the ultimate guide to closet essentials

the ultimate guide to closet essentials

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Howdy and welcome to Ashey’s Ultimate Guide to Closet Essentials™, where I list out my wardrobe essentials, talk about what types of fabrics, fits, and details I look for in the perfect basic, and where you can buy quality investment and affordable options for each essential clothing item. Whether you like to play with fashion trends or stick to a capsule wardrobe, basics are the foundation to any wardrobe.

re/done stovepipe (
aritzia arlo straight (
madewell demi boot (, or these on sale:
afends shelby jean (
these are also a great affordable option for $39! (

distressed festival shorts: abrand (
90’s shorts: afends (sold out)

dr martens vintage 1460 dr martens vintage 1460 ( or a slightly cheaper option:
heeled patent boots: nasty gal (, similar w lower heel:,
unif choke boots (

nike air force one jesters (
fila disruptors (
reebok vintage club c (

buckle heels: asos (similar:
cap toe heels: steel madden (

re/done tshirt (
forever21 tshirt (
affordable + sustainable from everlane (
one from urban too (

can’t find the exact same styles but here are similar options!
aerie (,
calvin klein (

eggie (
more affordable option (
also gorgeous (
if you want to splurge (

black turtleneck bodysuit: summersalt (
sustainable option from everlane (
affordable option from asos (

chunky knit sweater: urban outfitters (similar:,,
turtleneck: thrifted (similar:

red polka dot dress: privacy please (
gingham dress: urban outfitters

dark wash: thrifted (similar:,
levi’s sherpa denim jacket (

mine is sold out but here are the best alternatives
expensive but super cool (
a more classic moto style (
cropped option (

kozha numbers (
affordable options from nasty gal (,
affordable options from asos (,,

cherry earrings: en route (
denim jacket: thrifted (similar:,
tshirt: brandy melville
jeans: madewell (

what’s your name? ashley
what’s your instagram? @best.dressed
how old are you? 20 (born in 1998)
how tall are you? 5’5″
what’s your ethnicity? half british and half burmese
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  1. Clara Lombard on August 14, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Her earrings * . *

  2. jia narang on August 14, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    i love u

  3. Cadence Stokes on August 14, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Would you please do a video like this with recommendations for people with more conservative parents? I’m a teen with conservative parents who insist that my shorts touch my knee, no cropped tops, no tanks…ect. I don’t know how to dress to their standards without looking stupid. Please help!

  4. Michele Daniels on August 14, 2021 at 10:01 pm

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  5. Gol.D Usopp on August 14, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    My only question… your jeans knees don’t rip.?.

  6. Ingrid Stockman on August 14, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    as someone who really likes clothes and has started caring more about them recently, i really appreciate this kind of video

  7. rat on August 14, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    is it just me or can other people never find anything cute at thrift stores?? like its all grandma clothes 😭😭

  8. Bea on August 14, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    Best pair of jeans you could ever have is from your boyfriend’s or from Topshop. HANDS DOWN. Just my opinion though

  9. Lena Anderson on August 14, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    i love how she is so inclusive and just energetic in her videos, I’m definitely subscribing!

  10. Kalleigh Gibson on August 14, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    tip for my fellow broke bitches: if you like the style of the filas she showed, you can get some avias or other brands at target or walmart for much cheaper !! also if you have thick thighs like me or you’re on the bigger side try out straight leg and wide leg jeans !! i know the skinny jean look is gorgeous but wide leg will save your life i promise. straight leg is good as well however with big thighs it can still be tights around the top. it can also help with insecurities such as hip dips 🙂

  11. Via EM on August 14, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Am I the the only one that can’t be comfortable in boots bc it just restricts ankle movement and my feet feel suffocated

  12. Caroline White on August 14, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    anyone else binging old yt videos

  13. Erin Casey on August 14, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Bless you.

  14. Josefine Reimertz on August 14, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I never find these kind of clothes……

  15. Dejan Lovren on August 14, 2021 at 10:18 pm

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  16. Emily Nicholls on August 14, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Don’t know who will see this but in ASOS £35 they now have the perfect jeans that look similar to these and for tall people ( I’m 6 foot ) thy go from leg length 30 to 36 in some cases 38 ! They are called ( 2 different styles ) ASOS DESIGN organic mid rise 90s straight leg jeans in mid wash and ASOS DESIGN tall organic mid rise 90s straight leg jeans in light wash.
    They are the 2 of my fav but do different colours or styles they have 4 buttons which I love (some people may hate) trust me check them out.

  17. star sparks on August 14, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Okay but I just spent way more than I normally would on an apron+striped top dress set aaaaand OMG the apron dress gives me like 7 different outfits on it’s own and the top is perfect for another 3 skirts I have so…….yes. Invest in the basic thing.

  18. Anon L on August 14, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Damnnn these pieces are legit great. 2021 and they’re all still stunning and trendy.

  19. Jaemin Choi on August 14, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    You are pretty

  20. Harmanjeet Kaur on August 14, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Ashley you are mah favourite 😚❤️so sweet and all time cute

  21. Danica Cheng on August 14, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I use to try to dress like popular kids but they legit just wore branded hoodies or crewneck, ripped skinny jeans (this was in 2019) and airforce 1s. Now I try to embrace my own style and I’m wayy more well dressed now as I have my own sense of style with worrying whether it was trendy or not. All my friends know me as the girl that always dresses well and trendy. Find your own style that makes u comfortable. You don’t have the dress like the basic popular girls at school that legit have no fashion sense as they legit just pair some white champion hoodie and ripped skinny jeans.

