So I've at last done it. Compiled just the items of clothing that you need in your closet. I have, for the past year, been endlessly fascinated by the concept of "simple style"; simple is timeless, it's chic.
My mom has a close, Parisian friend, Dominique, who not only understands but exemplifies this timeless simplicity. She does this by maintaining an edited wardrobe of pieces of the highest quality. It's small; I would guess smaller than your wardrobe (definitely smaller than mine). She has one fabulous white t-shirt instead of ten. She never looks into her closet in the morning and thinks, "I have nothing to wear!".
Andrée Putman said it best: "I love America, and I love American women, but there is one thing that deeply shocks me . . . American closets. I cannot believe one can dress well when you have so much."
Below is my list of the bones of a chic closet. I have created a Polyvore account; my username is keelyhenesey (to follow me go here). This account has each of the following articles of clothing in my "items"--but no others. On that account I will start constructing as many outfits as possible with just these "bones". I will also post pictures on the blog.
Remember that you may have versions of many of these items--I do. However, over time I hope to slowly throw out duplicates and replace them with versions that flatter that flatter my shape the most (as well as being of the finest quality). Enjoy!