In recent years the discount brand has shifted the focus to fashion, stocking high end designer pieces for a fraction of their original cost. But it's hard to change perceptions, and many people think the endless rails are full of last season's tat. So here's my handy guide to bagging the best bargains, sorting the fashion from the faux pas and finding that perfect piece (in your size). Read on, intrepid shopper!
Paraphrase angora jumper, £19.99
- With such a wide selection of brands, quality varies hugely
- These handy (and totally cute) labels make it quick and easy to pick out quality pieces - look out for them!
- Give each piece the touch test - feel for roughness, loose buttons and hanging threads
Jessica Simpson hat, £14.99
- Each rail is spilt into sections according to size, but don't let that stop you. Things get mixed up, so search through all sections
- If you're a less common size, you're in luck - the sizes that get left behind in the shops are often found in TK Maxx (especially size 3 shoes)
- Try before you buy though - TK Maxx stocks unusual brands with unusual sizing!
Edina Ronay leather bag, £49.99
- TK Maxx is brilliant for discovering new brands - from fashion houses like Gharani Strok to indie labels like Rose and Crown
- If you're looking for something unique, keep an eye out for quirky patterns. TK Maxx is great for pretty prints you won't find in Primark
- The lesser known brands are often cheaper too
Michael Kors jacket, £100 (RRP £300)
- If it's an investment piece you want, TK Maxx stocks lots of luxury labels with huge discounts
- The Gold Label range offers brands like See by Chloe, Versace, Stella McCartney, Moschino and Marc Jacobs
- And it's not all old stock either - my Michael Kors jacket is from this season's collection