I’m back. I was in NYC last week hanging with my mother who was visiting from St. Kitts. We did a lot of shopping! My mother is definitely a Maxxinista, so we spent a lot of time in several TJ Maxx stores.
All of the TJ Maxx stores we visited had The Runway. I was excited, then, to explore the expanded collection of designer duds for less in these stores.
I found many items that I adored, but purchased nothing for myself. Often, things work out that way. Check out my favorite finds, though, that didn’t make it home with me because of either fit or cost.
|I’m on a quest to find some jeans in color and I kept
spotting this orange pair in TJ stores. It was in the juniors
section. The fit was not good enough on me.
|This Leifsdottir dress caught my attention because of its
clearance price of $39. I didn’t need another LBD at
this time though.
|Another Leifsdottir dress on clearance, $57. The top
was too large on me.
|Now, I’ve been hunting for this dress. I first spotted in
my local store, but only in a size 0. I was excited, then,
to find a size 6 on clearance. Unfortunately, the top
was too large and the bottom too tight. It would
need too much work.
|This is a Versace dress with a TJ price of $399.99. Let’s
just say, I tried this one on for fun.
|Another Versace dress, $399.99
|I like to wear this kind of top with my leggings. This is a
gorgeous cashmere number by Elie Tahari. It had a
clearance price of $69.99. It was a tad too big on top.
If it were cheaper, I would’ve bought it though.
As a shorter woman, I always notice a skirt’s length because the right length can create the illusion of appearing taller. To elongate my legs, I like my skirts to be cut a few inches above my knee.
Check out the difference a hemline makes on a couple of my work dresses. My favorite tailor raised the hemlines on both dresses (see photos on right).
In the past, I got rid of items that had an ill-fit more often than opting for tailoring. This year, in an attempt to work with the wardrobe that I already own and spend less on new items, I am turning to tailoring to revive my existing wardrobe.
Dress 1—Kay Unger New York via Marshalls
Dress 2—Willi Smith via TJ Maxx
Ok. You may notice that I rarely wear pants anymore. While I would like to say that I have undergone a stylistic paradigm shift, I just cannot fit my pants.
The issue. All of my weight goes to my stomach, hips, and thighs. In addition, I am only 5’4.” So, pants are usually difficult to get on or button or just too long.
I was recently contacted by a rep at Bristols 6, a company you may recognize for its popular nipple covers, nippies. I was introduced to two of its newer products—adjust-a-button and hem tape for denim. See product descriptions below.
- ADJUST-A-BUTTON – Snug pants causing a ‘muffin top’? Want to close the back gap? Adjust-A-Button is a movable pin-like button that adds or reduces waistbands up to 1½” instantly. No need to shell out dough for new jeans during weight fluctuations or when in between sizes.
- HEM TAPE FOR DENIM – March into fall without dragging your hem! Save money on tailoring with this double-stick tape specially created for denim fabric to alter the length of jeans in a flash. Wear new too-long jeans instantly, and switch between heels and flats.
Now, these two products are promising to solve a couple of my fit problems with pants, so I am eager to try them. To help me do so and any of you who may share this interest, Bristol 6 has offered a special coupon code for us.
Coupon Code: ECONOMYOFSTYLE
Offer: 20% off at Bristol6.com, valid until 10/31/10
Checkout some of my favorite pants that no longer fit:
Disclosure: The opinions expressed are my own. No monetary compensation was received for doing this post, however, I was provided with a discount code.
You may remember the fabulous dress I found after stumbling onto the Newport News site a couple years ago. I think I have scored again.
This summer, I have been drawn to the one-shoulder dress fad, but wanted to spend very little chasing the seasonal style. I spotted today’s feature dress on the Newport News site and it was near perfect. It was a slim-fit, one-shoulder dress with shirring at the shoulder and front panel drapes across the waist. It was too long for my 5’4” self, but I knew my trusty tailor could solve that problem. The dress was also on sale for $39.99, but after a quick google search for coupons, I got an additional 30% off and free shipping.
Today’s weekend chic look features the dress worn with snake-print leather wedges and a red clutch.
Shoes—Ellen Tracey via TJ Maxx
Have a wonderful weekend!
Ok. I rarely purchase clothes on eBay because I am obsessed with trying items on before buying them. Still, I took a chance bid and actually won this festive black and red plaid belted dress. With chic details like a square neckline, perfect cap sleeves, and a standout print, the dress is a winner. The straight cut of the dress, however, made it impossible to pull over my hips. Darn.
Luckily, I recently met my new favorite tailor—Julia of Adonai Custom Tailoring & Alterations in Lexington. She took one look at the dress and assured me that she could salvage my spoiled eBay buy. And, she did for only $8!
Today, the plaid dress is worn with a black leather belt. Black tights and t-strap pumps complete the work look.
Dress—Banana Republic via eBay
Tights—Merona for Target
Belt—Dooney & Bourke via Apres Vous
Shoes—Taharia via Marshalls