While many know Ashley Madekwe as aspiring socialite Ashley Davenport on ABC’s Revenge, we at Mama’s A Rolling Stone have come to know the British actress as quite the style maven, thanks to “Ring My Bell,” the blog and Tumblr twin-set on which Ashley documents her style. When reaching for a reference to describe Ashley’s style, one might say she is Audrey Hepburn meets Edie Sedgwick meets Jane Birkin—strong references, ’tis true, but Ashley definitely has a bold sense of style. On that note, if you like Ashley’s style as much as we do, we suggest you click through to today’s It Girl story to discover all the need-to-know details on what she wears and how to make her look your own.
What does she wear?
As we already mentioned, Ashley deftly mixes a variety of different styles to come up with her own personal style. For instance, on one outing in in Los Angeles (far left), she mixed a slouchy grey cardigan, a graphic tee, denim cut-offs, and ankle booties to create a balance of cool and classic pieces. On another occasion (second from left), Ashley layered a cropped motorcycle jacket over a breezy white dress, before adding a pair of studded Chloe boots—a look that mixed rocker-chic with boho charm. On yet another occasion (second from right), a neon-lime sweater was layered over a pleated leather skirt, creating a look that was certain to catch the eye. Last, but certainly not least, for an InStyle event (far right), Ashley paired a navy sheath dress with bright orange heels, once again infusing a classic look with a playful touch.
How does she style it?
While Ashley does play with a slew of different styles, one thing remains the same throughout every outfit: a sense of fun. Whether Ashley adds a graphic tee, a studded boot, a neon sweater, or a brightly colored heel to her outfit, every ensemble she puts together has a fun twist, and as such, this “sense of fun” has become part of her signature. Another key element of Ashley’s style is the way she plays with accessories. Once again, Ashley balances classic pieces—a gold watch here, a Chanel bag there—with costume pieces, creating a style that is all her own. Our overall verdict? Ashley has figured out her personal style and she owns it in a way that make it seem oh-so effortless.
How can I make Ashley’s look my own?
As we have discussed, the key to Ashley’s look is how she mixes different pieces with each other, so rather than find you an entire outfit to make your own, we have selected a set of pieces that you can use to mix with your current wardrobe. Start by picking up a tough leather jacket like Muubaa’s Chopped Leather Moto Jacket ($300) and pairing it with your favorite breezy dress—if you don’t have one, pick up a dress like Free People’s Fitted With Daisies Dress ($128). If you prefer separates, check out pieces like Monrow’s Crew Sweatshirt ($110), J Brand’s Lola Leather Shorts ($394), Zara’s Ribbon Knit Cardigan ($80), and Maje’s Brigitte Bardot Tee ($185). When it comes to shoes, make sure you pick up a chunky boot like Rag & Bone’s Classic Newbury Booties ($495) and a bright heel like Mango’s Strap Sandals ($80). As for accessories, you will want a classic bag such as Rebecca Minkoff’s Quilted Shimmer Flirty Bag ($250) and a few jewelry pieces that you return to again and again.
Intro by Jennifer Pauline, Contributing Editor.
Photos: Iddo Goldberg