I have noticed that I seem to have certain categories of clothing that I am quite happy to pay full price for to get the right item and others that I tend to wait to go on sale. I wondered if others had similar strategies for their wardrobes.

Items that I generally pay full price:
- Things that I LOVE...and just could not contemplate missing out on
- Inexpensive items, price discounting is not really relevant
- Comfy shoes that need to go the distance (I have a EU size 39 foot and that size seems to sell out, so if I want something specific I usually have to buy it)
- Jeans, getting the right fit can be hard, so I tend to buy them when I can
- Swimsuits - finding one that I look half-decent in is mortifying enough, so I usually don't worry too much about trying to get a bargain. I tend to keep my swimsuits for a few years.

Items that I buy on discount:
- Gear - sports wear (other than shoes) as I am only wearing at the gym and get out of it ASAP
- Underwear & hosiery - usually the brands I like regularly go on sale and I stock up
- My recreational clothing (other than jeans)
- Items that are nice to have but not required and are likely to be worn infrequently
- One or two items that I buy at the end of the season for a 'refresh' - a sort of bonus because it is in the sales. Sometimes I don't wear these immediately because I save them for the following year to wear.

Examples from my wardrobe and my spring / summer refresh:

Full Price
Cropped white jacket - a HEWI and will be a complete workhorse for work. Wore it to work the day after purchase.
Rainbow dress - full price because it was LOVE and I will wear to work
Uniqlo floral print blouse - full price because it was inexpensive
Comfy shoes that are work appropriate - black Paul Green sandals

Sale items
Nice to have, but not required - layered black skirt
Next season's refresh - dress bought on sale at end of last summer, wearing it now
Recreational wear - playsuit, I really like this, but there are likely to be other playsuits that would have the same purpose