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Sewing Success as a Fashion Industry Newbie

Regardless of whether you’re a semi-pro Depop trawler, Pinterest authority or talented wardrobe curator, the imminence of Australian Fashion Week means you’re in for a tonne of new outfit inspiration. You could use this incoming content to influence your personal wardrobe, but we think there’s a better option: parlay your passion into a rewarding career in fashion! 

Introducing Just Group 

As Australia’s leading fashion and apparel retailer, The Just Group is home to some of your favourite clothing destinations! Since opening the first Just Jeans store in 1970, The Just Group has been moving from strength to strength and now includes the likes of Jay Jays, Jacqui E, Peter Alexander, Portmans, Dotti and Smiggle, too.  

For those looking for a career in fashion, The Just Group could be your perfect point of entry. A sales assistant role with your favourite clothing brand could open the door to a wide range of opportunities, including management, buying, and merchandising, just to name a few.  

Where a Retail Assistant Role Can Take You:

1. Put Your Styling Skills to the Test. 

Just like the backstage superstars at Fashion Week, retail assistants are expected to help customers put together perfect fits for any occasion! This means learning what pieces look great together, the dress code expectations for various events and how to cater your styling style to the customer’s preferences. In short, it sets you up perfectly for a career in styling! 

2. Specialise in Making Things Look Beautiful. 

Oftentimes, retail assistants will have the opportunity to get involved with store merchandising. Developing your ability to make things visually appealing is key to succeeding in the fashion industry.

3. Stay Ahead of the Trends. 

Trend-tracking is something that everyone in the fashion industry is expected to stay on top of; how else could the big brands showcase design elements months ahead of the curve? In a fashion retail context, this allows you to ensure your customers and mannequins stay fashion-forward! 

Keep an eye on social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest and follow your favourite brands; it’ll help you begin identifying trend cycles. 

4. Get Creative. 

In any role, opportunities to flex your creative muscles are always available! Take some outfit pics in new season stock, try out an unexpected clothing combo or take on the challenge to style someone whose taste is completely different to your own. The fashion industry is all about creativity, so hone your skills in a retail assistant role! 5.

5. Practice Professionalism. 

Regardless of where you end up in the fashion industry, you’ll need to know how to present yourself professionally! Learn how to be the best employee you can be, find mentors who can guide you in the right direction, and don’t be afraid to show your ambition! 

The fashion industry can seem like a hard one to crack, but starting your journey early can set you up for success. If new season silhouettes are your whole thing, your biggest fear is being called cheugy, or if you think florals for spring are definitely not groundbreaking, it might be time to turn your passion into a career.  

Find out more 

Take the first steps in your fashion journey by checking out The Just Group’s employer profile or their open roles. With their wide range of exciting brands and roles, we’re sure you’ll find your perfect (out)fit.  

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