I think people fall into two camps when it comes to TK Maxx: you either love it or you’re yet to discover it. I don’t know anybody who has shopped in TK Maxx that doesn’t have an “OMG LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS INSANE BARGAIN I FOUND” story – and I include my husband, dad and grandparents in that list. *Everybody* I know loves it. There’s something for everyone in there and it’s like an Aladdin’s cave of wonder, where you’re never quite sure on any given day what you might magically spring upon.
I’ve mentioned my addiction to the TK Maxx beauty department in various vids and posts before and their homeware (OMG THE HOMEWARE) was front and centre of a haul video I uploaded earlier this week, but it was the fashion that got me hooked on TK Maxx waaaaaay back in the day.
Ya see TK Maxx is nothing new to me, I’ve owed a sizeable chunk of my wardrobe to TK Maxx since the Nineties. I consider myself very lucky that I grew up near a particularly gigantic TK Maxx (TK Maxx Woking, reprazent) long before it became the big nationwide chain of stores that it is today.
As a young teenager, this magical sprawling shop allowed me to find the designer labels that I’d previously only read about in magazines. Shopping in London wasn’t an option (the 40 minute drive from Cranleigh to Woking was seen as pilgrimage enough by my long suffering Mother) so I basically relied 100% on TK Maxx for my stolen glimpses of designer fashion.
I would save all my brown envelopes from waitressing jobs (LOL at the fact we were definitely being paid £3 an hour for what is still the most gruelling work I’ve ever done) and take them all to TK Maxx Woking in the hope of finding something, anything, that was a bit more Vogue/Elle/Sunday Times Style.
And I always found something to shout about.
The store layouts are much simpler to navigate nowadays (I almost miss the challenging aspect of it, having the biggest designer labels grouped together so you can easily find them almost feels like cheating) but even though the stores have got snazzier and I’m now living in BIG LONDON with all the designer stores on hand, the buzz of picking up a bargain at TK Maxx hasn’t diminished in any way. The internet has made it easier than ever to buy discounted designer fashion year round now, yet I *still* find that the best discounts I pick up without getting on a plane to the US are found in person, in TK Maxx.
So with that little love letter out of the way, it’s safe to say I was EXTREMELY EXCITED when TK Maxx challenged me to buy two party-wear looks for Christmas for £100. Excited because hey, shopping challenges are pretty much my absolute favourite but EXTREMELY excited because I know how far £100 goes in TK Maxx. I felt like a legit millionaire.
I chose to carry out my quest in the Wandsworth store as I wanted to pick up some Christmas presents too and I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.
There was an entire section of the store dedicated to party-wear and with everything grouped by size, it was only a matter of minutes before I had genuine bicep shakes from the weight of the dresses I was planning on taking to the changing room.
One thing I really love about TK Maxx is that, more than most stores, they really do cater for different ages and sizes. I’m curvy so I like long sleeves dresses with midi length skirts but can you easily find those on the high street? Only if they’re particularly en vogue that season. Yet I can always find things that flatter my shape in TK Maxx. Always.
I tried on *loads* but in the end I bought two long sleeve dresses as I could imagine myself wearing them at all sorts of Christmas/New Year shindigs over the next couple of weeks, but they’re also pretty timeless designs so I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of them long term too.
This red dress (EVERYONE NEEDS A RED DRESS AT CHRISTMAS) had an RRP of £140 but was just £24.99.
There was something very Khloe Kardashian about it and I mean this as the ultimate compliment.
Then I also bought this purple dress which had an RRP of £130 but was just £22. It’s gorgeously silky soft and really well made, so for £22 I was exceptionally smug about this one.
On the two dresses alone I had saved £223 (!!!!) but having only spent £46.99, I knew I could add some extras to the look and remain in budget so I went in search of a nice clutch.
AND OMG THERE WERE SO MANY. All grouped by colour, too!
I chose this green one in the end (£14.99 down from £35, natch) as I adore this shade of green and I felt like it would work with both dresses whilst adding a bit more colour into the mix. Plus it’s the kind of bag I could see myself using all year round, which doesn’t always happen when I go for mega sparkles at Christmas.
Then this fluffy beast of a jacket caught my eye in the window….
I literally climbed into the window display to get one of these but I’m glad I did as it was just £27!
So all in I managed to get TWO party dresses, a jacket and a clutch for £88.98. I saved at least £243 off the RRP. THAT IS INSANE.
I am extremely happy with my purchases and will be rocking these outfits this Christmas and beyond. Plus I still have a tenner left on my gift-card to go back and get some homeware bits. Eeeeep!
Merry Christmas indeed!
This is a sponsored post but my extreme excitement and genuine love for TK Maxx is very much my own. You can read more about how I work with brands here.