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Getting Prepared

Resume checklist

Resume checklist

There are numerous skills needed to be a fashion buyer; however, here are a few main points that interviewers are looking for in their new hirees.

Essential Skills:

  • Good analytical skills
  • Creativity
  • The ability to recognize future trends
  • Excellent commercial awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence and presentation skills
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure
  • Negotiation skills

Below are very educational websites that will keep you informed on the latest trends, analysis and research.



Knowing and immersing yourself in fashion skills will benefit your interviewing process.  I did not know about these sites so I am definitely going to use these as helpful tools.  Also, having a broader vision of international fashion trends will make you one step ahead of everyone else who hasn’t done their research.

Retail Choice


Fashion Trends

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The blue tank and coral shorts is a summer look that is vibrant and fun.  The grey shirt and jeans is a look that can be for any season; it is comfortable and chic.

It seems as though only buyers and professionals in the fashion industry will know about the upcoming fashion trends.  That’s why they get paid the big bucks when their futuristic ideas become a hit.  The buyers usually know about future trends 6 months prior to the current month.  For instance, if it is Winter, the buyers will focus on the trends for Spring or even Summer.  Although I don’t know trends that will be coming up, Pinterest is an awesome way to learn about seasonal outfits and clothing pieces that are currently trending.

Pinterest – Women’s Fashion– sign in to Pinterest before proceeding.

“Fashion Star”

The host and mentors for the designer contestants on Fashion Star.

The host and mentors for the designer contestants on Fashion Star.

The show “Fashion Star” represents much of my interest in fashion buying.  Seeing what designs and trends the buyers are looking for reflects what products are in Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Express.The show mainly targets fashion designers, but without fashion buyers, the designers wouldn’t be known.  I watch the show in the eyes of the buyers.  It’s interesting what clothing pieces the buyers decide to buy for their stores.  Each piece represents their store’s brand.  Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Express have very distinctive clothing that is known and kept sacred.

The designers need to design pieces that distinguish them from everyone else while finding a brand that would best suit each store and the upcoming season.