Also, a few magical tips that I've discovered along the way.
-Sign up for those pesky mailing lists! I know, I know. It's everything your mother told you never to do. But guys, as long as you have the self control to resist things you don't need and to only open e-mails when you're in the market for something, it's such a good idea. Most of my favorite sites have sales every. single. week. I rarely buy full price anymore.
-Don't even get me started on Gap and Piperlime right now. 30% off at Gap & 20% off at Piperlime all day.
-Invest when you can, and only in classic pieces. I only ever really invest in accessories (handbags, jewelry, shoes) because I can wear them multiple times every week.
-Pull out your trusty Student I.D. as often as possible. So many stores have student discounts that aren't necessarily advertised. Just ask. J. Crew? Student discount. Banana Republic? Student discount. It's good stuff.
-Outlets are your best friend. Nordstrom outlet? All over it. J. Crew Factory? So wonderful, and it makes me so happy that it's all online.