I find this thread ridiculous and neither here nor there. What Ernest seemed to be asking is what the BARE MINIMUM is, not what your accumulated closet should look like after 20+ years of collecting nice things. Let's pretend that we are dressing a naked man for work here, and that he has to wear a suit every day, and that he wants some variation in his wardrobe, but does not want to go into debt. Let us also assume that he lives in a place that has true seasons. Suits -- 10 (2 summer, 3 "four season," 3 "three season," 2 true winter) Sportcoats -- (Optional in my opinion, and more of a "luxury" or unnecessary purchase than suits, as they are actually LESS versatile in a business formal environment) 4 (1 blue blazer, 1 heavier tweed, etc., 1 light weight summer, 1 miscellaneous) Shirts -- 20 (5 button down, 15 plain collar. Preferably six to seven in solid colors, 9 or 10 in stripes of some sort, 4 to 5 in check) Ties -- 20 really sharp ones Shoes -- 5 pair (3 in various shades/styles of brown, and 2 in different styles of black. Feel free to substitue a cordovan leather for calf for either the black or one of the browns. Make sure that you have at least 3 balmorals. Skip the loafers). Socks -- 15 pair of over the calf socks that match your suits. Odd Trousers -- 10 (2 winter, 3 three season flannel, 3 four season, 2 lightweight summer). Belts -- 3 belts is plenty Sweaters -- 8 or 9 is sufficient (I'd go with 5 cashmere or merinos, 2 cottons, and 2 silk blend. Styling is up to you. I prefer V-necks for the office). Coats -- 2 topcoats, 1 raincoat, 2 car coats Once you have these items, you can definitely survive as the best dressed man in the office. Build up slowly over time, not because you "need to," but because you can.