possible. She also often wore a cropped top, exposing her abdomen to the world. Camo and animal prints were a common occurrence in her wardrobe. She was also known for having a head full of corkscrew curls, sometimes memorably bound up in twine to form horns. Be sensitive when dressing as Scary Spice; don’t use blackface or a clown wig to capture her look, as these choices will come off as offensive.
    Scary Spice, second from right, in animal print and trousers.
    Scary Spice, second from right, in animal print and trousers.

Baby Spice

  • Emma Bunton — Baby Spice — was best known for her boots, specifically Buffalo brand platforms. She also favored a pastel palette and sometimes opted for the slipdress look. For costume purposes, then, a pastel slip or babydoll dress and a pair of platform sneakers will capture the Baby Spice image. You can add a long duster or even a pastel blazer for coverage and warmth if you like. Wear a big smile, hunch your shoulders and knock your knees whenever possible. Blond hair done up in pigtails is also a must.
    Baby Spice with a topknot pigtail.
    Baby Spice with a topknot pigtail.

How to Use Stop & Shop Peapod

Use Stop & Shop Peapod for groceries without leaving your home.

The first exclusively e-commerce company, the digital grocery store Peapod was established before the Internet went online. The concept is simple – you shop online, selecting from a good variety of options, and your order is delivered to your home or business, or packaged and ready for pickup at the store, as soon as the next day. Owned by Danish retailer Royal Ahold, Peapod works with other Ahold firms, including Stop&Shop stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey.

Instructions

  1. Access either Peapod’s or Stop&Shop’s website and navigate to the Peapod delivery service. Confirm that your address falls into an available Peapod delivery zone by entering your ZIP code. If you are, you’ll be prompted to select between home and business delivery.
  2. Create a Peapod user account on the Peapod website, or by following the link found on the Stop&Shop website. You must provide your email address, the delivery address and your billing information during the account creation process. Although you do not need to create the account before starting your first shopping session, already having the account saves time during checkout.
  3. Select your groceries by using the “Browse Aisles” option to shop by category, similar to the aisles in the grocery store, or the “Search” option to find specific items. The prices listed are competitive with other stores in your area, and you can save money by shopping the “Weekly Specials” and by using coupons – Peapod doubles manufacturers’ coupons up to 99 cents.
  4. Click the “Checkout” button to purchase your groceries. First select between delivery or in-store pickup, and then select from the the available days and times listed. You also may select the unattended delivery option in which the driver leaves your order in a secure location of your choosing. Peapod charges a delivery fee based on the total dollar value of your grocery order. You can waive part of your delivery fee by agreeing to an all-day delivery window.
  5. Select the desired payment option and pay for your groceries. You can pay for your Peapod grocery order using a credit card, a Visa or MasterCard debit card or Peapod gift cards. You may also use Peapod’s electronic payment method called “Peapod Direct Check,” which deducts the charge directly from your checking account.
  6. Make sure you are home during the designated delivery window, unless using the unattended delivery option.

How to Stop a Shopping Addiction

Stop a Shopping Addiction
Shopping addiction affects thousands of consumers. Unfortunately, few people recognize the problem. Regardless of your annual income, a need to “shop ’til you drop” can result in serious financial trouble and emotional struggle. Before you hit the mall, take a hard look at your spending habits and check out these how-tos for stopping a shopping addiction.

Instructions

  1. Pay by check or debit card. An effective way to decrease compulsive shopping is to buy material goods with a form of payment that will withdraw your funds immediately. Credits cards require a swipe and a signature, which makes it much easier to stay in denial. Cut up credit cards and keep only one or two for emergencies.
  2. Talk it out. One of the most helpful (and cheapest) ways to curb a shopping appetite is to get it out of your system by discussing it with someone. By the time you finish talking about it, your desires will have died down. This doesn’t work for everyone though. Sometimes people get even more excited to shop from talking about it. This step will only work for some shopping addicts.
  3. Fill the void. Most shopping addictions begin when someone is trying to fill an empty space in their life. Volunteer at a non-profit organization, take on more hours at work, join a sports and social club or spend more time with your family. Fill your life with meaningful activity, and you will quite literally distract yourself from shopping. After awhile, that obsessive need will subside.
  4. Save window shopping for after hours. Shopping addicts can easily turn browsing into buying. Wait until a store has closed to window shop, and you will be forced to go home empty-handed.
  5. Attend a meeting at Debtors Anonymous. DA is a successful step program created in the same vein as Alcoholics Anonymous. Many shopping addicts have recovered with the assistance of this program. Read testimonials at debtorsanonymous.org. If group work is not your style, seek out a help hotline via telephone or Internet.
  6. Replace shopping with exercise. Many recovered addicts have dropped shopping by concentrating on getting in shape. If you already exercise regularly, replace shopping with another life improvement challenge. You will be happily surprised with the difference in your life when you are working toward an important goal.

How to Dress as a Gangster for Girls

Gangster costumes are popular for women and girls.
Gangster costumes are a popular choice for Halloween. In the peak gangster years of the 1920s and 1930s, women in gangs were usually known as “gun molls,” the companions of male gangsters. They often dressed in alluring, fashionable clothes of the era, such as fringed flapper dresses and long strands of pearls. However, modern gangster costumes for women and girls are typically feminized versions of the suits male gangsters wore. The specific details of the outfit will depend on whether it is for a young girl or for a woman who prefers a sexier outfit.

Instructions

  1. Find a pin-striped suit, preferably black with white stripes or white with black stripes. It can be a pant suit or a skirt suit, and you may wish to find a coordinating vest for it.
  2. Wear a simple white button-up shirt with a plain black tie, or a black shirt with a white tie.
  3. Put on a pair of black, or black and white patent leather shoes. These can be simple lace-up shoes for young girls, or high heels for women who prefer a sexier look.
  4. Pull hair back, and put on a fake mustache if you are trying to look like a male gangster, or play up your femininity by keeping your hair long and wearing bright red lipstick.
  5. Wear a fedora. It can be black, white or pin-striped like the suit.
  6. Carry a plastic toy gun to complete the outfit. You may also wish to have a fake cigar prop.

How to Dress to Impress Girls

Girls definitely find it hard to resist a well-dressed man. From a female perspective, men are almost always judged based on their appearance and style. How can you be sure that you are dressing to impress girls? Just follow the style tips below.

Instructions

  1. Wear clean, freshly laundered and ironed clothes that are free of stains, holes and tears. This may sound like a no-brainer, but a lot of guys neglect to wash and iron their clothes, or continue to wear old t-shirts that have holes in them. Girls definitely notice such slovenly dressing, and it’s a major turnoff.
  2. Wear clothes that fit. Jeans should fit snugly at the waist – not too baggy and not too tight. Pants and blazers should be tailored to fit at the waist and shoulders. Jacket arms should be an appropriate length – reaching the wrists when your arms are at your side. Likewise, pants should hit directly at your ankles when in your standing position. Girls are extremely impressed by men who recognize the importance of well-fitting clothes.
  3. Wear clothes that match. Don’t combine different patterns and prints, like wearing a plaid shirt with striped pants. Keep your look simple, but stylish. For example, pair printed shirts with solid colored pants or shorts. Alternatively, tame embellished or striped pants with a plain polo shirt. A stylishly simple outfit that is sure to get you noticed would be a nice pair of jeans, a crisp white t-shirt worn under a v-neck sweater or polo shirt with a new pair of sneakers or black loafers.
  4. Wear appropriate shoes. Don’t wear sneakers with suits, or wear flip flops on a date (unless the date is at the beach). Girls pay particular attention to a guy’s shoes, and they can be extremely picky. Always wear black dress shoes and black socks with a suit or dress pants. Wear clean sneakers and white socks with jeans and shorts.
  5. Keep jewelry and other accessories to a minimum. Limit jewelry to one nice watch, a ring or a silver chain necklace. Don’t go overboard with multiple rings, necklaces and bracelets. You can also accessorize your look with hats, scarves and belts.

How to Make Little Girl Dresses

Prom dress
Many little girls dream of princesses dressed in gowns. Politically correct or not, it doesn’t change the fact little girls tend to love textiles, enjoy the feel of satin and appreciate the whirling that only yards of fabric, lace and ruffles can provide. However, the princess dresses available in the store for $20 offer little. Most have nasty tulle, scratchy seaming and the thinnest polyester available on the planet. Sure, she’ll play princess for a day or two, but soon, the poor craftsmanship will show and the dress will disintegrate. Try making your own. Don’t buy yards of fabric for this project. In fact, don’t buy any fabric at all.

Step 1:Visit your local second-hand or thrift store. Find an old prom dress or bridesmaid dress. Something with a fitted bodice with an under lining (two layers) will work best. This type of dress offers more options and extra fabric. Strapless dresses or spaghetti-strap dresses will be easiest to adjust for a girl’s shorter torso.

Blue dresses
Step 2:Examine the seaming. A dress with a princess seam will have three long seams with no break in the waist. This will work well, as it has three seams for adjustment.

Two dresses
Step 3:If the dress has a waist, pick one with gathering in the skirt. On this type of dress, there is dart on each side of the zipper. These dresses are usually lined, and if you were a seamstress, you would separate the layers to adjust the sizing. For this play dress, simply gather both layers to adjust the seams.

Tulle skirt
Step 4:Try the dress on your model inside out. Where the bodice is already seamed, pinch the fabric and pin it in several places to get the dress to fit. To shrink the waist, find the two darts in the front and two darts in the back. Gather and pin the fabric along each dart.

Nick wearing Jane's dress
Step 5:Measure the length for the skirt of the dress. This doesn’t need to be perfect, but make the mark near each seam. If you’ve chosen a dress with more than one layer, only adjust the length of the lining. Take the dress off your model before beginning your marking. Look to see where you’ve pinned the dress along the seams. Use a marker to draw a line that extends from one end to the other. Finish the seam at the edge of the fabric on both sides. If bringing in the waist, follow the dart line of the bodice.

Princess of Spring
Step 6:For the length, cut 1 or 2 inches below your mark. Lay the dress flat on a table. Notice how the hem has a bit of a curve. Cut parallel to this original curve. With the dress still inside out, squirt a line of fabric glue along the edge of the cut fabric. Start at the seam and press flat, making sure the fabric hem remains smooth. If you’re worried, pin it first. Sew the seams of the bodice and skirt along the marked lines. If you have large seams, simply cut off the extra fabric, or glue it flat. Turn the dress right-side out. You should have a fitted garment with long outer layers.

1850s printed gown
Step 7:Find your model and ask her to try on the dress again. Make adjustments for size as needed. Bunch up the outer layers of skirt about 6 inches above each knee to take up the length. Pin in place. Some of the skirt may drag in the back. If this is a problem, adjust the length with fabric glue, as needed. Hand-sew the gathering. This doesn’t need to be neat.

Sewing day
Step 8:Sew pretty ribbon to hold up the dress, if it is strapless. Princesses still like to play on swing sets and go down the slide. Tie bows and attach with thread or glue to the gathered sites in front. Sew or glue ribbon anywhere else you think will be pretty.

