how to style thrifted clothes


*struggling shoe noises* ♫ music ♫ Hey guys and welcome to the part of the video where I tell you what you could probably
already infer from the title. Which is that today: I’m going to be styling
some thrift store outfits. The thing that I used to find intimidating
about thrifting is that nothing looks perfect on you when you just
try it on plain in the fitting room and it took me a couple years to figure out
that thrifting is really all about the styling. so in this video I thought I would dispel my years of
thrifting wisdom upon you guys and share my tips and tricks for how to style the most common pieces of clothing that you find in thrift stores from graphic t-shirts, oversized blazers, to vintage dresses and turn something that you bought for like $5 at Goodwill into a really cute outfit. So, that is the video you’re watching right
now. Let’s get started. So I am starting with the most basic of all
basics: a thrift store t-shirt. T-shirts are obviously really easy and
affordable to thrift, but of course normally they end up a bit
oversized on me, especially if I find them in the men’s section. So I have a couple techniques for how to
make this look a little bit cuter and a little bit less ~lumptastic~. My first technique is literally the thing I’ve been doing since I was 11 years old in band camp in middle school and that is tying a knot at the front of my t-shirt. I am just gathering the fabric in the front
and tying it around itself into a regular knot, like so. You want to make sure when you tie the knot that there’s just a little bit of fabric peeking out here, you don’t want it to be like super long
because it does look a little bit penile, so I just keep it short and like a little
micro peen or like a clitoris or something. I don’t know. This is too sexual already. I apologize to
any children watching this video. Now if your shirt isn’t long enough to tie itself in a knot, you can also use a little hair tie in my opinion the thinner the better. So this one is a tiny little clear elastic. Since they’re so small and clear they don’t really show up when you tie your
shirt. So it looks a little bit more… I wouldn’t call it chic because it’s literally a knotted oversized t-shirt. But like it looks it looks nice. Here we go: same technique I’m basically just twisting the t-shirt a little bit, pulling it around itself, and then putting that elastic on top. It’s basically just
like making a little bun in your hair. So this one is really cute as well. It doesn’t
have the nub sticking out the middle so if that bothers you this is a good technique. If you’re feeling a little bit extra, my last option is to use a scrunchie that matches one of the colors on your shirt. So, I have a little bit of dark red on this shirt
so I’m gonna use a dark red scrunchie. This is a little bit chunkier and more
noticeable than the other styles, but if you want to go for that like ~faux 90s nostalgia~ because, let’s be honest: none of us remember the 90s I was born in ’98. This is the look for you and it can be kind
of cute to have a little matching color going on. And if all of that is a little bit too middle-school for you you can of course just tuck your oversized
t-shirt into a high waisted pair of denim. Since this t-shirt is so long like you really
got to get in there when you tuck it in, smooth that fabric *all the way down* the booty. Fist that down there. Okay, once you get it all tucked in, what I
like to do is kind of zhuzh the extra fabric onto the back so that the front looks a little
bit smoother and less like crinkly. Zhuzh this part out a little bit so that it
looks a little bit more relaxed. To finish up this outfit, I’m going to throw
on some vintage-y accessories that also tie in the color scheme of this top. Take a shot every time I say “vintage” in
this video and you will need to go to the hospital by the time
you’re done watching. So I have this headband from Madewell
that I’m gonna tie on top because I think it ties in with the whole like vintage summer vacation vibe and also has the
same color scheme as the t-shirt. For shoes, I’m gonna go for these
vintage-inspired Nike shoes… again, I’m saying vintage so much in this video. I am mildly infuriated that these are a pure
white and this is more of an eggshell, but we’re just gonna ignore that for the sake of this video and pretend like they match perfectly. *struggling* Here’s our completed outfit. You know, pretty basic, but I think the
accessories tie it all together and considering that I got this t-shirt for
like two dollars – I think we’re not doing too bad. Next up, I wanted to talk about how to style
a men’s blazer from the thrift store. And particularly, a men’s blazer with
a shit-ton of shoulder pads. I don’t know what it was about the 80s but oh boy, did they love their shoulder pads Oh my gosh, is that Kanye in the I love it
music video because those are some fucking chunky shoulders. So first up I wanted to show you guys how not to style
this blazer, which is with a body con dress. Especially for me, since I have pretty broad shoulders, the shoulder pads on this jacket are just
gonna create a really top-heavy look if I don’t have something to balance it out at the bottom. So instead I’m going for that has more
volume at the bottom. This is a fit-and-flare skirt, so it flares out and makes my hips look a little bit wider. And to complete my professorial vibes, I
threw on this turtleneck which is also thrifted. So now when we put the blazer back on… The volume of the shoulder pads is balanced out by the volume in the skirt a little bit better. Another thing I look for when I’m styling a longer jacket is something that defines my waistline. So with the color difference between the
sweater and the skirt you can actually see the waistband where
