You, dear sir, need to read my blog.
Men’s Style 101: My Five ‘Essential’ Items for Men | The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
Shameless self-promotion aside, I do sincerely believe you can build a very adaptable wardrobe around very few pieces.
Also for your viewing: My five essential items of footwear
Five Pairs of Shoes That Every Man Should Own | The Boy With The Thorn In His Side