Originally Posted by Sterling Gillette
Realistically (and average-joe-y) calculated: Capsule collection=navy suit, grey suit, any sport coat, three pairs of trousers, a jeans, a chino, four pairs of shoes, a dozen shirts, four solid ties. The rest is up to personal needs.
Very solid suggestions, I'd maybe amend to three pairs of shoes (black cap-toe, brown, and a basketball or running shoe for athletic wear), 6-8 shirts. Get stuff...