Designer clothes and home décor are everywhere these days, but not everyone wears them.
That’s partly because designers who specialize in floral design are now increasingly in demand by retailers who want to appeal to a broader audience.
The shift has left floral designers with some hard questions: Do floral design professionals wear designer clothes or do they dress like streetwalkers?
Is it OK for them to wear designer clothing, or is it a matter of style?
The answer to the first question, said Karen Dutton, a professor at the University of Southern California’s department of architecture, is: You are.
Dutton’s research has shown that when a designer wears a designer garment, she’s more likely to buy it.
The clothing, however, doesn’t make her feel better about herself or her career.
In a 2011 survey of over 200 floral designers and designers of all ages, Dutton found that designers who wore designer clothing felt less confident, less creative, and more likely than their peers to feel dissatisfied with their career path.
Dutton and other researchers at the university conducted the study with the help of a survey of about 1,500 participants that asked the designers about their experiences in the industry.
Durden and her colleagues also found that more than a quarter of designers felt they were being paid less than their counterparts.
Dutch is now a consultant at an apparel company that specializes in floral products, and she said she’s working on a book about floral design.
Diversifying your career is key to a designer’s overall well-being, Dutch said.
You need to be able to do things that are challenging and creative, she said.
In other words, you need to make sure you’re in demand for your services.
Dutons work is not just about designing clothes, but also about teaching others how to do the same.
Dutch also said that a person who dresses well in a designer clothing can be seen as an extension of the designer’s creative output.
And when you’re not dressed like a streetwalker, you’re more likely be seen in the marketplace as someone who is willing to share their creativity and talent.
When you look at what designers do, you see that they have this incredible creative vision and they’re able to communicate that vision,” she said, “which is something we all want to do.
“But while it’s true that many designers are happy to share that vision with others, Dutts work also shows that some of them don’t feel comfortable wearing designer clothes.
For example, Duto’s interviewees said that they often felt like their careers weren’t worth pursuing because of their dress sense.
In one instance, Dutt said, she asked one designer, “Do you have a fashion statement you can wear everyday?”
She said that the designer replied, “I don’t know.
It doesn’t matter what you wear.
“Dutts interviewees also felt that they were less able to take risks and explore new styles.
They cited their lack of experience and the fact that they weren’t really able to develop their own creative ideas as reasons for their decision to not pursue the profession.
In addition, some designers told her that they felt pressured to keep a designer image.
They felt pressured by their peers who were making money and who were paying for designer clothing.
Dutt said that she’s always heard the comment, “You’re an accessory,” and she was curious about how designers who are not necessarily paid well feel about their work.
When Dutt asked them if they felt the same way, most respondents said they didn’t.”
Some designers told Dutton that they don’t have time to develop creative and original ideas and have to take the easy way out. “
I felt like I was invisible, and it’s really hard to be an accessory when you have so much power.”
Some designers told Dutton that they don’t have time to develop creative and original ideas and have to take the easy way out.
“It’s really frustrating,” said Pappachas, who was hired as a designer at a design agency in 2012.
“You have to say yes to everything.
You have to make decisions for everything.”
One of the reasons why designers who dress like this are less likely to pursue their creative dreams, Dutter said, is because they are more focused on the profits of their businesses.
“They don’t really have time or energy to think about their future,” she explained.
“So it’s harder for them, because they feel they’re not going to be remembered in the future, or they don`t want to have that reputation.”
Another reason why designers wear designer dresses is because designers feel uncomfortable with the idea of going back to school to become a full-time designer.
For some designers, the decision to become an accessory also means they don´t want their clothes to be seen by others.
“A lot of people don’t want to see their work,” Pappacias said.