Totally, totally agree with the quote, from above. I have never ever, listened to what fashion editors have to say. A stylish person knows what suits him or her, and sticks to it.
Regarding retail shopping, I love to stand for fittings, and made to measure, is extraordinary in some cases. But lucky for me, although I'm not tall, I am proportioned. A 38 regular in Armani, fits me very well, with minor adjustments to a sleeve, and hemming for trousers. That's about it.
Had I the resources, I would buy couture, because I love craftsmanship, and 'forever' pieces. As it is though . . . I will go wherever I can find the best possible price, including Value City, if necessary. I don't need much these days, but when I shop . . . it's always for things on sale. I should add: my size is small, and most of the time, I can count on things being discounted. More popular sizes, sometimes go much faster.