Visual Merchandising? Merchandising? Buying?

visual merchandising
So recently I’ve been thinking a lot about my career. I spend hours looking at jobs to get a real understanding of what I want to do in the future. I currently work for Next as Retail Apprentice. I love fashion and think I’d like to pursue a career within this industry.

Option 1: Visual Merchandising
This is one of the jobs I have found interesting and appealing to myself. It’s all about presenting the clothing in a way which appeals to the customer. It’s a highly creative job, and while it seems challenging – it also seems like a lot of fun. 
Option 2: Merchandising
This seems A LOT more challenging. Merchandising is a vast array of different things – ranging from stock allocation to creating phase stories for stores to follow when putting out stock. It also involves a lot of numerical work according to most job sites. 
Option 3: Buying
Buying the clothing that shops are going to stock. I have to stay this seems the most exciting. Imagine travelling all over the world discovering talented designers and beautiful stock for the shops. Obviously it seems a lot of hard work but so rewarding I’m sure. 
Very hard decision! 
Anybody do any of those jobs or anything similar? I’d love to know more about what its really like. 


  1. 26 May 2014 / 5:30 pm

    hey alex great blog!
    from my time at university I can say that buying is the most sought after job in the fashion industry due to the jet setting lifestyle and all the rest that comes with the job so keep this is mind when applying for jobs.
    I currently work as a visual merchandiser for debenhams and I have to say it is an awesome job but not as creative as some may think depending on what company you work for, department stores such as debenhams work from the top down meaning you have a CV to follow so all stores have the same displays etc so as to always appear familiar to the customer, you are still allowed a certain degree of creativity but within boundaries.
    I wouldn't give up my job for the world though! No day is the same and it's a well-respected job as it involves a knowledge of colour flow, customer sight lines etc.

    Hope this helps alex!!


    • 26 May 2014 / 6:15 pm

      I can imagine! They all seem like such interesting careers though! 🙂
      I like the fact they have a set plan to follow- as I am creative but not majorly creative so following a plan would be very helpful 🙂 thanks for your advice! X