I'm in the less clothes/more laundry boat. My biggest issue would be having stained clothes sit around. I don't really have an issue with clothes wearing out. My dd outgrows almost all of her things before she wears them out. Honestly, I either get ride of stuff due to it being too small or horrible stained. Most of dd stuff is from thrift store or from friends where dd is the 3rd+ child to wear them. We do lots of hiking and playground play so we're not extremely gentle. dd doesn't have very "fancy" stuff. Lots of denim.
My only secret is in jumpers (sleeveless dresses). dd can wear it alone, with a tank-top, short sleeve, long sleeve, or turtleneck for year round wear.
dd spent 1.5yrs wearing the same outfit. I highly recommend more than one outfit.
Dh called to meet for lunch. Be back with more later.
OK back. went to new restaurant, it wasn't that great, but it was nice to see Dh. dd just started school
anyways.. what works best for dd and even for my clothes, is to only buy when you really feel like you need something else. I've never had much luck buying in advance.
One example is dd only had 3 pairs of panties (1 pack) during a time in her life where she just couldn't stand wearing panties, and refused to wear anything but one pair of overalls. All of a sudden she started wearing other things. I never bought more panties as she never ran out. We recently went on a trip for 7 days. I then bought more panties. The thrift stores are nice enough here that I don't feel too worried about waiting till the last minute.
I also have a running list of upcoming needs that I know my family will need and I have time to really search. Example dd's winter coat. No way around not needing a winter coat so when the thrift store had one on sale $2 instead of $4 I bought it.