Banishing Black

April 11, 2014

I have a confession to make. I’m the girl with five different black dresses, six black skirts, and ten black shirts. And every other item in my closet coordinates with, yes, you guessed it: black. So, I have made a conscious decision to break my bad habit and banish black. On a budget, of course.

It is possible to find awesome deals at stores other than thrift shops. Marshall’s and TJMaxx are great places (and there are many other stores like them) to find modest fashion. It’s a mathematical improbability to go into of these stores and find nothing to take home. In fact, because of this high success rate, I have to limit my frequencies to these stores. Yes, my friends, they are that good.


Here’s how I shop Marshall’s or TJMaxx:

1. Clearance section first. Why? Because I want to spend most of my time looking for the best possible deal. I go to the full price areas last.

2. When I’m browsing the dresses, I keep my gaze down toward the hemlines and look for longer lengths first. I’m an above average gal at 5’7″, so length is number one priority for me. I use the same strategy for skirts. It’s a small time saver.


When I came across this dress (brand: Flying Tomato), I loved the colors, the mixture of tribal and lace details, and the length. This dress was on the full price rack, but it was only $24.99. A modest spring dress for $25? Yes, please! I paired it with a brown thriftedclutch and a pair of my favorite gold shoes from amazon.com! Amazon as a huuuuuuuge selection of shoes on the cheap. These darlings were only $22! I purchased them about a year ago.

If you’re prone to choosing black like I am, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable and classy you look and feel in colors other than black. Want more inspiration? Check out the Dainty Jewell’s New Spring Collection for beautiful outfits and dresses in a range of colors without stepping foot in a store or rummaging through racks.