well, I wish I didn’t have to have rules for buying clothes—as in, I wish I could buy whatever I wanted! but, alas, I’m not Bill Gates (maybe that’s a good thing) or Kim Kardashian (again, maybe that’s a good thing) so I do have some strict-ish spending rules. I tend to invest the most heavily in shoes, bags, and clothing that I think I will withstand the test of time. anything that screams “fall winter 2011! so in right now!” will probably be dated by next winter and hard to wear again—for those trend pieces, I’ll shop at Zara, Topshop, J.Crew, or Asos.