Courtney Smith’s TK Maxx bag guide

Stylist and Fashion Guru, Courtney Smith’s Insider’s Guide to bag shopping in TK Maxx


Treasure seekers and label lovers, this is especially for you! Shhhhh…don't tell anyone, I'm giving you my top tips on how to bag the most stylish bags in TK Maxx this season.

Every woman needs at least five ‘key’ bags in her wardrobe to survive stylish status. These are; the daytime tote; the cross-body satchel; the evening embellished clutch; the over-nighter and the ‘wow’ bag (that slightly OTT bag that people have to ask you where you got it!). TK Maxx can help you with each of these must have wardrobe accessory staples. It’s the holy grail of bags!

See my top tips below to help inspire the ultimate bags spree…


1.  Add some pizzazz to your look

A bag is the easiest way to instantly add some interest to your outfit, no matter what you are wearing. My favourite trick is to choose a bag with a pop of colour or a strong print to create a wow effect. There are so many different styles to choose from in TK Maxx - I adore the strong floral and tropical plant print trend that is huge right now.


2.  Size matters

Whether you want the smallest cross-body satchel or a huge weekend bag; there is definitely something for everyone. If you’re always on the go like me, you might also have to occasionally rock the bags on bags look, so consider choosing complementing bags so you can easily layer them, or choose clashing bags…which I personally love! Have a clear idea of what you want before you head in store too; they often have the styles and colours curated to make your shopping experience even easier…for example all the evening clutches are displayed together, and ordered according to colour!



3.  Beach vibes

The straw bag was formerly described as a ‘beach’ bag, but thanks to this season’s catwalk trends, the straw bag is now a MUST-HAVE! From the structured oversized-basket styles to the Ibiza-inspired boho bags and even small canteen circular bags, there are loads of different styles to choose from in store, perfect to complement any casual summer look.


4.  Get practical

While colour, pattern and embellishment are fun with accessories – TK Maxx is also my go-to for a classic every-day bag that has wear-ability and longevity. Always opt for a classic colour such as black, navy, grey or taupe – something that will work with every outfit. Size wise, it’s usually best to go medium to large (but not too large!) so it fits all the essentials!

It’s the perfect time to get a style-savvy steal and go for a high quality leather or suede for a much more affordable price. A top tip is to always opt for a flat, wide and long strap for comfort.



5.  Find the ‘wild-cards”

Bags can be the statement piece in your look and TK Maxx have an array of quirky designs such as ice-cream shaped bags and clutches with unusual embellishment. It’s easy to find unique pieces in TK Maxx and spice up a simple outfit. You just never know what you might discover!



6.  The travel bug

Away from the dedicated bag department is the luggage section where you will find a treasure trove of travel bags. Everything from designer handluggage to matching sets in different sizes and as always, an array of colours and prints. My personal tip is to opt for the outlandish prints and bright colours because they are much easier to find at the baggage area while travelling.


7.  Look for the hardware

This season, it’s all about the details – so keep your eyes peeled for bags with top or statement handles, chain straps, buckle fasteners, studding or any gold, rose-gold or silver hardware…the more intricate the better.

TK Maxx is the perfect place to shop for a bag like this because usually with all these intricate details, bags are way more expensive but because you are getting up to 60% less than the RRP on designer brands, it’s a win win!


8.  Festival ready

With festival season coming up there are plenty of cool styles to choose from that are fun but still practical for the occasion. I love the return of the bum-bag, it’s one of those eighties trends that has made a huge comeback with style stars already seen rocking the look!

If that’s a little too much for you but you still want to have your hands free so you can dance, look at the amazing selection of small backpacks in store instead.


9.  The sporty vibe

Yes, TK Maxx do sell sports bags for the gym; however I am actually talking about the Sports Luxe trend that has trickled down to handbags. These come in a variety of styles including the drawstring bag, the striped bag and the nylon rucksack. They’re also very versatile and can be paired with casual day-time outfits for a sporty-chic look, or with a more feminine evening look for edgy twist.


10.  Something for every occasion

No matter what the occasion, shoppers want a bag to match. Whether it’s something quirky and cool for a festival; something delicate and demure for a wedding; something practical for a trip to the beach or just an everyday bag – TK Maxx has you covered. I’ve often found some gems in store, especially designer clutches and one-offs. You’ll be sure to find something to suit any outfit! These little treasures don’t stick around for long, so if you see something you love, make sure to grab it!


Now you’re armed with my top tips, head to your nearest store to shop for your perfect bag-drobe! Whatever the occasion, do it with bags of style!