I've always been of the mindset that it's better to spend more money on higher quality stuff than have to buy something over and over again that doesn't work as well as the expensive one did anyway.
Oddly enough, I've only recently come to that realization about clothes. I've been buying most of my new clothes at Duluth Trading. There stuff is heavy duty. It feels bulky and well made. And most of it has some type of warranty on it. One of those things where it cost more up front, but the clothes feel better and if I'm wearing this stuff every day, I might as well like them. I have my eye on one of their Flap Jacket Flannels forever, but $80 always seemed like way to much for just a shirt. Got lucky and spotted a 50% off flannel sale, then had an extra 15% in store one weekend. Ended up getting one for ~$35 and it's my new favorite shirt. It's feels much how you describe your fleece, like a weighted blanked on me. It's not overly warm inside, but I've walked around with just it on me at 20F outside, and been fine. I love that damn thing.
Their blue jeans are bit weird though as they only really have one color, dark blue. I like some of the lighter blues as well, so I went to Kohls and tried on about 8 different brands of jeans in the same size one day. Again, I think I settled on the 2nd most expensive ones, but they were the ones that fit the best.
Props on cleaning out the clothes a bit. I know when I moved the first time after having a girlfriend, I honestly donated 2 full 55 gallon garbage bags of assorted shirts and stuff I just never wore. That was almost 10 years ago now and she's been great at helping me keep my clothing down to a minimal line. I still have probably 20 t-shirts which finds to be too much, but I like have 5-8 workout shirts, as well a few under shirts and a decent variety of regular shirts. Been debating about getting rid of some of my polos as well, but who knows.
Anyway, I'm babbling about my stuff. This is your thread. Props on the clothing stuff sir. Keep up the good work.