Princess

Where to Download Software for Designing Clothes

Fashion design software is a small niche of the software market but many of the products that are out there are of great quality. Instead of running out to a store and buying large and bulky software you can simply find what you’re looking for online to download. Captera, Downloads.com and FashionToolbox are three websites that offer fashion designing software. Some are free to try while others require you to take the plunge and shell out serious cash.

Captera

  • Captera.com is a website that offers downloads of all the latest fashion software. It also offers small reviews of each product so you know what you are getting before you make a purchase. They offer everything from textile designing to pattern-making software. You can buy or download each software individually so you only get what you actually want or need. The website has plenty of software to choose from, but the bulk of the software allows you to design clothing and a pattern. You can adjust colors, textures and materials so your vision can come to life through the software before you actually start making the item.

Downloads.com

  • Downloads.com (Link in resources) has software downloads for everything you can imagine, including fashion design. If you think you want a program but you are not ready to pay a huge sum of money for it, the website has several “free trial” software options for fashion design. With a free trial you can give the product a go for a specified period of time, or with limited access. If you choose to buy it you can do it directly from your computer and the rest of the program will unlock.

Fashion Toolbox

  • FashionToolbox.com is a design software that has been on the market since the 1990’s and it is constantly updated to take into account new technology and design needs. The program can be downloaded directly through the website and educational discounts are available if you can prove your status as a student or faculty member, but generally the software runs about $300. The software offered by Fashion Toolbox is for the true designer, but it can be used by aspiring or learning designers as well.

    Fashion Toolbox allows designers to experiment with different textiles and materials as well as color combination. There is a pattern feature that allows designers to work out their designs right in the program before going to real materials. The program also offers a “real-time” feature that allows you to adjust the garments to a virtual fit before moving forward. The program is used as a teaching software as well so it is fairly easy to navigate and has a very expansive tutorial.

How to apply to the Fashion Institute of Technology

Apply to FIT online.
The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York is one of the top fashion schools in the country. Admission to FIT is selective, although some major are more selective than others. Once you have selected a major, use your computer to access the online application. The online application method is much faster and easier then going the route of mailing in your application. Once your application is sent in, you’ll need to follow up with specific school information and your portfolio.

Instructions

  1. Send in the initial application using the FIT website at suny.edu and click “Apply Now.” After your application has been submitted, you’ll receive two emails confirming that your application has been received. The first letter comes from the SUNY Application Services Center. The comes from FIT to the email address indicated on your SUNY application. It will have what you need to complete the admission process. The FIT email includes your assigned student identification number and your FIT Username and Password. It can take seven to 10 days to receive the first email from FIT after submitting the SUNY application.
  2. Fill out an academic history and essay form, available online after you have received your email from FIT. To submit these forms, access MyFIT using your FIT username and password. In the essay form input your essay. The topic typically allows you to explain why you are the perfect candidate for FIT. Use it to tell admissions staff more about your experiences, activities and accomplishments. There is a 750-word limit. For the academic history portion, indicate all schools, dates of attendance, location, degree(s) awarded and other information for all secondary and post-secondary schools attended.
  3. Arrange to have all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts sent in sealed envelopes directly from your schools to:
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Office of Admissions
    Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, Room C139
    New York City 10001-5992

    FIT only accepts academic documents that have been officially attested (bearing the stamp and signature of the Registrar or designated officer) and placed in a sealed envelope by the issuing institution or awarding authority. Documents from all institutions must be provided, regardless of the type of institution, subjects taken or their relevance to FIT. Such documents should include all subjects taken, all grades or marks earned, and any degrees awarded. Official AP and/or CLEP scores, if any, are required when available. Official IB (International Baccalaureate) diplomas or certificates, if any, must be provided by the IBO.

  4. Review the portfolio requirements as Art and Design applicants must submit a portfolio. You’ll receive information in your FIT email regarding portfolio requirements for your major. Do not submit your portfolio until you have received an authorization form and detailed instructions from the admissions office. View requirements for the portfolio at the FIT website fitnyc.edu/2863.asp

The Best Fashion Design Schools in the USA

Design Schools
Fashion design is a trade that is both very competitive and very challenging. It is not simply about designing clothes, but about using clothing and accessories to create an image and look that applies to the cultural and social influences of a specific period of time. Since times are always changing and new looks become obsolete very fast, fashion design requires a considerable amount of skill.

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

  • The FIDM is a private college in California that offers education that will prepare students for careers in a variety of industries including interior design, entertainment, graphic design and fashion. Three degree programs are available. Two of these degrees are Associate of Arts programs. The 2-year specialized A.A. program includes majors such as visual communication, digital media and textile design. The 1-year Advanced Study A.A. program includes topics such as theatre costume design, film & television costume design and footwear design. There is also a 4-year Bachelor of Science program for business management.

    Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
    Los Angeles Campus
    919 South Grand Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90015-1421
    (800) 624-1200
    fidm.edu

Parsons The New School for Design

  • Parsons is the art and design college for the New School in New York City. It is very notable for its alumni, which include many famous designers. Parsons offers over 25 programs from five different schools: the School of Art and Design History and Theory; School of Art, Media, and Technology School of Constructed Environments, ;School of Design Strategies; and School of Fashion. You can earn associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines.

    Parsons The New School for Design
    66 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY 10011
    (212) 229-8900
    parsons.edu

Fashion Institute of Technology

  • FIT is the college of art and design for the State University of New York. It boasts an eclectic education and teaching style that blends a liberal arts foundation with a real-world curriculum and hands-on instruction. FIT offers 17 majors for the School of Art and Design and 10 for the School of Business and Technology. You can earn an Associate of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Science. The School of Graduate Studies also offers Master of Arts or Master of Professional Studies degrees.

    Fashion Institute of Technology
    227 W. 27th St.
    New York, NY 10001
    (212) 217-7999
    fitnyc.edu

How to Create a Clothing Store Online With Drop Ship

An online clothing store can be a profitable venture. But you must sell clothing items that appeal to large groups of customers. One way to check this is by searching the type of clothing you plan to sell on a search engine. You can then compare the number of searches for those types of clothing items. One major facet of an online store is shipping. Drop shippers are large wholesalers that mail products for their distributors. You need to find a drop shipper that mails single products to your customers. Otherwise, it will be necessary to stock large inventories of products, which is cost-prohibitive for small distributors like you.

Instructions

  1. Set aside a room in your home for your online clothing business; you may be able to deduct part of your mortgage as an office expense on your taxes.
  2. Choose the type of clothing you plan to sell online. Select a specialty clothing line such as children’s or women’s clothing, which enables you to better target your customers. Visit competitive websites to get an idea of specific products to sell. Write these products down on a notepad so you can later reference them.
  3. Find a wholesale or manufacturer supplier for your clothing line. Go to Thomasnet.com for manufacturers, advises the Business Know-How website. Check eBay, which often has large wholesalers who are looking for distributors. Visit Wholesalecentral.com and 4WholesaleUSA.com for wholesalers. Look through various clothing trade publications, as wholesalers often advertise in them. Go to Tradepub.com for a list of trade publications.
  4. Call various clothing wholesalers and manufacturers. Find out which ones do drop shipping. Ask the wholesalers and manufacturers for price lists so you can compare costs. Inquire what the shipping turnaround times are with the drop shippers. Select the drop shipper(s) that offers the lowest prices and quickest shipping times.
  5. Create a website for your online clothing business. Ask your drop shipper if it has pictures and descriptions of all your products. Order some of the main clothing items and take pictures with a digital camera. Post all pictures and product descriptions on your website along with their respective prices.
  6. Obtain a merchant account for your online clothing website so you can accept credit card orders. Ask your bank whether it offers these services.
  7. Find a domain name for your online clothing website. GoDaddy and Yahoo! are examples of websites that sell domains. Choose a domain name that best describes your online clothing business, such as “Kidsclothes4less.com.” Register your domain name.
  8. Find a host for your online clothing website. GoDaddy, Yahoo! iPage.com are examples of host providers. Sign up with your host for one year, which is the typical time frame.
  9. Register your online clothing business website with all the major search engines, including Google, Yahoo, Lycos, AltaVista and MSN. Start your online advertising campaign with Google AdWords, as it can provide your with maximum initial exposure. Use social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to promote your clothing. Promote your business in clothing magazines such as Women Within, if you are selling women’s clothing. Include your phone number and website in your ad. Start small and gradually advertise in more search engines and clothing publications.
  10. Test your advertising so you know which ones are eliciting traffic and orders. Use Google’s tracking software or SpectorSoft for all online ads. Key your magazine ads with unique code numbers. Ask customers for the codes when they call so you know from which source they were referred. Track the number of customers who actually order. Replace magazine ads that do not pull with new ones.

How to Get Groceries Delivered to Your Home

 

If you suffer from a disability or simply cannot find the time to get to the grocery store, you can usually have groceries delivered to your home. You might need assistance regularly if your situation is permanent, or occasionally to get through a tough time. Follow these instructions to get conveniently groceries delivered to your home.

Instructions

  1. Call or visit your local grocery store(s) and ask if they have delivery services. These types of services can vary greatly. Smaller grocery stores might offer to deliver groceries after you call in an order, while larger chain grocery stores might offer an online grocery shopping experience.
  2. Consider shopping for groceries on retail websites such as Amazon (www.amazon.com). Be aware that you must typically purchase bulk and/or larger packages of products than you might usually purchase at your neighborhood grocery store.
  3. Contact local groups that perform services for the disabled and elderly, if you qualify. Such groups can help you grocery shop and perform other daily tasks if you meet their qualifications.
  4. Look for fliers and local online ads for “helpers” and “personal assistants” to help you grocery shop and complete other daily activities. Most helpers change a fee per activity. Craigslist.org is a great place to look for ads, or even place an ad seeking a helper.

How to Get a Military Discount Shopping at Lowe’s Everyday

Lowe’s Home Improvement Center has always offered in their ads a 10% military discount for certain holidays. There are many people who go shopping at Lowe’s on holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day just to get their 10% military discount.The truth is that this 10% military discount is offered every single day that Lowe’s is open. Most people don’t know this, but it is true. It is just not widely publicized.

Instructions

  1. Go shopping at any Lowe’s on any day that you prefer. It doesn’t matter if it is a holiday or not. It can be any day of the year that Lowe’s is open.

    Forget about the crowds on holidays like Memorial Day, Veterans Day, the 4th of July, and Labor Day. It doesn’t even matter what you decide to buy. You can buy anything you want, and you will get a 10% military discount. There is no minimum purchase required.

  2. Take your time. Finish your shopping, and go to the cashier.
  3. Tell the cashier that you want to get your 10% military discount. All you need to do is show your military picture ID, and you will get your discount.

    Be sure to take advantage of this offer, and you can save money every time you shop at Lowe’s.

How to Use Excel to Make Menus & Shopping Lists

How to Use Excel to Make Menus & Shopping Lists
Microsoft Excel is a versatile tool that applies to a wide range of tasks. While the program is often associated with financial applications and mathematical formulas, its basic columnar format also extends to many other projects. Shopping lists are particularly easy to accomplish with Excel. Often for personal use, a shopping list does not require fancy formatting and is thus created quickly. Restaurant menus are a creative use of the program. The many built-in graphic formatting options in Excel can render beautiful menus for any occasion. Plan your next party or meal from start to finish using Excel.

