How a Teen Can Start Her Own Fashion Line

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How a Teen Can Start Her Own Fashion Line
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Starting your own clothing line can be a lot of fun. And even as a teenager with little experience, as long as you are willing to try new things and experiment you can find yourself on the path to success.

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Funding

One of the biggest hurdles new designers face is inadequate funding. Purchasing materials to create clothing isn't cheap, so one of your first challenges is to determine how to come up with the money to start your clothing line.

Designing

Getting started is the hard part, but once you figure out what kind of image you want your clothes to have it should become more simple. Decide what you want to design, such as T-shirts, dresses, trousers or shorts—or perhaps some of all of them. Add your own design as your signature, whether it is a peace sign or heart or arrow. Choose something you feel represents you and make it your logo so that your clothes are easily identifiable.

Show It Off

Now's the time to start publicising your fashion line, beginning with your friends, family and their friends. The more people you can get the word out to, the better. Naturally, you want to start making money immediately, but you may want to give away some clothes to people you know will wear them so they can become walking advertisements for your line and inspire more people to buy what you have created. This will help kick-start your business, bring in some income allow you to start purchasing nicer materials.

Getting It into Stores

Take your clothes to local boutiques and offer them for sale. Try to make deals with boutique owners and make them see the passion you have for your fashion line at such a young age. You can also offer your merchandise on consignment, which means leaving some of it at the store and allowing the boutique to reimburse you for each item that sells.

Have a Fashion Show

Ask your high school if you can have a fashion show in the auditorium with models displaying your clothes. See if you can find friends who would be interested in modelling your line and another to serve as the DJ. You can even charge admission to the show to raise money. The show will prove to people that you have what it takes to make it in the fashion industry, and there may even be some who want to purchase your designs after the show.

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