In her comments, Quincey reminded me of two things I learned and forgot to mention about my educational spending spree.
1. Layering clothes is a great way to mix and match outfits. A solid shirt or sweater paired with solid pants can be a little drab but if you put a collar under the shirt or sweater and then a jacket, it's a very put-together outfit. Be proud of me Quincey, today I wore all clothes that I previously owned...dark jeans, brown sweater, green shirt, brown jacket. NO 8" thick clogs. Yay, me.
2. As you become a certain age, or size, or body composition, or ALL THREE (me), it is important to wear clothes that have a nice, sturdy structure. The structure can be provided by the fabric or cut of the clothing but also by the layering effect. Very helpful to camouflage problem areas because the fabric skims, rather than hugs your shape.
Okay, okay. The best part of the addendum to the enlightening and productive (read expensive) trip was that I returned yesterday to Banana Republic with my receipts and got an additional $25 off because a few of the items had dropped in price within the allotted price adjustment time period. Woo hoo. I bought another shirt with my "saved" money. (Which I realize isn't really saving money at all but it made me happy and it is a very nice shirt.)