Shopping List

  1. Open Excel.
  2. Choose any column in the blank default document for your shopping list.
  3. Single-click the first cell in the column. It will become highlighted with a black border.
  4. Type in the first item in your shopping list and press “Enter.” The mouse cursor automatically moves to the next cell beneath.
  5. Type in the next item and press “Enter.” Proceed to enter as many items as you wish. Excel keeps them easily in a vertical column for easy printing.

Menu

  1. Visit the official Microsoft Templates website at office.Microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC102104841033.aspx?pid=CT102530571033.
  2. Type “menu” in the Templates search box at the top of the Web page and press the Search button. A list of pre-formatted Excel templates will appear for creating a variety of menus in many styles.
  3. Choose a style that suits your restaurant or event. Click on a menu template that interests you. A larger image of the template design will appear for further inspection.
  4. Click the Download button to acquire the template. Microsoft Excel templates are free. The template will begin downloading.
  5. Open the Excel template after it has downloaded. The pre-formatted menu will appear. Replace the menu details with your own meal items.

Everything You Need to Make Pageant Dresses

A Typical Pageant Dress for a Formal Pageant
Making pageant dresses is not an easy task; however, if you are a skilled seamstress, they do pose an interesting challenge and great opportunity for creativity. The formal gowns worn at pageants require both dress construction skills and an eye for embellishment. Sequins, beads, feathers, ruffles and boning can all come into play when crafting one of these amazing and sometimes over-the-top pageant gowns.

Design

  • Designing a pageant dress requires that you consider both the pageant guidelines and the age of the wearer. You should choose an overall design that is modest and suitable for a little girl. Consider attending a local pageant. You may find more typical pageant styles or more traditional dresses. If you are starting with a pattern, choose a dress pattern with a fitted bodice and puff sleeve for a young girl. Sleeveless or modest halter styles may be appropriate for preteens. You can also use a spandex leotard pattern as the basis for your pageant dress. Adapt or draft the skirt by adding a substantial amount of fullness and multiple layers of fabric for that all-important pouf factor. Before you start cutting, sketch out the placement and design of embellishments, including ruffles, beads and sequins. Cut and sew your dress. Consider hemming each skirt layer with a rolled hem that encloses a fairly thick piece of fishing line for a cupcake-style skirt.

Fabrics and Techniques

  • Formal pageant dresses are all about shine and glitter. You can opt for silk or satin for the entire dress, especially if you choose a more traditional style. Many of today’s pageant dresses either rely on a spandex bodice or a boned bodice more typical of adult dresses. You may want chiffon, organza or satin for the skirt of your dress. Light nylon chiffon works well for underskirts and pettiskirts for pageant dresses. You may find it helpful to purchase a ruffler for your sewing machine before you start working on a pageant dress.

Embellishments

  • A girl’s dress should let her shine and should not overpower her. Keep this in mind when choosing sparkling embellishments for her dress. Lightly applied crystals or sweet satin bows are good choices for very young girls and will create a look of childhood and innocence. Save more elaborate sequins for dance costumes and older girls. You can purchase appliques that will work well on pageant dresses in the bridal or formal wear section of your local fabric store. If you plan to use rhinestones, invest in the appropriate tools to make it easier to set the stones.

How to Make a Sash for a Flower Girl Dress With an Attached Bow

A flower girl's dress is made sweeter with a silk ribbon tied around the waist.
After months of searching you have finally found the flower girl dress of your dreams. There’s only one problem – you’ve always imagined a beautiful silk sash cinching the waist, and a fluffy bow gracing the little girl’s back. Don’t pass up the opportunity to purchase the perfect flower girl’s dress because it is missing a sash and bow. Creating one yourself is probably one of the simplest tasks you will perform in preparing for your wedding.

Instructions

  1. Measure the flower girl’s waist with measuring tape.
  2. Cut a length of silk ribbon that measures about six inches wide, and is the same length as the flower girl’s waist, plus an additional 20 inches. Instead of ribbon, use any type of fabric that will fit into the theme of your wedding — a swatch of fabric from your bridesmaids dresses, or even a favorite scarf in the proper color.
  3. Wrap the sash around the flower girl’s waist so that the ribbon overlaps just slightly, directly into the center of the back. Use a safety pin to attach it to the dress by first pushing the pin through the ribbon, then through the dress, back out through the dress and the other side of the ribbon before securing the clasp. This will most likely be where the bottom of the zipper is located; if this is the case just make sure the zipper is zipped up before attaching the ribbon. Cut off the additional ribbon.
  4. Form the remaining ribbon into a bow with eight inch tails on each side, and push a safety pin through the center to hold it in place.
  5. Pin the bow to the sash in the center of the back, making sure to cover the safety pin holding the sash to the dress.

How to Make a Flower Girl Dress More Puffy

Flower girl dresses are made puffy by underskirts.

The flower girl’s role in a wedding is important. She can do no wrong. Any mistakes are overlooked through smiles and adoring laughter. Guiding the bride into her new life, covering her path with flower petals, the flower girl’s entrance fills attendee’s hearts with joy and marks the arrival of the bride. For these reason, the only other person at a wedding who should be as beautiful as the bride is the flower girl, her dress no less than perfect.

Instructions

  1. Purchase a knee-length or above-the-ankle-length dress made of lightweight fabric such as chiffon, organza, and some satins. It’s easier to get the desired puffing in a dress made of lightweight fabric that is easy to walk in.
    Dress length is important in puffing a flower girl dress.
  2. Add extra puff, support, and shape to the dress by sewing in or purchasing a child’s underskirt (petticoat, pettiskirt, or crinoline) to wear with the dress.
    Add an underskirt to the dress.
  3. Wrap the dress loosely in tissue paper, and store it in an acid-free box or breathable garment bag on a hanger until it’s time for the flower girl to dress for the wedding.
  4. Dress the flower girl at the last possible moment, so she is neat and pretty for the wedding, and the dress doesn’t lose its puff.

How to Measure for Girls’ Dresses

Dresses come in a variety of lengths.

Making a dress for a girl is a project that is both useful and interesting. However, deciding on an appropriate size for a child can be somewhat challenging, as children are constantly growing and may have an odd size or shape or be between sizes. The process of measuring a child for clothing so that you can more easily decide on the right size is not difficult and is very similar to how adults are measured.

Instructions

  1. Write on a piece of paper in list format: chest, waist, hip, skirt length, sleeve length, arm circumference, shoulder width, back length and dress length. These are the basic measurements needed for most dresses. Creating a chart before measuring will make the process go faster, because you can write in numbers next to the corresponding measurement as you measure. Children and adults alike often find the measuring process tedious, so speed is important.
  2. Dress the girl in tight-fitting clothing, or measure while she is wearing only undergarments. Bulky clothing will make the measurements inaccurate. In addition, the girl should not wear shoes while she is being measured.
  3. Measure the girl around the largest part of the chest while her arms are down. Slip the tape measure under her arms and over her shoulder blades and hold it parallel to the floor to measure. The tape should fit snugly without pulling or digging into the skin. Read the number on the tape measure. This is the chest measurement. Write it down on your list.
  4. Measure the girl at her natural waist, typically around the belly button. Write this measurement down. The natural waist is usually the narrowest part of the waist, but a child may have a larger tummy without a narrow waist, which you will want to measure to ensure that the dress fits comfortably. The girl should stand relaxed while you measure her waist so that this measurement is correct. Do not let her “suck in” her tummy.
  5. Measure the girl around the widest part of her bottom (this may actually be around the hips instead). She must be able to get into the dress comfortably, so it’s important that this measurement is wide enough. This is the hips measurement. Note the number on the measuring tape and mark it on your paper.
  6. Measure the girl from the top of her shoulder, where a seam would sit on a piece of clothing, to the part of her arm where the sleeve should fall. This will vary depending upon the dress style. Some dresses have no sleeves, in which case this measurement is unnecessary. This is the “sleeve length” measurement. Record it on your sheet of paper.
  7. Measure the circumference of the girl’s arm. For a short-sleeved dress, measuring only the upper arm is sufficient. Measure the upper arm and wrist circumferences for a long-sleeved dress. If the dress has no sleeves, this measurement is unnecessary. This is the “arm circumference” measurement. Write it down on your sheet of paper.
  8. Measure the widest part of the girl’s shoulders. This is the “shoulder width” measurement. Record it on your sheet of paper.
  9. Measure from the base of the neck, down the girl’s back and to where you took the waist measurement. She should be relaxed but upright during this measurement. This is the “back length” measurement. Mark it in the appropriate spot on your list.
  10. Measure from the base of the girl’s neck to where you want the end of the dress to fall, providing the overall length of the dress. This is the “dress length” measurement. Note the number on the tape measure and write it on your list.

How to Make Girls’ Dresses

Making girls’ dresses is easier than you might think. It can even be done without a pattern. This adaptable, self-drafted pattern for a girl’s dress will work well for sizes from toddler to pre-teen, and it requires only a few very basic measurements. You can make one from a pillowcase for a younger child, or from fabric yardage for an older girl.

Instructions

  1. Determine how long you want your girl’s dress to be. If you are using a pillowcase, the existing hem can be used as the dress hem. Allow approximately 4 inches for a deep hem if working with fabric yardage. The top of the dress should sit just below the collarbone; however, allow a 1 1/2-inch allowance for the casing at the top.
  2. Cut the top seamed end off of your pillowcase at the desired length; remember to leave a 1 1/2-inch allowance for the casing at the top.
  3. With your pillowcase lying flat on the table, cut armhole curves into the fabric using a shirt or dress your child already owns as a guide. The armholes should be cut at the top corners of the pillowcase in a J shape, coming down approximately 3 to 4 inches from the top of the cut fabric, so that when you open up the pillowcase and look at it from the sides, your armholes will form two U shapes at the top.
  4. Stitch bias binding to the armholes from top front to top back, right sides together. Fold over and press, then topstitch, finishing the armholes with the bias binding.
  5. Press the top edge under 1/4 inch, then 1 1/4 inch on the front of the pillowcase dress. Topstitch into place 1/8 inch from the casing edge. Repeat for the back of your girl’s dress.
  6. Thread the ribbon through the casings, front and back. Tie at each shoulder. You may want to tack the bows into place with a needle and thread to make them more secure.

Fun & Games for Dress Up

Dress up is a way for kids to express their creativity and sharpen their artistic skills. Far from frivolous, this type of imaginative play allows kids to use their matching and reasoning abilities. And the fun isn’t limited to what clothes you have on hand. Websites aimed at children offer head-to-toe, on-screen dress up games, often using a character of their choice. Such open-ended activities can uncover talents for choosing and accessorizing clothes and hairstyles. Kids can play dress up games by themselves, with friends or with enthusiastic adults.

Musical Dress Up

  • Place a large box of dress up items in the center of the play area. The children should stand in a large circle around the box. On your command, kids dash to the box, grab one item and run and back to their positions in the circle. Once each kid is back in the circle, start a kid-friendly tune. The kids then pass the items around the circle until the music stops. Each player must then dress in the item he’s holding when the music stops. Once the winner is announced, kids dash back to the boxes to replace their dress up items. Vary the game by asking kids to retrieve specific pieces during each round. Consider placing novelty clothing and accessories, including Halloween costumes, in the dress up box for maximum enjoyment.

