I’ve heard of some pretty interesting ways to make money over the course of the last few years, but seeing people get paid to wear clothes is probably one of the more out there examples, mostly because wearing clothes something everyone does every day anyway.
But strange as it sounds, you can actually get paid to wear and promote clothing.
In a way, this doesn’t come as much of a shock.
Companies know that word of mouth advertising is the best type of brand awareness money can buy and the fashion industry is gigantic, with new outfits and trends released every season.
Naturally, some companies would find a way to make the most of that, which means great things for anyone who’s looking to make a few bucks on the side.
I looked into the various ways you can start generating an income by wearing clothes and found a few options, which are listed below.
But keep in mind that the fashion industry does rely on a touch of vanity so most of these options require someone with an outspoken personality who isn’t afraid of putting themselves out there.
Do People Really Get Paid to Wear Clothes?
In fact, it’s nothing new:
Celebrities have been receiving huge checks for years by simply endorsing or wearing certain clothing brands.
That privilege isn’t limited to those with a high status anymore though, and anyone who puts in the effort (in a smart way of course) can end up getting paid to wear clothes. You just have to know where to look for the right opportunities.
On the other hand, it’s still important to keep realistic expectations.
The examples I provide below will help you get started on a gig that can result in you getting paid to promote clothing but there’s no guarantee that will happen.
The fashion and marketing industries respectively might be big but that also means there’s a lot of competition so I won’t try to fool you by saying that if you just work hard enough you’ll get it.
There’s still an element of luck here and it helps to be in the right place at the right time – but that’s not something you can learn by reading a blog.
You Might Not Actually Wear the Clothes
Some people do get paid to actually wear clothing with advertisements or brand logos on them and I do provide examples of those below.
But by far the largest pool of opportunities I could find around getting paid to advertise clothing just involved promoting the product or brand. This almost always involved some sort of social media following. So the easiest way to find this type of side-gig is via affiliate partnerships.
Which means you’ll have to work quite a bit at building a following before you’ll reap any rewards.
Plus, in many cases, people don’t actually get paid but do receive the clothing for free in exchange for promoting the clothes or brand.
It might not mean loads of cash flowing into your bank account, but hey, it’s free clothes!
6 Ways You Can Get Paid to Wear Clothes
If you’re keen on getting paid for the clothes on your back then check out these examples of the different ways you can get paid to promote clothes in 2019.
1. Get Paid to Wear a T-Shirt
There aren’t many gigs around where people will just pay you to wear a t-shirt and call it a day, but it can happen.
Websites like Teespay do exist, though I can’t speak for how successful they are. I looked into them and they say you can get sent a free t-shirt and will be paid $10 for taking a photo with it, but the idea never really seemed to take off.
Their social media page is filled with singing crickets and the email sign-up results in a generic email with a promise of being added to a wait-list.
Needless to say, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one.
Sometimes, organizations also have marketing campaigns that involve paying people to wear their t-shirts, like Cracked a while ago.
This is more of a rare occurrence than a steady thing, however, and you definitely shouldn’t bargain on making any sort of steady income out of this. At best, you could get the occasional few bucks and a free t-shirt.
And if all else fails, you could always make your own t-shirts and sell them online.
2. Become a Social Butterfly
The occasional free t-shirt aside, you’ll have a much bigger shot at getting paid to promote clothes via a social media account with a steady following.
It doesn’t matter all that much which social media platform you choose, though Instagram and Pinterest seem to be the most lucrative choices here.
The world of fashion and marketing is steadily migrating away from big splashy advertising gambits and towards more natural connections through brand ambassadors on social media.
It’s a great time to get into this industry because there are plenty of success stories but it’s still new enough that you have a shot at carving out a space for yourself.
You don’t have to have a huge social media following to get some of the same perks that celebs do.
More often than not, companies are on the lookout for micro-influencers who can help promote their products. A micro-influencer is someone who has between 3,000-15,000 followers within a specific niche like fashion, games, sports, outdoor activities, etc.
If you have an active community, even better.
Marketers are looking for people who have a strong back and forth with their followers. You could also look at joining an influencer marketing platform that can help you get noticed by companies who want to market their clothing or brand.
3. Be a Walking Sign
Novel ideas sometimes come in the most unusual forms, like Nomad‘s method of advertising.
Essentially, they pay people between $10 and $20 an hour to walk around busy areas like campuses with tablets strapped to backpacks that displaying ads. They’ve already got big clients like Timberland and YouTube in their pocket so this is a legit side-hustle opportunity.
In this case, you’re not actually getting paid to wear clothing but it still counts as something you have to wear on your person in public.
Becoming a “Nomad” is a good option for anyone who wants to make some side cash and who isn’t afraid of looking a little different and being approached by people. The company will also give you a few things to say about the brand when people ask you about the big tablet strapped to your back.
Nomad hires people of any age in major cities and college campuses. Unfortunately, there are wait times depending on campaigns.
The company doesn’t seem to be hiring any more people right now, but they say they’re expanding so you might want to keep an eye out for any future openings.
Or, if you like strutting your stuff, then you could check out the many other ways you can make money by walking.
4. Show off Your Athletic Side
If you’re already an athlete then you have a pretty good chance of getting a sponsorship.
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to sign up with OpenSponsorship but you need to be in the public eye when you do your thing.
This works because plenty of businesses in your area or state are looking to get their company in front of as many eyes as possible.
It already works for big brands and major sports stars; this is just on a smaller scale.
5. Approach Small Businesses
If you have the guts to take matters into your own hands then you can certainly approach small businesses in your area and sell the idea of you walking around with their brand.
Most small business owners are always looking for the cheapest and best way to get noticed and they might find your approach novel enough to go for it.
There’s a good chance other business owners in the area will see you and be interested in doing the same thing.
6. Talk About Fashion
Any true fashionista can’t stay away from talking about the latest trends or showing off their clothes for long. Good thing there’s the internet and a lot of people with the same interests at heart!
I’ve seen many a fashion blogger success story and these bloggers make bank on talking about and showing off the latest fashion trends. Often this involves affiliate marketing partnerships where the blogger will get paid for any sales made through links they shared.
I have a whole guide on affiliate marketing if you’re interested.
The Bottom Line
There are plenty of interesting side-cash jobs out there, especially if you know where to look (like I’ve Tried That).
Getting paid to promote clothing may sound like a strange gig, but who cares when you’re laughing all the way to the bank.