A bargain shopper I am not. You know that about me, right? I'm the quintessential person who requires instant gratification which usually leads to me seeing something I like and buying it at full price. Do I want to be one of those people who has an affinity for sniffing out a bargain with what seems to be little effort? Of course I do. But I just have never been that person. So when darling Lani of Mon Petit Chou Chou floated the idea to have a TJ Maxx/Marshall's styling challenge, I wholeheartedly agreed. I may not be a natural born bargain shopper, but I am always up for a challenge!
The theme of this challenge was Mad Men style, the shopping venue was TJ Maxx/Marshall's and my formidable contenders aside from Lani were Alana of Good Girl Gone Blog and Naina of Style'n. TJ Maxx was kind enough to allow us to borrow clothes and here's how it went. We could each borrow up to $200 worth of merchandise at the TJ Maxx or Marshall's of our choice to create our own modern day Mad Men look. Even though I love all of the characters on Mad Men and the fashions for all of the women are amazing, I decided I would channel Joan Holloway. If you're not familiar with her character, she's a curvy gal with a razor wit who was a career woman before her time. Check out how I channeled Joan below and if you like it, please vote for me here (now through September 14).
I popped to the Marshall's on Boylston Street in the Back Bay during lunch one day and took just a wee bit of time to poke around. And with relatively little effort I found not one, but two, dresses for this Mad Men challenge that I really liked. Plus a Michael/Michael Kors leather motorcyle jacket that I tore myself away from since it certainly didn't fit in with the Mad Men motif (though I just might see if it's still there when I return my borrowed goods).
For those of you not familiar with Marshall's/TJ Maxx, they sell loads of current season fashions (over 85% of their merchandise) at up to 60% off of what you'd see it for in a department store so hop on over to your closest Marshall's or TJ Maxx and check it out!
I loved how the dressing room hooks were labeled "definitely" and "possibly" for easy organization.
Of the two dresses I found, I really liked them both and had visions for each as to how I would style them. I love the gray and black houndstooth number but the rusty orange dress was more form-fitting with a little vixen vibe that I thought was perfect for Joan. (And by the way, that houndstooth dress is from Theory for a mere $99.99).
This rusty colored Tahari dress is only $59.99 but it looks and feels way more expensive. The animal print David Brooks jacket is only $29.99 and I think the wide collar and belted waist are perfect for Joan. So I was able to create this Mad Men look for a mere $100. I think that's pretty good. How do you think I did in this Mad Men fashion challenge? If you liked it, please don't forget to vote for me here!