Timed Dress Up

  • Separate dress up items into boxes according to their type; for example, place all hats in one box and all the shoes in another box. Line up the boxes in the center of the play area. Tell the kids to form a circle around the boxes. Ask their undivided attention, as you announce the dressing requirements for each round. Once the time starts, each kid dashes to the corresponding boxes, and attempts to get fully dressed before time expires. The winner is the player that is dressed in the right clothing, within the time limit. Consider starting with an easy dressing requirement and working up to more complicated requirements. For example, for the first round the kids put on one item, but by the fifth round, they have to put on five.

Online Dress Up

  • Online dress up games typically are similar to classic paper dolls, allowing children to express their fashion expertise layer by layer. At Dressupgirl.com, kids can switch out and accessorize items for their chosen avatar simply by clicking on preferred items. The digital characters’ clothing is instantly updated with the new selections, and the player even has the option to change hair and eye color. The game choices include timed challenges, free form play and two-player games. GirlSense.com expands upon the dress up fun, allowing visitors who create a profile to design one-of-a-kind fashions, and even create and decorate their own e-boutique.

Fashion Designing Software for Beginners

Learn how to make your designs look like a pro's!
Fashion design software can take your aspiration to become a fashion designer from a dream to reality. Even if you are a beginner, you can quickly learn how to prepare and present your work like the pros. The greatest benefit for beginners is that you don’t have to know how to sew or illustrate. The software programs take care of that for you. Software prices can range from $129 to $1,100 or more.

Getting Acquainted with Using Fashion Design Software

  • Most software programs provide tutorials so you can develop your skills and capabilities in every area from design to production. Beginner basics teach you how to work with garment templates, apply textures, change colors and make patterns.

    By using fashion design software, you learn techniques to create designs with greater accuracy, how to make adjustments and how to convert designs to 3D.

    You don't have to know how to sew or illustrate.
    You don’t have to know how to sew or illustrate.

Pattern Making

  • Using software to learn pattern making is a very practical and cost-effective approach. You get to learn about construction, draping and how to produce a garment that will fit properly — before spending money on fabric and making costly errors. You discover what works, what doesn’t, and why. Pattern making is an essential skill to learn in order to take your designs past the illustration stage and prepare them for a seamstress to bring to life.
    Learn 3D to make your designs amazing and lifelike.
    Learn 3D to make your designs amazing and lifelike.

Converting Designs into Photos

  • As you get acquainted with using software, you will also learn how to convert your designs into photos. This skill is important to master before you advance to the exciting stage of learning how to transform your ideas from flat designs to 3D.

3D Fashion Design Software

  • When you are ready to start learning 3D techniques, you will be amazed at how professional and realistic your designs will begin to look.

    Generally speaking, 3D capabilities allow you to select a model from the software image library (somewhat like an avatar), define its size and other body features, and then transfer your design to adapt and drape it on the model. The results can be incredibly true to life.

    Some programs also allow you to animate your creations and create a virtual runway presentation of your designs, with models showing off your work on the catwalk.

Popular Fashion Design Software Programs

  • Fashion Toolbox, a top-selling program, has features to create realistic photos, textures and patterns, and CAD layout tools, for $395 to $1,000.

    Digital Fashion Pro has training tutorials, hundreds of customizable templates, conversion of designs to JPEG, print sketches, upgrades and more for $129 to $299.

    OptiTex Fashion Software has comprehensive pattern design, 3D runway capabilities and converters to transfer files into other CAD formats for about $1,100.

    C-Design includes templates for ready-to-wear designs for women, men, children, lingerie and more for about $399.

Software for Kids

  • Popular programs for little fashionistas include Jojo’s Fashion Show, Miss Popularity and the Project Fashion game.

Considerations

  • Investing in fashion design software can be costly. Carefully consider whether you are buying software to pursue fashion design as a career, to start a business or just for fun.

How to Walk Down a Catwalk in a Fashion Show

Typically, a fashion designer chooses the items a model wears during a fashion show.
Walking down a catwalk can be an intimidating prospect, as the eyes of the entire audience are on you for the duration of your walk. At some point in your life, you may be asked to walk a catwalk, whether it’s for a local store or mall, an event put on by a charity, or if you are pursuing a career as a fashion model. A model of any background and experience can benefit from a few basic tips.

Instructions

  1. Put on the outfit you plan to model. In many runway shows, a model may showcase many different looks. The designer typically chooses what outfits which model will wear. In smaller runway shows, such as those at local malls, the model may have a choice between looks. If you do have a choice, choose comfortable clothing that fits.
  2. Perfect your posture. Stand up straight and keep your head high, looking straight ahead and not down. Your back and neck should be straight.
  3. Walk on the balls of your toes. This is an especially helpful tip for female models, as they often must walk in high heels. As you walk, place your feet directly in front of each other, rather than side by side.
  4. Stride with purpose. Longer strides offer a more graceful look. Short strides can make a model look as if he is marching. Keep your arms by your side; they should look relaxed and natural.
  5. Strike a pose at the end of the catwalk. The fashion designer or runway producer may tell the models exactly how to pose, or it may be up to the model. A pose usually involves some sort of hip and arm movement. The intent of a pose is to properly showcase the clothing.
  6. Stride back to the beginning of the catwalk, and off the stage. It’s either time to relax, or get changed for the next walk.

How to Create a Fashion Doll

Fashion dolls can bring us back to our childhoods or reflect our adult love of great clothes. Creating your own fashion doll can be a fun pastime. If you’re lucky, it can make you very rich. Barbie is the standard by which all fashion dolls are measured. In recent years, however, plenty of competition has diversified the field. How do you put all of your ideas together and turn your brainstorm into a reality?

Instructions

  1. Brainstorm all of the possibilities, and then narrow them down to the ones you like best. What is the overall focus of your fashion doll? What is the hook you’ll use to separate your fashion doll from all of the others on the market? Decide whether you want your doll to wear high-end fashions or the kind of clothing most kids have in their closets.
  2. Make dozens of drawings that represent the final representation of your fashion doll and its clothes. Put all of these drawings together into a presentation you can show off to friends and family. Get their feedback, and decide which changes you want to make. These ideas should all represent the attitude of your fashion doll, the story behind the character and the unique position it holds in the marketplace.
  3. Build a prototype of your fashion doll’s body. Think about the bodily proportions your doll will have and what it means to the attitude of your doll’s fashion world. You will want this to look as close to the final product as possible so your vision will be clear to those who see it. First, sculpt your doll’s body out of clay or plastic or any other material that will maintain the shape. Next, you need to make a mold. This is easier than you might think. Purchase latex mold-making compound from any crafts store. Mix the compound with water to the consistency of ketchup. Pour the compound into a very small, thin cup or vase and then insert the doll sculpture you made. When the compound dries, you can remove your sculpture from the mold. All you have to do is pour melted resin or plastic into the mold, let it set and voila, you have your doll’s body.
  4. Clothe your doll. You have many options. You can fill your doll’s closet with best of the doll clothes in your collection. If your fashion doll is a sassy punk rocker, then you can put holes and tears in clothes from another doll and put them on yours. For an original wardrobe, refer to the sketches you made. Recreate those clothes using leftover pieces of fabric. Draw the clothes on paper, and cut them out to make a pattern that you can transfer to the fabric. Since doll clothes are so small, you might want to forget about using a sewing machine and simply hand sew blouses, dresses, jeans or anything else you want your doll to wear.
  5. Add these prototypes to your presentation. Be sure to make your doll’s environment so you can show off how kids will play with your fashion doll. Does your fashion doll enjoy spending time at the beach? What about a mansion? Maybe your doll would even fit in on a farm.
  6. Build your doll on a large scale, and sell it wherever you can. If you don’t have the means to do this on your own, you’ll have to make contact with toy companies and convince them to hear your pitch. Then you’ll have to convince them to produce your doll and all of its accessories.

Games for Preteen Girls

Finding game ideas for preteen girls can sometimes be a challenge, but there are some fun choices if you are hosting a group event or sleepover. The sillier the better with this age group and anything that gets them to giggling will do the trick. It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on the games, but you may want to invest in some earplugs for the squeals of laughter.

Toilet Paper Fashion Show

  • This one is always a hit with the girls and can give them hours of fun as they create their own “fashion” outfits from toilet paper. Supplies are simple enough to come by—just purchase rolls and rolls of toilet paper. If you can find any colored toilet paper, you will be one-up in the game.

    Once the girls have created their toilet paper fashions, you can have a judging contest on whose outfit was the most creative or maybe the most silly. Let the girls choose music to accompany the fashion show and be sure to snap lots of pictures as they venture down the runway.

Sardines

  • Sardines is a game you can play indoors or outside and is a reverse version of Hide and Go Seek. In this game, only one person hides and the rest of the gang seeks. However, when one girl discovers the hiding person, instead of calling them out she, too, must hide with the person in the same place. This goes on until the very last seeker finds the “sardines” crammed into one hiding spot. Expect lots of giggling as the hiders try to remain quiet and the space becomes more cramped during the wait time.

Piggly Wiggly

  • This is a fun sleepover game, and you need sleeping bags in order to play. One girl is chosen to go out of the room while the others hide inside sleeping bags—not their own—so they cannot be seen. When the girl who is “it” returns to the room, she chooses one sleeping bag to sit on (tag) and says “Piggly Wiggly.” This signals the person hiding inside to make oinky pig-noises while the person who is “it” tries to guess who is hiding there. If she is correct, the girl in the bag becomes “it,” and it is her turn to go out of the room. If not, the same girl has to leave the room while everyone switches places again, and the game continues in the same way.

Skittles Game

  • This game is played with the popular candy Skittles. The girls sit in a circle while a bowl of Skittles is passed around. Each girl must close her eyes when the bowl comes her way and choose two Skittles from the mix. If they are the same color, she may chew them up as quickly as she can and swallow them; if they are not, she must sit with the Skittles in her mouth, not chewing, until her turn comes around and she has another chance to choose two of the same color. If she again chooses two different colors she simply adds them to the mix in her mouth. The Skittles mount as the game is played out, making it harder for players to keep them in their mouths without chewing (and laughing). There is danger even for those who do find matching colors if they are not quick about chewing and swallowing the candies; if another player chooses two matching Skittles everyone in the circle must immediately stop chewing their Skittles.

How to Teach Fashion Design to Kids

Kids can relate to fashion, as it is something that is observed on a daily basis.
Fashion design is an interesting subject to learn due to its infusion of marketing, creativity and individuality. Much like art, each piece and line is different, taking from a variety of inspiration points. Fashion is also something that can be observed on a daily basis through the clothing that is worn, making it ever present in our lives. This makes it a subject that can be studied from an early age by children. Fashion design can be taught to kids in a variety of ways.

