Goodness, I’m finding the Great British Weather a trial at the moment. First, it snows in March, and spring takes so long to arrive that I was still wearing tights ten days ago, which deeply offends my (ex) fashion editor sensibilities, (and let’s not talk about the need for a scarf and wool coat), then days later we get hit with a heatwave and record temperature highs, so all I want to wear are sandals and breezy sundresses.

Part of my getting dressed problem is that living in London means that storage space is a premium, so I pack away my clothes twice a year so that I’m not flicking through a rail of wool dresses in August, or diaphanous kaftans in January. When freak weather turns up I always get caught on the hop, so I’m a big fan of filling in the gaps with some emergency retail (as opposed to burrowing under my bed sneezing from the dust whilst playing guess which vacuum bag is housing my sundresses).

One of my very tried and tested solutions is via the medium of my beloved TK Maxx because I can usually find whatever I need there. (You may remember from previous posts that I have been shopping there for at least fifteen years, well before the advent of LLG, as there is a branch in Banbury near my mother, and a ginormous one just outside MK near my father.)

However, rather than going into store to shop though when I’m faced with a wardrobe dilemma, my new secret wardrobe weapon is TK Maxx online. To be truthful, until last year I hadn’t really thought to shop online –  because I had just presumed that because of their high turnover the best pieces would be in-store – until my sister started producing the most amazing things at substantial discounts, from dog beds for Lettice and Maisie to perfect dresses and brilliant accessories. (I like to think of Holly as the truffle hound of online shopping deals.)

If you’re inspired to give a browse,  I also have an insider secret – free Click and Collect is available online from 24th – 28th May, so this is the best time to do it. It’s also worth knowing about two of my favourite sections – the Biggest Savings page where you can find the items with the biggest reductions, and Clearance, where you can snap up the big brands and designer labels at happy prices, come rain or shine, all at up to 80% off! (But you have to be quick when you shop Clearance as it all goes super quickly.)

TK Maxx challenged me to go shopping online to find enough transitional pieces that would mean that no matter what the weather threw at me I would be covered during a week for around £250, I was all I HAVE GOT THIS.

Firstly I searched for a rain mac. I am highly in favour of a pale, lightweight and waterproof trench-style coat that will look chic over everything from a frock to jeans, and that is light enough to fold into a tote.

I struck gold with this beige one.

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Beige Double Breasted Trench Coat, was £249, now £129.99 (45% saving)

Navy & White Stripe Dress was £99, now £34.99 (65% saving)
Cinnamon Suede Heeled Sandals originally £155, now £49.99 (68% saving)

Next I picked up this fantastic navy and white striped T shirt dress. It’s made from really excellent, heavy jersey from a storied British fashion house, so I know it will wear really well, and it has sleeves (hurrah!). I know it’ll be just as useful on a hot day with the espadrilles I’ve picked up (see below), as it will be layered under the trench.

Okay – I know that rosy-pink suede platform sandals aren’t necessarily one’s first thought when it comes to all-weather shoes but a) I couldn’t resist such an incredible discount from a high end American designer label and b) once I’ve sprayed them with suede protector, they’ll be perfect for elevating me over the puddles. Equally important they look just as great with my trench on a grey day, as they do with a sundress in a heatwave. I still can’t get over the amazing discount.

Long Sleeve Floral Maxi Floral Dress  £29.99
Cinnamon Suede Heeled Sandals originally £155, now £49.99 (68% saving)

I’m very keen on the contrast pairing of a utilitarian piece like a trench with a floaty dress, and this long sleeved floral dress works perfectly.

I do think that a maxi dress is the most useful transitional piece, and this one is particularly good – I’ve already worn it to a dinner on a cool evening, and today to a breakfast in the heat. A proper multi-tasking purchase. And what a price!

My final two purchases were a pale blue chambray linen sundress that’s just covered up enough so that it’ll work on cooler days, and again work very well with the beige trench, and a pair of flat espadrille sandals that were such a steal at just £12.99.

Blue Chambray Linen Dress £24.99
Red & Cream Striped Bow Espadrille Sandals originally £29.99, now £12.99 (55% off)

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Check out the TKMaxx Clearance section here & the Biggest Savings page here


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