Here is a small confession:
I didn't pick out or buy my own clothes until I was 16.
Over the past 6 years I've found out several things about myself and my personal style.
1. There is really one pair of jeans that I like, so I now buy the same style in different colors. I also do this with underwear and tank tops.
2. I like black, but not enough to wear multiple pieces in the somber tone. Plus in winter my skin washes out, and I look really dowdy.
3. No matter how many cute scarves I buy... I will never wear them as much as the scarf Gram gave me 5 years ago.
4. I don't like glitter... or glam... or large jewelry. Shiny is good for shoes not faces.
5. I buy way too many hoodies and fleeces. I wear all of them and like all of them. This makes downsizing my closet really difficult.
6. Everything I try on is tolerable... sometimes everything is cute. These are not good reasons to buy clothes.
7. I love dresses. I did not wear dresses in high school. It wasn't until summer of freshman year where I lived in a place that had no A/C that I started wearing dresses to survive.
8. I do agree with one thing that my mother's boyfriend outlined in the house dress code... logos are awful. I could go on a rant about The Man using your body for product placement... but really I don't like having wording across my chest.
9. Cardigans go with everything. Everything.
Personally, I'm into a hipster/granny/librarian style. Humor t-shirts, cardigans, knee length skirts and excellent lapel pins. My basic 15 minute shopping quick trip involves looking through purse sale racks for Fossil handbags and skimming the very on sale racks for looking at fabric first, fit second and utility last. I do this based on what is fastest to judge. This way I'm not trying on a 100% wool size 0 romper. (Also, I hate rompers.)
Which leads me to the point I intend to make. The best way to avoid accumulating tons of clothing is a two step process.
Step 1: Figure out the following:
What you wear most often and if you really need more of that.
What you never wear but continue to buy for the wrong reasons: obligation, trend following, hoping for a tomorrow that might never come.
Step 2: Stop buying stuff.