Instructions

  1. Have kids identify their personal style. Individuality is the starting point for all fashion design. Give each child a piece of paper and have them brainstorm, writing down key words that they feel describes what they like to wear and the personality traits and interests that inspire their wardrobe.
  2. Help kids to create their own mood boards. Designers create mood boards as inspiration for each new fashion line. They serve as a point of reference to look back on while creating the line. Have kids cut out pictures that inspire them and paste them onto a piece of poster board. Photos can be anything from landscapes with beautiful colors, to people that they admire and screen shots from their favorite movies. They can also include words on their inspiration board.
  3. Instruct kids to draw clothing inspired by their mood board and personal style. Show them examples of designer sketches and pieces from magazines. Have them draw or paint at least three different designs and put them on display on a piece of poster board.
  4. Help kids to name their new “design company,” and create a logo for it.They may choose to name it after themselves or select something new entirely. Have them draw their own logo and paste it onto the poster board with their designs.
  5. Have kids present their new line to the group. This presentation should include displaying the inspiration board and talking about why each aspect inspired the line. They should then discuss the individual pieces that they created and what they like about it, along with who would wear them. You may also decide to have kids detail this information in essay form, depending on the age group.

Fashion Colleges in New England

Learn the fundamentals of fashion design.
You don’t have to be in New York to take advantage of an excellent fashion design education. New England contains several prestigious design schools for those interested in becoming designers, fashion writers, buyers, technicians, trend researchers, production managers, merchandisers, marketers, or another fashion-related career. Whether you’re looking for a four-year degree, a master’s degree, or just the experience of the coursework, you can find a program to fit your needs.

Rhode Island School of Design

  • Students enrolled in this four-year, bachelor of fine arts program are assigned a range of projects to do in studio and participate in a tour of the New York fashion district. The curriculum includes instruction in constructing a range of apparel types, including functional and experimental clothing. Freshmen take foundation courses including drawing and design, sophomores focus on pattern-making and sewing, juniors continue with knitwear and tailoring, and seniors complete a six-week internship at a fashion house. Students also conceptualize and assemble a collection to have the opportunity to have them modeled at the school’s runway show. Designers Nicole Miller, Sari Gueron and Marcia Patmos of the label Lutz & Patmos were all former students.

    Rhode Island School of Design
    2 College St.
    Providence, RI 02903-2784
    (401) 454-6180
    risd.edu/apparel.cfm

School of Fashion Design

  • This exclusively fashion design technical school offers 60-credit certificates and 90-credit diplomas in fashion design. The courses emphasize preparation for careers in mass production, boutique and haute couture and range in topics from inspiration, design, construction, detail, accessorizing and presentation. The curriculum includes sketching, 2-D and 3-D design, portfolio development, construction, pattern-making and computer-aided design. Professional classes in fashion show production, visual display, marketing, public relations, publicity, product research and development, writing, styling and branding are also available. Classes are offered for day and evening schedules for both full-time and part-time students.

    The School of Fashion Design
    136 Newbury St.
    Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 536-9343
    schooloffashiondesign.org/

Mount Ida College, The Chamberlayne School of Design and Merchandising

  • Students in this program can earn a four-year bachelor of science degree by completing classwork in art, draping, sewing, patternmaking, illustration, tailoring and presentation, as well as completing studio work. Students also have the opportunity to show their collections in the spring fashion show in downtown Boston which is attended by press and talent scouts. Graduate students can earn a master of fine arts or master of science degree in textile arts and fashion design, as well as a master of arts degree in visual culture and costume design.

    Mount Ida College, The Chamberlayne School of Design and Merchandising
    777 Dedham St.
    Newton, MA 02459
    (617) 928-4500
    mountida.edu/sp.cfm?pageid=335

Lasell College

  • Foundation studies for this four-year, bachelor of science program include both liberal arts and business courses with an emphasis on the specialized areas of retail merchandising, clothing design, and visual and promotional design techniques. Students must participate in working both on- and off-campus fashion shows as designers, producers, set designers, and/or stylists. The school encourages internships and offers opportunities at well-known brands such as Giorgio Armani, Sak’s 5th Avenue, Victoria’s Secret and J.Crew.

    Lasell College
    1844 Commonwealth Ave.
    Newton, MA 02466
    (617) 243-2000
    lasell.edu/majors/fashion.asp

How to Become a Fashion Director

A marketing background is beneficial for fashion directors.
Fashion directors are also known as fashion coordinators. To become a fashion director, individuals need to earn a fashion-oriented degree. All post-secondary degree programs call for high school diploma or the equivalent. Fashion directors are in charge of keeping up with fashion trends to create congruency within their fashion industry company, and they are often employed by department stores and magazines. Common fashion director duties include fashion research and studying consumer buying trends.

Instructions

  1. Earn your high school diploma or GED equivalent to qualify for admittance in to a college or university. High school students that are aspiring fashion directors should take home economics and communication courses prior to graduating.
  2. Enroll in a two-year associate’s degree or four-year bachelor’s degree program. Students may also choose to earn their associate’s degrees prior to enrolling in bachelor’s programs, though it is not necessary. Most fashion directors earn a bachelor’s degree. Some fashion-focused majors include fashion marketing, fashion design, fashion management and fashion merchandising. Those with a minor in a business-related field are projected to have the most job opportunities, according to the Education Portal website.
  3. Look for internship opportunities through the school’s fashion program or local fashion media offices, as well as the Internet. An internship gives you a foot in the door of the fashion industry, as well as real life work experience. Students learn necessary on-the-job skills through internships, giving them an edge when applying for employment as a fashion director. Contacts made during an internship might also lead to potential employment. You can intern while you are still in school, or after you graduate.
  4. Earn a master’s degree in a fashion-related field. Although a master’s degree is not required to be a successful fashion director, it will create more career and advancement opportunities. You can also specialize in a specific area of fashion, including fashion and film, sustainable fashion or fashion journalism.
  5. Create a resume that lists your internship and other work experience, your fashion education history, your skills related to fashion director jobs and any awards or achievements you have earned in the fashion industry. Fashion directors should have skills that include attention to detail, the ability to create a look for a model or mannequin, working well with marketing and sales professionals, and effective leadership skills to give direction and make decisions about a fashion line or company.
  6. Send your resume to fashion houses, designers, fashion event planners and all of the contacts you made during your internship, education and other networking events. Search job postings online and in newspapers or magazines. Attend fashion events and introduce yourself to as many people as possible to learn about job openings.

How to Make a Fashion Design Portfolio

Make a Fashion Design Portfolio
A portfolio displays the sampling of work done by an artist, designer or illustrator. Having a great portfolio is very important for jump starting a career and getting jobs in these areas. There are certain guidelines for a fashion portfolio. Use the tips below to get started.

Instructions

  1. Get something to hold and organize the work. This can be a variety if things. If you are young and starting out, a binder with page inserts works well. It may be best to spend the money on a nice large portfolio or presentation folder from a craft store or office supply store.
  2. Collect samples of your best work, and begin to organize or group them together by collection. If you have multiple collections to display, you may include a few samples of inspiration for the design. This may be a painting of a flower, a song or the texture of a rusted piece of metal.
  3. Include your sketches. These should be large, colored final sketches of the design. This shows your original intentions with the design. If there is room, you may even include small preliminary sketches that show the development of your design.
  4. Include fabric swatches. These are small pieces of fabric that show what you would make the designs out of, or what you intend to make the designs out of. They may be small squares, but have enough of the fabric to show the texture or pattern well. Some fabric stores may give free or sell swatches, or you may have to buy a small amount of fabric.
  5. Include finished photos of the fashion design in your portfolio if you have some. Anything that you actually make should be photographed while someone is wearing it. The photo should also be in color and large enough to show detail.
  6. Put the work in a logical order. Think about the emotions or feelings that each photo or design evokes when you look at it. Consider each one and whether they flow in the order of a sort of story.
  7. Go digital. With the technology of today, many places prefer a digital copy burnt to disc. If you apply to colleges or jobs far away, the only source of contact may be through email and over phone. Scan all images and sketches, and creatively place them in order to be viewed easily. This can be very simple or get very complicated.

How to Open Your Own Shop That Sells Clothes & Shoes

Clothing and shoe shops can be opened at physical locations or online.
Risks and challenges exist when taking a leap into the retail business. Opening up a new clothing and shoe store requires advanced planning, research, and knowledge of the retail industry. Physical store locations and online stores are both options to consider. A love and eye for fashion and trends will help a new store stay ahead of the competition. A specialty niche will also help set the store apart from competitors.

Instructions

  1. Pick out the type of items to sell in the online clothing and shoe shop. The shop’s target market will determine what items are needed. General merchandise shops include Items for women, men and children.
  2. Sort through old clothes and shoes if the shop is selling used merchandise. Selling used item require little or no upfront cost for merchandise. Selling new items requires purchasing the clothing and shoes from a wholesale supplier.
  3. Create a name for the online clothing shop. The name should be different and not currently used by another business owner. A good way to check to see if a name is being used is to type the name in a search engine and see what results come back.
  4. Register the business name with the county where the physical business owner is located. Even though it is a Web-based store, state law requires business owners to register fictitious business name statements and in some states a business license might be required.
  5. Apply for a wholesale license with the Secretary of State in your state. A wholesale buyers license is only required if selling new shoes and clothes items. Purchasing new items will require a storage location.
  6. Build a website for the business. Many services are available for business owners to create their own websites, however, if time doesn’t permit, hire a professional website designer.
  7. Take pictures of the items for sale and begin listing them on the website. Include the item’s price, material descriptions and size along with the item picture. Adding fun names to each item is a way to attract the customer.
  8. Set up a merchant account through a bank or online merchant company. Customers are more willing to purchase from the Web shop if they know their credit card transactions are secure.
  9. Promote the online clothing and shoe shop to friends and family. Marketing materials in the form of flyers, business cards and email marketing announcements are all effective ways to spread the word about the new business.

How to Fix Wobbling Shopping Cart Wheels

Shopping carts with appropriately tightened wheels run quietly.
Because shopping carts are widely used, they are subject to damage, including wobbly wheels. These loose wheels create unsafe conditions for shoppers and employees. Wobbly carts may veer in the wrong direction or may break completely, causing injury. If you are unable to fix a wobbly shopping cart in a timely fashion, move the cart to an empty area.

Instructions

  1. Empty the shopping cart and turn it upside down so the wheels are in the air.
  2. Spray penetrating oil on the wheels of the shopping cart. This helps lubricate all of the parts of the wheels, which will run more smoothly and are easier to work with.
  3. Examine the cart’s wheels. Check for damage and excessive dirt, rust or tearing. Replace any damaged wheels. Unscrew the bolt that connects the wheel to the cart and remove the damaged wheel. Set a new wheel on the cart and screw the bolt in place.
  4. Tighten the bolts on the wheels using a screwdriver.
  5. Turn the cart over and test its wheels. If any of the wheels are still wobbly, turn the cart upside down and tighten or replace the wobbly wheel.

Home Shopping Party Games to Play

It's not all about the money; it's about fun too.

When hosting a home sales party, add some fun to it instead of having it appear like an infomercial in your home. Creating a variety of games for your guests to participate in will increase the amount of fun they have, reducing their feeling that they’re there for a sales pitch. Giving away discounts and products will help improve the mood of some in the room and give you the opportunity to close sales with those that are getting a discount on your items.