  22. sophie on August 14, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    oh god why did i think the thumbnail was not in english

  23. Jimena Morales Herrera on August 14, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    wow you transmit too much good vibe

  24. Aisha khan on August 14, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Why is her style still relevant now

  25. Fernanda Rebello on August 14, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Dr. Martens boots are so beautiful, buuut here in brazil it costs like 1200 reais because of the taxes, are very expensive, sad ;-;

  26. Sasha Smirnova on August 14, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    the imposter syndrome creeping into this video

  27. Evelyn Bulmer on August 14, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    What am I supposed to do when I’m a growing 14yr old who wants to invest in clothes to last a long time but I will grow out of within 1-2 years?…
    Also, pro tip for the small gals out there on a budget GO TO THE TEENS SECTION! Jeans for $20-30? Thank you!
    $5 t-shirts that still last a fair amount of time? Gimme!

  28. Almasi Ghcnncm on August 14, 2021 at 10:34 pm

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  29. zinnwaldite on August 14, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    16:30 floffle kajenken. i love how effortlessly funny you are lol

  30. Schmitt Camille on August 14, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I watched this video at least ten times. I miss her.

  31. Ashley Clark on August 14, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    I love Ashley’s videos. I learn so much from them!

    With jeans, jackets, and shoes, I will fork out the cash for an amazing piece. For tops, skirts, and dresses however, I mostly buy them super cheap – they are workhorses nonetheless and look and perform just as good as the expensive stuff 🙂

  32. Channel with no videos gets 10 subs on August 14, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I love your terminology bank and way with words✨ earned you a sub :DDD

  33. Jimena Morales Herrera on August 14, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    wow you transmit too much good vibe

  34. Anoushka on August 14, 2021 at 10:40 pm


  35. mia on August 14, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    i noticed the afends label immediately! i have a pair of overall shorts from them that i got from a small shop in australia:)

  36. Sava Kharmysheva on August 14, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Pov you are watching this in 2021, and all of this is still stylish, and would work

  37. Moonlight Lemon on August 14, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Your videos are making me want to clean my room and pick everything up off my closet shelves and floor

  38. Cherry Blossom on August 14, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    This video has made me realise why I always find myself with so little options for putting outfits together, and why I always seem to stick to the same outfits all of the time!

    1) I have never owned a pair of jeans in my life (perhaps I did when I was a toddler, but I’m not even sure about that) of any style, whether jeggings, skinny, flared, baggy or anything else.
    2) I have never owned a pair of denim shorts (or really versatile shorts that pretty much go with anything).

    3) I haven’t owned a pair of black boots in years.
    4) I have never owned a pair of white sneakers/trainers.
    5) I have never owned a nude shoe or a heeled shoe of any kind (the largest heel I have ever worn is a Mary Jane school-style shoe), and the only ‘fancy’ pair of shoes I own are black flats.
    6) I don’t currently own any white T-shirts, and have no black T-shirts without a print.
    7) I have never owned a blouse of any kind, and only have one ‘fancy shirt’, which isn’t white.
    8) I only have one dress, which is a picnic-patterned summer maxi dress.
    9) I haven’t owned a denim jacket in years.
    10) The only bags I own (other than wallets and toiletry bags) are a black backpack and a silver satchel bag.

    Anyway, this was a brilliant video and thank you so much for making it! I found it very interesting and informative, and will definitely be using it to my advantage to improve my style and future wardrobe!

  39. Mini Mini on August 14, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    I’m here because school is about to start hehe

  40. Celia Doherty on August 14, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    after watching this i went and ordered myself some new docs (without box) on ebay for literally $60, pls do look on places like ebay and poshmark you can find new-with-tags stuff for real cheap (the docs i ordered were originally $150)

  41. Celeste Ferreira on August 14, 2021 at 10:48 pm


  42. MayaTM on August 14, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I love wide leg jeans, flare leg, baggy etc but I never find a size that fits perfectly, if it fits around the waist its way too long, cause im kind of a little overweight, turning 13 this year, starting at junior high and wanna look good for sure but cant find my size

  43. Dulce Sawin on August 14, 2021 at 10:51 pm

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  44. nattyalya on August 14, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    watching old ashley to feel something >>>

  45. Sarah McCarten on August 14, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    "finding a good pair of jeans is like finding a f*cking rare pokemon"
    I had one singular pair of jeans that I got as a hand-me-down that I wore until I could not physically make them fit anymore, and that caused an unbelievable hatred of pants so I now have a pair of good denims shorts that I wear year round instead. Shorts were also a hand-me-down from the same cousin, and I have an identical pair that tore right along the seam under one of the pockets while skating so I can’t wear them anymore without an intense patch.

  46. Maliha Mahfuz on August 14, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    god u seem so fucking cooool aaaaaah I wanna be friends with u so bad eeeeekkkk!!!!

  47. Lea Hiddlebarnes on August 14, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    When you bought plenty of nice underwears, bras and pants and then you lose weight during quarantine, now nothing fits you…. 😔

  48. naila nabila on August 14, 2021 at 10:55 pm

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  49. Iris Swanberg on August 14, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    re: middle school hoodie: i wore the same denim jacket every day all of sophomore year

  50. Jessica Stnd on August 14, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    ashleys videos are strangely addicting, like i have watched this for 50 – 60 times and i kept coming back here