Wardrobe Basics Checklist

Wardrobe Basics Checklist
posted on January 17th, 2020 | in Good Cause, Good Deal

Wardrobe basics are those fashion essentials that every woman needs as a foundation for building outfits.  These are pieces that you will be able to mix and match, layer and build on across seasons and fads. They’re the pieces your fashion will be built on for years to come. On the racks of our Purple Cow stores you will find high-quality, gently used wardrobe basics that will cost you up to $100 in department stores.


We’ve created a helpful checklist for you to save to your phone or print to bring in with you while you shop! We hope this list helps you build your wardrobe as you embrace a lifestyle of thrifted living.


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Your Wardrobe Basics Checklist: 



-Black & White Plain Tanks: for layering and to wear in the warmer months.

-Short-Sleeved & Long-Sleeved White & Black T-Shirt: in the style of your choice.

-White Button Down: a timeless piece you can dress up or down.

-Striped Shirt: a nice black and white striped shirt will go a long way in your wardrobe!

-Graphic T Shirt: express your interests and have fun with this one.

-Chambray Shirt: a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon.

-Flannel Button Down: a must-have for fall!

-Turtlenecks and Neutral Sweaters: keep your eye out for cotton, cashmere, and wool fabrics that are dense and tightly knitted (no light comes through when you hold it up to the light).

-Cardigan: a classic for a professional look for work! Go with a pop of color or a neutral.

-Denim Jacket: generally the fit and style of denim jackets stay the same, so there’s no need to buy a brand new one.

-Patterned Button-Downs: these are fun to layer and style by rolling up the sleeves, popping up the collar and made into a Parisian-chic outfit.

-Athletic Sweatshirt: a big, comfy sweatshirt for lounging is a necessity.

-Trench Coat: this is a steal for a thrift store find! 

-The Perfect Blazer: get a thrifted power blazer that makes you feel like a million bucks.

-Black Leather Jacket: a sharp touch to any outfit.


Dresses and Bottoms

-LBD (Little Black Dress): this one speaks for itself!


-Printed Summer Dress: a light and flowy dress for the warmer months.

-Pencil & Midi Skirts: these were super popular in the 70s, 80s, and 90’s so thrift stores are full of them.

-Favorite Jeans: high rise, skinny, or mom jeans- thrift stores are full of them all! Your closet will need white and black jeans as well!

-Flares: we guarantee you will find this trendy item that has come back into style in a thrift store.

-Khaki Pants: a must-have for the office.

-Black Leggings: a must-have for lazy weekends and errand days. 



-Ballet Flats: go with a neutral color for versatility and comfort.

-White Sneakers: your closet needs a cute pair of vans or keds.

-Strappy Heeled Sandals: for the dressier outfits.

-Flat Leather Sandals: for the more casual outfits.

-Basic Black Pumps: a go-to shoe for professional or formal

-Flat Boots: for everyday-wear, even throughout the year.

-Heeled Boots or Booties: to give your fall and winter outfits a boost.


Thrifted Living

To fill your closet with versatile wardrobe basics, stop by and see what you can find at The Purple Cow! We guarantee that you will find quality items that are kind to your wallet. Part of the fun of thrifted living is the hunt- so use this checklist and bring it with you when you shop to see what you can find for your closet! If you’re having trouble finding an item on the list, just ask our associates! We’d love to help.