Podcast #4: Dealing with Criticism for Clothing and Accessories Designers

Podcast #4 Fashion Business for designers

She said WHAT?

Did you ever get a comment that left you a little stunned? The more you put yourself out there, the more feedback you’ll get. Sometimes it feels like everyone has an opinion and they’re sure to tell you.

Today’s episode is all about ways to handle criticism gracefully – and even learn from it to help your business.

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Ages ago I read a very interesting statement.

Success = Criticism

At first I felt a little depressed when I read this. I mean, why can’t success mean awesome high fives from everyone?! But then I shook off that fairy dust and remembered I live in the real world. And in this place we call Earth, people are jealous of success. It’s just human nature.

Criticism will come your way when you achieve any measure of success – or perceived success. It’s up to you to decide how you’re going to deal with it.

Here’s what I cover in this episode:

    • Your mother was right – at least this one time
    • How to decide if you should listen to naysayers or ignore them
    • The urge to give someone a real slapdown – and what to do with those feelings
    • What you can say if a buyer doesn’t like your line
    • What to keep in mind about critics – and how they’re not all created equal
    • Why being prepared for criticism can help you and your business
    • What to think about when someone criticizes you
    • The difference between feedback and insult – and sometimes it’s a fine line
    • What to do with people who make passive-aggressive comments

Criticism is part of life and business and in many cases you can learn a lot from it. But every once in a while you may find yourself getting upset with critics. And staying angry is one of the worst thing you can do. It’s bad for business, your health and well-being, and it can make you lose sleep.

At the end of this episode, I give you 3 specific steps you can take to really DEAL with criticism and move on from it.

Dealing with criticism for your clothing or accessories line

It’s YOUR Turn! Have you been hurt by criticism and how did you handle it? Did it spur you on or paralyze you for a while? Do you have any strategies to share?

Be specific and share your best stories, advice, and experience in the comments below!

As always, thanks for reading and listening,


Show Notes:

Online Course mentioned: “How to Sell Your Line to Boutiques” https://fashionbrainacademy.com/blog/e-learning/bootcamps/

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2 Responses

  1. I want to let you know how much I enjoyed this podcast. I especially LOVE the ending of this podcast when you laughed and said “I can take criticism” :)!
    I recently had a crazy experience of having a person I hardly know on Instagram criticize me very horribly. I was like “omg, what have I done to you?!??” I chose not to respond to this person and moved on with my day. and now It doesn’t bother me anymore. I definitely get better with each criticism I got over. I hope I can one day say very confidently that I can take criticism. :)!!

    1. Hello! Thanks for your comment. Yes, it gets easier. And the truth is, it’s just part of doing business (or anything). Good for you for getting better at handling it!! And really, you don’t see successful, busy people doing harsh criticism. They’re too busy — and that also helps me keep it in perspective. 🙂
      Thanks for your comment,

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