Jelly Bean Hunt Game

  • Before your home party starts, hide jelly beans around several rooms of your house. After all of the guests have arrived, ask them to search for jelly beans, allowing each guest to find up to three jelly beans within a 10-minute time limit. Once the time limit has expired, give each guest a sheet of paper indicating how many points each of the different jelly beans are worth. The point total for each guest is the percentage that she gets off the regular price of the items you are selling. As an extra bonus, have one or two special jelly-bean colors (one of each). Guests can redeem those jelly beans for an item you choose that you are selling that night.

Sly Game

  • When hosting a home shopping party, you will want to have people not only buy items from you but sign up at your party to host their own party. This game allows you to do that by asking your guests to create a list in a hurry. Ask each guest to write down the names of two friends that are not at the party, two family members not at the party, two neighbors not attending the party and two other people at the party. Award a prize to the guest that finishes her list first. When you ask people to sign up to host their own parties, tell them to look at this list, and they’ll realize they already have a guest list started.

Pass the Gift

  • Choose one of the items from the catalog that you sell from, and bring that to the party. Have all of the guests sit in a circle, and give the item to the person sitting to your left. Start asking questions such as who lives the furthest away, who is wearing the shortest skirt, who arrived first and who is the first to present an item from her purse such as a tube of lipstick. Finish the list of questions with having the person holding the gift passing it a certain number of seats to the right, that number should be determined before the party. This person keeps the gift.

Lucky Dice

  • Ask your guests to gamble. Ask them to agree to roll a pair of dice and agree to do what it says on a chart you present based on the roll of the dice. Have six of the numbers require a guest to host her own show for your company within a month with yourself as the referrer. With some companies, this will entitle you to either a bonus or a percentage of her total sales at her party. The other numbers entitle the guest to a discount ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent, depending on the number rolled. Guests are not required to roll the dice, but the chance to get a discount will encourage some to take the chance.

Five Reasons Why People Are Interested in Fashion

Whether chasing the thrill of change or expressing a generational revolution, following fashion can be rewarding and interesting.

While fashion is inherently functional — clothing must first and foremost be worn — there are many reasons beyond clothing’s utility that make people interested in following fashion. Fashion changes from season to season, so following its trends can be similar to the appeal of following sports, celebrity news or other areas of interest subject to change with a group following, notes “The Guardian.” Furthermore, because of clothing’s ability to express attitudes and values, fashion provides forms of artful and personal expression for individuals interested in partaking in the fashion game.

Expression of Personality

  • Many pieces of clothing are invented for a functional purpose before they ever become fashionable, but as they become symbolic of a certain kind of lifestyle or aesthetic, certain items become expressive of meaning. For example, cowboy boots originated as functional footwear for men working in the American West. Cowboys were seen as rugged and individualistic because of the demands of their occupation, and cowboy boots have persisted as a choice fashion item for people wishing to express these values. Even when worn far from ranches or cows, cowboy boots continue to signify values that appeal to people everywhere. Fashion allows individuals to create and craft images of themselves, expressing their identity to other people and potentially arousing feelings of curiosity or commonality. Fashion is often fueled by the desire to be different enough to stand out but similar enough to belong to the group that your clothing helps identify.

Zietgiest

  • While the trends in fashion sometimes seem random or unpredictable, clothing styles often evolve according to larger cultural movements. As Coco Chanel famously said, “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.” Fashion can tell you about what people wore during a certain period of time, which can be indicative of their lifestyles at large. Consider the hippie culture of the 1970s. Flowers, bell-bottoms, flowing dresses and peace signs had no strictly functional purpose. These clothing items were instead functional in their ability to express the rebellion of an entire generation’s values. The clothing items of the hippie generation were used to symbolize love, peace, cooperation, and alternative or new mindsets. Bell-bottoms and flowing dresses represented a break from the old society of strict dress codes and requirements for behavior. They helped people visually break from the older aesthetic with free-flowing and unrestrained construction, and by connecting the wearer with the lifestyle values of the hippie movement.

Artistic and Creative Energy

  • Just as painting, writing and photography can be used as forms of artistic expression, the creation and wearing of fashion can similarly express creative energy. Art and design were closely tied at the beginning of the 20th century, when many couturiers were also collectors or friends of artists. During that time, artists saw little difference between creating a work of art and a textile pattern. Today, the industries have diverged somewhat, but fashion nonetheless remains a viable part of artistic expression. For people interested in fashion, especially those interested in making their own clothes by hand, sometimes the process of creating the item or the pure beauty of the item itself can hold more importance than any personal or generational statement of dress or meaning.

Thrill of Change

  • For many people, the constant change in fashion world is part of what makes it an enjoyable pastime. Fashion designers put a tremendous amount of thought and creativity into designing their clothes, and many elements have to come together when photographers, models and stylists create magazine editorials to showcase those clothes. The rush of creation and documentation happens season after season, as part of a unpredictable and exciting change. Similarly, fashion demonstrates our ability, as humans, to change. Mankind is always pushing further, seeking to know more and improve. As the French philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky said, “Fashion is one of the faces of modern artifice, of the effort of human beings to make themselves masters of the conditions of their own existence.”

How to Become a Clothing Sales Rep

Become a Clothing Sales Rep
Millions of dollars are spent every day by consumers at retail stores, a significant portion of which represents clothing sales. As a clothing sales rep, you can enjoy offering face-to-face customer service while building on your knowledge of basic retail sales and operations. Find your place in this rewarding field by learning how to become a clothing sales rep.

Instructions

  1. Update your resume, or prepare one if you haven’t used one in the past. An effective resume should provide a synopsis of your career objectives, skills summary and a brief history of past employment. If possible, try to highlight any previous sales experience, particularly in clothing sales.
  2. Draft a cover letter if you are applying to an advertisement or job posting to become a clothing sales rep, which is required by most employers who solicit applicants via mail or email. The cover letter should be brief, but emphasize the skills that you can bring to the position, as well as your availability. If the potential employer requests that you also state your salary requirements, then include that information as well (or at least your past salary history).
  3. Show up to your job interview to become a clothing sales rep dressed in appropriate attire. You don’t have to wear a business suit, but you should plan to dress “business casual,” depending on the company or store that you’re seeking the position from. At the very least, a neat personal appearance is critical.
  4. Emphasize your talent and enthusiasm for being a “people person” when you apply in person to become a clothing sales rep. This may be the most important skill a potential employer will be looking for.
  5. Illustrate your ability to handle organization responsibly by citing past experience, such as handling charge slips, coupons and clothing exchange or return tickets. This is an important asset since retail store managers have little time to micro-manage their associates on basic operational functions.

What Classes Should I Take in High School to Be in the Fashion Industry?

Prepare for the fashion industry
Prepare for working in the fashion industry by taking design-technology vocational courses through your school district. Even if your career plan is still unfolding, take a variety of courses in high school to develop your creative talent. Enrolling in art, advertising and business classes will help you develop marketable skills for a future in fashion. In addition to jobs like fashion designer and seamstress, non-technical occupations exist such as fashion forecaster and runway-show producer.

Career and Technical Education

  • The training necessary for working in the fashion industry ranges from sketching and sewing to merchandising and marketing. Sign up for a vocational program that offers fashion technology courses, such as garment construction and graphic design. Take classes in sewing-machine operation, illustration and sketching and pattern-making techniques. A number of school districts partner with Educational Service Agencies that offer trade programs for high school students. Information about eligible vocational services is available through a school guidance office, community newsletter or the career education section of a district website.

Drawing and Art History

  • Fashion designers create their initial ideas through sketches, and then select materials to make the clothing and accessories. If this is your dream job, take sketching and drawing classes to learn how to translate your designs to paper. Get an ample background in art and design history, too. Taking ancient and modern art history classes help you learn about the evolution of materials, as well as broaden your sense of style and different art forms. An education in art develops your understanding of design and helps you spot new trends.

CAD Graphic Design

  • A fashion illustrator uses a computer-aided design program. Learning CAD, or a similar visual-design program, enhances your knowledge of color schemes and illustration techniques. Computer design classes teach you how to create product presentations, digital portfolios and concept boards. A design software program helps you to view color combinations and fabric choices before making the garments. A class that combines instruction and laboratory projects creates opportunities for hands-on experience.

Pre-College Classes

  • Explore taking a summer course at an institute or college that has a fashion technology curriculum. Participating in a pre-college program provides an opportunity to explore specific topics like portfolio-building, magazine journalism, and jewelry and costume design. Taking a college-level class also provides exclusive opportunities for networking with industry professionals. The majority of pre-college classes are geared toward students in ninth to 12 grades. School requirements vary, but basic art ability is the typical qualification for entrance. Some advanced-level courses may require a pre-requisite.

Marketing and Business

  • Enroll in classes related to marketing, business, retail and public relations. Along with designers, the business of fashion relies on many other workers. Varied jobs exist for showroom managers, branding specialists and customer relations directors. Versatile entry level positions are bountiful, too, from sales associates to Internet market coordinators. Having robust business skills will help you gain entry into the competitive world of the fashion industry, and expose you to different areas of the trade.

The Top Fashion Designing Schools in the World

Large cities provide inspiration for fashion design students.
Fashion design schools succeed in the major cities of the world where students can experience first-hand an inspiring amalgamation of cultures. New York is considered to be the fashion capital of the modern world and has two of the top fashion design schools. London, Los Angeles and Florence, Italy, also have prestigious fashion design schools.

Parsons The New School for Design, New YorkParsons The New School for Design is a private college in New York City that enrolls around 700 fashion design students each year. Founded as the Chase School in 1896, Parsons offers associate of arts and bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degrees in fashion design. Famous graduates of the school include designers Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Anna Sui.

Parsons The New School for Design 66 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10011 212-229-8900 newschool.edu/parsons

New York is said to be the fashion capital of the world.
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New YorkThe Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) was founded in 1944 and forms part of the State University of New York. Situated in midtown Manhattan, it caters for around 7,000 full time students who can choose from 17 majors for both BFA and bachelor of science (BS) degrees through the School of Art and Design. Famous designers who have graduated from FIT include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera and Nanette Lepore.

Fashion Institute of Technology 227 W. 27th St. New York NY 10001-5992 212-217-7999 fitnyc.edu

FIT is located in midtown Manhattan
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los AngelesThe Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) is a private college in Los Angeles, California, which offers associate of arts degree programs over one or two years. Students can specialize in merchandise marketing, fashion design, textile design, apparel manufacturing management or film and television costume design. Famous alumni of FIDM include Monique Lhuillier, Nick Verreos and Santino RIce.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Los Angeles Campus 919 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles CA 90015-1421 800-624-1200 fidm.edu

FIDM is considered to be the best fashion design school on America's West Coast.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and DesignCentral Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London was formed in 1989 as a result of the merger between Central School of Art and Design and Saint Martins School of Art. It is one of the world’s largest providers of art and design education and offers bachelor of arts and BFA degrees. Famous former students of Central Saint Martins include designers John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Zac Posen and Paul Smith.

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design Southampton Row London WC1B 4AP +44(0)20-7514-7022 csm.arts.ac.uk

Central Saint Martins is located in the vibrant, experimental city of London.
London College of Fashion, LondonLondon College of Fashion is the only English college to provide fashion education and research programs and also offers a wide variety of other courses, such as footwear design, pattern cutting, make-up design and image styling. Famous shoe designers Jimmy Choo, Patrick Cox and Emma Hope are among its most successful alumni.

