.....I can't tell you how many lonely items of clothing languish in my wardrobe rarely if ever worn as I bought them without thinking what they'd go with, or assuming I'd be able to find a whatever to go with....
This is especially true of sales "bargains"
If I think about things/outfits I bought at full price or in a big splurge of buying lots of stuff at once, I have had far more use out of them - they may have cost more to begin with, but have been waaaaaaaaaaaay more economical on a cost per wear basis.
Bought myself an outfit today - nothing fancy, just jeans, a belt and a couple of tops for layering - this is what i must do from now on!
But most things go with jeans. I do see your point. I bought a jacket on Saturday that I am hoping will go with lots of things. It is really meant for work but I wore it out to Sunday lunch with jeans and a nice top. It will definitely go with my black work trousers and my patterned wrap dress and hopefully two of my work skirts but not sure on those yet.