Passing up on fads and practicing rationality with your clothing choices won’t only save you money, but it will allow you to grow your style. Shopping rationally doesn’t just involve your budget. It’s the ability to conceptualize your closet and know what you actually need to complete it.

We’re going through five practical tips that will help you build a sustainable wardrobe with plenty of options.

Shop Your Closet First
Before you opt to buy another piece, go through your closet and discover the pieces you might not have worn lately. Are there skirts, tops or dresses that are suddenly back in style? You might find you can pair them with new pieces you acquired over the past few years. If you definitely don’t wear the articles you find, consider donating or selling off the clothes.

Match Things in Your Closet You Haven’t Matched Before
Put together tops and bottoms you haven’t tried before. You might think they don’t go, but truly evaluate and take a snapshot. You might find a new way to style an old piece that looks straight from the runway. Don’t forget to accessorize to build the complete look.

Make Things New with Care
You might not wear a beautiful pair of boots because the soles and heel wore off from over-use. Maybe the color dulled, and the shoes are now scuffed. If the piece is quality, take it to a professional. Get your quality-made shoes fixed at the cobbler and looking good as new. It’s cheaper to fix up a quality item than buy something that won’t last.

Think Long Term
What do you wear often? If you live in black slacks, replace the cheapest and least comfortable pair with an upgraded, tailored quality item. This will ensure you wear it often, and it looks great on you!

If you’re looking for some variety, consider a rental service like Rent The Runway for trendy pieces you’ll only wear a few times. It even has a service to deliver vacation outfits when you travel!

Comfort Comes First
That cute top means absolutely nothing if you have to adjust it every two minutes. Buy comfortable and well-fitting items. Shoes should make your feet happy, and clothes shouldn’t scrunch up in odd places. Opt for fabrics that cooperate with your skin. This will ensure you always use the items, setting up your wardrobe for long-term wear.