High-end bargain shopping is the BEST. Find your staple pieces, know your size, and hit ebay. JBrand 811 Mid-Rise skinny jeans are my denim holy grail - and they usually retail for around $200. Some I've paid full price for, and some I've found (brand new, with tags) for $60-90 on ebay.
For shoes, spend a couple hours at Nordstrom or Saks trying on high-end brands and make note of your sizes (even $$$ shoes can have unexpected sizing quirks, though I've found they're more likely to be consistent within the brand and not vary too much between styles). Then, once again -- ebay. I've also found some great deals on Gilt, RueLaLa, and MyHabit. Just A) make sure the item is returnable if you're not certain about fit and B) ALWAYS do a quick search for the same item to see if it's available elsewhere for less. On "sale" at Gilt may not be the best price you can find.
Oh, also? YOOX. Oh my god, the shoes at Yoox. Who cares if it's last season? I got a pair of amazing woven Givenchy heeled sandals there for about 1/3 of their retail price. They've also got a ton of stuff you won't see at every single department store on earth, and have loads of brands that aren't even carried in the US. (I've had very little luck with their clothes, though.)
@angermonkey @ fabel : I also thought "giant banana?" Though, huuuuuuge props to "pool noodle," omfg.
@SarcasticFringehead : Despite your excellent avatar, you are WRONG, because BUGS and OMG NASTY GET THEM OFF ME.
Seriously, I am afraid of moths and butterflies and bumblebees oh my god I'm going to have nightmares tonight.
@frigwiggin : FOR FUCKING REAL. That one just MURDERED me.
@aphrabean: Oh my god, this exchange made me snort-laugh.
There was an entire conversation about turning the place into a NASCAR fan site, and NOT ONE PERSON in the comments has made a "Hairpin Turn" joke? I am so disappointed.
@PDubs : NICE.
@hoo:ha : Me too, last September, of breast cancer that had already metastasized to her liver when they found it. So Sunday will be my first Motherless Mother's Day, and it also would've been her 63rd birthday. Hugs to all three of you.
@the roughest toughest frail : Oh my god oh my god oh my god. That is all just. Jesus, and it's that time of the month, too, so I'm super-easily-nauseated and why did I reaaaaad thiiiiiiiiis.
@Hellcat : Me too! I have a cucumber in the fridge right now. Kind of tempted to go see what kind of beverage I can make out of it.