You probably know that people have never owned as many clothes as they do now. Excepting Marie Antoinette, of course, reputed to have never worn the same dress twice even though dozens of French nuns had laboured for months over the beading and embroidery on each dress. Although with fast fashion we may be approaching a level of disposability. Before the invention of the sewing machine in the 1830's, clothing was made locally, either by the individual homemaker or a local seamstress. These items were made to last a long time and made over and mended. A woman's dress might after many years resurface as a little boy's shirt, after the worn parts were cut away. Even a hundred years later, in the 1930's many clothing items were still made at home. Sizing hadn't been standardized (doesn't seem like it is yet) so made to measure worked better. Clothing was better quality and made to last.
Do you like the present situation? Even if a nice wardrobe or lots of clothes is on your list of dreams, perhaps reconsider your approach to clothing. Even cheap clothing still costs something and while individual items may not cost much, taken in total, a bulging closet cost plenty to acquire. Yet many still feel they have nothing to wear. Do you find yourself reaching for the same items over and over. You know, the ones that fit well, make you look slimmer, don't have traces of spots on the front that won't wash out. The ones you've received compliments on.
Elizabeth L. Cline, the author of Overdressed; The Shocking High Cost of Cheap Fashion, has recommendations on her site for choosing a few good quality items that you will want to wear a multitude of times. We've become so used to variety that it may be difficult to think small. You could also do a trial run with Project 333 and wear just 33 carefully chosen items for 3 months.
More suggestions to follow.