London College of Fashion 20 John Princes Street London W1G 0BJ +44(0)207-514-7400 fashion.arts.ac.uk

London College of Fashion is also set in England's capital city.
Polimoda Fashion School, Florence, ItalyPolimoda Fashion School in Florence is a world-reknowned provider of fashion design courses. It was founded in 1986 as a collaboration between the Italian cities Prato and Florence. The school places great emphasis on the business side of fashion design and students can elect to study marketing, management and consulting alongside fashion design. The school’s president is world-famous designer Ferruccio Ferragamo and its dean is Linda Loppa, designer and lecturer.

Polimoda Fashion School Via Pisana 77 – 50143 Florence Italy +39(055) 739961 polimoda.com

Florence is home to the prestigious Polimoda Fashion School.

How to Get a Scholarship to a UK Fashion School

How to Get a Scholarship to a UK Fashion School
How to Get a Scholarship to a UK Fashion School. The field of fashion can be exciting and glamorous, and fashion is a highly desirable career for many people. Competition for places at UK fashion schools is therefore quite high. But securing a place at one of these schools is not the end of your worries; you’ll also need to figure out how to fund your studies.

Instructions

  1. Choose a full-time degree course. It is often easier to get financial support for a full-time degree course than a part-time or certificate programme.
  2. Contact your local education authority. UK students can get small, mandatory grants or career development loans for fashion degree programmes. EU students may also be able to apply for support from the local education authority in their home country.
  3. Visit the British Council’s Education UK website which has lots of information on funding for international students. It also has a UK Scholarships Database which can be a priceless tool in your search.
  4. Check with the school of your choice. Many fashion schools in the UK award scholarships and bursaries to students who meet certain criteria, so find out what is available at your chosen school.
  5. Apply to independent foundations and trusts that offer grants to individuals in the arts and fashion. You can find many of these on the British Council’s UK Scholarships Database or in annual publications like “Grants Register” and the Directory of Social Change’s “Guide to Major Grant-Making Trusts”.

How to Get Into Fashion Design School

Many people dream of the fame and fortune that comes with a successful career in fashion design. Many schools have fashion design programs, but because so many people aspire to be in the industry, earning acceptance by the best schools can be extremely challenging. Preparation and experience can help an applicant prepare for the competition facing them when applying to a great fashion design school.

Instructions

  1. Learn to sew. Sewing is an integral part of fashion design, and it’s also a dying art and skill that many young people don’t have. Beginning to sew at a young age can put a potential fashion designer a step ahead of the others competing to get into the school.
  2. Perfect your drawing skills. While artistic skill sometimes comes naturally, those who don’t have it can improve through practice. A fashion designer needs to be able to effectively translate ideas to paper so that others can see their designs.
  3. Maintain good grades throughout grade and high school. As with any college, fashion design schools are looking for hardworking, dedicated and studious people. Good grades along with good test scores are usually an indication of this.
  4. Work part-time at fashion boutiques or trendy clothing shops. This will prove to admission officials your base understanding of the fashion business, and show a willingness to work from the bottom up.
  5. Get experience of any kind. This probably means you will have to offer your services for free, but it will give you much-needed experience. Sew clothing for friends and family, design and sew prom dresses, homecoming dresses or personal clothes. It is never too early to start building a portfolio.
  6. Find exceptional references. Look for local fashion designers, whether they have recognizable names or not, and ask them if they mind being followed, shadowed or even just interviewed. Show them your potential talents and ambitions, and ask them to be references. Most will be flattered and agree to it.

How to Start a Men’s Clothing Store

If you enjoy fashion and retail work, then opening a men’s clothing store could be a fantastic entrepreneurial decision. With effort, passion and a good marketing plan, you could have a successful men’s clothing store in a short time.

Start a Men’s Clothing Store

  1. Decide what type of clothing to sell. The clothing sold in men’s stores ranges in selection. A men’s clothing store can stock exclusively sports-related clothing (team jerseys and track pants), it can stock only suits and career wear, it may have only club and casual wear, or the store may stock a combination of styles. Look at the stores in your area — is there a niche you could fill? Do only certain types of stores succeed?
  2. Find a supplier and secure financing. The supplier you choose should have competitively priced merchandise so you can ensure a decent profit margin while still enticing customers with a good deal. Most new businesses do not make money for the first three years they are open. Be sure to secure enough financing to support your men’s clothing store during this time.
  3. Determine your store’s location. Shopping malls and plazas are great for new stores because you can take advantage of existing foot traffic. A stand-alone location can afford you a little more independence in your store’s set-up and design. Make sure your location is zoned for commercial use and check with zoning restrictions before you decorate. The type of clothes you sell and size of the selection will determine the square footage you need. Be sure to rent or lease a location with a storeroom large enough to store your unstocked merchandise.
  4. Hire employees. You may wish to consider hiring some associates who specialize in retail sales and merchandising. Paying your employees on a commission basis may help your bottom line, since they will concentrate on selling your merchandise. Fashion merchandisers can help you display your merchandise so that it sells itself and the sales associates have an easier time selling it.
  5. Develop a marketing and business plan. A business plan will help you outline the goals for your men’s clothing store and the pathways to achieve them. It will assist you in budgeting as well as identifying trends that show your store is ready for the next step. The marketing plan will ensure you attract customers to your store and help make sales. Television ads, print ads in newspapers and other local circulars, and radio ads should all be considered in your marketing plan.

How to Start a Retail Clothing Store

Although the economic outlook for retail sales is shaky, you can successfully start a clothing store. Find a niche, such as clothing for the full-figured woman or elegant menswear to set your store apart from others. Choose a location in a high-traffic area to attract browsers and turn them into buyers. With a lot of planning and a little luck, you can own and operate a retail clothing business.

Instructions

  1. Develop your idea by writing a business plan, which details the store concept, strategy, competition, financial outlook and marketing ideas. Outline your concept down to the tiniest detail. What will you focus on — menswear, women’s clothing, prom and formal event clothing, accessories, children’s clothing, hand-made clothing, modest clothing, hip-hop clothing? Scour the internet for estimates of market size and share. Look around your community to see who else may be running a store similar to the one you want to open.
  2. Consult an attorney to incorporate your business, obtain a tax ID number and register your business name. You’ll need a tax ID number to purchase clothing for resale. Your attorney can advise you on the best corporate structure for your situation. Business structures include sole proprietorships, limited-liability corporations (LLC), and S and C corporations. Each has unique financial and legal ramifications. Find a business attorney, schedule an appointment and discuss your situation with him or her to find the best match.
  3. Search for a great location for your store as it will receive a lot of walk-by and drive-by traffic. Realtors can provide you with estimates on traffic patterns near your store location. Be sure to check convenience factors, too, such as handicap access and parking. Many business fail because parking is a nightmare for their customers. If the store was already a clothing store, make careful inquiries about the previous tenants. Did the business move, close, or go bankrupt? If they went out of business, why?
  4. Purchase retail fittings for the store. These may include special lighting to highlight your products, display cases, clothing racks, counters, cash registers, telephones, credit card terminals, carpet, dressing rooms, shopping bags and gift wrap. Look for retail-fittings companies online or for local auctions. Many stores that are going out of business sell their fittings very inexpensively, and you can often paint racks into interesting colors to jazz up your store.
  5. Decorate your store with your customer in mind. If you’re catering to trendy teens, your decor will be different than someone targeting affluent, middle-aged customers looking for executive attire. Choose carpet and paint colors accordingly.
  6. Establish credit accounts with wholesale clothing vendors. Find wholesale clothing vendors online or at the major apparel centers in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. Shop in person at major clothing centers. In New York City, the Garment District occupies several blocks in the West 30s. When visiting wholesalers in person, you’ll need your sales tax ID paperwork, business cards, photo identification and credit references to establish trade accounts. Some wholesalers accept credit cards. The wholesale company will check your identification and paperwork to ensure that you represent a legitimate retail business and aren’t just bargain shopping. Once approved, you’ll be able to place your orders. Most wholesalers require a minimum purchase of at least $100.
  7. Prepare for your opening day by creating a simple, effective Website. Consider eBay stores and a shopping Website in addition to your physical location to supplement sales. Promote your new business by issuing a press release to local media, ads in newspapers and fliers. Advertising is the key for any new businesses, so plan to invest in local advertising to drive traffic to your store.
  8. Most small-business owners do the majority of the work themselves instead of hiring help. Hiring staff increases costs dramatically, both in salary and taxes. If you need to hire someone, look for part-time help well in advance of your opening day. Make sure that you provide them with adequate training on how to run the cash register, store policies and regulations, and information on the merchandise.

How to Do Your Grocery Shopping on Your Bicycle

Front baskets are good for carrying small quantities of delicate items.
If you don’t do a little planning ahead to increase your bike’s cargo capacity and then buy accordingly, a grocery outing on two wheels can end up looking like a failed circus act as you try to juggle everything and pedal too. Some forethought, and choosing bike containers you can bring with you into the store, helps keep the sideshow act to a minimum.

Bring Your Containers

  • Whether you’re using a milk crate zip-tied to a rear rack or heavy-duty panniers, bring your containers — or a bag that’s about the same size — with you into the store. That way you can be sure that everything you buy will fit. If you still find yourself struggling to find enough room, try planning recipes ahead so you know exactly what quantity of which foods you should buy. If you’re shopping for a large family, you may need a long-tailed bike, which allows for extra-large panniers or baskets, or a pull-behind trailer for extra storage room

How to Pack

  • Position the heaviest items as low as possible — ideally, in the bottom of side panniers — so they disrupt your bike’s center of balance as little as possible. If you have collapsible panniers and only fill one side, make it the side that faces away from traffic for the majority of your ride — usually the right. If you’re transporting chilled or frozen items in hot weather, invest in insulated panniers or a soft-sided cooler; failing that, you can jury-rig a stand-in with bubble wrap and a foil emergency blanket.

How to get your product on QVC or HSN

Got a new product? Make money with Home Shopping -- Get your Product on QVC or HSN today!

Do you have a new innovative product that you’d like to sell on HSN or QVC home shopping channels? Follow these easy steps to get it reviewed and start making money today.

