Before you go out shopping or purchase clothing online, take inventory of what you have and write down what you don’t have. Do this over time and you will avoid wasteful impulse purchases by having time think about want you need and don’t need. Needs should always take priority over wants. A third pair of loafers is not needed if you only have a couple quality shirts. When I started doing this I cut wayy down on the amount of clothes I regretted buying after a month or two.
2. Purchase outfits, not items
When going shopping, have an idea of what outfit you want or at least think about whether or not an item will go with items your currently have. By doing so you can avoid the classic, “I have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear” syndrome. Eventually items from different outfits will be able to work together and you’ll wardrobe will expand exponentially.
3. Invest in the basics
Don’t skimp on the essential items of your wardrobe such as t-shirts, plain shirts, pants, and jeans. The essentials form the core of your wardrobe and once you have high quality basics then you’ll be able to look into other pieces without looking back. Asos, American Apparel, Gap, and Uniqlo are some brands that offer affordable, quality basics that consistently receive good reviews.