My name is Kelsy Ralph, and I am a junior at Butler University in Indianapolis. I am studying Journalism in hopes of pursuing a fashion journalism career in New York City one day. My ultimate dream job is to write for Vogue or Glamour, but in the meantime I enjoy writing about anything and everything as long as my stories and writing style are getting out there for other people to read. I am beyond thankful to be returning to the CollegeFashionsta team for the second time as a Style Guru this fall. This season I will be writing for the FASHIONISTA/O SPOTLIGHT column where readers can pinpoint a specific look they like and learn about what inspires that particular Fashionista/o. My column will also highlight other inside information about the student’s outfit and overall fashion preferences. Every Fashionista/o gains inspiration for his or her personal look differently, and this column will celebrate just that.
My love of fashion started at a young age with matching Gymboree outfits and colorful jelly shoes. I attended a Catholic school all throughout my elementary and middle school years, but I never let the boring Lands’ End uniform keep me from being the Fashionista I knew I was. Whether it was a sparkly pink stretchy belt from Limited Too or funky knee socks with big bows at the top, I was determined to stand out from everyone else’s plain khakis and tucked-in collared shirts in any way possible.
I always knew I wanted to do something with fashion when I grew up, but my dream has taken me in so many different directions. Playing dress-up as a little girl started as a hobby and took me all the way to the first time I was allowed to put together my own outfit. I originally saw myself as a fashion designer with my own line of clothing like my idol, Lauren Conrad. I finally realized that my creative mind does not work together with my creative abilities. I struggled to sew even the simplest ribbons on my pointe shoes for ballet class, and that’s when I knew fashion design was out of the question. After taking some Apparel Merchandising courses in college and attending fashion camps in Chicago during the summer, I couldn’t find a strong connection to the business side of fashion, either. After some soul searching I finally found my love and passion for fashion in writing, and it’s where my heart has stayed ever since.
Since this is my first time as a Style Guru in Indianapolis, I’m most excited to study and learn the style of the city and students at Butler. I hope my column inspires readers to take these Fashionista/os’ looks and dig deep to find inspiration for their wardrobes in even the smallest places!