Regular readers may be aware of my great love affair with TK Maxx. More specifically, the store in Croydon’s Purley Way.
This ugly old building on one of South London’s busiest thoroughfares has seen me through the good times and the bad, helped me with three house moves, countless bed linen sets and seen me bag more bargain designer pieces than I could shake a clearance rail at.
It also got me through those long, LOOOONG, rainy days of maternity leave when one more Monkey Music class would have sent me over the edge. Either way, those study hours have paid off, because the kids both LOVE a rummage in the vast, hangar-like space that is ‘Tea May Max.’ Oh and a kids lunch box in the cafe.
So when the brand challenged me to pick my ENTIRE holiday wardrobe and a suitcase for £250 – what was I going to say? Clue, it certainly wasn’t no.
We don’t have any foreign holidays planned this year, so my packing list was all around a staycation. More specifically, a staycation in Norfolk’s north coast with the kids, my folks and my brother and his family. In short, fashion = practical and comfy.
Some of the most stylish people I know have got packing down to a fine art. Alex from The Frugality says that choosing a basic colour palette is one of the easiest – and most stylish – ways to pack for a short break. And to be honest, with two small people to pack for as well as myself, I wanted it to be as easy as possible.
So I decided on a navy blue theme, mixed with creams and greys – printed or plain. Once I’d found the basis of my wardrobe – a pair of drawstring slouchy trousers in a blue tile print – the rest was plain sailing.
The key, as ever in TKM is to be quite regimented about your rooting. Try and go alone, without the kids so you can make sure you get to look properly and methodically.
(If you don’t want to go alone, my mum is an excellent TK Maxx partner – and to be honest, I’m sure she’d love to come with you if you give her enough notice.)
For the purpose of this challenge, I wasn’t allowed to pick anything from the Gold Label pieces (although, sssshhh, I can reveal I found an AMAZING designer jacket in the clearance section for £50!).
Here’s how I got on.
Spoiled for choice on cases, I went for this one – a hyacinth blue, small in size, but super easy to spot on the carousel. There were lots – including really well known luggage brands that you would pay a lot more for.
- Blue and white striped top, £19.99
- Cream tee, £9.99
- Bird tattoo knit, £24.99
- Reversible printed knit (other side is pink and white stripe – love!), £12.99 in the clearance section!
- Drawstring tile print trousers, £19.99 – these will work with every single top, including the geo print blue knit. Clashing patterns works if the basic tone or hue is similar.
- Navy blue cropped slouchy trousers, £19.99. I love these on, super comfy and great for holidays as they will dress down or up.
- Grey drawstring waist dress with pockets, £24.99
- Denim effect sunglasses, sound weird, cool on. £14.99
- Double pocket toiletry / make up case, £6.99. You just can’t have too many of these can you? I loved the size of this one.
- Navy blue leather across the body bag, £19.99. Simple, useful style in a really classic colour.
- Silver plastic flip flops, £6.99. I toyed with idea of some amazing shiny gold metallic brogues too, but at £49.99 they would have pushed me over the limit. This wardrobe does need some smarter sandals though – I could have gone without one of the jumpers I suppose, but I didn’t see any shoes in store that worked for me.
As I mentioned, the tile print and the navy blue trousers would go with every single top I selected – and even the dress could be worn pinafore style over the cream tee, or as a skirt beneath one of the knits.
What do you think of my picks? Reckon you could do better?
Well perhaps you can because *drumroll* I have a £200 TK Maxx gift card for you to spend on your own holiday wardrobe (you’re all very lucky I didn’t spend that as well!).
To enter, leave a comment to say why you’re worthy of a TK Maxx shopping spree. And if you don’t already follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, why not!? Let’s just say that *might* be taken into consideration too!
ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday 21st July, winner selected at random. Good luck!