T.J.Maxx Teams Up with Closetologist Dr. Baumgartner

What does a color coded closet, a love of sparkle and a tendency to push fashion boundaries have in common? All are cues into what a woman's wardrobe says about her, inside and outside the closet. T.J.Maxx has partnered with Clinical Psychologist and T.J.Maxx Closetologist, Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner to take a deeper look into these fashion behaviors, revealing six style personas the Six Degrees of Self-Expression.

"I have always been fascinated by the psychology behind our fashion choices, which often times can lead to insights about our inner workings," said Dr. Baumgartner. "Women want their wardrobe choices to be a true reflection of who they are, which is why they turn to places like T.J.Maxx to find those designer pieces at great prices that give them more possibilities to express their unique style."

In order to develop the six personas, Dr. Baumgartner pulled from more than 10 years of experience as a trained psychologist and wardrobe consultant to examine physiological patterns and behavioral cues from how women shop and assemble an ensemble to how they organize their closets and express themselves through fashion.

Her diagnosis?

  • Closet Chameleon: You can't judge this book by its cover and definitely not by its fashion! She has the ability to transform herself depending on environment accountant by day and rocker by night.
  • Devoted Dresser: She knows what works for her and works it. She's focused and decisive inside and outside of her closet. She has her go-to pieces that she wears with confidence and organizes her closet and her shopping trips for efficiency.
  • Free-Styler: She goes with the flow in life and with her wardrobe. While she may be viewed by others as disorganized, it all makes sense in her mind and in the end she executes flawlessly with ease.
  • Show Stopper: She lights up the room with her wardrobe and personality. She gravitates towards bright colors, bold patterns and a lot of sparkle. If she can see it across the room, it makes its way in her cart.
  • Systematic Stylist: She is an organized woman in every aspect of her life, from her categorized closet and inspiration boards to her calculated shopping trips. She is at ease taking fashion risks but does her homework to achieve fashion perfection.
  • Trend Trailblazer: She is energized by novelty, always looking for ways to push her comfort boundaries and aims to create looks that no one else has seen before. She has a diverse wardrobe that is organized like a workspace to facilitate the creative process.

Dr. Baumgartner's first case was Celebrity Stylist Nicole Chavez, who opened up her highly coveted closet to understand her own self-expression persona. They discovered that Nicole was a Show Stopper with her closet serving as a gallery for her show pieces. Nicole uses fashion to spark a dialogue and lights up a room with her wardrobe and her personality.

"I'm fortunate enough to shop for a living and I treat it as an art form and a personal creative outlet," said Celebrity Stylist Nicole Chavez. "That's why I love places like T.J.Maxx. They carry standout designer pieces that make it easy for me to express my personal style."

The Six Degrees of Self-Expression comes on heels of a study that T.J.Maxx conducted in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design this spring, which uncovered the powerful role the fashion plays in self-expression.

Women everywhere can find out their personal style profile by conducting the Six Degrees of Self-Expression quiz at www.MaxxStylePersona.com.

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Having working in fashion and trained as a psychologist, Jennifer Baumgartner, Psy.D., author of You Are What You Wear, decided to create a new way examining what we wear, the Psychology of Dress. Dr. Baumgartner runs her own wardrobe consulting business, InsideOut, in addition to specializing in the treatment of mood, anxiety, substance, and eating disorders.She works with media outlets, offering information to improve wellness, and was the writer and on-air-host of the television program, A Better You with Dr. Baumgartnerthrough University of the District of Columbia.

Since its first store opening in 1977, T.J.Maxx has helped customers maximize their budgets by offering the same on-trend, in season, first quality merchandise as department and specialty stores, but for much less.When shoppers compare price tags they will find that T.J.Maxx offers value that goes beyond just a low price.Every item on the rack offers consumers the combination of high quality, current season designer merchandise at unbelievable values. T.J.Maxx is the nation's largest off-price retailer, with more than 1,000 stores spanning 49 states and Puerto Rico.

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