my waistline is which helps give me the illusion of that hourglass figure that we’re constantly searching for apparently. All right. I picked out some matching shoes and a bag. And with that we have a complete Blair
Waldorf meets Heathers outfit. Of course you can’t make a thrift store
video without talking about vintage denim. Now unfortunately, I have the absolute
worst luck thrifting jeans, so these shorts are the closest thing that I have. Originally these were like size 40 men’s
Levi’s that I turned into shorts. I actually call these shorts my “poopy
shorts” because they look like a giant diaper that I, like, took a poop in because they’re so big. I’m a classy gal. Yes, I am 21 years old and
still laughing about poop. I like to balance out the generally looser
silhouette of vintage denim with a girly crop top. I’ve said this in so many videos before but
basically if one item of clothing is loose, I like to balance it out by showing more skin like the ~*sexy sexy midriff skin*~ that’s shown right now …or by having a tighter article of clothing up top. And vice versa: if my top was really loose, I like to have something more form-fitting on the bottom. I’m going for these platform espadrilles
because they’re funky, they’re summery, and they match the white in my top. And then I’m gonna add this beachy bag to
complete ᵗʰᶦˢ ˢᵘᵐᵐᵉʳʸ ˡᵒᵒᵏ *cough* voice crack. I am too old for this. And here is the finished look Even though these are shorts the same
technique pretty much applies to looser fitting vintage denim: in that you can just pair it
with a tighter top, maybe with some platform shoes or
pointed toe to add a tailored detail and you’re good to go. Another common problem that I run into in thrift stores is finding an adorable vintage dress like this one, but the fit is just a little bit awkward. You guys have seen this dress before so too long on it, but basically as is it’s a super cute print but the fit is just ~sack-tacular~ it’s not great, so my technique for making ill-fitting dresses fit a little bit better without having to grab a sewing machine is to tie something around the waist. So this is a scrap of fabric that I bought
from a Goodwill outlet for like ten cents, but you can also get creative with it. You
can buy ribbon from Joanne’s or Michaels, it should cost you only like around a dollar
or $2 for a yard. I just go ahead and tie that baby around my
waist. Since this one is a little bit long, I’m looping it over twice, bringing the bow to the front so now we have this nice and defined
waistline, but the dress is still a bit long. So what I like to do is zhuzh up the top
section of the dress I’m basically pulling it up and out a little bit. This will make the top section more drapey and make the bottom section a little bit shorter. Alright, and now the fit is a lot better! Looks less like a grandma dress and more like a Reformation dress which is always the goal on this channel. And to finish up this look I’m gonna be adding this aggressively oversized corduroy jacket that
I thrifted from the men’s section. To solve these noodle arms, I always cuff
the sleeves of my oversized jackets a couple times. This helps an oversized jacket look a little bit more tailored and less like I’m swimming in corduroy, even though that would sound lovely and
incredibly cozy. Lastly I’m gonna add this little wooden bag
and then our look is complete. I actually wear this outfit a lot this is like my favorite ❇ going to a cafe ❇ “I want to be cute but also stay comfortable and snuggle
inside a nice warm cloud of corduroy” type of look. Here is another example of a vintage dress
that fits little bit awkwardly, so I have this gingham strip of fabric. Same as before: I’m just tying this around my waist. I really like that this has a bit of a thick waistband because it basically creates a new waistline, before the waistline was up here, now the waistline is here right around my actual waist. To finish off this look I’m just gonna add
some white accessories, I thought these boots would be a cool 60s
go-go dancer inspired look and be a little bit less basic than just
pairing it with sandals. I actually broke the zipper pull on this boot
because they forgot to take off the security tag. I was like smashing the security tag on the counter and lo and behold, it took off the zipper pull too. So now I just have to zip it up with my
fucking fingernails. And I’m also adding this fun little crystal bag that holds absolutely, nothing inside it but it looks really pretty and it’s white so it matches the rest of the outfit. Another really common thrift store find is
this type of lacy silky cami. I always find them in the pajama section. Because this top has such thin straps, I personally prefer just to go braless, but you can also get those little sticky nipple covers and stick those onto your boobs. Honestly I like passed the point in my life
where I’m gonna adhesive things to my nipples, like if people see my nipples they see my nipples. It’s fine. I was doing a shoot yesterday and my
nipples kept falling out and like the entire crew saw my nipples and like honestly, that was like a four out of ten
embarrassing moment in my life. It was fine. The editor is gonna have a lot of fun with
that one, though. If your boobs need a little more support a
little more loving though I would just recommend a bra or bralette
with a lacy strap, so the parts that peak out still look nice and dainty. Since these camis are so soft and feminine, I like to (say with me kids) ~juxtapose~
them with the casual vibe of a high-waisted pair of jeans. Like I do with all my tops, I’m just gonna
tuck this baby in to define my waistline. Oh by the way, somebody asked me on one of my last videos. What does it mean to lose your waist? So by that I mean like losing sight of your waist like here it doesn’t look like I necessarily have a
