When my girls were little we used to go and pick out a new dress for the first day of school. They would also get a couple of pairs of shoes and that would be it. I had generally bought all their new fall clothes on clearance at the end of the previous winter so that I keep things to a reasonable cost. Now that they are older, we'll need to replace their complete wardrobe because they are growing so fast that nothing fits them from last year.
These middle school years seem to be hard on the wallet. They want certain things so that they fit in with the other kids and they are growing very quickly so they actually need new clothes. We try and strike a balance. Certain trendy clothing or shoes that they want become birthday or holiday gifts. I've found them some jeans at the thrift store and we try to shop at places like Rugged Wearhouse where I know that my dollars will stretch further.
We try and shop little by little over the summer so that we are ready for fall. I already had to buy both DDs two new pairs of jeans because they needed them for camp. They have to bring 2 pairs and not one single pair of jeans from last year fit either one of them! And of course the smaller one can't wear the bigger ones hand me down jeans because her shape is completely different! Today we went to Kohls because I had some Kohls cash that my wonderful MIL gave me and we used that to buy a pair of fall shoes for DD12. Then we headed over to Macy's where we found 3 or 4 cute long sleeved tops for $4.99 each on the clearance rack.
I try to stay on a budget but it does add up. With bigger girls you have to add in gym clothes, bras, and tank tops or camis to go under all the other clothes. These are things that I never had to purchase in the past and they add quite a bit onto the total clothing budget.
Anyhow, all this to say that yes, we will be purchasing new fall clothes. Mostly because I have to and not because I really want to.