Creating a Minimalist / Essentials Only Wardrobe
1. Get rid of anything you haven't worn in a year.
Whether the item is no longer trendy, doesn't fit, or never quite looked right it's time to get rid of it. If you are holding onto items thinking you will fit into them again, keep this in mind. Once you lose the weight you'll want new items anyway instead of the old ones that are no longer in style.
2. Choose a color palette.
Personally, I rid myself of anything that was patterned. I found that I wore those items less because they were more difficult to style. Go for a simple palette with neutrals like gray, black, and white. You may also want to add in other colors you like such as pastels or navy, but decide on just a few and get rid of the rest.
3. Categorize everything.
Group your clothes by category such as t-shirts, tank tops, sweaters, jackets, etc. Make a list of each of the categories and how many things you think you need in each. I suggest keeping only 3-5 items per category. You may also find that there are a few things that you need. Just make sure that you are purging items before you buy anything to fill in the gaps.
After purging a huge amount of clothes I narrowed my wardrobe down to these essential items.