waistline because it’s not defined or cinched in it all and especially if
you’re a little bit more like a boyish straight up-and-down figure like me, it’s really important to define your waistline, so it looks like you have a little bit more of
a hourglass figure or so the traditional rules of fashion goes. After I tuck this top in, since it’s a little bit big for me still I like to zhuzh the extra fabric like to the
back. So I just pull these sections backwards so like I have more pouf in the back and the
front looks a little bit more streamlined. I have this again incredibly impractical purse but it’s a super cute leopard print and I like this gold chain because for me, like, having a crossbody chain is basically like having an extra piece of jewelry. Because it adds that extra piece of embellishment it just goes across your chest instead of
like being a necklace or an earring. As you can probably tell us from, like, all of my outfits I’m really into matching the little details and
colors and patterns in my outfit. So it makes me so happy that my leopard on my purse will match the little leopard detail on my shoes All right, here is the finished look. I feel like a sassy 2000s Paris Hilton ready
to like flip off the paparazzi. Wearing lingerie as a top can, of course, feel a little bit uncomfortable for a lot of people if you aren’t like just as liberal with your boobs as I am. So you can also layer a t-shirt underneath
or something that feels a little bit more conservative. Okay, not that conservative because my
skirt is literally, like, four inches long. I went with this black t-shirt because I like the contrast between the black and the lighter color of the cami, and it also allows this lace to like really pop
against the dark background. And for the rest of the outfit I just chose accessories and a skirt that had both the tan tones of the camisole and the black tones of the top so the whole outfit looks nice and cohesive. Now one of my favorite things when
thrifting is finding silk button-ups because they are so expensive if you buy them regular price and they sell them for, like, under $10 at a thrift store. But of course, they’re not always the perfect fit, this is a theme in this video; again, this top
is very oversized. I basically unbuttoned all of the bottom
buttons and do a little sexy stripper dance to it – that is a required part – and then I just grabbed the two ends, tie it
in a knot once get that nice and tight around my waist, tie
a second knot to secure it. And there you go. Now my tops cinches in my waist it fits really well and it has this cool bow detail. And to finish off this look, I’m gonna add some lavender heels just because I’ve been loving pastels recently and I thought it would be a cool little pop of color. Recently, I thrifted this dress and, I shit you not, but if I am still alive by the time a man proposes to me I genuinely think I would wear this to my
wedding, which is amazing, but then also poses the problem when I’m trying to wear in everyday life and not look like a runaway bride. Now you guys might not have found your
wedding dress at the thrift store but it is pretty common to find a fancy
prom dress or gorgeous vintage slip dress and you want to be able to make it more wearable for everyday. So first up I’m going to add these boots I chose boots rather than heels obviously because they look less like an event type of shoe, and I also like the juxtaposition between a boot with hardware that feels more edgy and industrial with this ultra feminine dress. I also throw in these little girlie socks
though so that when I put my boots on I have this frilly detail peeking out the top. And then to dress things down even more
I’m throwing on this denim jacket. This is my Harley-davidson denim jacket that I drifted for, like, 15 bucks and it says “Love Ride” on the back. I also like how many textures we have going on here. We have denim, silk, lace, beads, suede. Oh snap. Especially if I keep this jacket closed, it
looks very casual it covers up all of the fancy beading detail
on the front of the dress. We’re left with what looks like just a silky skirt underneath a casual outfit. Of course though my favorite way to wear this is gonna be off the shoulder, this way I get to show off the dress in its full glory, but also have it dress down a little bit by
this casual oversized denim. And my final accessory is going to be this
industrial fanny pack. Yes. I did just say the words “industrial fanny pack” together. It has this silver hardware that ties in the kind of, like, edgy detail on the jacket and the boots. And also something about having a crossbody bag always makes an outfit look more casual. Here is the completed look. I think it looks a lot more casual and now
instead of a runaway bride I look like a runaway bride going through a goth phase. *sigh* Alright, those are all the outfits that I have for you guys. As always, I hope that this was helpful I don’t know why I bother saying this part do I ever say like, I hope this video was incredibly useless I hope this video was incredibly useless, you hated it. Please dislike, please unsubscribe. I will not see you next week. *whispers* I will see you next week, also
please don’t unsubscribe. .・゜゜・Also, thank you for 2 million・゜゜・. Let me know also if you guys have any
ideas for what to do for 2 million subscribers. I do not want to eat 2 million pieces of cereal because my stomach is still recovering from the first time I ate a million pieces of cereal. So other suggestions are welcome cereal-related or not. Otherwise, thank you guys so much, like, seriously. More like “thank you guys, cereal-sly”. *SNIFF* And I will see you guys next week, bye! ♫ soft jazz instrumental ♫

