Wow, what a great question. LOTS.
UP ONE ON THE SIZING
I would definitely buy half a size if not a size bigger in almost everything instead of having it fit JUST RIGHT (need a little room to eat and have your weight fluctuate)
AVOID CERTAIN COLOURS
I would stay away from warm shades of browns and taupes. I like them in theory, I cannot wear them in real life.
I am clearly a Cool & Brilliant Winter, and those are the colours I should stick to:
I would not buy one of every colour in a jacket I think I love. Just one colour, my favourite of the 3, will do even if the jacket is dirt cheap.
LIMIT THE PIECES PER CATEGORY
Who needs 4 navy blazers? NO ONE.
NO ONE NEEDS 4 NAVY BLAZERS IS THE ANSWER.
I would not have let myself get so crazy in each category because there are only so many days, and so many outfits a woman can wear at any given moment. When you have too much choice and variety like I do, it becomes quite overwhelming.
GO FOR SIMPLER CUTS AND TAILORED PIECES
In the end, fussy, ruffled, fancy sorts of cuts and things are not … my bag.
I like simple pencil skirts, not A-Line, I like tailored pants, not anything with ruffles, and I do not like high maintenance pieces that require a lot of ironing. One wear, and I have to wash & iron it? NO THANK YOU.
This? This is my style at its core:
I have already started doing this by avoiding stores like Forever 21, The Gap, etc.. even Banana Republic is slowly dropping off my list because if I want a gorgeous grey coat, I shouldn’t waste $300 on it on a cheap version from even Aritzia or Banana Republic because ultimately I really want the Burberry or Sentaler version which run into the thousand-dollar range, but I’d get way more wear out of it.
Buying cheap versions of what you really want doesn’t work for me. I have the money, I have the means, and I don’t want to wear crap any more.
Looks aren’t everything, I need quality in a garment too.
STOP ACCEPTING CHEAP / FREE THINGS INTO MY LIFE
When I went on my thrifting kick for 2 weeks (read about it here), I found SO MANY “deals” that I couldn’t resist buying them all.
In the end? Less than 90% of it stayed and frankly, I shouldn’t have been enamoured with these things only cost $5 or $10.
Junk is junk.
The kind of secondhand shopping / thrifting I like, is far more expensive than what I can find at Goodwill or Salvation Army most of the time. Of course, there are gems, don’t get me wrong…. you can find gorgeous pieces of high end designer labels if you are patient and if you are in the right city that has money to spend and then donate said items (note: Montreal is NOT one of those cities, we don’t have a ton of high-end designers here, and what we do have, people who buy those items, don’t tend to donate to Goodwill but resell instead).
What I like is designer (like thousand-dollar designers) secondhand purchasing. Leather coats that retail for $800 – $1000, but I score for $200.
Or luxe leather boots that cost $4000 at retail but I buy for $500 secondhand.
Or gorgeous watches that retail at $300 but I score for $110 secondhand:
The end price of what I pay is still expensive ($500 for boots!??!) but I get the quality and workmanship of a thousands-of-dollars item I would otherwise not ever spend the money on.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
The entire series can be found here: Women in Clothes Style & Fashion Survey