Lately I've been evaluating my own clothing style and have decided to pare down to a basic color pallet and style to keep from over burdening my closet with clothing I don't like or don't wear very often.
I love to watch Tim Gunn both on "Project Runway" and on his own show "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style".
He recommends purchasing 10 essential items for your wardrobe that you will have and wear forever. They are as follows:
Basic black dress pants
Classic white shirt
Basic black dress
Alternative to a sweat suit
Neutral skirt and jacket
Basic black boots, pumps and ballet flats
Any occasion top
Having these 10 essential items in your closet allows you to dress up any outfit and always have the basics when you're getting dressed in the morning. Add a simple belt or classic jewelry but don't get bogged down in trendy clothing that won't last and will be outdated by the end of the season.