1. There are lots of great skirts and dresses on the sale racks right now, but there is a hidden issue to be aware of. Many tailored skirts and dresses have a back vent that is temporarily tacked down and thus, not initially visible. Make sure to check the length of the vent to ensure that you are not showing more skin in the back than you are comfortable with. The tacking stitch cannot be left in as-is, but if you love a piece and don't mind spend a few extra dollars, you can bring it to a tailor and have them sew the vent closed permanently. If you are ordering online, be sure to look at the back view of the item and zoom in to get a sense of the vent size.
2. Don't say "I can't wear anything like xyz." For example, maxi dresses and skirts are a huge trend right now, but I constantly have clients at work (of all shapes and sizes) tell me that maxis don't work for their body type. But what they really mean is that they tried one on once and didn't like it. Every piece is created differently so don't write off a whole style based on one bad experience. If something about the item appeals to you--color, pattern, whatever!--then try it on. The worst case is that it doesn't work, but you'll never find the gems if you don't take a few chances. Lots of great pieces get relegated to the sale section because they don't look good on a hanger, but since you'll be wearing them on your body, make sure you wait to make your decisions until you've seen it on.
3. Although the prices are reduced, limit yourself to a small number of trendy items. The goal is to have a wardrobe that transitions between seasons so don't buy twenty pairs of neon floral jeans, even if they are super cheap. Remember that price shouldn't be your only consideration--if you fill up your closet with lots of seasonal pieces that will be collecting dust in eight weeks, then you won't have room, physical or emotional, to buy your classic and staple pieces. Lots of women have closets that are overflowing but still feel like they have nothing to wear because they are buying based on an individual item instead of based on the overall health of their wardrobe. But don't worry! If you love a bargain hunt, think of adding on the extra criteria as an advanced level. Not only do you have to find a great price, but your piece must also be classic and wearable at least one and a half seasons out of the year! Happy hunting!