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Off the Rack: Spring Trends at T.J. Maxx

BCBGMAXAZRIA Striped Top, Original pricetag $78, T.J. Maxx price, $34.99

The folks at T.J. Maxx recently sent me a $25 gift card to assist me with spring shopping at my friendly neighborhood T.J. Maxx store. My mission: To find the season's latest trends at this off-price retailer. Could it be done? The answer is yes, but you're going to have to do some serious digging and careful, thoughtful editing (to borrow a phrase from Tim Gunn). Ultimately I found all the fashion must-haves you might need to update your wardrobe for spring, mostly under $50, including…

  • STRIPES: Think French gamine or nautical
  • RUFFLES: Look for simple ruffle details on a top or skirt
  • COLORFUL TRENCH COATS: Khaki and black are always classic, but blue and yellow trenches are great for adding color
  • LIGHTWEIGHT SCARVES: I found a bunch of gorgeous scarves for $15 by Cynthia Rowley. I actually have to go back and get one because I forget it in the dressing room while trying on other stuff.
  • SKINNY BOTTOMS: My T.J. Maxx had a decent assortment of skinny jeans and leggings which will help you achieve the volume on top, slim-look on the bottom silhouette that's still going strong.
  • SUMMER PLAID: I found a very current, contemporary plaid shirt by C&C California for just $24.99.
  • DRESSES: Two-in-one styles are still hot and T.J. Maxx had a lot of styles to choose from.

Next stop: Marshalls! Check back later to see which shoe and bag trends I spotted at the Marshalls Shoe Megashop.

Nine West petal detail cardigan (also available in white), compare at $50, T.J. Maxx price $34.99

C&C California plaid shirt, Compare at $75, T.J. Maxx price $24.99

Michael Stars ruffle top, Compare at $44, T.J. Maxx price $16.99

London Fog trench coat, compare at $100, T.J. Maxx price, $49.99

Kenneth Cole Reaction, compare at $100, T.J. Maxx price, $59.99

Alyn Paige zip front two-fer dress, compare at $36, T.J. Maxx price $19.99

Max Studio banded knit dress (can't really tell from this pic, but the dress has horizontal bands), Original pricetag $128, T.J. Maxx price, $39.99

Taylor knit tank dress in citrus, Compare at price unknown, T.J. Maxx price $39.99
I always find the best deals at TJ Maxx and especially at Marshalls. It requires frequent visits and a commitment to digging through lots of "non-desireables", but you can find some absolutely amazing items for ridiculously low prices. Excited for the Marshalls post!
#1 hayleyanne (Homepage) on 2010-04-06 11:29 (Reply)
Wow, I just love that last dress. That yellow is to die for! :-)
#2 Emily (Homepage) on 2010-04-06 13:22 (Reply)
Agreed! I hope you bought it, it looks lovely on you!!
#2.1 Stephanie on 2010-04-06 15:20 (Reply)
I went to Marshall's on my lunch hour and found three or four pairs of shoes I would have bought had my size been in stock. Great picks!
#3 MEP on 2010-04-06 16:02 (Reply)
I love TJ Maxx and Marshalls, however in St. Louis, one can never find great brands like the ones you did! I'll have to wait until I go home to Chicago. Great finds, Budget Babe!
#4 FaithJ on 2010-04-06 16:23 (Reply)
Love it, I need to go to TJ Maxx and Marshals soon!
#5 Megan Zietz (Homepage) on 2010-04-06 18:05 (Reply)
I hope you got the Taylor dress and the London Fog trench. They're both adorable!!!
#6 EmilyKennedy (Homepage) on 2010-04-08 11:07 (Reply)
I love T.J. Maxx, I always find treasures there. I love all the items you showed on the photos. Gotta go there soon and find something for myself.
#7 Numi (Homepage) on 2010-04-08 11:37 (Reply)
I also love the Taylor dress. I envisage it with some fun, colorful shoes (orange or blue) or a nice belt.
#8 Jenna (Homepage) on 2010-04-13 21:10 (Reply)
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