Do You Buy What You Want or What You Need?

How do you decide what works itself into your wardrobe?

When I found out my mother was having an end-of-season garage sale, I gladly began to clear out my closet so I would be able contribute to her endeavor. I spent hours packing up tops, dresses and jeans -- probably more than half my wardrobe! -- all of which I soon realized I was happy to get a few bucks for rather than ever have to wear again.

And seeing how easy it was to let go of so many pieces made me realize something: the reason I could throw it all into the "sell" pile so quickly was because I hadn't particularly cared for any of it in the first place. In fact, I'd really only purchase items that I felt I needed at the time, rather than things I'd actually wanted. For example, I'd normally opt to buy something like this Classic Trench Coat ($88 at Gap) which I'd need for looking pulled together at work, instead of getting something a bit more fun like this Cooper & Stollbrand for ASOS Checked Cape ($337 at Asos), a piece I know would make me smile each and every time I put it on!

The fact remains that I don't really have a spare $300 lying around to invest in that kind of quality coat, but it did start to make me wonder if I should buy less items that cost a little more (and that I actually would look forward to wearing), or stick to my usual process of purchasing lots of affordable basics like pencil skirts and blazers that I'll need for work (and won't set my budget too far back).

I'm leaning towards buying less at a better quality, but what do you guys think? Do you buy for quality or quantity? Do you get the things you want or the things you need?

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