If you had a chance to read "My Staples" page, it explains the basics of my closet.
Now, here are some ideas on styling these basics.
-Starting with a basic striped tee:
Starting with a plain gray t-shirt you can build all this together:
Basically the solid pieces mixed with the patterned pieces magically come together with some matching accessories. It's like E= MC2, except in fashion terms.
The trick to to buy things that ONLY work with AT LEAST 5 other pieces in your closet. It's ok to buy stand-alone statement pieces from time to time, but remember, it's all about saving $, maximizing use, and saving closet space.