Simple Master List for a Basic Wardrobe

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  While reorganizing my closet I realized the one thing we as women struggle to admit. (Dramatic Pause). We can donate half of the things in our closet. Don’t freak out ladies, but the truth is with a few great basic pieces you technically have to let go of the taunting statement “UGH… I have nothing to wear!”

 I may have broken girl code by removing the shield we hide behind when searching of an excuse to shop. Packing away my warmer season items, and laying my entire closet out on my bed, I took a few minutes to constructed the list of key items I needed to build a stronger wardrobe base. I added mostly Tall shop links but baseline of the message still stands for women of all heights and sizes.

Master List

  1. The Little Black Dress
  2. The Blazer
  3. The Skinny
  4. The Work Place (Skirt : Top )
  5. The 3 Neutral Basic Tees (Black : White : Grey :  Peach )
  6. The Pump (Neutral & Black)
  7. The Bootie ( Over Size 10 or Here
  8. The Denim Shirt 
  9. The Accessories (Watch | Scarf | Hat  )

Personal style and fit is still very important when it comes to a great wardrobe but having these items gives you a great foundation.


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Since Chanel introduced the little black dress to the world it still stands as an essential part of a chic woman wardrobe. A simple black dress can transition smoothly from day to evening. Wear to the office under a blazer with heels and later strip down to flats.


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Similar Blazer here in Black or Navy 

 I consider a well fitted blazer as the glue to a great wardrobe. Throw it over a graphic tee or pair it with your staple Little Black Dress and it becomes a simple polished look. I have a million and one different blazers ranging from from padded shoulder 80’s era, to studded edgy looks, buy my classic navy number always comes out to play. A well tailored blazer can give a wonderful finish to your outfits.

PS Make sure to stick to Black or Navy since the base colors help expand your wardrobe

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Similar version Here or Here 

Quality Denim skinny is a great investment for any wardrobe. I am a fan of a great skinny jean that sport off my long legs, but as women we have all have figures that call for different cuts. It all boils down to finding the fit that works for your shape and invest in a great pair that age well. A clean darker wash always proves to be most versatile making it a good pull for a night out with the ladies, or a movie date with your crush who finally asked you out.

PS for my Talls make sure you pay a visit to Long Tall Sallys Demin Section 

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Find Similar Top & Skirt here

As adults, we spend half of our lives at work and though it’s becoming a trend to wear causal clothes to the office, I find it more productive when i’m wearing a polished outfit. With a simple pencil skirt and a flowing chiffon top you can pair it with amazing jewels, pumps and a cardi or blazer. You’ll be prepared for the hustle of the day and easy to drifting to happy hour. The pencil skirt can be paired with converse, v neck tee, and a motor jacket, turning it in to a day look.

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Similar with Pink option Here & Grey  

Investing in a good quality jersey or cotton tee shirt can change your life. You can literally wear a tee shirt with anything and turn it into a masterpiece of personal style with a few detailed touched. A couple of months back I went to a formal affair sporting a huge chunky necklace, a black sequin maxi skirt, and a crisp white jersey tee shirt with rolled sleeves. It caused a bit of a stir but everyone loved the look.With a collection of good tee shirts, in basic colors (black white grey) you can flex it with pretty much any bottom.

PS I advise that you invest a little money so they last longer than one wash Quality over Quantity loves!

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Similar Pumps Natural & Black 

A good pump and help a women take over the world and dont think us tall girls can’t rock them. I am a sucker for a good shoe especially when I come across one in my size (Tall Girl Problems). A pump in either Black or Nude is one of the best basic pieces you can buy. When ever you need to elevate an outfit and create more of a polished look, throw a pump on and your look is complete. I have a strong collection of pumps but my  pair of nude Enzo’s and Black leather Nine West always seem to be mu go to picks.

PS Once you find the perfect pair make to show them you care and give them a spa day at your local Shoe Repair, for resoling, heel nursing, and cleaning.

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Similar Here 10 &  Here 

Shorts, dresses, or skinny jeans a bootie or Chelsea is an item that can be added to your wardrobe rotation no matter the season. I have worn them with almost everything in my closet and they are a comfortable alternative to sky high heels. I have a few riding boots that I keep close at hand but the low cut of the Chelsea/bootie gives me more range to rock.

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Similar Here 

I want to take a moment to thank my boyfriend for letting me take ownership of his J.crew denim shirt he purchased years ago.(Giggles) This shamelessly stolen item has been a staple in my closet. Every season, weekend trip, and almost every concert festival I’ve been to has seen this denim shirt. Denim shirts come in many weights and shades, so don’t be shy to take your time and shop for one to compliment your shape and skin tone.

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Similar Watch : Scarf : Hat 

You only need 3! A watch, a neutral scarf, and a rimmed hat. These items can be added to every item in this key pieces list effortlessly and an all season ready army of accents. If you’re team “Talls” this is one area where you don’t have to worry about anything being too short fitting because accessories are a stress free zone!

TWEET ME your favorite items in your basic wardrobe

xoxo – Tallglassofstyle


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