Instructions

    1. Choose your Product. Make sure it’s something new and innovative that solves an issue for the masses, ie weight loss, time-saving, space-saving, etc. Remember your audience is primarily female and you are speaking to middle America. Make it something that’s demonstrable and it must have a unique ingredient, hook or story.
    1. Testing and Patents. If you can patent your product, that’s the best thing to do, but not always necessary. The next step is getting to market quickly if it’s not something that can be patented. Marketing is key to differentiate your product. You’ll want to do your due diligence on any testing that will be required before you get to the shopping channels’ quality assurance department.
    1. Find a spokesperson. Get your pitch on video. Make sure the spokesperson is relevant and energetic on camera. He or she should be the inventor or from the region of the key ingredient or have something compelling that drives home your product story. Get your pitch on camera; the shopping channel will ask for a test tape.
    1. Find the Right Buyer or a Broker. You can call or research online to find the right buyer for your product, or you can seek out a broker. Brokers typically charge 10% of wholesale price of your product to the channel and negotiate all terms and quality assurance, shipping, etc. for you. So if you really want the help, this may be a good way to go. Three brokers I suggest are Volition USA (ami@volitionusa.com),Livelink.tv, and OmniReliant.com. If you’ve found the right buyer yourself, then send a brief email with a deck attachment. Your main goal of the email and follow up phone call is to get a face to face meeting with your buyer.
    1. Get a face to face meeting with your buyer. Once you have the meeting, be prepared to pitch your product live as if on air. Bring props and demonstrate it live on a model or however best illustrated. For instance, if your product contains coconut oil and freesia, be sure to have actual freesia flowers and coconuts on hand. If it’s a skincream, show it being put on a model and the instant effects on the skin. Have a deck (powerpoint) to walk through all the unique elements of your “pitch” and your on-air “story.” Make sure you know your price and remember points for for shopping channels are typically at about 55%, so you’ll need to get your manufacturing price extremely low to be competitive. They will want the lowest price possible and a configuration that’s not available somewhere else.
    1. Once on air, monitor your sales per minute, pitch and audience response — adjust your presentation accordingly. Get ready for some sleepless nights of around the clock presentations and be creative. Shopping channel retail is unlike no other; it’s exhilarating, challenging and in real time. Happy Selling!

How Do I Present an Idea to Home Shopping Network?

Use HSN to get your product in front of a national audience.
Presenting a product idea or invention to the Home Shopping Network can get your creation in front of millions of potential customers. The Home Shopping Network has a vendor partner program in which inventors and business owners can pitch their products to the television channel’s marketing department. The presentation process is completed by filling out an online application.

Instructions

  1. Gather all product information, including a digital photo or brochure featuring your product. In the application, the Home Shopping Network inquires about all aspects of your product, including insurance information, details on your target customer, product testing details, claims, factory and warehouse information, price points and an official product description. Before beginning the application process, have all this information ready.
  2. Visit the Home Shopping Network website. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “HSN Partner Program.” Once the page loads, click on “Start Process.”
  3. Read the terms and conditions page carefully. If you agree, check the box next to “I agree to the HSN Terms & Conditions” and click on “Continue.”
  4. Begin filling out the application. The application has three pages of forms, asking for detailed information about your product and a digital photo or brochure of the product. Once all the fields are filled out, click on “Submit” to send your information to the Home Shopping Network.
  5. Check your email. You will receive an email confirmation message letting you know the Home Shopping Network successfully received your application.
  6. Wait for a merchandising representative to contact you. You will receive an email within 90 days of your submission, letting you know the status. If your product generated interest from the Home Shopping Network’s merchandising team, the email will explain the next steps. Next steps can include an in-person meeting, phone call and/or sending in a product sample.

How to Sell My Quinceanera Dresses

Selling your Quinceanera dress to someone else will make her day.

In many Latin American cultures, families celebrate the 15th birthdays of girls with a big party. The party is called a Quinceanera. The birthday girl dresses up in a gown and celebrates with her entire family, friends and loved ones the transition between childhood and womanhood. Once your Quinceanera is over, save your dress by packing it away in your closet or sell it to another girl in need of a gown for her special day.

Instructions

  1. List your dress for sale on eBay or Craigslist. You can post photos of your dress in addition to important information such as the size, color and material. Include the name of the designer of the dress and the price you want to sell it for.
  2. Market your Quinceanera dress on your social networking site. Most girls around the age of 15 are frequent social network users and will see that your dress is for sale. Interested parties will let you know if the dress is something they want to purchase.
  3. Sell your dress in a high-end consignment shop. The shop will sell the dress for you and give you a portion of the sale price once someone purchases the dress.
  4. Ask around; you never know what friends, family members or coworkers might know of a girl in need of a gently used dress to wear to her Quinceanera.

How to Play Elastic Kids Games

Kids can play simple games using only elastic bands.
Teach your children elastic games that you may recall from your childhood such as Chinese jump rope. This game is played around the world by kids on the playground using only a large elastic band. It is also called elastics or French skipping depending on whom you ask and is played while jumping up and over the band while singing songs and rhymes. You can play an elastic game with your older children and jump in the game, too, with a large human-sized rubber band. Older kids play a simple game of rubber band war using only rubber bands and their imagination.

Chinese Jump Rope

  1. Instruct two of your friends to stand a little more than 3 feet apart from each other with the elastic wrapped around the back of their legs at ankle height, so that it forms an oblong shape. The game requires at least three players.
  2. Face one of your two friends and start with your right foot on the outside of the elastic and left foot inside the elastic.
  3. Jump straight up and set both feet inside the elastic.
  4. Jump straight up again and set both feet outside the elastic.
  5. Jump straight up again and turn right 90 degrees in a scissor pose, so you are no longer facing one of your friends. Your left foot should land on top of the elastic in back of you and right foot on top of the elastic in front of you. If you can do this succession of jumps without making a mistake, the elastic is raised higher on your friends’ legs and you go again. If you make a mistake, your turn is over.
  6. Sing: “England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

    Inside, outside, inside, on!” as you jump straight up and down.

  7. Do each succession of jumps successfully and your friends keep moving the elastic up another height until it is around the back of each of their necks. Do the succession of jumps again at the neck height perfectly and the jump rope moves all the way down to your friends’ ankles again but they move their legs wider with the elastic to create a circular shape and make it more difficult for you.
  8. Do the succession of jumps again. When the elastic moves up to their arms and shoulders, they hold the elastic out wide and you do your jumps straight up without making a mistake. This second round of jumps goes up to their shoulders and not their neck.
  9. Make it to the third round of jumps and your two friends now have the elastic around each one of their ankles so that the wide elastic circle is a very skinny oblong shape. As the rope progresses up their bodies, they turn sideways 90 degrees and the third round goes up to their shoulders. Once you complete the third round of jumps without any mistakes, you can let someone else take a turn.

Human Rubberband Game

  1. Step inside the Human Rubberband up to your waist and back facing the rubber band. Three others should do the same with the same band.
  2. Move back until the rubber band stretches and you form a square with each person as a corner. Everyone should do this at once.
  3. Run to the opposite corner as the person in that corner heads to your side. Pass each other on the right side. As you both near the opposite side, turn so you are both backing into the rubber band. As the two of you fall into the rubber band sides, the two other people are sling-shot gently forward and then run across to the right sides of each other as you and your partner did. You build more momentum as you run back and forth in pairs. Continue until the rhythm is broken or someone wants to stop.

Rubber Band Wars

  1. Form teams of two to five people on each team and have each team gather 20 rubber bands. Use thinner rubber bands that are about 1/8 inch thick.
  2. Turn lightweight folding tables over on their sides as walls to protect your team. You are hiding behind the top of the table with the legs toward you.
  3. Shoot rubber bands at one another by pulling back your rubber band on your thumb with your forefinger and thumb of the other hand tightly and letting go toward your target, which is a member of the other team.
  4. Hide behind the tables to avoid getting hit.
  5. Keep playing until someone on your team or the other team gets hit and that person is out. Whatever team with the last person standing wins.

The Best Fashion Design Schools in New York City

At New York's top fashion schools, students study the principles of design as well as textiles.
New York City is arguably the fashion capital of the world, with several highly regarded fashion schools in the area to back up that reputation. These schools offer so much more than pattern-making and sewing courses. At New York’s premier fashion design schools, students get hands-on experience while learning the basics of fashion history or thinking about how fashion will impact the future. They also study textiles, patterns and fabrics, learning about which fabrics best fit specific ensembles.

Parsons The New School for Design

  • With a focus on all realms of design, Parsons The New School for Design is recognized for its School of Fashion, one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the U.S. Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, Parsons provides students with industry knowledge and encourages them to think about sustainable fashion solutions while designing innovative clothing and products. In addition to fashion design, Parsons offers courses in fashion photography and fashion sustainability. Parsons is credited with launching the careers of fashion legends Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Tom Ford, as well as emerging talents such as Vena Cava, Proenza Schouler and Behnaz Sarafpour.

    Parsons The New School for Design

    School of Fashion

    560 Fashion Avenue

    New York, NY 10018

    212-229-5391

    newschool.edu/parsons

Pratt Institute

  • Pratt Institute School of Art and Design is recognized for its academically rigorous fashion design program and the education it provides students. As part of the School of Art and Design, undergraduate Pratt students who are earning a degree in fashion design have the ability to study other areas in the fashion realm, including jewelry making, interior design and photography.

    Students study textiles, sketching, clothing construction, pattern making and draping, all while learning the fundamentals of fashion history, design principles and practical applications. Each spring, the highly regarded Pratt Show is held in which student work in various fields, including fashion, is showcased. This provides students with an excellent opportunity to gain exposure for their work.

    Pratt Institute

    200 Willoughby Avenue

    Brooklyn, NY 11205

    718-636-3600

    pratt.edu

Fashion Institute of Technology

  • Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is part of the State University of New York system. Graduate and professional degrees can be pursued here in fields ranging from fashion design and fashion merchandising to jewelry design, textile development and menswear. The school’s extensive course offerings cater to a variety of interests within the design world, and students gain hands-on experience in their chosen field beginning in their first year. Since the institute is a state school in the New York school system, New York residents receive tuition at the in-state rate. Non-New York residents are welcome to apply for admission as well.

    Fashion Institute of Technology

    Seventh Avenue at 27th Street

    New York, NY 10001

    212-217-7999

    fitnyc.edu

How to Start a Baby Clothing Retail Store

Start a Baby Clothing Retail Store
Your dream is to open a baby clothing store and you’re serious about making it happen. Luckily, as long as people continue to have babies, there will be a need for baby clothes. There are many things to consider before starting a business and it’s important to take your time and address every aspect as you go. With motivation and some hard work, you can start a baby clothing store where parents will enjoy shopping.

Instructions

  1. Start with a business plan. Even if you are not trying to finance the expense, a business plan will organize your ideas, help you target a certain market and allow you to estimate your start-up costs and financial projections. The United States Small Business Administration provides a free template to help you get started. (See Resources)
  2. Find a location for your new baby clothing store. Unless you are constructing a new building, you will have to choose from empty store fronts in a mall. Pay attention to the shopping habits of young parents. Ask yourself if they shop downtown or if they drive to a larger mall. Choose your location wisely. You want to put your store where it will be accessible to the highest number of parents with babies.
  3. Visit with your banker if you need financing to start your baby clothing store. Bring your business plan and your financial documentation, such as tax records, current debt and assets. Your banker will take all of them into consideration when deciding whether to finance your project.
  4. Contact your state to get your business license and apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS in order to track your taxes from now on. You can apply for an EIN number online. (See Resources)
  5. Call your county offices to determine if you need to obtain further licensing. In some states, all you need is the state license but in others, you must have state, county and local licenses.
  6. Shop for clothing for your baby store by contacting wholesale distributors. By now, you know what kind of clothing line you would like to carry so call the manufacturers and set up meetings with their representatives. Usually, the representatives will come to you, since they make a commission when you carry their line.
  7. Paint, carpet and design your store to suit your baby clothing theme and open your doors. Make sure you contact your local newspaper and invite the mayor for a ribbon cutting.