Welcome to another installment of “Not a Model,” where Gwynnie Bee members style and play model in their favorite items. This is a great resource to see how different items look on different heights and body types, and could spark some styling inspiration for various pieces. To see previous “Not a Model” posts, click here.
When it comes to playing dress-up, Ashlie Atkinson’s a pro.
No, really. As an actress, it’s pretty much in the job description – so when Ashlie invited us over to the South Slope apartment she shares with her finace Leon and her cats Pearl and Mookie for an afternoon of dress-up fun, we came prepared with some of our favorite styles. While the character she plays in the TV series Us & Them favors the rockabilly look – Ashlie went for pieces that were funky, fun, and feminine.
T-Bags Los Angeles Dolman Sleeve Maxi Dress, sizes L-3X
How would you describe your sense of style?
Eclectic? I like looking tough, but I also like being soft. I don’t do fashion too well per se – mostly I just play dress up! Sometimes it’s boho Stevie Nicks, sometimes it’s Joan Jett, and sometimes it’s Joan of Arc.
Taylor Dresses Printed Side Tucked Dress, sizes 14W-24W
How does your character Nessa like to dress?
Nessa is proud of her body and loves to show it off. But she also does a lot of different things in the course of a say. So she might wear overalls for cleaning a septic tank, but a Bettie Page wiggle dress with a motorcycle jacket for going out. The looks are heavily geared towards a blend of rockabilly (pencil skirts, American Traditional tats, victory rolls) and a twist on country girl metal (ripped jeans, engineer boots, lots of chains).
What’s your favorite Gwynnie Bee brand?
ASOS Curve Pencil Skirt in Rainbow Sequins, sizes 14-24
By now you must have been to numerous fittings. What advice do you have for Gwynnie Bee members who are having trouble finding the perfect fit?
You are not a hanger. I know it’s silly, but so often I don’t try something because I don’t like it on the hanger – but when someone makes me, I love it!
Thanks for playing dress up with us Ashlie!
Want to get out in front of the camera? If you’d like to play not a model with us, we’re always looking for ladies with wonderful stories about how Gwynnie Bee has impacted them.