100 comments

  1. up here in minnesota almost everybody has such a bad style so the thrift stores usualy have really bad clothing lol

  2. I soooo enjoy watching your videos! The outfit thingies are okay but your character just makes me smile so much!! Your spirit is amazing, can't stop watching haha!

    I just bought some amazing black vintage Levi's. Unfortunately i'm inhumanly tall and the jeans are awkwardly short. Any tips for styling shoes and tops?

  3. Did you thrift those Chanel slingbacks? Are they real? I’m jealous (in the outfit with the lace cami w the back T-shirt)

  4. bestdressed, I literally don't many any money on my business, but I will send you anything you want from my business www.crushi.com and have your genius try and put on a t-shirt, fabric or bag or any paper item to make a great video. I will pay all the costs of mailing any item to you. I'm not joking. If you like anything at www.crushi.com I will mail it to you. All you have to do is ask and send me an email at [email protected] I am not corporate. I am a person.

  5. You should do back to school ”moodboard” videos! Like how you could dress if you feel bougie and have the time or what to put on if you overslept and need a quick fix

    BTW you’re amazing 😁☺️

  6. In love with the second outfit. You should do a video of dressing like that for a week. I would definitely watch

  7. I genuinely love watching your vids! You’re my inspiration♥️ Love your outgoing chill personality and your style🤩

  8. Girl you need a real man you need some meat in your "diet" .When you do you will stop putting all this crap on " U" tube and have some babies.

