Fashion Week x Three.

Leather Jacket 1

In preparation for fashion week, T.J. Maxx + Marshalls challenged me to put together three outfits with a $500 budget. I was a little nervous, as the budget was meant to cover everything – shoes, bag, accessories, and so on! I ended up being surprised by how easy the challenge actually was. I place a lot of importance on having quality accessories but am happy to report that I found some really great items! Today, I’m sharing my top five tips for shopping off-price retailers.

PS – I shared some more tips with StyleBistro… right this way!

1. Start with accessories.

As accessories are the thing I’m most fussy about, I found these first. I ended up finding an amazing structured satchel (from one of my favorite designers) and a small clutch to tuck inside of it. This is my go-to combo for fashion week… The bag holds all my essentials for long days and back + forth between the office and shows… and the clutch can come out on its own if I end up running to a party after work. For shoes, I always go for comfort. The pair of mules I’m wearing in this first look is great because they have a nice thick ankle strap and a hidden platform.

Leather Jacket 4

2. Load up on denim.

TJ Maxx stocks some of my fave denim brands (at at least half off.) I get a crazy amount of my denim from TJ’s and Marshall’s. I want to tell you which brands, but I’m not allowed. Go see for yourself!

Leather Jacket 6

Leather Jacket 8

Leather Jacket 3

Little Black Dress 2

3. Shop the clearance rack!

Would you believe that both the little black dress and clutch came from the clearance department? So did the (100% cashmere) scarf I’m wearing in the first look. I have no idea why, but the best stuff at TJ’s and Marshall’s is often on the clearance rack.

4. Stick to neutrals. (especially black!)

Black never looks cheap (unless it’s really faded, which is another story.) If you’re on a limited budget, you

Little Black Dress 3

Little Black Dress 4

Little Black Dress 5

Polka Dot Shift 5

5. You can’t go wrong with a patterned shift.

This dress was only $30, and came from a designer I’d never heard of, but I love it. It’s super comfortable, appropriate for both the office and events, and makes a statement without trying too hard. You don’t really need to accessorize, and you can keep the rest of your look simple. If you’re on a budget, hit the dress department up and load up on pretty shift dresses (save the rest of your money for your accessories!)

Polka Dot Shift 1

Polka Dot Shift 4

Polka Dot Shift 6

Polka Dot Shift 7

photography by Lydia Hudgens.

Thank you to TJX for sponsoring this post!

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  1. Natali:

    Fantastic outfita, esp. the third one, I love it!

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  2. Hildi:

    I love your first outfit, probably because I am a jeans kind of girl. What a great challenge! X

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  3. Ylenia:

    Love the NYFW themed post! I love the three outfits, but you look specially cute with that adorable polka-dot dress!
    stay warm
    Ambitieuse Paris

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  4. Luxxmint:

    I totally agree with spending more on accessories. Your mules in the first outfit look great!

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  5. jillian:

    cute outfits! i love that first bag 🙂 xo jillian

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  6. Alexandra:

    Love the scarf and sunglasses – what a challenge! You did an awesome job.

    Warm Regards,

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  7. 13 Days of Love:

    All great tips! I love the mules from this post. Happy Thursday 🙂

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  8. Eden:

    Great photos, love your shoes!

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  9. Ludy Amezcua:

    Love all your outfits, especially the LBD. You look gorgeous! Great choices! xoxo

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  10. Wishes & Reality:

    Wow, you did an amazing job with your budget! That black and white shift is such a cool piece. Great photos, enjoy fashion week.


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  11. Kat Smith:

    Super cute! Love the second look, you look so happy!

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  12. Juliana:

    Love that first outfit 🙂 Can’t believe the cashmere scarf was in the clearance rack!

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