Ashley Madekwe is a British actress and style icon. She is the owner of a hit blog called Ring My Bell, but the actress is known for her roles in hit shows such as Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Revenge, and Salem.
Ring My Bell was created in 2009. Ashley started the blog to keep her friends and family updated on her life as she travelled as an actress. The website quickly evolved into the inspirational style blog that it is today, and it is now becoming one of the hottest blogs for personal fashion tips.
Ashley’s Instagram is just as popular with her 605k followers, including iconic designer Christian Siriano, Elle USA, and everyone’s favorite model, Chrissy Teigan.
A South London girl living in Los Angeles, Ashley Madekwe has developed a style that is the epitome of cool-girl dressing. Most of her outfits are complete with affordable wardrobe staples, which means you can easily recreate her most iconic looks at home.
The Cool Girl Look
Ashley exudes confidence in this outfit that can easily be recreated with your current wardrobe, plus a couple of new purchases. After all, who doesn’t have some old Vans lying around?
Baguette bags have been one of the hottest accessories of 2020 so we are sure you’ve caught on. If not, raid your mom’s wardrobe and you might just find a gem from the early 2000s.
As for the rest, simply get yourself to Urban Outfitters for a white graphic tee, if you don’t already own one, and put on your favourite pair of shorts to nail this casual look.
The Party Dress Look
Ashley discussed how she loved wearing what she referred to as a “party dress” when she was a little girl. This dress is a welcome nod to her childhood favorite: a pink frilly dress. This ASOS dress was described as her “updated, adult version.” on her blog.
Whether you have your own version of an adult party dress or not, this stunning dress is just $87 on ASOS. We love a bargain-hunting queen. Ok, so the shoes are a little more expensive from Yves Saint Laurent, but you can always find a pair of classic, strappy back heels in the back of your wardrobe.
The Airport Style Look
There is something about the way Ashley dresses that almost looks like she just threw it all together, yet it works in such an effortlessly chic way. This outfit screams airport fashion and can be easily copied.
Black hoodie? Check. Denim Jacket? Check. Black joggers and cap? Double-check.
The outfit is perfect for all of those “catch flights, not feelings” Instagram posts we know you’re going to make when the pandemic is over.
The Pretty in Pink Look
Extra credit goes to Ashley for tagging the details of this look on her Instagram (we knew we liked her for a reason). Madekwe wore the dress for a wedding in the Bahamas. The pretty pink dress is another ASOS purchase, which means it’s definitely affordable. We clearly approve of Ashley coordinating her dress for the perfect photo opportunity in front of the pink church.
Paired with hoop earrings from Aldo Shoes (who knew they sold earrings?) and sunglasses from Le Specs, the accessories take this outfit from pretty to perfect. While our Instagram posts may not be in locations quite as glamorous, you can easily recapture some of the magic of this statement outfit.
The Basic Look
This is an outfit that you are likely to already have in your wardrobe. A white vest and a pair of light-wash jeans are all you need to feel as stylish as Ashley Madekwe. While you may not decide to invest in a pair of pricey Balenciaga sneakers, a pair of white trainers and a cool pair of sunglasses will complete your Ashley inspired look.
The Refined Grunge Look
You can steal Ashley Madekwe’s refined grunge look in a band tee, combined with tailored pants. Not only does Ashley describe the pants as “super comfortable,” but she also adds a unique pop of color with the bright orange to an otherwise dull outfit.
Ashley encourages her followers to step out of their comfort zone and put down the jeans once in a while. Paired with what Ashley refers to as “dad sneakers”, you have a unique outfit that somehow works.
The Mismatched Look
We’re definitely in support of the controversial mix of patterns Ashley has going on here. Not to mention that the feminine, floral mini dress combined with the chunky sneakers also adds to the mismatched look. Chunky sneakers and white socks are a common theme in Ashley’s outfits. The floral dress is from Realisation Par, where you’ll find many patterned mini dresses for affordable prices.
The Cropped Hawaiian Shirt Look
Why not steal your boyfriend’s most offensive Hawaiian shirt for a little craft project? Ashley Madekwe combines a bold top half with a classic bottom in this look. This cropped, pattern shirt looks effortlessly cool with the one thing every girl has in their wardrobe: denim shorts. Perfect for vacations, this look can be easily recreated for a day in the sun.