  9. Why am I watching this I’m not a woman, good tips though looking good! YouTube algorithms are strange, don’t know why this is in my recommend videos!

  10. Yoooo help meee my mom has this old green with like delicate yellow and red striped blazer and I have no idea how to style it🥺

  11. you need a hat and glasses for the last look <3 ( lady gaga ish balc hat <3) plus edgy sunglasses and dark red lips stick <3

  12. love your looks!
    video idea: could you maybe style friends of a different body shape (ie how to style curvy girls, for example)

  13. maybe for 2 million you can do things in chunks! turn 2 million to 200, make 100 paper stars and 25 origami swans and like a 25 outfit video! love your videos btw, im a new yorker

  14. Hey just wanted to say your videos inspired me so much and gives really good ideas for my style so thank you so much
    And keep doing what you do!!!

  15. Can you please do one on styling lace? I have a longsleeve lace turtleneck but I need new ways to style it.
    Love you and your vids!

  16. Swimming in corduroy jeans would be a good song title

    She didn’t add the jeans but I felt like it made it better

  17. fact:

    The Philippines 🇵🇭 have lots of thrift stores. Instead of calling it 'thrifting' we call it 'ukay ukay' meaning 'searching or rummaging' through a pile of clothings.

    it's awesome and affordable ❤

  18. Ashley, I just want you to know that you’ve taught me so much about affordable fashion and I am so grateful to you. As the girl who wore mainly jeans and T-shirt’s or hoodies throughout high school AND college, you’re inspiring me to find a little flair in my professional and personal life now 💛

  19. That last dress, with the boots, and the denim jacket, looked very beautiful together, but it also reminded me of Chucky´s bride. XD

  20. When I watch your videos, I feel like I know how to style thrifted clothes, but then when I go to a thrift store, I just have no idea what I'm doing???

  21. How do you look so good in all outfits? I feel I never look good in anything. Maybe it's more the way I hold myself and can't seem to see myself how others see me. Help.
    Loving these vids
    You talk so fast I have to really pay attention haha 🤣🤗 love it
    '98 omg you're months younger than me. But you're so superior 😕
    Seriously help me..advice would be great xxx 💗

  22. "so my technique for making ill fitting dresses fit without having a grab o sewing machine"

    I SEE IT RIGHT BEHIND UUUU AAAHGHH hahahaha jk love ur vids

  23. i love lacy camis and i always find them at thrift stores but my school would probably lose their shit if they saw me with something like that

  24. if anyone knows what episode of thrift flip where she altered a denim skirt (if she did) cuz my skirt is too long

  25. could you Maybe make a vid about how to style with the same temperature?? I don't know if I'm the only one but when I wear a croptop with long pants I get really cold so I'd rather wear a hoodie but that isn't as flattering.

  26. Okay hi i just bought a oversize plaint blazer and i really don't know how i need to style it with some skinny jeans can u help me?? Btw love your vidss😍

  27. I just get on your channel and i love what you are doing , i really love thrifting as well !! we have the same tastes you should like some of my pieces 😀 😀

  28. How come u can get so nice clothes from thrift stores in America but in the UK all u can buy are les miserables costumes?!

  29. I was with you…and then you lost me at the pajama part…still can’t figure out if the last three outfits were a joke or serious…

  30. the wedding dress outfit still kinda makes you look like a runaway bride but one who ran away with her biker boyfriend just before walking down the aisle. and i love it.

  31. Hey Ashley, I don’t know if you’ll respond, but I love your videos and I was wondering where you get most of your jeans from (like the ones in this video) also what style they are like mom, straight, boyfriend etc..?

  32. randomly found this in my youtube recommended list. Liked, subscribed, and now gonna go watch a bunch more videos because hot damn this was really helpful. I'm trying to work on getting better at general styling and simple rules and examples like this really help me to learn what works well and where!

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