Fashion 101: Your Guide to Different Types of Fashion Designers

The average person spends about $161 on clothes every month. This means that if you like to express yourself by dressing up with the newest clothing and accessories, you’re far from alone!

Still, you might be curious about the types of clothing brands that you can choose from. Here, we’re going to talk about the types of fashion designers that you can select styles from depending on your budget. Read on to learn how to look your best!

Clothing Fashion Designers

When you think of fashion designers, clothing is likely the first thing that comes to mind. Indeed, these are the most common items that designers create. Read on to learn the major types of apparel designers out there!

Personal Fashion Designers

Also known as ‘haute couture’ fashion designers, those who design clothing of this category focus on individual pieces for wealthy buyers. They specialize in making customized apparel for specific customers.

These fashion designers take custom requests and will create the perfect piece to fit your body. After taking exact measurements from you, they’ll be happy to use any high-quality fabric and colors that you want to design the perfect outfit. Generally, individual fashion designers are who rich clients hire on as personal tailors.


If you’ve walked into a high-end clothing store before like Prada or Cartier, the apparel that you see lining the shelves is ‘pret-a-portier.‘ A French word for ‘ready-to-wear,’ the clothing that pret-a-portier designers create is sent out to name-brand stores ready for sale. This is different than mass-market production in that designers making these items put some effort into individual tailoring.

Furthermore, pret-a-portier apparel is made in limited batches. You aren’t going to be able to walk into Dolce & Gabanna one day and be able to expect the same clothing items next month. This provides rich shoppers with the feel of exclusivity and individualism that they crave.

Mass Market Designers

Mass-market apparel is designed to be made for shoppers at stores like Target or Gap. These items will be mass-produced by factory machinery and then sold to the general populace. While the designs are by no means unattractive—they wouldn’t sell if they were—they’re made of lower-quality fabrics and the pieces are given no individual attention.

This means that no clothing item will be made to fit a buyer’s specific body type. Mass-market items also don’t last as long as other types of designs because the materials are less durable.

Fashion Accessory Designers

Whatever type of apparel designer you choose to wear an outfit from, you’ll want to get some accessories to make an outfit pop. Even if your budget restricts you to mass-market clothing, you might be able to afford some designer accessories that will spice it up to make you look high-class! Read on to learn more about all the possibilities for accessorizing.

Jewelry and Bling

To draw an outfit together, you’re going to need to get some amazing jewelry. That’s why those who design it offer a huge variety of styles in different metals. All of these pieces can feature different stones, cuts, and colors of varying levels of purity and authenticity.

When you think of jewelry designers, you probably think of pieces that you can commission from the jeweler. Each jeweler is a unique professional designer that will work with you to create customized pieces, usually engagement rings. However, some designers produce machine-made jewelry for the Charming Charlie’s and Forever 21s of the world.

Another type of jewelry designer that may not immediately come to mind is independent designers that fashion pieces by hand. Whether they work with clay or seashells, these designers make one-of-a-kind pieces that can be sold at street fairs or online.


There certainly are many designers known specifically for their handbags. Coach and Louis Vuitton are a couple of the first ones that come to mind, but most designer brands make various purses, clutches, and backpacks. Like with apparel, each style will be sold in a limited number so that buyers can feel like unique VIPs.

A general trend in pretty much every area of fashion, as you likely noticed, is the distinction between designer items and mass-market ones. Handbags are certainly no exception to this. You can go into any department store and purchase a purse or clutch.

However, these will be of a much lower-quality. Where a designer bag may last for years with no wear and tear, a bag from a department store may be unusable after a few months. When deciding what to buy, you may want to consider getting something higher quality so that it will last longer.

Scarves, Belts, and Beyond

Similarly to handbags, scarves, belts, and more accessories will be sold both at designer stores as well as in mass-market department stores. What you want to purchase depends entirely on your budget.

A lot of high-end brands will be sold at certain stores like Ross and TJ Maxx, too, but at a discount. If you want something luxurious but don’t have unlimited funds, check these places out to get some things made from awesome designers!

Start Shopping

There are a lot of different clothing items on the market for you to choose from in expressing yourself. Knowing the types of fashion designers out there can help you in selecting the perfect apparel and accessories.

Now that you know the different types of fashion designers that create the apparel you love, it’s time to get more style tips on how to make yourself look glamorous no matter your budget. Click here to check out some videos on how to be as stylish as possible in 2020!

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