Rag & Bone jacket and boots // Aritzia pants (similar) // Alexander Wang bag c/o // Stella & Dot spike bracelet

This is not a paid advertisement, nor is this prompted by anyone. I just wanted to share one of my styling secret weapons with you that I’m shocked that often when I share it with people in the industry, they tell me they never knew! Though, I guess anyone that knows me well, knows that this is not so secret.

Okay, ready for it?

It’s shopping at T.J.Maxx and Marshalls.

Yes, really.

I told my assistant the other day that I don’t think I could continue styling if these stores went out of business. It’s the only way that I can make my clients happy by getting more designer looks at prices that are within often tight budgets.

I was styling a video for Marshalls a couple of weeks ago and loved seeing the excitement of people going through the rack and checking out the prices for things they normally pay full price for.

Then, just last week, I managed to style a lookbook for a jewelry line that required a lot of looks with not a lot of money by shopping at these stores. Even the model bought one of the major designer dresses on clearance off of me for only $22! It was slightly too big on her, but I said for that price, it’s totally worth getting a tailor to take it in.

I also managed to score some pieces for myself in the process like the trench and boots you see here for less than half of the original prices! This may be the most dangerous fashion weapon ever.