I figure I might as well jump on the bandwagon.. This list is for practical business wear, in order of necessity: 1. Black leather shoe. I would recommend a super-elegant captoe oxford, no brogue, elongated nose e.g., EG Chelsea or a C&J Handgrade Audley. 2. Dark MTM/bepoke suit (charcoal, navy, even black), go with subtle pinstripes to avoid being solid from head-to-toe. But less than color, design, always think fit first. That said, a SB 2 button or 2 1/2 (rolled lapel) would be the most versatile choice. Don't worry about buying brand names, as long as you get a well constructed, FITTING suit. 3. White shirt. Despite the consensus here against boring solids and cuts, your standard/point collar 2 fold poplin, button cuff will be that 'go-to-shirt' in your closet. No mistakes about it. Just make sure it's a quality shirt, good weight, finishing, etc. H&K, Borelli, T&A if you're going top end. 4. Dark coat (charcoal, black). Probably 3/4 length single breasted. Pay extra for the cashmere/blends, you'll thank yourself later. 5. Dark red solid/lightly patterned tie. Boring but versatile, will look decent with most basic colored shirts. I realize how pedestrian this list is, but these are my choices for a basic functional business wardrobe, i.e., not for an aspiring clothes-worshipping dandy that will frequent these forums..