Develop a Core Essentials Wardrobe that allows you to dress up or down, but right on a moments notice. Your clothing should be 12 month wear, not seasonal. Fabrics you purchase are good quality, excellent value, high performance, made for long-term wear and classic styled. Fashion is trendy and short lived.
For the best return on your investment that will pay dividends many times over, acquire garments that don’t get dated weeks after purchase, look fresh at the end of that day and will mx-n-match with your wardrobe.
Core essential colors are navy and black. Fabrics have good texture and will coordinate with your wardrobe. Grey Suits jackets should be worn with matching pant, not a good color for mix-n-match. However, the pants are great for navy or black suit jackets.
It doesn’t take a lot of clothes, it takes the right ones that not only look good, but fit well. You are what you wear. Labels do not denote quality. There are cheap to expensive fabrics, buy quality materials that are affordable, quality, great value, hold their shape and are going to last. Good fabric will fit well, drape and not cling to the body. So if it is hot and dry or cold and wet, your garment will look great all the time, not like you slept in in 5 minutes after you got dressed.
What makes a garment good is not just the fabric, but what is on the inside that you cannot see: lining, padding, interfacing, thread, etc.
When you are building a wardrobe on a budget, do it right the first time. Its best to buy less, but buy quality, over time you will have a longevity wardrobe that looks great each and every time you get dressed and more expensive than what you paid. There is no substitute for quality.