Bottoms I approach differently. Those I do buy in the retail stores but I refuse to pay full price. I simply wait for the sales. They always have them so why pay their massive markup?
All of my cashmere comes from Lord & Taylor. They have AMAZING cashmere sales twice a year where you can get sweaters that would normally run $200-$300 for around $40-$50.
While I’m not opposed to buying some trinket necklace or bracelet from places like Forever 21, I can’t help but hit up the second hand stores for some vintage finds. My most prized find to date is a pink Hermes scarf that I bought for $7.00 whole dollars. I think the woman thought it was just a pink scarf and I wasn’t going to argue. When I got home, I inspected it thoroughly. Was it real? Ok, even it if wasn’t, I liked it and it was $7.00, but was it real? I took it to an Hermes store to have them authenticate it. Yep, the real deal!
By being patient and picky, I have slowly and methodically been able to create a wardrobe that contains quality items made from materials I love and it never once hurt my wallet.