I do like clothes, but generally shop seasonally, meaning, I get all the coordinating pieces that are the foundation at one time. I couldn't afford to do this when I was younger, but now, going into one of my favorite shops with a "dress me" attitude in mind gets all the sales girls hopping and it's loads of fun. They know they'll be ringing through a good sale so are happy to take more time with you.
When my kids were small, we thrift-shopped a lot, since kids grow out of stuff so fast you can buy such cute things on the cheap that still look great. And did I mention it was cheap! LOL
I still shop the sales otherwise for fun little extras, but have little patience for the mall scene on a regular basis.
I dress to express my woman-ness; I wear fitted, tailored clothes, heels and accessorize accordingly. Love to stomp it out! I do think dressing well makes you feel better; it's a reflection of your confidence in yourself and strangely creates this positive feedback loop that makes you feel great too!