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How to Shop at Marshall’s

Off-price stores are a great way to add beautiful designs to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. They sell high quality goods at less expensive prices. This sounds good, but because the stores are often large, if you have an aversion to shopping, they can feel incredibly overwhelming when you first walk in and begin perusing the options. Of course, for those women who find shopping relaxing, they are a great place to enjoy the treasure hunt or a fun place to pass 20 minutes between appointments.

For other women…well, not so much! They break out in a sweat and would rather spend those 20 minutes in the dentist’s chair.

Sound familiar?

Racks and racks of clothes make you dizzy and too many times you have purchased things because the prices are alluring, but they just sit in your closet taking up space. Your track record is dismal, but you want to enjoy the savings, too!

The truth is that off-price stores are everywhere (think Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s, TJMaxx and DSW, to name a few) and many women shop at one on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean they all have great results (maybe you can relate)…not by a long shot.

How do you improve your track record when shopping at an off-price store?

  • How do you navigate the store successfully?
  • Where do you start when you first enter the store?
  • What mindset is required?
  • When is the best time to shop at one of these stores?
  • How do you know when to give up?

If your past results at an off-price store have been less than satisfactory, watch this video and then try again. Make a list of what you need to remember when you walk into the store. Otherwise, you know you’ll forget as your eyes glaze over from the sea of clothes and accessories in front of you. Practice and see how you do. This will help you determine if off-price shopping is a good option for you or you need a smaller setting or personal guidance.

Here’s an idea of what you can find at some of the most popular off-price stores:

$14.99 Reg. $28

$69.99 Reg. $160

$49.97 Reg. $128

See many more of my favorite off-price spring fashions here:

Since the stores are full of spring and summer goodies right now, the timing is perfect. Watch the video, grab your list and have fun shopping!

Please note: All garments pictured here (and in the catalogue) are vegan-friendly (made from fabrics that did not harm any animals).

Some of the affiliate links may generate commissions for Total Image Consultants which helps support the time spent creating these very specific recommendations.

How to Use a Tailor to Expand Your Wardrobe

Chances are good that you were not taught that using a tailor is necessary in creating your wardrobe. Don’t feel badly. Most women weren’t. With the exception of special occasions like proms and weddings or maybe basics like hemming a pair of pants, tailors often seem like a luxury you don’t need and can’t afford either financially or in terms of time and energy expended—or both! Ahhh, not so fast.

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Top 5 Steps to Store Your Winter Clothes

It’s spring…finally! In New England, however, this means that the temperature can vary dramatically from 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit within a matter of days (and sometimes even hours!). That said, the last thing you feel like doing as the days get brighter and warmer is continuing to wear your winter clothes.

As you think about transitioning your wardrobe, the question arises as to what to do with your winter attire. Unless you have a really big closet, it is important to move off-season clothing out of your working closet and keep only those items you will wear in the upcoming months handy. Otherwise you end up with a giant mess and it becomes very hard to make decisions about what to wear. Continue reading…

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Two Sharks, Three Styles, Four Lessons

At first glance, fashion for business women may seem pretty straightforward and structured, but the truth is that working environments are as diverse as the individual businesses and the people in them. While you need to appeal to your company’s protocol, there is always wiggle room in there to add your personality. The trick is standing out in a way that makes everyone happy.

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What You Think is What You Get: How to Shop for Clothes with Positive Results

Today is the first day of spring. Whether you are still buried in snow, freezing temperatures and are expecting yet another snowstorm (as we are) or your daffodils are popping up and color is everywhere, it is time to review and update your spring wardrobe in anticipation of much warmer weather to come.

The question is, do you want your shopping and dressing experience to feel like this?

Or this?

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Categorized: Fashion, Tips & Tools

How to Buy a Trench Coat You’ll Love to Wear

I often joke that trench coat season lasts about 5 minutes. It comes and goes in the spring while those of us in the northeast are still wearing our winter coats. By the time we need something for rain, the pickings are slim!

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Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered – Spring 2015 Fashion Trend Update

With record-breaking snowfall totals in the Boston area this winter, it feels hard to believe (although such a huge relief) that spring is nearly here. Of course, with many feet of snow still on the ground and piles so high it is hard to see around corners, the thought of wearing spring clothing is still a bit hard to imagine, but I am sure as the snow melts we will ease into it. Soon this winter will be a distant memory—or at least that’s my plan!

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Are You Too Old to Wear Leggings?

It is often understood that if you lived through a trend the first go around, you should not indulge a second time. I’m sure this recommendation is there to keep us all from looking silly, but must you heed it? Leggings are one of those trends. They resurfaced a few years ago and the controversy about them still exists. Should you wear them? Not wear them? How do you decide?

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Eco-friendly Wardrobe Secrets You Never Knew Part 3: Conscientious Consumerism: How to Discard Your Unwanted Clothing

When you buy something new to wear you think (hopefully!) about how wonderful you will feel in it, where you will wear it, how it will keep you warm—in other words, everything to do with what you will do with it NOW. What doesn’t generally come to mind initially is what you will do with the item when it no longer serves you. Continue reading…

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Eco-Friendly Wardrobe Secrets:
Keep it Clean & Green (Part 2 of 3)

The environmental impact of your wardrobe doesn’t stop at production: Until I did some research it had never occurred to me that how I cleaned my clothes had such a significant impact on how environmentally friendly they were. I knew, of course, that dry cleaning used intense chemicals and that anything that involved heat required extra energy, but I hadn’t realized how much!

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I am grateful for Ginger’s help in preparing me for a professional photo-shoot to upgrade my brochure. Although I am out-of-state to where she is based, she made it easy for me to work with her over the phone and internet. We sent photos, emails and had phone conversations that met my time frames. 

Ginger began with listening to what I wanted to achieve and what ideas I had so far. She has a lovely way of giving feedback and suggestions in which I felt acknowledged for what I was already doing “right” and supported into more of what I wanted for myself. 

She called my attention to things I was not particularly noticing and made many seemingly subtle suggestions that added up to a very improved look — genuine and professional — for my first professionally done brochure. She helped me to make good use of my photographer and end up with professional photos that will serve me for not only my brochure, but for other marketing communications. 

I highly recommend Ginger’s instincts and gracious style — it’s clear that she is doing something that she loves! Bonnie Petrovich M.Ed., CPC, Executive Coach & Career Consultant