Reading Monkey Face's posts and the various responses has been interesting to me because I recently came to a similar conclusion that I need to take a break. I have a new pair of shell boots arriving today and a couple of Luxire shirts in the works, but decided it was time to sit back and focus on enjoying wearing my clothes and not make any additional purchases for awhile. With 15 pairs of shoes, 4 all season suits and one flannel suit, 10 pairs of trousers, 3 navy blazers, 5 odd jackets and more shirts and ties than I can count, I came to the conclusion that I've got my basics pretty well covered. I also looked at what I was buying recently and concluded it was no longer about staples, but, instead, mostly niche items or looking to upgrade items where the original was perfectly adequate. Something about the fact I was branching out beyond the basics really bothered me. Yet, it is so easy to read the WAYWRN posts, see items that you want and get an itchy trigger finger when that item is on sale. I decided that cold turkey was the only way to go because there is always that next item at the top of your list.
I'm actually looking forward to this time out and then seeing if I have a different, more measured attitude regarding clothing.
Sounds like a terribly grown up and measured approach. Good luck in your resolve.
I have yet to find the impetus to curb my acquisitory activities, but then it sounds like you have more of the staples covered than I (but then I have a fair amount of stuff I need to haul out of my closet and post up on B&S).
Indeed, there is that mindset of "oh, here's something really great that I really need, and after this I'm all set" until the next something really great that you really need comes along. There's always a shinier penny, or some shit like that.