I stick with a relatively neutral color palette which makes it easy to accomplish this goal.
You can often find designer clothing in great condition for sale at your local thrift stores.
(See also: 10 Things to Look For When You Visit a Thrift Store) I like to roam the streets to find solid deals on children's clothing at local garage sales.
Sure, I'm not wearing the right patterns and colors a year in the future.
However, the money saved is worth being a little less fashion-forward.
Second, sale items are usually more plentiful than picked over mid-week.
Before I buy a new shirt or pair of pants, I like to make a mental check through my closet.
I like to make a beeline for the back of the store where the sale and clearance racks are located. I also try to shop on weeknights versus heavy traffic times like weekends for two reasons.
First, I can focus and take my time without so much congestion.
Usually sales cycle around monthly (end of month), and there aren't always a plethora of truly amazing deals to take advantage of.
Have you ever donated like-new clothing that just didn't fit right or strike your fancy? So, find treasure in someone else's trash...er, donations!
It's only natural to want a few new things as the seasons (and your tastes) change.