As I said last year, it helps me to think about essentials as the items that are so prevalent in my closet that I could get dressed in the dark and would land on at least 1 if not a full outfit. (Also the area I have the hardest time purging b/c I know I will wear each of these items)

My essentials for 2020:

V-neck solid color sweater - cotton for summer, wool or cashmere for winter

V-neck sleeveless tops for layering

Stripe knit tops

Navy toppers - blazer or cardigan style

Navy Suit - blazer and pants

Jeans - dark wash or white, straight or cropped flare

Ballet flats

Low profile tennis shoes

2.5" leather pumps

Delicate gold necklaces or earrings