Stiletto Jungle Shops Designer Fashion at T.J. Maxx

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

--By Kim Moshtaghi

This is part two of a two-part series on the T. J. Maxx Red Carpet Fashion event held in Glendale, California on September 3.

Shopping at T.J. Maxx was heaven. It has the vast department store selection without the chaos. Everything is really well organized and categorized to make shopping more efficient and enjoyable. I looked in the Runway section, the Cole Haan leather jackets and in all of the accessory sections! Everything was well put together and clean. I was shocked by the gigantic jewelry, purse, and scarf selection. The handbags are all color coordinated, making it easier to find a bag when you are looking for a specific color. The whole store is catered to shoppers. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. Less customer complications and less time T.J. Maxx employees spend on guiding shoppers, and instead work on getting new shipments out on the floor.

Like I mentioned previously, I found a lot of neat things at T.J. Maxx. Everything from shoes to chunky accessories that would help me glorify my bland days. My first exciting find was the amazing selection of jeans they carry. My favorite at the Glendale store was the Rock and Republic jeans that were $109.99, instead of $220 at a department store-- that’s half off! I mean they fit great, tuck in all the flabby parts, and make me look like I have booty-- I’m game. There were some slouchy boots that would look great with the jeans and with a dress, but they didn’t have my size. But, with another attempt this week, I think I’ll find a perfect pair. Although the boots didn’t work out for me, I did find black patent leather pumps by Diane Von Furstenberg for $29! I was so excited; I didn’t even check how much they would be anywhere else. But, we all know how much her stuff is worth, and it’s a lot more than that!

Designer Jeans at T.J. Maxx
Jeans at outrageously low prices, from left to right: Angelina Jeans 49.99 (reg. $130), Joe's Jeans $79.99 (reg. $158), Rock & Republic for $109.99 (reg. $220).

Diane von Furstenberg Shoes at T.J. Maxx
Black patent leather pumps by Diane von Furstenberg for $29.99.

As I moved along to check out the jackets, I stumbled upon a dress across the way. It was a Benson dress for $89, anywhere else it would be $300. The dress was great because it can be worn year round in San Diego, and at least a couple seasons when heading east. The black Benson dress was two different textures; the top is sort of a mock neck and the bottom flares out. The dress allows a great deal of creativity: you can pair it with some cool tights, or you could wear it over jeans and underneath a leather jacket when the weather cools down.

Speaking of leather jackets, they had an unbelievable selection. I only took a couple pictures, but there were too many-- you’re going to have to look for yourself, and be amazed. They had great variety of styles that would suit all shapes and sizes. I found one that stole my heart; it was a tan color leather jacket by Cole Haan for $299.99, regularly around $500. I mean this jacket is soft and polished looking-- loved it! For something more girly and fun I noticed an absolute steal-- a jacket from Theory. The black jacket with a small tie in front was marked $20, down from $160.

Benson Dress at T.J. Maxx
Black gorgeous Benson dress for Fall. Usually $300, at T.J. Maxx it's $89!

Theory Jacket at T.J. Maxx
Theory jacket $20, marked down from $160.

Honestly, I could go on and on with the incredible finds at T.J. Maxx. As a chain, they differentiate themselves from competition by giving us brand names at low prices with helpful signs above each section. By doing this, they differentiate the T.J. Maxx shopper from others, by saving us a lot more money in our wallet, and our precious time.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.